Small Grants Program

In 2015 we received 76 proposals from 19 countries covering various children’s health related issues. They were reviewed by our grant committee of health experts, who look for projects which employ innovative methods to improve and save children’s lives, and then award them up to $5,000 which, especially in developing countries, is a small fortune. We were able to fund 7 innovative grants ($5,000) and 1 Humanitarian ($3,000) to 6 different countries. Lessons learned ultimately benefit children everywhere.

Keep in touch, for you will be reading the reports of these projects in future newsletters and seeing them on the world projects map.

We Need Sponsors for 4 More Projects

We are actively seeking sponsors for four other projects that were reviewed and selected but are presently without funding. If you are interested in sponsoring a project, please contact us. Or if you are interested in investing in any of the ones listed here, we would be happy to hear from you and we would keep you updated about the progress.

2015 Innovative Small Grants Awards

  1.  Grampari, India, (funded in 2013) will continue the Tippy Tap program to teach hand washing.
  2.  Women Empowerment Program, Rwanda, (funded in 2014) will continue bcpap program to save newborns.
  3.  Youth for Social Change Org., Rwanda, are conducting a study to determine malnutrition and give nutrition training.
  4.  Nyakach Helping Hand Group, Kenya, plan to install water pumps and give hygiene instructions.
  5.  USAWA Development Initiatives, Kenya, will conduct a survey to determine main causes of disease in that area and then  work  to prevent them.
  6.  Education & Health for Economic Empowerment, Ghana, will promote child feeding and care practices.
  7.  The Iba Foundation, Nigeria, wants to publish comic books as a means of eradicating malaria.

2015 Humanitarian Grants

1. TDP, Sierra Leone, will install solar lighting and purchase a refrigerator for a community health center.

2014 Innovative Small Grants Awards

  1. Social Activities for Voluntary Efforts (SAVE), Bangladesh, will implement in 15 villages activities to reduce child and mothers’  mortality rates to save the lives of poor newborns and pregnant mothers through developing trained midwives.
  2. Under-Privileged People’s Development Organization (UPPO), Bangladesh, received at 2013 grant and this is a continuation of that project in which they installed 66 removable double-ring-slab latrines for 66 families. They will reach more families.
  3. Kossoye Development Program, Ethiopia, expects to use the funds for curriculum development, equipment purchases, and workshops for elementary school teachers and children on the subjects of gardening, nutrition, and personal height and weight measurement.
  4. Operation ASHA, Cambodia, seeks to screen children and their families, affected by tuberculosis, in one operational district, going door-to-door,  using “Contact Tracing App,” which they have developed. They will then provide treatment and counseling.
  5. Pamoja, Tanzania, will install a roof catchment and storage tank for clean water in 3 preschools to prevent enteric diseases. Then they will teach the importance of hand-washing using a jelly made from lemon and garlic.
  6. Tenwek Hospital, Kenya (with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, USA) will conduct “Just-in-Time” training to maintain neonatal resuscitation skills after Helping Babies Breath, an evidence-based curriculum, intending to save over 95% of newborns who fail to breath at birth. Designed as a study, the organizers will collect data and determine results.
  7. Aguayuda, Colombia, recipients of a 2012 grant in which we helped them install a windmill or water collection, expect to use the funds to install Tippy-Tap hand-washing facilities for 600 children and families, and hold educational workshops on the prevention of water-related illnesses.
  8. Women Empowerment Program (WEP), Rwanda, will implement Bubble CPAP, a non-invasive ventilation strategy for newborns with respiratory distress. It delivers continuous positive pressure to newborns to maintain lung volumes during expiration. They will then introduce Kangaroo Mother Care, in which the infant will be cradled skin-to-skin with his/her mother.
  9. United Youth for Rwanda Development (URYD), Rwanda, will aim to prevent malnutrition in children with an innovative peanut called Rwanda Nut. Locally produced it is similar to the well-known Plumpy Nut produced in France.
  10. Mekong Delta Youth, Vietnam, will install innovative Floating Toilets, designed to float automatically during flood season, August to November, giving the families of the region safety from enteric diseases during those months.

2014 Humanitarian Grants

  1. Rural People Development Society (RPDS), India, Education
  2. Community Development and Empowerment Foundation (COMMDEF), Ghana, Breastfeeding

2013 Innovative Small Grants Awards

  1. Act Ngono, Tanzania, will install a rainwater har-vesting tank as well as hand-washing stations and la-trines for school children.
  2. Grampari, India, was funded in 2011 and plans to extend the same project of tippy-tap hand-washing to 13 more schools.
  3. Achung, Kenya, have as their objective to make 80 soapstone water pots with tripod stand and dispenser tap for safe storage of boiled or treated water.
  4. UPPO, Bangladesh, plans to install sanitary latrines and encourage their use.
  5. Mali Health, Mali, was funded in 2010, and will continue the program of having Community Health Workers make regular visits and hold education ses-sions on clean water, vaccinations, healthy eating, and diarrheal solutions.
  6. Fundaciơn NC, Colombia, will detect and diagnose asthma in school children aged 5-10 yrs, then educate the parents, using a mobile unit called Asmamovil.

2013 Humanitarian Grants

  1. TLC, Rwanda, plans to provide clean water at five libraries.
  2. MCODE, Uganda, will educate community mem-bers about disease prevention

2012 Innovative Small Grants Awards

  1. Vitendo, Tanzania, Making clay pots to protect water from contamination
  2. Chapra, West Bengal, India, (Previously funded in 2010) Improving the drinking water quality and personal hygiene in the community with education of an by the local leaders
  3. Action for Community Empowerment, Kenya, Constructing eco-san toilets and installing rain water harvesting tank with tap for hand washing
  4. Wema Self-help Group, Kenya, Promoting water treatment with Waterguard and safe-water storage accompanied by behavioral change
  5. Nyaya, Nepal, Evaluating an innovative. Low-cost approach to make culture-based enteric fever diagnosis available in settings without electricity or trained laboratory personnel.
  6. Women Protection Society, Uganda, Establishing ferro rain water harvesters in children’s schools

2012 Humanitarian Grants

Beginning in 2006, we decided to grant some funds for purely humanitarian purposes, that is, not innovative, but meeting the needs of hunger, illiteracy, and disease, especially in the time of natural disasters.

  1. Aguayuda Inc., Colombia, providing clean water to a boarding school by installing a windmill.