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December 10, 2012
Contact: Michele Frix | 206-547-9335

SIF announces over $250,000 in grants to local organizations working to alleviate global poverty

SIF is pleased to announce $261,210 in grants under its Global Program, created to support and strengthen the international non-profit sector in the Puget Sound area and Washington state. This round of grants focuses on organizations whose work directly impacts the lives of women and girls in the developing world.

The grants awarded reflect the tremendous diversity and talent of organizations based in Washington, working to alleviate poverty around the world. This work ranges from training rural community health workers in Bolivia, providing entrepreneurial opportunities for women with disabilities in Laos, and providing fistula treatment to women in western Kenya.

SIF has awarded grants to the following organizations:

$12,500 to Agros International to support the women’s community banking program for impoverished women in Guatemala.

$12,500 to Ayni Education International to expand Ayni’s Computer Literacy Program to a third site -- the Omul Blad Girls School in Mazar-e-Sharif, built in 2011 and serving nearly 4,000 girls.

$12,500 to Clear Path International to provide business development training and entrepreneurial opportunities for women with disabilities in partnership with the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center (LDWDC), benefitting 68 disabled women and their families.

$15,000 to EarthCorps to support 15 emerging environmental leaders from around the world in an intensive leadership program on restoration and environmental issues in the Puget Sound region.

$14,710 to Etta Projects to support the third phase of a comprehensive, rural health program in Bolivia. 24 community members will participate in a comprehensive training program, enabling them to better understand their roles and responsibilities as rural health officials.

$15,000 to Facing the Future to provide general operating support. FTF designs global curricula with a focus on gender equality, environmental sustainability and discussing issues surrounding poverty.

$6,500 to Give2Cuba to provide seed capital for microenterprises run by women in Cuba. 

$15000 to Global Women - Partners in Philanthropy to support the Seattle Invitational Travel Exchange in 2013, facilitate a hands-on learning experience in Seattle for ten Chinese guests with established groupsĀ  with successful working models of philanthropy. 

$15,000 to iLEAP:  The Center for Critical Service to support the Central American Women’s Leadership Program, and the 2013 meeting of iLEAP fellows in Central America.

$10,000 to Jolkona to secure matching gifts and promote the 2013 Give2Girls and Day-of-the-Girl campaigns.

$12,500 to Literacy Bridge to continue supporting efforts to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health through a low-cost audio device designed to allow illiterate mothers to learn more effectively from local health experts and better adopt new maternal practices. This program will reach 9,000 people in 10 villages in the Upper West Region, Ghana.

$15,000 to Mona Foundation to provide continued support for their local partner in India, Digital Study Hall, serving approximately 2,600 rural and slum children throughout 28 schools in India.

$15,000 to One By One to provide continued support for One By One's "Let's End Fistula" initiative in Western Kenya. Specific goals for 2013 include: continue to conduct intensive outreach about fistula treatment and prevention; increase the program's surgical capacity through developing a partnership with a second treatment facility; cover the cost of treatment for 200 women; and provide additional training for Regional Representatives.

$12,500 to One Equal Heart Foundation (OEH) to support their indigenous mothers and children nutrition program in Chiapas, Mexico. This project provides support and training for women to produce a natural supplement for malnourished children, benefitting around 500 children. OEH will also identify and work with mothers who are ready and prepared to incorporate various eco-features in their homes such as fuel-efficient stoves, water filters, and composting latrines.

$15,000 to PATH to support the Nicaragua country office and their program in collaboration with the International Indigenous Women Forum. PATH will organize a regional program to identify the best research methodologies that are applicable to indigenous communities, as well as train the first group of 25 activists on these research methodologies.

$15,000 to PeaceTrees Vietnam to continue to provide general operating support for PeaceTrees Vietnam's activities including:  removing explosive remnants of war; leading survivor assistance and mine risk education programs; supporting community building projects, such as constructing kindergartens and schools; supporting the local women's organization through small business training and loans; and engaging US citizens through volunteer delegations to the region. 

$15,000 to Rwanda Girls Initiative to support capacity building activities for Rwandan teachers at the Gashora Girls Academy, while developing standards of training, curriculum, and programming which can be shared throughout Rwanda.

$15,000 to Seattle University’s Poverty Education Center to conduct field research in Central America. The project will examine the impact of investing in women leaders in order to strengthen civil society and promote positive social change.

$15,000 to Splash (formerly known as A Child’s Right) to address unclean water and unsafe hygiene practices for children living in poverty in Cambodia. Support from the SIF would provide reliably safe water and locally appropriate hygiene education for children in schools, rescue homes, orphanages, street shelters, and pediatric hospitals, per their organizational strategy throughout Asia.

$15,000 to University of Washington, School of Social Work to provide Cambodian Social Work students with professional internship opportunities at the Calmette Hospital, to further strengthen the first social work program in Cambodia managed and supported by the University of Washington Social Work Department.


Click here to view the general grantmaking criteria for SIF’s Global Program. SIF accepts applications for funding under the Global Program twice each year and will announce its next round in early Spring 2013.

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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. Since 2008, SIF has awarded over $10 million in grants over 110 organizations working in 34 countries. For more information visit

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