Africa Development Promise – Rwanda – current 2017 partner

Africa Development Promise understands that giving rural women the opportunity to earn their own money has a positive impact on the whole family— their health, nutrition, housing and education which helps decrease levels of poverty. With programs in Rwanda and Uganda, they serve as a catalyst for economic development, supporting women farmers by organizing and training them to build well-managed and profitable agricultural cooperatives.

Their work is based on the simple belief that we build from within; local knowledge, values and practices to boost acceptance of our strategies. They start with agriculture which is a way of life and over 80% of rural women rely on subsistence farming for food security. However, they move farmers from food for subsistence to food for business using the cooperative model of enterprise which has proven to be most effective. It is also a natural extension of the neighborhood and kinship system that has helped them survive and allows them to pool resources to create economies of scale.

With support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, Africa Development Promise will unlock the potential of women farmers in Rwanda with training focused on leadership, operational and financial management, marketing and communications, understanding and overcoming value chain constraints, product promotion, diversification, and sales.

Akili Dada – Kenya – current 2017 partner

A leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds who are passionate about social change. Akili Dada offers comprehensive scholarships enabling brilliant, but poor girls access to the top high schools in the country. Here, Akili Dada scholars are supported by personalized and group mentoring, and rigorous leadership training to expand the growing number of women leaders across Africa. AD also provides seed funding and stipends for young women to grow their social change projects.

The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation has been providing general operating funds to Akili Dada since 2012.

A Leg To Stand On – Worldwide

A Leg To Stand On (“ALTSO”) is a non-profit organization providing free orthopedic care – including prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care – to children in the developing world. Their mission is to offer children who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital disabilities the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work and mobility – children like Sok.

When Sok was only 10 years old a cut in his left leg became infected. The infection began to spread rapidly, and the only option to save his life was amputation. Sok’s family makes less than $2 USD a day, leaving them unable to pay for the prosthetic limb and physiotherapy that he needed after surgery. Like the average Cambodian child, Sok’s only way to get to school is to walk the two or three miles on his own. Without the treatment he desperately needs, he would no longer be able to get an education – a step that is critical for him to be able rise out of the poverty cycle.

This is when ALTSO was introduced to Sok. Since then, with the grant from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, ALTSO has been able to provide Sok with the device he needs to be independently mobile – and will continue to do so for the next six years as he outgrows his device and needs new ones.
Photos: ALTSO- SOK Before & ALTSO – SOK After

Asante Africa – Tanzania
Asante Africa Foundation’s mission is to educate and empower the next generation of change agents, whose dreams and actions transform the future for Africa and the world. Our From Vulnerable Girls to Entrepreneurial Women project in Tanzania provides adolescent girls the opportunity to develop a voice, build confidence, and gain critical skills that will help them and their communities flourish. The project is the vision of the girls themselves who initiate school-based clubs with the help of an Asante Africa Foundation staff mentor. Over the course of the school year, through guest speakers, field trips, and club-led projects, female participants will receive training on subjects such as leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and girls’ health in addition to specific tutoring on academic subjects. With the generous support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, Asante Africa Foundation will support the implementation of clubs reaching 150 adolescent girls in Tanzania.

Cambodia Arts and Scholarship Foundation – Cambodia
The Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children through education, and focuses on poor, at-risk Cambodian girls who, for a number of reasons, are denied equal access to schooling. CASF works closely with local communities to identify potential students; provides the financial (direct cash scholarships), emotional, and medical support necessary for them to attend school; and sustains this support for as long as the child wants to learn. CASF started with three girls in primary school in 2001. Since then, they have graduated fifty students from university and a number have gone on to graduate degrees.

With support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, CASF will expand its program in 2015-2016, providing scholarships to twenty additional high school students and five additional university students.  While ABSF no longer funds project in Cambodia, we do highly recommend this organization.

Creative Action Institute – East Africa – current 2017 partner

Creative Action Institute (CAI) works at the intersection of creativity and social change.  They build the capacity of leaders and organizations for innovation, collaboration and resilience to advance conservation, health and human rights globally.

ABSF supports the East African Girls Leadership Summit (EAGLS), which convenes 16 mentors and 35 girls from 4 countries annually.  The first part of the summit is a 4-day training for mentors, to build their creative facilitation skills, after which they co-facilitate the 5-day girls’ leadership component that builds the girls’ leadership and advocacy skills.  In addition to the training, the mentors receive ongoing coaching and support from CAI to implement locally designed creative social actions with girls.  The mentors receive 2 years of support from CAI, as they work with girls representing 11 organizations from 4 East African Countries.

