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January 24, 2011

Seattle International Foundation Announces over $450,000 in Grants for Central America

The Seattle International Foundation is proud to announce $466,250 in grants for projects in Central America focused on economic development, youth leadership, research, and citizen security. The grants awarded reflect the capacity, diversity, and dedication of organizations working to alleviate poverty in Central America.

Organization

Grant Amount

Summary

1

ASAPROSAR

$3,250

To provide identification cards to 500 young people in six urban areas of El Salvador to formally register at-risk youth in a data base. More information about this organization can be found at www.asaprosar.net.

2

Central America Leadership Initiative

$50,000

To provide general operating support. CALI is a non-profit organization based in San Salvador, El Salvador working to motivate effective and responsible private and public sector leaders across Central America. More information about this organization can be found at www.centralamericaleadership.net.

3

FundaciĆ³n del Camino

$8,000

To support youth leadership and computer training in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. More information about this organization can be found at www.fundaciondelcamino.org

4

FundaciĆ³n Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE)

$25,000

To support ongoing research on poverty in Central America and provide technical assistance to SIF’s Central America Network. FUNDE’s mission is to influence the formation of effective and sustainable public policies related to trade and poverty alleviation in Central America through research, education, training, and advocacy. More information about this organization can be found at www.funde.org.

5

Global Partnerships

$300,000

To provide general operating support. Global Partnerships is a US-based nonprofit currently serving more than 844,000 borrowers, primarily women, through 24 microfinance partner institutions in seven Latin American countries. More information about this organization can be found at www.globalpartnerships.org.

6

TeenSmart International

$30,000

To support the development of TeenSmart’s new online course on violence prevention and healthy living habits, serving 220 (100 past clients, 120 new clients) at-risk teens and their parents in Nicaragua. TeenSmart International is a nonprofit working with at-risk youth in the US and Central America, by improving access to quality health education. More information about this organization can be found at www.jovensalud.net.

7

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

$50,000

To support a regional plan and coordination on citizen security between governments and donors in Central America, and to support a role for civil society groups in this process. More information about this organization can be found at www.wola.org.

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