Strengthens Programs to Reduce Poverty By Empowering Women and Children
Submitted by: UNFCU Foundation
Posted: Jan 04, 2016 – 10:36 AM EST
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., Jan. 04 /CSRwire/ - UNFCU Foundation announced today that it has awarded grants to 11 organizations that align with its purpose to reduce poverty through education and healthcare, especially among women and children in developing countries and in New York City.
From more than 60 applications, the new grantees are:
Hope Abides projects for girls’ education in Mumbai, India
Keep a Child Alive program for HIV/AIDS-affected families in sub-Saharan Africa
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, educating girls in Afghanistan
Trickle Up initiative to kick start small business for indigenous women in Guatemala
United Nations Women’s Guild jobs training for single mothers in Uruguay, and
Village Enterprise micro-enterprise development in Northern Uganda.
In addition, UNFCU Foundation’s 2015 grantees Women for Women International, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Foundation Girl Up, The Kilimanjaro Initiative and The Floating Hospital will expand their programs in South Sudan, Nigeria, India, Kenya and the United States respectively through the UNFCU Foundation’s continued support in 2016.
“With 66 million girls out of school around the world and humanitarian needs in 2016 projected to be five times the level of one decade ago, according to the United Nations, it is more important than ever not to give up and continue supporting progress,” said Khaled Hosseini, founder of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a UNFCU Foundation grant recipient. “We are pleased to be working with UNFCU Foundation whose social responsibility contributes to making the world a better place.”
UNFCU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, based its selection on the following criteria:
Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Strong track record over at least a three-year period or an extended pilot period
Sustainability with access to additional support
Ability to track the impact of the project or organization through regular reporting of results
“We are dedicated to supporting strong programs which lift up the most marginalized women and children through literacy, life skills, vocational training as well as the provision of critical healthcare services,” said Pamela Agnone, president and director of UNFCU Foundation.
“Freed from oppression, women and children who have economic and social safety become empowered, and our grant recipients are creating sustainable change on the ground – thereby leading the way.”
By increasing grant awardees’ capacity to help at-risk women and children at the grassroots level, the UNFCU Foundation has already had a transformative impact on communities. More than 300 fistula patients in UNFPA’s Fistula Foundation Nigeria program were successfully treated and re-integrated into society through a grant award last year.
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