Cielo de Amor  – Nicaragua – current 2017 partner

Cielo de Amor is a small organization providing high quality, long-term, intensive services not previously available in the rural region of La Concepción. They serve all ages, including infants, children, teens and young adults. Their comprehensive services include education, physical therapy, wheelchairs and vocational training, in the classroom, community and home. They make a long-term commitment to individual clients, their families, local staff, and the community. They invest in high levels of collaboration among clients, families, staff, professional volunteers and local agencies. For example, family members participate in every therapy session and class, and learn to care for equipment.

All funding goes directly to staffing and services in Nicaragua: their executive director, visiting therapists, and board all volunteer their time, and most equipment is donated. They have worked closely with other ABSF partners such at Global Mobility and Futuro de Nicaragua.

With the support of ABSF funds, Cielo de Amor will expand and operate a wheelchair distribution, repair and exchange center. They will fit and distribute at least 50 new chairs and offer follow-up exchange, adjustment and repair services to 180+ previous clients. Funds will also provide rent for their workshop and warehouse, salaries for a technician, physical therapist and administrative assistant, transportation for staff and equipment, and materials.

Global Mobility – West Bank, Palestine

Global Mobility provides mobility, education, and advocacy to children and adults with disabilities throughout the world. With the support of the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, Global Mobility will provide 100 complex rehab wheelchairs – manufactured and assembled in our partnering organization’s Guatemala facility by employees with disabilities – then transported to Nicaragua for distribution and individualized custom seating at our mobility clinics. A portion of this funding will also provide for medical and healthcare and travel support for the Hope Haven Guatemala Women’s and Men’s Wheelchair Basketball teams.

Gracia – Jalapa, Guatemala – current 2017 partner

Gracia works at the Casa Hogar (the Home), a home for 110 abused, abandoned and indigent girls, ages 3-21y, in Jalapa, Guatemala. Under its umbrella, Gracia directs its Gracia Entrepreneur Training Program (G.E.T.), and its social enterprise, Milagros. Combined, they provide the opportunities and resources needed to actualize economic empowerment: G.E.T. provides the curriculum and opportunity to develop self-confidence and agency; the girls earn income through sale of Milagros’ products. In the Milagros Workshop, young women learn to design, manufacture and export Milagros handcrafted jewelry. Together, they problem solve, communicate, and develop leadership capacity. G.E.T. provides a theoretical framework for learning; the Milagros Workshop is its lab application. Gracia facilitates business development, and expedites economic opportunity by linking Milagros products to retailers in the US and Guatemala. Rent for the Milagros Workshop is paid to the Casa Hogar benefitting all living at the Home, not only those in Gracia’s program.

With the support of ABSF funding, Gracia will train young women in their 3 year G.E.T. program.

Karagwe Community Based Rehabilitation Program – Tanzania – current 2017 partner

KCBRP insures that people with disabilities and most vulnerable groups are respected in the community through advocacy of their rights, trained through provision of equal opportunities and friendly infrastructures at educational facilities, and self-reliant through establishment of income generation activities.

ABSF funding is used for repair, manufacturing and shipment of mobility devices and repair materials to KCBRP’s mobility workshop and manufacturing facility.

Kibera Girls Soccer Academy – Kibera, Kenya – current 2017 partner

Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) is a community-based organization that provides free education, artistic programming, and athletic opportunities to over 120 girls annually, who live in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  Through active participation in education, the arts, and athletics, students will have the opportunity to develop a stronger confidence in their minds, bodies, and spirits – empowering them to become inspiring leaders in their own communities and country, as they advocate for a brighter Kibera and Kenya.

Komera – Rwanda – current 2017 partner

In Rwanda, Komera means “be strong, have courage.”  Komera builds self-confident young women through education, community and sport.  ABSF funding helped Komera launch their Post-Secondary Transition Program (PSTP) in 2015, to provide recent Komera graduates with an opportunity to improve their English and computer skills, apply to university and jobs, and learn entrepreneurship skills.

LIMBS – Guatemala – current 2017 partner

Since 2004, LIMBS International has been working to bridge the gap between technology and affordability by designing high-quality, low-cost prosthetic limbs for amputees throughout the developing world.

LIMBS continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the world of prosthetic components. In a market where the majority of the research and development is focused on high-end solutions, LIMBS is committed to engineering the cost out of prosthetic systems without sacrificing quality. As a result, LIMBS is able to provide amputees with a high-quality leg system at a fraction of the cost of other available systems.

With the support of the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation LIMBS developed Project Mobility in Guatemala and El Salvador. LIMBS was able to establish a strong presence in Guatemala and with the help of local partners provide the neediest amputees with high-quality prosthetic legs, proper fitting, and the introduction to a rehabilitation program that they would never otherwise have access to. They formed a partnership with local amputee and highly skilled prosthetist, Erick Alvarez (photo, on the right side), who founded and runs his own prosthetic clinic in Guatemala. Through this relationship, Erick has become a regional trainer for LIMBS and is now helping train other clinics in Guatemala and El Salvador to fit patients.

