Global Awards 2020

2020 SISC Global Initiative Awards

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce that each of the following organizations received checks in June 2020 for work they are planning that will benefit women and children around the world. $16,500 was budgeted for Global Awards this year.   A brief description of each project is given below.

Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) (Honduras, $1,500)
  • Their Mission: Provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange.
  • Use of Funds: About 50% of the students in seven BECA schools are female.  Each year several female graduates choose to become teachers.  This grant will be used for “train the trainer” programs, giving these young teachers opportunities to sharpen their teaching skills and develop leadership skills.  They will also study goal setting, communications and other competencies needed for success.
  • Desired Outcome: By teaching and empowering girls, they are better positioned to earn a viable living; delay marriage; have fewer, healthier children; and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and communities.   
Cinterandes Foundation (Ecuador, $2,100)
  • Their Mission: Cinterandes has been operational for 30 years bringing surgical help and access to general health to remote areas of Ecuador.  
  • Use of Funds: The grant would be used to perform 10 surgeries and with a Sunlight Fund match 20 surgeries.
  • Desired Outcome: Through use of a mobile surgical vehicle, provide low-income women and girls free surgical services for issues such as hernias, gall bladders, bilateral tubal and tumor removal.  They have served 2903 women and girls over the years.  
Drilling for Hope (Tanzania, $2,500)
  • Their Mission: Karen Flewelling has been doing humanitarian work throughout the World for 15 years.  She has worked in Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and Africa.  
  • Use of Funds: In Tanzania the cost for each deep bore hole, solar powered well is about $13,000.  These funds will help drill one well.
  • Desired Outcome: Provide clean, easily accessible water near rural schools in Tanzania, improving the health of young people living in poverty. Her major focus is clean, easily accessible water.  
The Giving Circle (Uganda, $2,200)
  • Their Mission: Make timely medical care available to residents who live in poverty away from major population areas in Uganda.  Transportation is critical to an area known as Mutai because residents are dispersed over numerous kilometers.  
  • Use of Funds: Purchase a small motorcycle (the major form of transportation in this area, for medical workers to use.  In addition, purchase supplies for these medical workers to carry with them to the rural areas.
  • Desired Outcome: This relatively inexpensive form of transport will allow nurses/midwives to travel from “clinic to clinic, village to village and hut to hut”.  
Loisaba Community Trust (Kenya, $2,250)
  • Their Mission: Loisaba is a 57,000-acre wildlife conservancy and working ranch located in Northern Laikipia, Kenya, East Africa.  Their mission is to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity, abundance and habitat in the Loisaba landscape while concurrently supporting sustainable livestock production and improving the lives of neighboring communities.  Revenue from ecotourism is reinvested into the local area to improve health care and education.
  • Use of Funds: Purchase two Dormitory Containers, including transport and bunk beds.  Also required are roofing, power, and civil works for the 2 Dormitory Containers. These containers will be used to house teenage girls who are enrolled in a local school and are receiving anti-FGM training. 
  • Desired Outcome: Now in its fourth year, the Koija Girls’ Pastoralists Community Initiative (KGPCI) offers workshops to educate and inform the community and training sessions for local Community Health Workers regarding the physical and emotional danger and problems caused by FGM/C. There is a need to provide a residential program that will allow teenage girls in the program to be free from social and family pressure to undergo FGM/C.  

Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation Inc. (Kenya, $2,250)

  • Their Mission: An important recent connection between the Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation and the surrounding community is with Chui Mamas (Leopard Women), a grassroots group founded just over a year ago by a local tribeswoman and a young conservationist. The group’s mission is to support disenfranchised women in the village – widows, single mothers, mothers with disabled children – all marginalized women with no place to turn.   Chui Mamas has expanded to act as an umbrella organization to support 19 additional grassroots groups, reaching a total of 355 women.
  • Use of Funds: Help cover costs of training sessions, including  Soapmaking Training Session, Beadwork Training Session, Menstrual Kits.
  • Desired Outcome: Chui Mamas self-help group will empower the women of Ewaso, Kenya by providing skills training and opportunities for sustainable income-producing employment.  
To Love a Child Inc. (Zimbabwe, $2,500)
  • Their Mission: To provide humanitarian assistance to impoverished children and their families throughout the world to help create a better future and quality of life for all.
  • Use of Funds: The goal of the project is to build a piggery which will be run by women, even though this industry is usually a male-dominated one. This will allow women to learn important business skills which in turn will be passed on to other women and girls in the village.  
  • Desired Outcome: The piggery is part of a larger initiative, namely the construction of the Mberengwa School and Relief Center. The school will be designed to welcome all children, including those with disabilities.  The initial income from the piggery will be used to purchase building supplies for this school.  After which it will become a sustainable profit center given the increasing demand for pork in this country.
The MoonCatcher Project (Uganda, $2,500)
  • Their Mission: To optimize girls’ lives worldwide by removing barriers related to menstruation.
  • Use of Funds: Purchase supplies for menstruation kits.
  • Desired Outcome: The goal of this project is to provide four established sewing and soap-making cooperatives in Uganda with materials to produce 6,000 reusable menstrual pad kits for the year beginning August 1, 2020 and concluding August 1, 2021. As a secondary benefit to the area, sewing equipment in these centers is also used by the women to make school uniforms.  The uniforms are sold, providing income for the cooperatives and the women who work there.