Development Grant Submissions for 2015

Below, you can see all the information about the various Development Grants offered by Fawco for 2015.  Please read the information and then take the survey to post your vote!  Votes will be tallied, and the MIWC will get one vote for each category.  Here’s the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBLYLKN

Education

AW of Surrey Hope Through Education

Proposal Name: Mentawai Boarding School

Location: Indonesia

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Six years

Parent Organization: None

Website:   www.ybtiuniversal.org

Funding Breakdown: Private donations: 89%, Foundation donations: 5%, In-house fund-raising: 6%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

For the past 19 years, Yayasan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Universal (Unity in Diversity Universal Foundation) has built learning centers in remote areas of the Mentawai Islands off the coast of West Sumatera and has trained teachers for these centers, drawing on the population of the communities where the centers are located.  The Foundation has provided pre-school and elementary education in areas that were not a government priority.  YBTI has also built housing and sanitation facilities for the learning centers. The YBTI Universal Boarding School dormitory in Muara Siberut, built in 1997, is the oldest dormitory on Mentawai Island.  It houses between 35 and 50 secondary school students, many of them girls, who come from other more remote villages on Mentawai.  Many of the students are too poor to pay for their accommodations, and until 2007 were housed free of charge.  Private funding has diminished; students are now asked to provide their own food and help pay for the upkeep of the dormitory building. The dormitory building is in severe need of renovation.  The roof leaks and the rooms fill with water during the rainy season.  The water damage is causing the floors to rot.  Funding from private donors is not sufficient for the necessary building repairs.

The Development Grant funds will be used to purchase materials and pay workers to repair the roof and the floor of the Mentawai Boarding School dormitory.  Without the Grant, the dormitory may be forced to close.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Preventing a Lost Generation: Sending Refugee Children to School

Location: Jordan

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: One Year

Parent Organization: Collateral Repair Project

Website: www.collateralrepairproject.org

Funding Breakdown: Private and Individual Donations: 100%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

The Syrian refugee crisis has become the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our time. Over half of the people displaced by the crisis are children, who have effectively lost their childhood and are facing danger, hardship, isolation and a bleak future. The problem is so acute that Syrian refugee children have been termed the “lost generation.” According to UNICEF, less than a fourth of Syrian refugee children in Jordan are registered in Jordanian public schools. Yet, for Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, the struggles can be even more daunting, as the Syrian crisis has resulted in a near elimination of aid to Iraqi refugees. The plight of all of these children represents a world crisis, as their circumstances and lack of education threaten to breed further misunderstanding and hostility in future generations. Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a grassroots organization in Amman, Jordan has been bringing much needed assistance to refugees and other victims of violent conflict–those commonly referred to as “collateral damage”—since 2006. The registered US tax-exempt organization seeks to repair some of this damage, thus fostering peace and reconciliation. CRP serves refugees of all nationalities, predominantly Iraqi and Syrian refugees, operating a community center and providing emergency aid to the most needy refugees, including funds to send refugee children to school.

The development grant will be used to fund for one year the school fees, uniforms, backpacks and school supplies for 45 refugee children who otherwise could not afford to attend school, giving these children perhaps their only hope of a future.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Rural Development through Education and Empowerment of the Girl Child

Location: India

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Two years

Parent Organization: None

Website: www.education4change.org

Funding Breakdown: Foundation Donations: 52.3%, Founder & Individual Donations: 37.7%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) is a school for underprivileged girls in rural India. Here girls grow to their full potential through education, employment opportunities and empowerment. At PPES, girls develop the academic and personal skills to support themselves, their families and their community.   As students become self-reliant, they help create a socially and economically empowered society. Established in 2000, PPES currently educates 1,300 girls, ages four to 18, from 62 villages.   Without PPES, there are no such educational opportunities available for girls in this area of India. Besides core academics, PPES also teaches the girls to be moral, confident and well rounded. Therefore, the girls are also taught Dance, Theatre, Art, Debate, Music, Sports, Health and Hygiene, Current Affairs, Family and Gender Issues, Finances, Business, Teamwork, Rural Development, Human Rights and Ethics. The school also provides vocational training and work opportunities. The scholarship’s aim is to support 11 girls. In making the education and overall well being of the girls a top priority, the PPES scholarships will endeavor to educate, empower and emancipate the girls as a way out of the poverty cycle. With education and empowerment, the girls can become socially and economically independent, provide family support as well as serve as catalysts for positive transformation and sustainable development in their communities.

