GFC Announces 2011 Sustainability Awards

GFC Announces 2011 Sustainability Awards Innovative, Effective Grassroots Groups Receive Highest Level of Funding
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March 23, 2011 - PRLog -- The Global Fund for Children (GFC) proudly announces the 2011 GFC Sustainability Awards, honoring 20 grassroots organizations worldwide. This $25,000 award distinguishes GFC grantee partners that are highly innovative and effective and that are at a stage of development where higher levels of financial and program growth can be sustained.

These awards signal the end of GFC’s funding relationship and recognize outstanding grantee partners that have succeeded in greatly improving the lives of vulnerable children. Many of this year’s award winners stated a desire to use the award toward construction and renovation or for the creation of reserve funds, trends that were also reflected in last year’s award winners.

“Over the course of our funding relationship with our grantee partners, we provide operating and programmatic support,” explains Victoria Dunning, vice president for programs at GFC. “As we transition these grantees from our funding, we are pleased to use the Sustainability Award mechanism to help them make an investment in their long-term stability and viability.”

Among this year’s impressive list of awardees is Fundatia Noi Orizonturi. Working in a coal-mining region of Romania that suffers from high unemployment and corruption, this group uses experiential adventure education to instill children and youth with positive values, runs service-learning projects, and engages with the local government. This award will be used to create a reserve fund and to bolster communications and fundraising activities.

This year, GFC gives a total of $500,000 in Sustainability Awards to 20 innovative and effective community-based organizations that have affected broader issues related to children, education, and/or development through advocacy, training, and/or replication. From Burkina Faso to Nicaragua to Serbia, GFC uses this highest level of funding to recognize promising organizations that are moving into new stages of growth and funding.

2011 Sustainability Award Recipients

Asociación Promoción y Desarrollo de la Mujer Nicaragüense Acahual, Nicaragua
Acahual focuses on combating violence and discrimination against women and girls through education, integrated health services, and the strengthening of community structures. This award will be used to purchase an ultrasound machine that will generate income for Acahual and will be available to area families.

Association d’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada, Burkina Faso
ADEP is one of Burkina Faso’s leading champions of women’s and girls’ rights, often addressing taboo topics such as sexual health, sexual abuse, and harmful traditional practices. This award will be used to increase the organization’s reach and strengthen its monitoring capacity.

Benishyaka Association, Rwanda
Founded to support widows and children following Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Benishyaka Association runs economic empowerment programs for widows, a community health center, and a scholarship program for orphaned and vulnerable children. This award will be used to build a permanent office.

Centar za Integraciju Mladih, Serbia
CIM educates street children and orphans on their rights, provides legal services, and teaches them practical skills. It also offers a drop-in center and access to medical care and social services. This award will be used to coordinate and implement an advocacy strategy, a monitoring and evaluation plan, and staff trainings.

Centro Cultural Batahola Norte, Nicaragua
CCBN offers education and vocational courses to women and children and provides cultural workshops in dance, music, painting, and theater. This award will be used to renovate and expand existing program facilities and to create strategic communications and fundraising plans.

Centro de Apoyo al Niño de la Calle de Oaxaca, Mexico
CANICA works with children who live or work on the streets, focusing on their cognitive and emotional development, health and nutrition, and socialization. This award will be used to expand the community center that provides nutritious weekday meals to 80 market-working children.

Centro Interdisciplinario para el Desarrollo Social, Mexico
CIDES empowers indigenous children and families in Mexico City through community mobilization, social intervention, and street education. This award will be used to strengthen organizational development, fundraising, and communications.

Centro Transitorio de Capacitación y Educación Recreativa El Caracol, Mexico
Empowering children who work and live on the streets, El Caracol offers street education and outreach, transitional housing, life skills workshops, enterprise and vocational training, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. This award will be used to develop a fundraising and communications strategy and a reserve fund.

Hope for Children Organization, Ethiopia
HFC offers education, nutritional and medical services, shelter, and psychosocial support to children and youth orphaned by AIDS. It also runs a hospice and provides livelihood and medical support for people living with HIV/AIDS. This award will be used to conduct a strategic review and develop a strategic plan.

Jabala Action Research Organisation, India
Jabala supports children living in and around the red-light districts of Kolkata through educational support, healthcare, and rights awareness programs. This award will be used to support the construction of a center that will host Jabala’s training programs.

Kinniya Vision, Sri Lanka
Focusing on children and women in vulnerable communities in the Trincomalee district, KV promotes education, develops human resources, provides capacity-building opportunities, works to reduce gender imbalances and conserve the environment, and advocates for human rights. This award will be used to invest in resource mobilization and to complete KV’s training center.

Laura Vucuña Foundation, Philippines
LVF offers outreach activities and a drop-in center for street children in Manila; vocational, educational, and employment training and scholarship support for children and youth; and a residential program for sexually abused and exploited girls. This award will be used to develop a fundraising strategy and start a reserve fund.

Poder Joven, Colombia
Poder Joven provides children with alternatives to the dangers of the streets through two education centers that promote basic education as well as life skills, health, nutrition, emotional well-being, and positive values. This award will be used to purchase and remodel a building to house one of the education centers.

Pravah, India
Pravah promotes youth volunteerism, inspires active citizenship, and supports young social entrepreneurs’ endeavors toward social change. This award will be used to build a reserve fund.

Ruili Women and Children Development Center, China
RWCDC creates a healthy living environment for neglected, trafficked, and sexually exploited women and children, with a focus on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. This award will be used to establish an emergency fund and to carry out evaluation and capacity-building activities.

Rural Family Support Organization, Jamaica
RuFamSO provides healthcare, individual counseling, education, and training to children and adolescents and to the parents of young children. This award will be used to construct an additional classroom that will house a training program.

Tanadgoma Library and Cultural Center for People with Disabilities, Georgia
Tanadgoma promotes the psychosocial rehabilitation of people with disabilities and facilitates their integration into the community through formal and vocational education, extracurricular programs, and income-generating opportunities. This award will be used to acquire permanent office space.

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