Maasai Girls Education Fund – Kenya

The Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF) works to improve the literacy, health and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya and their families through education of girls and their communities. To accomplish their goals, MGEF provides scholarships to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend school, as well as community workshops to address social customs and cultural beliefs that prevent girls from getting an education.  ABSF funding was used to support MGEF’s Women’s Business Training Workshops for rural Maasai women who have little or no education and live in extreme poverty.  The goal is to help these women start and sustain small businesses and become self-sufficient, enabling them to provide better health care and nutrition for their families, afford school fees for their children, as well as have the means to escape abusive relationships if needed.

In subgroups of three, the women attend a three-day workshop focusing on financial literacy and small business development, and then each group is given an initial $150 grant to start their businesses.  The participants’ progress is monitored closely for the first six months to help them succeed.  The businesses launched from ABSF supported workshops range from making and selling beaded jewelry or fabrics, to running small grocery stores.  Typically, the income earned was used to pay school fees for their daughters, and medical care and food for their families.

Miraclefeet

One in 750 children worldwide is born with clubfoot. The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation is supporting miraclefeet’s expansion of clubfoot care programs in Tanzania. This expansion will occur via a partnership with Usa River Rehab Center in order to better serve the families of up to 190 children born with clubfoot in the Arusha and Iringa regions annually.

Each year, nearly 1,800 babies are born with clubfoot in Tanzania. This means that over the past five years, approximately 840 total children with clubfoot were born in Iringa and Arusha, many of whom have not yet received treatment. Without access to proper medical treatment, babies born with clubfoot face permanent disability, despite it being a condition that is completely treatable using the Ponseti Method.

Northern Kenya Fund – current 2017 partner

The Northern Kenya Fund (NKF) provides scholarships to secondary (high school) and university level students from the Marsabit District in northern Kenya. Utilizing the gift of education and in turn the power of knowledge, NKF aims to help curb poverty in the Marsabit District. Since 2004, NKF has supported over 600 students in secondary school and 5 college graduates. NKF emphasizes the funding of female students because it believes that poverty and social injustice can best be reduced and eventually eliminated through knowledge.

NKF has partnered with ABSF since 2011. ABSF is supporting 10 girls through secondary school at the North Horr Secondary School, has sponsored 4 students all the way through university and provided our university level scholars with laptop computers. In addition, ABSF provides NKF with strategic advice and has connected us with valuable leaders in the nonprofit arena.

Nurturing Minds – current 2017 partner

Nurturing Minds in Africa provides financial and technical support to programs improving access to quality education and life skills training for girls in Tanzania, with an emphasis on girls who are poor, marginalized, and at risk of becoming involved in exploitive forms of child labor. Currently, Nurturing Minds supports the Sega Girls School, a secondary boarding school in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

An important component of Sega Girls School is its community outreach program (partially funded by ABSF). The visits have included spending time at a local center for physically and mentally disabled children and a local orphanage where students interact with the residents, helped in meal preparation and learned about the jobs of staff at these facilities. Such community service visits help students see themselves as leaders able to contribute their strengths and talents

The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation also funded 17 Sega graduates to attend the first Morogoro Entrepreneurship Business Training Institute (MEBTI). Several students have submitted business plans for starting their own small businesses (e.g. package and sell honey, cooking & selling chickens, selling peanut clusters, operating a small bakery, and a flower farm).

Rwanda Girls Initiative
Rwanda Girls Initiative (RGI) is a 501c3 based in Seattle, Washington, that supports work in Rwanda. In 2011, RGI opened the doors of the Gashora Girls Academy (GGA), an upper-secondary boarding school for 270 Rwandan girls in 10th – 12th grade. GGA offers a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with an underlying belief in the importance of educating and nurturing the “whole girl.” Beyond the STEM coursework, students focus on developing their life skills, leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.

ABSF is funding one academic year’s scholarship for five students at GGA, including their tuition, school supplies, housing, meals, and health care. In addition, a portion of the funding is supporting the salary for an American teacher to work at GGA and contribute significantly to the school, through a student centered teaching style, mentoring both faculty and students alike. ABSF’s support enables GGA to offer an outstanding education focused on STEM for girls to succeed in advanced studies at local or international universities, colleges, and technical schools, and ultimately to become the future leaders of their communities and country.