The development grant will be used to sponsor 11 girls from the poorest rural area of Uttar Pradesh, India. This is a one-year scholarship covering academic tuition, personal skills training, daily meals, books, school supplies, uniforms, transportation and health care.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Solas Project, Step Up, a program

Location: Ireland

Sponsoring Club’s length of affiliation: Almost two years

Parent Organization: None

Website: www.solasproject.ie  

Funding Breakdown: Corporate donation: 37.5%, Charitable Donation: 62.5%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Step Up provides one-to-one mentoring to young people throughout their secondary level education. Forty young people benefit from 1,320 hours of mentoring through weekly meetings and special incentive trips. Each young person is assigned his or her own volunteer mentor. Step Up is designed to address underachievement in education; low expectations, hopelessness; lack of positive role models; and, difficulty in transition to secondary school. Inequality in education means that some children do not reach their potential because their opportunities are limited before they begin. Disadvantaged young people are still far more likely to leave school early and are far less likely to progress to higher education. The relationships nurtured through Step Up help young people to take full advantage of their education, make good life choices, and contribute positively to society. Strong connections to families and schools are integral to the Step Up approach. Support from FAWCO will help us achieve our long-term program objectives:            assist students in the transition to secondary school and empower them to achieve academically to the best of their ability: build meaningful and consistent relationships with the students and provide personal support through mentoring: actively support young people in their character development: advocate on behalf of the students and their families in the school system: guide/prepare students for choices regarding university and employment.

The development grant will pay for educational/cultural activities for 40 students and 40 mentors; for personal development activities for those 40 students; for mentor training; for textbooks and exam papers.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013Proposal Name: Stitching Kuychi

Location: Peru

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: One year

Parent Organization: Foundation ‘Kuychi’

Website: www.kuychi.nl

Funding Breakdown: Private donations: 47%, Corporate donations: 16%, Foundation donations: 33%, Projects and Christmas fairs: 4%                                                                                   (Summary) Purpose of the Grant:                                                                                       CETPRO, the focus of this application, is a two-year vocational training program concluded with a state-recognized exam. There are 2 courses of study: hotel/reception desk (2 groups) and IT (1 group). All 90 students follow English courses in addition to their vocational courses. The program is divided into modules. In addition, they attend various workshops and presentations offered by successful consultants and Peruvian icons to motivate them and help them plot their own careers or start their own business. Apart from their vocational training we also offer humane and cultural education. In the past few years our students visited a.o. archeological sites and museums. Our students learn to give back to life and they volunteer in events and daily assistance. As part of their training they clean the entire community once a month. They are environmentally aware and pass on this message to the inhabitants of the community during their cleaning work. Almost all students who complete the two-year training quickly find jobs in the tourist sector in the immediate vicinity or as IT workers in the trade and industry. In 2013, 94 students were awarded their diplomas. Nine students will continue their education along with new students. 12 Students were forced to drop out for family reasons or moves. The 2014 report is not yet available. The costs involved with CETPRO total $105,880 (2013 estimate), i.e. $1,322.83 per student. The financial support of a number of students by FAWCO would be most welcome.

The development grant will be used to cover the education expenses for approximately 4 students.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa’s Children

 

Proposal Name: Chrysalis Project South Africa Learning Centre

Location: South Africa                                                                                                                          

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Two and a half years

Parent Organization: None

Website: http://www.chrysalis-project.za.org

Funding Breakdown: Local farmer’s association: 25%, Local businesses: 2%, Local quilter’s guild: 8%, Bi-annual clothing sales: 1%, Individual donations: 64%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Chrysalis Project South Africa was founded in 2012 to promote educational success for disadvantaged children in KwaZulu Natal in rural South Africa. Over 75% of early primary students in this area struggle with literacy and numeracy. Chrysalis developed After-School Intervention Programs, which achieved significant results increasing students’ literacy. Teachers and parents reported that children who previously couldn’t identify letters of the alphabet were beginning to read. However, it is difficult to reach many of the children who would benefit from these programs. Without a base, Chrysalis has been working in the few schools with available space. Resources had to be limited, and theft was an issue. Chrysalis recently partnered with the local Department of Education to renovate a dilapidated classroom to use as their base. Most learning materials and activities will be free to children. Parents have agreed to a small fee for supplementary services. Chrysalis estimates that these fees, combined with an annual donation from the local farmers’ association, will enable the Chrysalis Learning Centre to be self-sustaining in 2016. It will be the only learning center in the area. Parents, educators, and community leaders are looking forward to the opening of this new resource for information, learning and improved education.

