Africa Development Promise – Rwanda – new 2016 grantee
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
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 – Cambodia
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.
The Future of Nicaragua Foundation (FON) promotes a better quality of life in the neediest sectors of Nicaragua through immediate and efficient sustainable programs in Health, Education, and Culture. FON is the primary provider of specialized wheelchairs and other mobility aids for children and adults in need of wheelchairs throughout the country. With the support of international organizations, FON has distributed over 4000 wheelchairs and mobility aids throughout Nicaragua for children and adults with physical disabilities since 2002. With the help of ABSF, FON will expand their Repair Center in Managua, Nicaragua to better serve the people in the region.
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 – Guatemala – new 2016 grantee
Gracia is located at the Casa Hogar, a home for abused, orphaned and indigent girls and young women in Jalapa, Guatemala. The Home ensures the girls receive loving care, training, guidance, and a traditional education while Gracia provides the business and skills training.
In Guatemala many girls pursue degrees in teaching or in basic business administration but those positions are virtually non-existent. By listening to the needs of the girls at Casa Hogar and focusing on their aspirations, Gracia structures its Entrepreneur Training program enabling them to achieve success. Gracia trains a group of 20 young women, ages 16 – 21, to make quality, handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
Their curriculum trains the girls to manage the logistics, inventory, marketing and sale of Milagros products. These are transportable skills that will serve them in many areas of employment. Gracia is not a charity; they provide opportunities for young women to create change for themselves. Each job creates potential economic advancement that impacts the girls, their families and their communities.
Heshima Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya – new 2016 grantee
Founded in January 2008, Heshima Kenya is an award-wining NGO, the first and only organization in Kenya singularly devoted to protecting and empowering urban unaccompanied refugees, typically aged 13-23, in Kenya. Heshima Kenya specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya. Our shelter, education and community outreach services, coupled with local resources and the refugee community, empower this population to live healthy lives. By providing resources for long-term support, these girls and young women become catalysts for strengthening networks creating sustainable change within the local and global communities.
The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation supports the Girls Empowerment Project (GEP) within Heshima Kenya, a core program providing non-formal education tailored to each participant’s individual needs, including adult education courses, life-skills, tailoring training and income-generation. ABSF’s support goes directly to the pilot Level 4 GEP course, designed to further the education of students who are graduating from Level 3, with the goal of providing them with entrepreneurial skills and opportunities to achieve self-sustainability after exiting from their programs.
The mission of KCBRP is to insure that people with disabilities and the most vulnerable groups are respected in the community through advocacy of their rights, rehabilitated through physiotherapy and community health care, trained through provision of equal opportunities and friendly infrastructures at educational facilities, and self-reliant through establishment of income generation activities.
The Kagera region lags behind the rest of the country in disability issues, being geographically isolated in the north-west corner of the country. People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Tanzania and Kagera face discrimination within the community; although the national constitution and policies provide for equal rights and treatment of all persons including PWDs. Children with disabilities are much more likely to become victims of violent assault, neglect, and sexual assault in comparison to their able-bodied peers. In addition, this is an area of the country where people, especially children, with albinism are under constant threat of assault and mutilation for their body parts.
Through it’s work, KCBRP advocates and implements for swift social change for the inclusion of children with disabilities at every level of society, ensuring they have access to long-term community health care and support services – including protection for children at extreme risk of assault/violence.
Komera – Rwanda
Komera develops self-confident young women through education, community and sport. We believe that young women have the right to lead change in their community, to experience the job of self-discovery, and to realize their potential. The partnership with the Arthur B. Shultz Foundation has enabled Komera to launch and run a post-secondary transition program. Participants in the program receive intensive training on English language skills, how to use a computer, how to successfully apply to jobs, how to apply to University, and they participate in a nine-month business incubator.
LIMBS – Guatemala
For amputees – including victims of disease, accidents, substandard medical care, and war – the gift of mobility is the gift of life. 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 ABSF, LIMBS has been able to provide legs to 100 amputees who could not afford the commercial cost of a prosthetic leg and its fitting. In addition to the direct impact for the 100 amputees, LIMBS has been able to improve the quality of their families lives which increases our impact to over 400 people. Since an amputee is now able to walk and live a productive life the burden on their families is no longer present. LIMBS also conducts training workshops that have improved the quality of care not only for the amputees that are impacted by this project but the ongoing care that the trainees will provide.
