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For Immediate Release

March 1, 2012

Contact: Michele Frix

mfrix@seaif.org

206-547-9335

 

SIF awards $45,000 to support initiatives in Guatemala

focused on reproductive health and gender-based violence

 

Seattle –The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is pleased to announce $45,000 in grants to support reproductive health projects and gender-based violence prevention programs in Guatemala. The projects funded focus on developing individuals’ knowledge and leadership skills; strengthening organizations’ capacity; and building networks to align individual action for maximum impact. Women’s leadership is a primary area of focus for SIF.


SIF awarded a grant of $20,000 to Asociación Generando (ASOGEN), a women-led nonprofit based in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. SIF funds will be used to support ASOGEN’s comprehensive services to women survivors of violence, including legal advice, counseling, monitoring of legal cases, and access to shelters. In addition, funds will support ASOGEN’s advocacy efforts to increase government funding for these vital services. In 2011, ASOGEN successfully lobbied the Guatemalan government to comply with the national Femicide Law which requires that each department fund a community center to provide these services to women and their children. 

$25,000 was awarded to IncideJoven, a youth-led nonprofit based in Guatemala City focused on improving youth’s access to sexual and reproductive education in schools.  SIF funds will support their advocacy, research projects and dialogues with the Ministries of Education and Health to implement a reproductive health curriculum in Guatemalan schools. Currently, there is no formal program in public schools to teach youth about sexual violence and reproductive health. 

Organizations can stay informed about the work of the Seattle International Foundation by joining our Central America Network, Facebook, Twitter, and at our website, www.seaif.org.

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Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. More information about this press release and SIF’s projects in Central America and around the world can be found on our website or by contacting SIF Executive Director Mauricio Vivero at mvivero@seaif.org.  For information on how to submit a letter of inquiry under SIF’s Central America Program, contact Michele Frix at mfrix@seaif.org.

 

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