The development grant will be used to complete the Chrysalis Learning Centre, purchase materials, and assist in paying trained staff. The Centre will serve three primary schools, with potential for three more (initially serving 200 children, eventually doubling that number).

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Education Success

Location: Morocco

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Three years                                                                    

Parent Organization: None                                                                                                      

Website: http://www.orphelinatbernoussi.org

Funding Breakdown: Donations : 64%, Real Estate income : 23%, State Subsidies : 13%                      

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:                                                                                                   

The Orphanage Sidi Bernoussi is a charitable institution housing approximately 250 male residents. They are: orphans, abandoned children, or from poor families or family dislocation. The orphanage is for children living in Casablanca, with priority to children in the local area. The center offers a reception center for housing and dining and assumes their education to prepare them for social and professional integration. Professional integration remains a major challenge to free up spaces for new residents. There is a need to find employment for older residents who often have an insufficient level of training or education. The Association seeks to fill these gaps through training and from support of those who are able to finish high school and obtain passing grades on the national BAC exams. School support is also essential in that the public schools are in a particularly disadvantaged area. Nationally, only 50% of students finish school and only 12% get the baccalaureate. Academic support, via additional courses is the best weapon to fight against school failure, along with adequate counseling.

The development grant will be used for 20 high school students to receive evening tutoring 2 hours per night in science and history courses. Another 9 students will receive evening tutoring in French and English courses, and the grant will provide extra tutoring for 29 boys at an orphanage outside of Casablanca to help them with finding work. The unemployment rate for males in Morocco is up to 40% for those not educated.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013Proposal Name: Project Mwangi

Location: Kenya

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: One year

Parent Organization: Stahili Foundation

Website: www.stahilifoundation.org

Funding Breakdown: Donations from non-profit organizations: 35%, Private individuals: 35%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant: Stahili rescued 30 vulnerable children from orphanages where they were forced to work, exploited for profit, physically abused, deprived of an education, and neglected. Stahili reunites children with families, provides education through to post-secondary school and all the tools they and their families need. Stahili closed two corrupt orphanages ensuring that no child is abused in those particular institutions. Stahili Foundation is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that combats child exploitation and poverty in Kenya through education and love. Stahili believes that education is the most powerful tool to break the cycle of poverty and the conditions which lead to exploitation similar to what Stahili’s children suffered. Through education we can make sustainable change in communities. Stahili currently supports 7 children in high school. In Kenya, costs are determined by the school to which a particular child is accepted. John, a victim of child labor, is the first child rescued by Stahili and will be attending college next year. Raising funds for John’s university and expenses will allow Stahili to help another vulnerable child. Assisting John will bring us closer to the goal of helping more children. Without the support, Stahili will have difficulty supporting John and his dreams to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce.

The development grant will be used to pay partial one-year tuition for high school for James and Amina and one-year university tuition for John.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Uniform Project, Teachers Across Borders

Location: South Africa

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Five years

Parent Organization: Teachers Across Borders – South Africa

Website: www.tab-sa.org

Funding Breakdown: Private donations: 80%, School fundraisers: 20%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Students in South Africa are required to wear uniforms to school. They are permitted to attend school in street clothes if they cannot afford uniforms, but even in areas where everyone is poor, the poorest are often too ashamed of their desperate poverty to admit it in this way; thus they don’t attend school. (Even among some students who attend school, there is a need for uniforms. I spoke with the principal of an elementary school who explained that some female students do not participate in recess games because they cannot afford underwear.) The most basic attempt to lift oneself from poverty begins with an education; thus providing students with school uniforms, is an essential first step. Giving students the full set of a new school uniform including underwear gives the pupils new confidence and self-esteem.

