Abaana Community Outreach Africa (ACO-Africa) – Uganda – new 2018 partner

ACO-Africa is a non-governmental organization with the purpose of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing loving support and care for the poorest and most vulnerable community members – especially children and women living with HIV, laying an emphasis on education, health, psychosocial care, economic empowerment, nutrition, and human rights.  Our education initiatives support children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in communities to continue with education at different levels, especially girls, who have been deprived of education due to social perceptions and economic hardships.  Education is crucial to ending the cycle of poverty, ACO Africa and communities work together to identify and help these poor girls reach their full potential.  ACO-Africa believes that their achievements will inspire many more girls to pursue higher education in the future.  This should not be a rarity, but a necessity.

With support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, ACO-Africa will educate girls through their Advancing Girls’ Education Project, focusing specifically on AIDS orphans in secondary and post-secondary education.  The project will support students who will in turn, volunteer in their own communities and participate in mentorship and internship programs.

Bulogo Women’s Group – Uganda – new 2018 partner

Bulogo Women’s Group (BWG) was started in 2005 by rural women of the Kamuli district to equip girls and women with education, tools and skills to access development opportunities and become agents of change within their communities.

The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation partnership will allow BWG to expand their entrepreneurship training program to 300 women in the Kamuli district.  This business program is aimed at providing smart and savvy women living in extreme poverty with an entrepreneurship training that gives them the skills and confidence to transform their lives through the creation of a self-sustaining business.  Each of the women will start a small-scale business after four months of training.  They will continue to receive mentoring and support from the business coaches to ensure success well into the future.

Capable – Uganda – new 2018 partner

Capable believes that all people are capable.  That people are not defined by their circumstance, but by their potential.  In a remote region of Northern Uganda, Capable works to increase income for people living in extreme poverty.

Arthur B. Schultz Foundation support is directed towards the Capable Graduation Program, a two-year program that unlocks potential and leads to a transition out of poverty.  The program provides mentorship and counseling, intensive training, and access to financial services.  Clients gain the knowledge and skill sets they need to make the journey out of poverty and develop the resilience required to not fall back in.

Cielo de Amor – Nicaragua – current 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.

Creative Action Institute – East Africa – current 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.

Africa Development Promise – Rwanda – recent 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.

Estrella de Mar Solola, Guatemalanew 2018 partner

Estrella de Mar unlocks and maximizes the potential of young women to lead transformational change in Guatemala, by addressing the roots of problems faced by rural communities.  The solution involves a holistic approach of academics, community, and culture, to create a deeply intentional support system for young women and their families to ensure they can break the cycles of exclusion and poverty.

ABSF supports “The Chispa Network,” an initiative started by Estrella de Mar to create a community of girl-focused programs working together to support a generation of young women who will illuminate a pathway towards economic prosperity for themselves, their families, and their communities.  The Chispa Network is a space designed to give emerging girl leaders a safe space to network and generate social capital.  Young women from several girl-focused organizations will gather annually for a leadership summit and will come together throughout the year with various trainings and mentorship opportunities to strengthen their programs throughout the year.

Gracia – Jalapa, Guatemala – current 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.

Kibera Girls Soccer Academy – Kibera, Kenya – current 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.

Akili Dada – Kenya – recent 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

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.

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).

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.