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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2013

Contact: Gloria Mayne

(206) 547-9337

SIF awards $192,500 in grants to local organizations working globally

SEATTLE – Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is pleased to announce $192,500 in grants under the Global Program, created to support the global development sector in Washington State.

“The grants awarded reflect the talent and commitment of organizations based in Washington and the Puget Sound area working to alleviate poverty around the world,” said Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director of SIF.

The work ranges from expanding maternal and child health services in rural Malawi, providing vocational training and economic opportunities for indigenous communities in Guatemala, and improving education for women and children in rural and urban schools in India.

SIF is pleased to award grants to the following organizations:

$15,000 to Amigos de Santa Cruz to support Amigos’ work serving primarily indigenous communities near Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala.

$15,000 to Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa to fund its efforts to treat children in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare but treatable pediatric cancer.

$15,000 to EarthCorps to support the 2013 International Fellowship Program, training young environmental leaders from 12 countries.

$12,500 to the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss to support its programs in Guatemala and Vietnam, including the Vietnam 2014 Deaf Education Program and the launch of GFCH’s programs in Guatemala in November 2013.

$15,000 to Global Visionaries to support leadership development and staff capacity building in Guatemala. Global Visionaries empowers young leaders in Seattle and Guatemala through socially conscious and environmentally focused education and community service opportunities.

$15,000 to Healing the Children Oregon and Western Washington to support the construction of a two-story, permanent medical clinic in Haiti as well as providing medical care to patients over the course of a year.

$15,000 to MED25 International to support the construction of a professional mortuary in rural Kenya, and provide the necessary equipment and staffing to begin running the mortuary as an income-generating project of MED25.

$15,000 to the Mona Foundation to provide continued support for the Digital Study Hall program in India, serving disadvantaged children and women in rural and slum schools.

$15,000 to OneWorld Now! to support their work serving underserved middle school and high school youth from the Seattle-area through critical language programs, leadership development programs and study abroad opportunities.

$15,000 to the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation to support their work serving hundreds of individuals with disabilities, and thousands of community members that benefit from increased capacity in local health professionals in Haiti, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.

$15,000 to the Rwanda Girls Initiative to provide support for RGI’s Teacher Capacity Building Program, and the creation of University Counseling and Exam Preparation programs at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda.

$15,000 to VillageReach to support the “Health Center by Phone” project. This project aims to improve the coverage and quality of maternal, newborn, and child health services in rural Malawi through the expansion of a toll-free hotline offering a variety of services for women and children.

$15,000 to Water 1st International to provide continued support of the construction of low-cost water systems and toilets in Honduras, Bangladesh, India and Ethiopia.

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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 more than $10 million in grants to 114 organizations working in 38 countries. For more information visit www.seaif.org.

 

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