The development grant will be used to purchase school uniforms for 90 students.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Environment

 

FAUSA Water Runs Through It

No applications submitted in this category

AWC Shanghai A World of Possibilities

Proposal Name: Trees Grow in the Sahel

Location: Senegal

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Six years

Parent Organization: Women for Girls

Website: www.womenforgirls.org

Funding Breakdown: Grants:100%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Enable Women for Girls to engage the scientific team of National Center for Agricultural Research, NCRA to conduct a 4-day Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, FMNR training in Ndondol and its 16 surrounding villages – population 25,000. Ndondol lies on degraded land in Senegal’s Sahel region. Ndondol village authorities, after hearing about the first WFG FMNR success in 2013 and hoping for similar results – nearly 6,000 new trees on 250 acres of land – asked WFG for FMNR training. What is FMNR? This holistic, innovative technique of reforestation and land restoration builds the capacity of the community to beat hunger by restoring degraded, unproductive land. After the training, the farmer is able to identify tree stumps she wants to use, select the tallest and strongest sprouts, cut the rest half way down and return often to prune to stimulate growth. In a few short years, they become trees. How will FMNR benefit Ndondol? Women and children are those who suffer first during food scarcity and are those who will benefit greatly from FMNR. Readily available firewood for home use or sale creates economic opportunity. Eating nuts/leaves/fruit from growing trees improves dietary diversity and adds vitamins to food. These trees improve crop cover and soil fertility. Scorching temperatures, devastating erosion, strong winds, blowing sands and the encroaching Sahara will all be reduced by new trees.

The development grant will be used to support all training aspects including per diem, food for 55 participants, materials, jeep rental and lodging, plus quarterly follow-up for one year following the workshop.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013Health

 

Critical Health Concerns – fully sponsored by an anonymous FAWCO member club

 

Proposal Name: Abeed Association of Diabetic Children

Location: Morocco

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Two Years

Parent Organization: None

Website: www.abeed-marrakech.net

Funding Breakdown: Private donations: 70%, Grants 20%, Member involvement: 10%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Provide educational programs across Marrakech city and the country giving support to help people living with or affected by diabetes. Provide medications, food skills, physical activity and moral support for people at risk of developing diabetes, those with pre-diabetes and those who are newly diagnosed. The grant will help increase awareness of risk factors, signs, symptoms and complications of diabetes, and encourage participants to work with their health care team to prevent or manage diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. Abeed Association started with parents with diabetic children who could not find the support of the necessary medication to provide to their sick children. All of our volunteers are local doctors, parents and other local individuals.

The development grant will be used to create a friendly space for social and medical meetings so as to help children and their families to care for diabetes and live with the disease. It will cover the expenses related to the educational, social and medical meetings.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: FLOGA, Organization of Parents of Children With Cancer

Location: Greece

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: One Year

Parent Organization: None

Website: www.floga.org.gr

Funding Breakdown: Private Donations: 50%, Corporate Donations: 50%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

FLOGA is an Organization of Parents with Children with Cancer.  Their work includes the operation of a guesthouse located next to the Pediatric Hospitals in Athens. The guesthouse accommodates without charge the young oncology patients and their families who come from all over Greece, during their treatment. The continuous improvement of the treatment and medical care conditions at the Oncology Units of the Pediatric Hospitals such as the donation of state of the art medical equipment, appliances (M.R.I., C.T/Scan…) and the creation of a Radiotherapy unit.  The operation of a “Home Nursing program” in collaboration with the Oncology units of the Pediatric Hospitals. The on-going psychological and social support for children and their families offered by specialized professionals: psychologists and social workers. The financial coverage of a number of specialized medical tests prescribed by the attending physicians but not covered by either the national health system or the private insurance programs of the families. Floga offers financial support to poor families. The organization offers several entertainment activities for the children. Seasonal fundraising with crafts made by the children. The operation of an in-house school so children can follow up with their education. The continuous effort to raise the public interest in childhood cancer.

The development grant will provide milk and olive oil for the patients and their mothers who reside in the FLOGA home while having chemotherapy and other medical treatments at the Children’s Hospitals in Athens.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: KIDS Support Groups

Location: Brazil

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Almost two years

Parent Organization: International Federation of the Blue Cross

Website: www.ifbc.info

Funding Breakdown: Blue Cross: 16%, Foundation: 81%, FAWCO Club: 3%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Children are vulnerable in so many ways when their loved ones are addicts. KIDS Support Groups promote a place for welcoming children that are affected by their parents’ substance abuse, which is a significant public health issue in Southern Brazil. Children who come from families where one or both parents drink often blame themselves, face social exclusion, are terrified of abandonment and become alcoholics themselves. This project gives children a place to turn; somewhere they can openly discuss their parents’ addiction and how it impacts them. The groups are also used as prevention strategy. Children who come from families where a parent abuses drugs/alcohol are 10 times more likely to fall into the same pattern.

