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NETwork Against Malaria is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the spread of malaria through the purchase and distribution of bed nets. According to NETwork Against Malaria, the disease causes Ugandan children to miss approximately 60 days of school annually. NETwork Against Malaria provides insecticide treated bed nets to impoverished children, pregnant women, and families in rural Uganda. Additionally, the organization educates the people of Uganda and America about the impact malaria has upon the community, bed nets’ life-saving effects, and students’ potential global impact. Our grant will fund the purchase of 700 malaria nets and the costs associated with their distribution.

Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation’s (LUYODEFO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides support to marginalized communities across the Rwenzori region of western Uganda. LUYODEFO was formed by a group of motivated youth to respond to the plight of children, youth, women, and men impacted greatly by political conflict, disease, extreme poverty. Uganda provides primary education for all; however statistics show that fewer than 38% of girls will complete their primary education. Many obstacles stand in the way of successful education for rural African girls but chief among them are issues relating to puberty, teen pregnancy, and early marriage. One major yet traditionally silent issue that hinders girls’ development and education is puberty, which is most evident by the onset of menstruation. The high absenteeism due to menstruation among girls has been linked with reduced performance known to be the root cause of school dropout rate. Our grant to LUYODEFO will support a program that engages women and girls in menstrual hygiene education and capacity building in menstrual hygiene management to promote retention and academic success.

Through KnowledgeBeat, Ronah, a promising young Zambian girl, was provided a one-year full scholarship to the best boarding school in Zambia. The scholarship has given Ronah the opportunity to become educated when poverty would have otherwise forced her to abandon her studies. This CofS grant covered tuition, her uniform, food and housing.

Help for the Massai (HftM) provides holistic support to Northern Tanzania’s Massai of the Malambo community to help ensure their survival responding to the challenges they are facing in the modern world. The support is given primarily to Massai girls, who are underprivileged in all respects of life in the Massai culture. Our $5,000 grant will fund one year of schooling for four Massai girls attending HtfM’s primary school in Malambo and four Massai girls attending secondary school. The students will be provided food, medical assistance and counseling to ensure successful school attendance.

Blind women in Northern Ethiopia must face not only extreme poverty but also the constant fear of being physically or sexually abused. Find out how the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is supporting a home for these young women in the remote area of Mekelle.

Northern Ethiopia is in the middle of what noted UN scholar Jeffrey D. Sachs identifies as “extreme poverty” – where the greatest poverty in the world exists. In the remote tribal area of Mekelle, blind women are required to leave the shelter of a blind school at the age of 18 – making them extremely vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse. A home has been built for young blind women as a safe haven where they can continue to learn and teach younger girls how to live with blindness. A Circle of Sisterhood grant provided 38 volumes of Braille in a variety of subjects (English, Civics, History, Economics) for their home library.