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For immediate release
November 18, 2011
Contact: Michele Frix
mfrix@seaif.org

SIF Announces $151,500 in Grants under Global Program

Seattle International Foundation is pleased to announce $159,000 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 improving maternal health in Kenya, training midwives in rural Guatemala, supporting education for impoverished girls in Afghanistan, and providing micro-credit loans and prosthetics care to refugees in Burma.

SIF is proud to announce grants to the following programs:

$12,500 for Ayni Education International to carry out a literacy course and vocational training in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan to be offered to 150 older girls and younger women without other educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.aynieducation.org.

$12,500 for Clear Path International to provide 900 refugees, their family members and their communities along the Thai-Burmese border in the ethnic Shan state of Burma with micro-credit loans, business start-up support, agricultural training and prosthetics care to increase economic opportunities for victims of unexploded ordnance accidents. For more information, visit www.cpi.org.

$14,000 for Etta Projects to train 18 women from 9 villages in rural Bolivia to become Community Health Promoters, including a health training, a special communications workshop and administration of the official health promoters exam. For more information, visit www.ettaprojects.org.

$15,000 for Facing the Future to provide cost-effective, standards-based educational resources to encourage students worldwide to become informed global citizens who can participate in lasting, systemic solutions. For more information, visit www.facingthefuture.org.

$15,000 for iLEAP: Center for Critical Service to support the international fellowship program in Seattle, which offers transformational education and professional training programs to encourage collaboration among community leaders from around the world. For more information, visit www.ileap.org.

$5,000 for Jolkona to fund its micro-giving partners in five program areas:  education, public health, women’s empowerment, arts and culture and the environment. In addition, Jolkona is launching Jolkona U philanthropy clubs on university campuses to encourage the rise of community-oriented and socially responsible young professionals. For more information, visit www.jolkona.org.

$12,500 for Maasai Association to operate a weekly mobile clinic providing basic and quality healthcare services, preventative care and immunization delivery to 6,000 women and children in six villages in the Merrueshi region of southeastern Kenya. Funds also support the purchase of solar-powered refrigerators to store children’s immunizations. For more information, visit www.maasai-association.org.

$10,000 for One By One to support comprehensive fistula treatment services and critical prevention activities in Western Kenya. Funds will specifically support the training of regional representatives to carry out educational programs around treatment and prevention of fistula. For more information, visit www.fightfistula.org.

$15,000 for PeaceTrees Vietnam to support the removal of landmines and to provide mine-risk education and emergency treatment programs in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province. For more information, visit www.peacetreesvietnam.org.

$15,000 for PRE-VENT (in collaboration with the Guatemala Village Health Project) to support the completion of an education center in Monterrico, Guatemala, to serve as a training site for health promoters and lay midwives; develop a curriculum for the midwife and promoter training program; conduct the training program; and carry out prenatal and child care educational programs with mothers and their children in the area. For more information regarding PRE-VENT click here and for more information regarding Guatemala Village Health project click here.

$5,000 for Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE to support scholarships for 40 Rwandan young women each year, as well as engage youth chapters in Rwanda and the US to raise awareness about the Rwandan genocide and its effects. For more information, visit www.richardsrwanda.org.

$15,000 for VillageReach to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the Kwitanda community of Malawi through the establishment and expansion of maternal and newborn health care services, community education programs and community mobilization activities. For more information, visit www.villagereach.org.

SIF has screened and reviewed over 100 Washington State nonprofits working globally, and strives to identify and support high-impact organizations working internationally. 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 2012.

Organizations can stay informed about the work of the Seattle International Foundation through our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and at our website, www.seaif.org.

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The Seattle International Foundation is a supporting organization of the Seattle Foundation and exists to promote global giving in Seattle and to invest in initiatives for global development.
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