Support groups like these give children confidence, a network of people to rely on and trust. They provide positive guidance during a critical time in one’s life when behavior and decision-making are easily influenced. In the long run, KIDS support groups create physically and mentally healthy adolescents and adults that can function in society, eventually becoming positive agents for change. The project is run by Blue Cross Brazil, a health development NGO working with alcohol and drug-related harm. They are a member organization of the International Blue Cross, a global NGO in 43 countries offering expert services in prevention, treatment, counseling and aftercare.

The development grant will be used to pay the salary for the assistant trainer and moderator for 11 months to set up and run 12 new groups in three states in Southern Brazil and train 60 volunteers.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

The Coughlan Family Foundation, Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis                                                                                          No applications submitted in this category.

 

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Human Rights

 

American Women of the Eastern Province Skills For Life sponsored in part by AILO Florence

Proposal Name: Aziza’s Coffee

Location: Cambodia

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Six years

Parent Organization: Aziza Ghori Charitable Foundation (AGCF)

Website: www.azizasplace.org

Funding Breakdown: Grant-giving organizations: 52%, Individual donors: 48%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Aziza’s Coffee is a social business providing underprivileged women from Phnom Penh’s dumpsite community an opportunity to work in a safe environment and achieve financial independence. Items for sale include coffee and snacks from Cambodia’s first solar-powered tuk-tuk, a 3-wheel vehicle common to Cambodia. The women formerly worked at the city’s hazardous dumpsite collecting recyclable items to sell. Average daily earnings were $5 and the women worked seven days a week in order to provide for their families. Aziza’s Coffee provides them with a safe work environment, escape from social stigma and the opportunity to serve as role models in their community. The women are largely illiterate and the training they receive is both empowering and life-changing. Skills in English, customer services, kitchen hygiene and preparation are designed so that they can manage their own business in the future. The ultimate goal is for the women to manage a tuk-tuk as a franchise from Aziza’s Coffee. We see Aziza’s Coffee bridging the gap between the dumpsite community and the public by giving the women a voice where they can speak to customers about where their garbage ends-up and the value of their recyclable items, which are otherwise, discarded. The Recycling Exchange initiative encourages recycling by providing incentive to exchange recyclable goods for discounts.

The development grant will be used to purchase a new tuk-tuk which will kick-start a cycle of employment and sustainability. Aziza’s Coffee will provide more employment opportunities for women from this community and foster sustainability through expansion.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Better Nutrition for Better Learning

Location: Nepal                                                      

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Two and a half years

Parent Organization: Nepal Orphans Home

Website: www.nepalorphanshome.org                                                                      

Funding Breakdown: Individual Donors: 80%, Foundation Grants: 20%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

The children of Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) are growing up in a safe, healthy environment. They enjoy a nutritious diet, with milk, fresh vegetables, fruit, and chicken supplementing the staple of white rice. At noon of each school day, the children have tiffin or lunch. Given the limited time and logistics of transporting it, tiffin had been the least nourishing meal of their day. NOH started the better tiffen lunch in early 2014. In 2014, NOH started Skylark cafe on the school grounds where now a hot lunch is prepared daily for our children. We trained and hired NOH grads as chef, assistants, and our students are being trained to prepare, cook, and serve by volunteering. Cooking appliances, equipment, serving dishes and utensils were purchased. Brown rice, more expensive, yet more nutritious, was incorporated into the midday meal.  We serve 250-400 meals per day, see the benefits, and will continue. NOH, a 501(c) 3 public charity incorporated in North Carolina, operates in Nepal. Not all children are college bound, and consequently, NOH established the Chelsea Education Center (CEC) with a Sustainable Livelihoods Program, to provide both vocational and life skills training. Adding this year, a culinary course to the CEC, will provide important vocational training for our children and the better tiffen has improved nutrition, immunity to illness, and academic achievement in schools… all essential human rights.