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.
Maranyundo Initiative – Rwanda – new 2016 grantee
The Maranyundo Initiative works to increase access to academic excellence for girls from economically vulnerable families in Rwanda through support of the Maranyundo Girls School. The Maranyundo Girls School is a renowned middle school located in Nyamata, in the Bugesera District of Rwanda. Due to its popularity and success, the school is expanding to include a High School of Science and Technology. By 2017 the school will serve 360 students per year between the middle school and the high school. The success of the school speaks for itself: In 2015, not only did every one of the 60 Maranyundo students who took the Rwandan National exam rank in Division 1, but sixteen students received top scores! And that is not all…Maranyundo students were named as the first and second ranked middle school students in the whole country last year! At least 50% of each class come from economically vulnerable families and receive scholarship support from the Maranyundo Initiative in order to attend. We are happy that support from the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation will provide scholarships so more students can have access to this life-changing education. Grant funds will also support technology training for Maranyundo teachers and staff to support the transition to being a High School of Science and Technology.
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.
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 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.
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) – Rwanda – new 2016 grantee
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of social and economic change. Every 28 days, millions of girls in developing countries miss school – up to 50 days per year – because they lack access to affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads. Specifically, 18% of girls and women in Rwanda reported that they miss up to 50 days of school because they can’t afford expensive imported pads. The SHE28 initiative is addressing girls’ and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads, causing significant costs to their health, education, productivity, and dignity. Through this initiative, SHE is actively debunking the myth that donated pads is a long-term solution. SHE, with help from its partners at MIT, North Carolina State University, the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, and former Kimberly Clark leaders, developed the go! pad, a feminine hygiene product that is more affordable than and significantly reduces the negative environmental impact of typical pads. SHE and its partners developed a groundbreaking, patented, mechanical process to make an absorbent material, the foundation of the pad, from agro waste—in this case, banana fibers—without using any chemicals and/or super absorbent polymers. The use of readily available banana fibers allows the go! pads to be priced lower than multinational brands. SHE will deliver this innovation by investing in women entrepreneurs to jumpstart businesses selling and distributing locally produced, low-cost, eco-friendly go! pads. Coupled with health education and advocacy, girls and women will have even more productive lives than before. The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation is supporting both salaries and social marketing for SHE.
The Action Foundation – Kenya
Believe in a Kenya where children with disabilities have equal opportunities to succeed. The Action Foundation (TAF) is a youth led, grassroots organization located in Kibera, Kenya. Since 2010, TAF has been instrumental in improving the health of children with disabilities and supporting them to achieve their maximum potential. TAF supports social inclusion rather than dependency, and work to ensure that children with disabilities are rehabilitated and integrated into social spaces so that they can live healthy and dignified lives.
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.
WISER School – Kenya
The WISER Secondary School for girls takes a holistic approach to the boarding school environment. Unlike other schools in the area, WISER provides everything a girl needs to be successful including – clothes, books, safe housing, female role models, leadership training, healthy food, mosquito nets, HIV education, and essential medicine.
WISER is also committed to the highest quality of education by providing engaged and supportive teachers and administrators who live on campus. These role models spend time during the evenings and weekends empowering girls through – games, sports leagues, social and academic clubs, psychological support and counseling, tutoring, and science and math competitions. WISER is committed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education for girls, and our students out compete boys in the county and are currently engaging in regional competitions like the Kenya Science Congress.
Youth With Physical Disabilities Development Forum (YPDDF) – Uganda – new 2016 grantee
Open the world for children and youths with disabilities. YPDDF is a grassroots organization in rural Uganda focused on building a positive change in the lives of people with disabilities through improving mobility, supporting children with disabilities to acquire a quality education, providing income generation opportunities for people with disabilities and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities.
ABSF’s 2016 grant is focused on providing appropriate wheelchair technology to 30 children in Mukono and Wakiso districts to increase enrollment and retention in community schools. Funding will also support caregivers on proper use and maintenance of wheelchairs.
Xela AID – Guatemala
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.