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 1.4 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 provides literacy training and resources to rural, indigenous communities in Guatemala, serving 67 local schools and having an impact on more than 12,650 children, ages 5 through 13. Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate of any country in Latin America, and 75% of indigenous women cannot read or write. 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
The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF), based in Sausalito, California, brings together the best of two worlds – the resources of generous donors in the developed world, and the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of destitute children in Nepal. In addition to education, NYF provides programs that help girls rescued from indentured servitude build new lives and that give abused children a safe home. We like this program for its holistic approach to caring for children, providing help ranging from housing and health care to life-enhancing services, like nutrition, education and counseling.
Nurse Family Partnership –
Nurse-Family Partnership transforms the lives of vulnerable, low-income women in the US who are first-time mothers. 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 community at a time. Nurse-Family Partnership has served more than 250,000 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
OneSky enriches the lives of orphaned children in China by providing model programs and caregiver training designed to offer loving, family-like care to children of all ages and abilities. OneSky has provided training in more than 20 of China’s 31 provinces and has established a website, 1jiaren.org, to assist Chinese caregivers. Chinese nationals, with the government’s sanction and support, now perform almost all work. OneSky has recently broadened its mission to include working with grandmothers that care for their grandchildren while their adult children work in distant cities. We like this organization for its bold partnership with the Chinese government and its focus on the life-changing role of love 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 the commitment to providing quality healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Polaris – www.polarisproject.org
Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris has been a leader in the anti-trafficking movement since its founding in 2002. Polaris deploys a comprehensive approach that pushes for stronger federal laws to combat human trafficking; trained more then 75,000 service providers to identify and respond to trafficking in their communities; 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 provided direct services to more than 800 survivors of human trafficking, and built and operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. We like this charity for its 24-hour US hotline which has played a role in identifying more than 25,000 trafficking survivors and in 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. Room to Read has benefited 11.5 million children across more than 20,000 communities in 14 countries in Asia and Africa and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.We like this organization because of its special focus on using local language reading materials.
Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org
Save the Childen 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.We like this organization because it provides a powerful safety net for children in need worldwide.
Global Grandmothers’ Selection Process
We have an extensive screening process for selecting non-profits to recommend with confidence. We use all available charity watchdog websites, interview representatives of potential organizations, and review our recommendations at least yearly.
All charities are evaluated annually or as additional information warrants.
We recognize that you may wish to give to charities of your own choice to fulfill your Global Grandmothers commitment and that many charities are too small to be evaluated. However, we hope that you will review all charities to establish their transparency and effectiveness. The websites listed above offer good tools for that purpose. These websites also appear, with more information, on our Resources: Charity Watchdogs page.