CAMFED – www.camfed.org
Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed. Camfed works in partnership with governments and communities, investing in girls and women in the poorest rural districts in sub-Saharan Africa. Camfed not only supports them through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. More than 2.6 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have been supported to go to school to date.
We like this organization because of its strong alumnae network which supports girls like a family as they pursue their educational journey.
Child Aid – child-aid.org
Child Aid’s mission is to transform how literacy skills are taught in public primary schools in Guatemala. It focuses on rural villages where illiteracy disproportionately affects indigenous Maya people, especially women, and targets early grades where education has the largest impact on literacy and overall life chances. It trains teachers through workshops and one-on-one classroom coaching, and provides Spanish-language grade-appropriate books. In 2018, Child Aid is serving 91 schools and 846 teachers who work with 17,766 students.
We like this program for its training and support for local, indigenous teachers and its respect for local culture.
Nepal Youth Foundation – www.nepalyouthfoundation.org
Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) offers hope and opportunity to Nepal’s most impoverished children by providing them what is every child’s birthright: vital healthcare, education and a safe environment. NYF brings together the best of two worlds – resources of generous donors in the developed world and culturally appropriate programs designed and implemented by Nepalis. In addition to educational scholarships, NYF provides orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk youth a safe home; empowers girls rescued from indentured servitude; conducts age-based psychological counseling as needed; and offers life-saving treatment for severely malnourished children.
We like this program for its holistic approach to caring for children.
Nurse Family Partnership –
Nurse-Family Partnership transforms the lives of vulnerable, low-income women in the U.S. who are first-time mothers, and their children. It provides voluntary, free home visits by trained nurses beginning in pregnancy and sustained until the child is two years old. The goal is to end the cycle of poverty – one woman, one child, one family, one community at a time. Nurse-Family Partnership has served more than 270,000 families nationwide since its founding.
We like this program for its commitment to practices based on evidence showing that babies and moms derive long-term health, education and economic benefits from their participation.
OneSky – www.onesky.org
We like this organization for its bold partnerships with government, its commitment to local sustainability, and its focus on the life-changing role of quality care in a child’s life.
Partners In Health – www.pih.org
Partners In Health (PIH) is a global health organization that is relentlessly committed to improving the lives of poor and marginalized people by providing them quality and compassionate health care. PIH makes long-term commitments to the people they serve in 10 countries around the world, working closely with national governments and other partners to ensure strong, comprehensive, community-based health care systems are in place for the long run.
We like this organization for its commitment to providing quality healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Polaris – www.polarisproject.org
Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom, Polaris is a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. It deploys a comprehensive approach that pushes for stronger federal laws to combat human trafficking; uses data analysis to identify and disrupt trafficking networks; and serves survivors of both sex and labor trafficking — regardless of citizenship, gender, sexual identity, or age. Polaris has trained more then 75,000 service providers to identify and respond to trafficking in their communities; and has provided direct services to more than 800 survivors of human trafficking. It operates the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline.
We like this organization for its U.S. hotline which has played a role in identifying more than 25,000 trafficking survivors and connecting them to services.
Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org
Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments, Room to Read has benefited 16.8 million children across 37,000 communities in 20 countries.
We like this organization because of its special focus on developing and using local language reading materials.
Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. It invests in childhood — every day, in times of crisis, and for the future. In 2017, support from Save the Children reached more than 155 million children in 120 countries, including nearly 237,000 here in the United States.
We like this organization because it provides a powerful safety net for children in need worldwide.
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