Blog #187: Update on Project Grant to The Superkids Foundation
The Superkids Foundation has an innovative solution to improving education in Paraguay. They mobilize children as agents of change by enlisting 4th-6th grade children as “Kid Teachers” to teach younger kids to learn to read. Earlier this year, The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation awarded a second $10,000 Project Grant to support the salaries of their seven staff members (two directors and five facilitators). With the arrival of Covid-19, the program was moved on-line, with The Kid Teachers continue their teaching virtually on Zoom. These virtual classes began with facilitators sending videos to engage the youth, making sure to not lose any consistency in teaching. They made their first collection of stories in Spanish and Guarani for Kid Teachers to use in their teaching. They also created audio books in both languages for the children, too. Activities are being sent to kids through WhatsApp, including specific tasks for the day with small training and games from manuals, spelling exercises, and story writing exercises. They were also sent a physical booklet to supplement literacy teachings.
Blog #186: Update on Green Empowerment Project Grant
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation awarded Green Empowerment in 2019 a Project Grant for a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program in Ecuador. The villages of Telembi and Chispero (~142 households/~730 people) currently use water from the Cayapas river (especially for bathing and clothes washing) or from small spring sources, with community members hauling buckets of water hundreds of meters to their homes. In this project we are implementing new water systems in both communities, while integrating Telembi’s existing reservoirs in that system design. Progress on the water systems came to a halt in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting national stay-at-home order. While Ecuador was an early COVID-19 hotspot in South America, the country has been able to reduce the rate of new infections and is slowly ending travel restrictions and curfews in some parts of the country. After engaging the communities about the various health concerns, all stakeholders agreed to resume project work in late June.
Blog #185: Fellow Charles Ndyamwijuka with GEC
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a Fellows grant to Charles Ndyamwijuka, working with Global Emergency Care (GEC) in Uganda. With this grant, Charles, formerly Research Associate and Financial Manager with GEC, is being promoted to Operations Manager. In this new capacity, he will be planning, directing, and coordinating GEC’s operation in Uganda, which include the teaching and training activities at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, and Nyakibale Hospital. He is expected to also support the opening of 3 new Emergency Departments in Uganda hospitals annually (year one) and 9 by year three; greatly increasing access for unserved populations to 10,000 patients in year 1 and 60,000 patients by year 3.
Blog #184: Fellow Nicol Chinchilla with AMIGOS
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a Fellows grant to Nicol Chinchilla Cordero, working with Amigos de las Americas in Costa Rica. AMIGOS has traditionally been a service-learning and cultural exchange program for US and Latin American students, but in Jan 2020, it launched a new initiative to expand to year-round programming for Latin American students in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. This pilot program is being led by Nicol, who as Amigos Costa Rica Coordinator, teaches leadership development and community engagement concepts to 15-20 youths, and help student teams execute community service projects.
Blog #183: Project Grant to Global Emergency Care
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has been a major supporter of Global Emergency Care (GEC), with 3 Project Grants in 2010 to 2012, and 2 Challenge Grants from 2014 to 2016, and 2017 to 2019. Since medical doctors are in short supply in Uganda, GEC since 2007 has been training nurses to be Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs) in order to allow many more patients to receive emergency medical care. In 2019, Global Emergency Care began the process to transition management of the ECP training and education fully to local partners: the strategy involves transitioning full management of the ECP Diploma program to Mbarara University of Science & Technology, and transitioning oversight of the ECP workforce to graduates of the new Master of Medicine Residency Program for Ugandan Emergency Physicians. The current $10,000 AllPeopleBeHappy Project Grant is intended to help support the salaries and administration of the 11 ECPs and 6 ECP trainers during this transition.
Blog #182: Project Grant to LifeNet International
LifeNet International (LN) works to transform healthcare delivery in Africa by upskilling medical providers and upraising health facilities in more than 200 health facilities across four African countries (Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, and Democratic Republic of Congo). Last year, 2.3 million people received improved quality of care from LN clinics. In 2020, LifeNet International was awarded a $10,000 Project Grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation to create deep, permanent change in a health facility in the Burundian district of Bugendana. Over the course of one year, LN will provide high-impact, capacity-building monthly trainings in medical and management best practices. Health workers will acquire life-saving abilities to reduce infections, correctly diagnose and treat disease, perform interventions for maternal and neonatal complications, and more. In turn, upskilled workers will extend better quality treatment to the 25,000 vulnerable patients who rely on them for life-saving care.