The development grant will fulfill annual salaries for chef and assistants, lease a building, purchase commercial equipment, and purchase brown rice.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Grain de Vie

Location: Belgium

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Over two years

Website: www.graindevie.be

Parent Organization:

Funding Breakdown: Sales: 58%, Sponsor/Parent Donations: 18%, Wallonia region subsidy: 24%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant: 

Grain de Vie is both a place of employment and a place of pride for 15-20 mentally handicapped young adults in Waterloo, Belgium who receive vocational training in a caring atmosphere as a bridge into the adult world.  A bakery and simple kitchen in a family environment, Grain de Vie employs these mentally handicapped individuals coached by 42 volunteers from 9:00-16:00 daily to teach meal preparation, to produce different types of breads and sweets, and to contribute to the running of the shop where these baked goods are sold.  Each individual stays for 1+ years depending on their personal progress with social integration and then, well-trained, goes on to thrive in other employment opportunities. This new kitchen equipment will also increase efficiency, with a projected growth in baked good sales +7% in 2015 over 2014.  This financial security would enable Grain de Vie to remain a viable employer of mentally handicapped young adults who have extremely limited employment options.

The development grant will be used to purchase a new commercial oven hood to meet legal requirements and other kitchen appliances and accessories to both improve production and to make the space attractive for potential rental revenue to sustain itself.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Around the Corner, A World Away, sponsored in part by Julie Mowat, Laurence and Margaret Hilditch and AIWC Genoa in memory of Carol Bordoni

 

Proposal Name: Angeli della Città Sewing workshop

Location: Italy

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Three years

Parent Organization: Angeli della Città

Website: None

Funding Breakdown: Corporate and private donations: 65%, fundraising events: 35%      (Summary) Purpose of the Grant: The Angeli work is in an area of Florence which is mainly composed of the poor and also the homeless. They deal with tragic situations due to ‘no income’ households and help by distributing food and clothing and also shop with about 50 families for fresh food and take care of the bill for them for up to 25/50 euro. The sewing workshop has been installed to teach unemployed women basic needlework skills to allow them to take on work with alterations and simple dressmaking. It is trying to get people with little or no hope back into work and gain self-respect.

The development grant will be used to establish a fund which offers these women a token salary to stimulate them to attend the course in full, thus ensuring that they gain a good knowledge of sewing and then have confidence to offer their services for a fee.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Epilepsy Society’s confidential telephone helpline – a lifeline for people with epilepsy                                                                                                                                       Location: England

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Over twenty years

Parent Organization: Epilepsy Society

Website: www.epilepsysociety.org.uk

Funding Breakdown: Grant applications from trusts and foundations, 100%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

The charity needs to ensure that they have sufficient staff covering the helpline during periods of staff sickness, holidays or other unplanned absences, and are conscious that two of their long-serving team members are due for retirement in the near future. Without additional funding, they will not be in a position to achieve this. Forward planning is therefore essential. They have recently recruited a part-time worker and a temporary bank worker who are in training, but not yet taking calls. These new staff members, along with an additional part-time worker, should enable Epilepsy Society to handle around 14 extra calls per week (720 calls per year), and achieve their aim of answering at least 90% of all calls received during opening hours.

The development grant will enable the Epilepsy Society to cover the salaries for new helpline staff, an essential service for them.

Weekly Activity Update – February 10-16, 2013

Proposal Name: Prevention Center for Family & Marital Violence

Location: Belgium

Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: Over twenty years

Parent Organization: Private Organization

Website: www.cpvcf.org

Funding Breakdown: Public Allowance: 93%, Bakery Sales: 5%, Private Donations: 2%

(Summary) Purpose of the Grant:

Centre de Prevention des Violences Familiales et Conjugales (Prevention Center for Family & Marital Violence) provides a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the Brussels region.   A pioneer in this space since 1977, the CPVFC is a private ASBL with only moderate public funding, which is almost wholly absorbed in salaries of their 23 dedicated employees. The women and children who arrive to the CPVCF are already fragile and in crisis. Having welcoming and clean rooms to receive them decently helps the success of the help by creating the best possible atmosphere for healing.

The development grant will be used for fresh painting and repairs of the eight shelter rooms where battered women and their children are taken care of and maintenance in the laundry room. In one year, the improved living conditions will provide a calming presence and place to heal – physically and emotionally – in the lives of approximately 55 battered women and 55 of their children, or almost 8,000 restful nights.

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