Street Business School – Uganda – current 2017 partner

Street Business School by BeadforLife (SBS) is a new 2017 ABSF partner. We believe in SBS’ mission to empower women living in poverty through economic development, education and confidence development. These women become entrepreneurs and increase their income an average of 211%. For those living on less than $0.65 per day, they are experiencing a 15x increase in income. This is transformational change that impacts the lives of their children, affording their education, meals and safe housing. SBS is growing to reach more women through entrepreneurial education. We are proud to be a part of this global expansion to ignite the potential in 1 million women by 2027

The Action Foundation – Kibera, Kenya – current 2017 partner

TAF is a youth led, grassroots organization in Kibera slum that has been instrumental in improving the health of children with disabilities and supporting them to achieve their maximum potential.  ABSF supports multiple mobility related initiatives, including mobility devices, home and school assessments, assistive technologies in schools, and a therapy program in the schools.

Transitions – Guatemala – current 2017 partner

Transitions advocates for the rights and social inclusion of Guatemalans with disabilities by providing mobility equipment, access to social development programs and opportunities for independent living that promote human dignity. They are a disabled peoples organization, created nearly 20 years ago by a small group of young people who needed (a) wheelchairs and (b) employment. The group received training at Whirlwind and San Francisco State University. Today their programs include wheelchair production, prosthetics and orthotics, special education, wheelchair basketball, and a print shop. Over 75% of Transitions Foundation employees are Guatemalans living with disabilities, and are thus able to provide expert advice, rehabilitation, and counseling to the people served.

With support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation Transitions Foundation will produce in their new factory and training center all-terrain wheelchairs, made-to-measure for adults and children with severe mobility impairments resulting from spinal cord injuries, congenital conditions and a range of other causes. In addition to the wheelchairs, they will provide training for the users and their family members in how to care for their new wheelchairs, how to use them most effectively and efficiently in Guatemalas difficult terrain, how to find information and services to support an independent living, and how to detect and address potential health problems such as pressure sores, etc. 

Village Enterprise – Kenya

A pioneer in the microfinance industry, Village Enterprise has implemented a unique model of microenterprise development to sustainably address the problem of extreme, rural poverty in East Africa, where more than 70% of the population subsists on less than $2/day. By providing the poorest with the knowledge and confidence to launch micro-businesses, Village Enterprise empowers them to, not only meet their families’ daily needs but also develop business skills, increase savings, and raise their children’s education levels. Over the last 25 years, Village Enterprise has started over 27,000 businesses, trained over 125,000 new small business owners and lifted over 615,000 people out of extreme poverty. Village Enterprise provides the rural poor in East Africa with the means to start income-generating small businesses and to achieve a better standard of living for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Village Enterprise has partnered with the A.B. Shultz Foundation to provide enterprising ultra poor women in rural areas of the Eldoret Region of Northwestern Kenya with start-up grants, business training, leadership training, peer-to-peer networking, ongoing mentoring, and business savings programs, thereby enabling them and their children to break out of the cycle of extreme poverty.

Xela AID – Guatemala – current 2017 partner

Xela AID empowers children and their families to break the cycle of poverty and to become healthy, educated and self-reliant. The organization provides educational scholarships, and runs a clinic and offers microcredit to remove the health and socio-economic barriers to learning. It pursues an integrated model of community development, and sustainable solutions. Additionally, Xela AID aims to profoundly enrich the lives of the more than 60 volunteers who complete service trips each year. With funding from ABSF, Xela AID expands educational opportunities, leadership and technical training for women, including significantly expanding a computer laboratory—the very first in the school district.

Maria grew up in abject poverty, and was now allowed to attend school. At 22, with the help of Xela AID and the ABSF, she is learning to read and write, and in the process, is gaining confidence. Recently, and for the first time in her life, she traveled alone on a local bus because she felt confident she could do it.

Young Dreamer Network – Guatemala – current 2017 partner

Last year, Young Dreamer Network (YDN) developed a Young Womens Empowerment program for teenage girls in Vuelta Grande and El Hato in Central Guatemala. This program entails academic scholarships for girls to attend secondary school; biweekly, theme-based workshops led by the young women on a rotational basis; monthly community service projects; exposure to town council; and cross-cultural exchange with international teens. 

Every December, they bring a group of UD-based volunteers for three months. These female college students will be working with the girls on reproductive health and self-esteem.

Together these 30+ young women will plan and deliver biweekly workshops using a discussion- and group-project-based curriculum. Additionally, each senior member will meet one-on-one twice per month with each young woman in the group to support her through the discussion topics and to coach her on personal development. There will also be two paid, locally-based, female staff guiding the girls and directing the program.

In addition, they leverage their relationship with the town councils of each village to involve more girls in community development programs and project planning exercises. They currently have two female Young Dreamers on the El Hato Council! Their goal is to get more of our young women exposed to these positions.

With the support of the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation will continue to grow their education and leadership programs.

Youth With Physical Disabilities Development Forum – Uganda – current 2017 partner

YPDDF supports children with disabilities in the Wakiso and Mukono districts of Uganda.  ABSF’s grant supports home and school assessments, and durable, locally-produced wheelchairs for children in Uganda.