Blog #181: Project Grant to Clinca Verde
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a $10,000 Project Grant in sustainable agriculture to Clinica Verde. Clínica Verde’s teaches families biointensive gardening methods for planting home gardens that produce high yield nutritious vegetables and legumes to increase food security and support health. The program will focus on families in Boaco, Nicaragua and its surrounding rural communities, an area 55 miles northeast of the capital city of Managua, within the Dry Corridor of Central America which has suffered from ten years of drought and water shortages. Families will learn about the complete cycle of food production from planting seeds to harvesting new seed; global warming; environmental protection; organic food; local production of native seed; and nutrition. Over this and next year, Clinica Verde will teach 50 families to use biointensive gardening methods to establish 50 3-beds home gardens.
Blog #180: Challenge Grant to Green Empowerment
The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a 3-year (2020-2022) $100,000 Challenge Grant to Green Empowerment for “Improving Healthcare, Education and Agriculture through Renewable Energy Access in Uganda.” This grant will enable Green Empowerment, who has primarily worked in Latin America and Asia, to establish a major presence in Africa by 1) hiring a Uganda Program Coordinator, 2) support a collaborative pilot project with the Power Partnership to provide solar energy to a health facility, 3) complete at least 7 solar installations at health clinics in 3 years, 4) integrate solar energy into other sectors such as education and agriculture, and 5) develop new partnerships to implement community-based renewable energy projects.
Blog #179: Update on Saha Global
Saha Global’s mission is to reduce waterborne disease in impoverished rural villages in Ghana where the water supply comes from stagnant ponds. Saha Global sets up entrepreneurial women with a chlorinating business that provides clean water at a price that all can afford. They train the women on how to run the business, mentors them over time, and closely monitor the water quality and consumption for 10 years. In 2017, a $10,000 AllPeopleBeHappy Project Grant supported the opening of 6 new water businesses in the East Gonja District that provide clean water to 2,400 people. In 2018 and 2019, the second and third $10,000 grants helped to support the opening of 28 and 49 new water businesses. As illustration, in 2019, the last 6 new villages water treatment businesses are providing safe drinking water to 1,814 people (421 families) and jobs to 23 women.
Blog #178: Update on Solar in Tanzania
In collaboration with Amazide, Mavuno, and Off Grid Electric, we initiated in 2018 an Opportunity Project to bring solar energy to primary schools in Tanzania. In 2019, we increased our commitment to this endeavor and completed the installation in 36 more primary schools. We conducted surveys in the schools six months after installation, with the results showing an increase in the quality and quantity of education. Qualitatively, the lights are being used at night by teachers to prepare lessons and tutor students, and by both primary and secondary school students to prepare for national examinations. The televisions and radios are being used as teaching tools. Early morning and night programs have been initiated. Because the schools are now considered “modern,” student attendance, punctuality, motivation, interest, and confidence are all up. Quantitatively, student performance as measured by local and regional examinations are up by an average of 15%.
Blog #177: Update on Project Alianza
Seasonal migration of coffee farm families leads children to experience fragmented education and pervasive child labor incidence. It is estimated that over 320,000 children in Nicaragua between the ages of 5 and 14 are working, predominantly in the agricultural sector. Since 2015, Project Alianza has built 10 schools to provide children with a safe place to receive consistence, quality education. In 2019, a $10,000 grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation was used to support the Community Allies Program (CAP), which trained 14 local women to teach literacy, hygiene, gender equity, and environmental conservation to 1,250 children in 20 schools.
Blog #176: Update on Little Sisters Fund
Little Sisters Fund provides Primary Educator Training (PET) to teachers in Nepal. In 2019, the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation’s fifth Project Grant to Little Sisters Fund allowed them to hold 5 PET training sessions at 5 partner schools, 12 PET Revive trainings, and 63 follow-up visits, directly impacting 341 teachers, and indirectly impacting 12,000 students. Little Sisters Fund also piloted an Early Grade Learning program at three partner schools in the Makawanpur district in partnership with World Education. Twenty-two kindergarten to 3rd grade teachers took part in the intensive training that focused on the foundational reading skills of Nepali primary students.