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SUNSAR MAYA

Project Grant - Education and Training

Established in 2011, Sunsar Maya is a small, non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California and Kathmandu, Nepal.  Its mission is to build pathways out of poverty by improving the livelihoods of disadvantaged children and women through holistic, community-based services.  They directly serve 185 children and women in Mahalaxmi (Lalitpur) and Jorpati (Kathmandu).  Two AllPeopleBeHappy Project Grants of $8,766 and $9,617 were awarded to Sunsar Maya in 2018 and 2019 for its SuMa Women’s Literacy Program.  This program teaches 100+ women in conversation and written English, Nepali, and mathematics.  The English skills enable students to use communication devices, i.e., cell phones and computers which use English characters.  By building the women’s literacy and numeracy skills in their native language, they are able to more easily manage daily tasks, such as shopping and paying bills, and perform life skills such as navigating government offices, using a bank account, and participating more fully in their communities.  In 2020 and 2021, due to Covid-19, a third Project Grant is supporting the SuMa program switching from daily tutoring to a once a month workshop format. 

 
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LITTLE SISTERS FUND

Project Grant - Education and Training

The Little Sisters Fund (LSF) provides long-term scholarships to economically disadvantaged girls in Nepal.  Since starting with 1 girl in 1998, LSF has now provided scholarships to over 1,500 “Little Sisters.”  In 2013, LSF initiated a Primary Educator Training (PET) Program, which seeks to replace the teacher-centered rote memorization learning system with a child-centered teaching methodology.  In 2015, LSF trained 121 teachers from 12 schools and impacted 2,350 students.  In 2016, LSF newly trained or provided refresh training for 360 teachers and impacted 9,000 students.  In 2017, LSF trained or re-trained 258 teachers.  With grants of $7,500 in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and $4,640 in 2021 from AllPeopleBeHappy foundation, approximately 50% of the cost of the PET Program is being covered.  PET broadens LSF’s reach beyond the most at-risk girls (whom are being support with scholarships) to seek to improve the overall quality of primary education and school atmosphere in Nepal. 

 
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A BREEZE OF HOPE

Project Grant - Education and Training

A fourth $10,000 Project Grant has been awarded to A Breeze of Hope Foundation (ABH) in 2020 to support its school-based sexual violence awareness project in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Since 2009, ABH has been changing school cultures and helping those who’ve suffered sexual violence to disclose the crimes committed against them and begin healing.  ABH has reached over 90,000 people through this longstanding effort, most of whom are of low or impoverished socio-economic status.  During 2017-2020, A Breeze of Hope 1) conducted 285 workshops in middle and high schools in Cochabamba, reaching 15,903 students, 2,283 parents, 708 teachers, and 757 school-based professionals and justice officials, 2) provided students with current information on their human rights, ways to get help, and the benefits of disclosing sexual violence, and 3) ensured that professionals trained in trauma-informed response are prepared to provide legal assistance, therapeutic support, social services, academic support and advocacy to children who disclose sexual violence during or after workshops.

 
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INDEGO AFRICA

Project Grant - Education and Training

Indego Africa, founded in 2007, is dedicated to empowering artisan women in Africa through employment opportunities and education.  The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has been a major supporter of Indego Africa through Project Grants in 2016, 2017, 2019 and a Challenge Grant in 2014-2016 which enabled it to expand into Ghana.  We have just awarded another $10,000 Project Grant in support of its initiation of the “Artisan Accelerator Program.”  The program is intended to be an entrepreneurial coaching and practical implementation of advanced clothing production and financing techniques for 180 artisan women in Rwanda.  The workshop program consists of 3 phases: 1) Vocational Sustainability Certification: Dyeing, 2) Access to Capital and Knowledge of Microfinance: Igiceri, and 3) Cooperative-Specific Business Goals.  The program, taught in two 6-month sessions, will help artisans accelerate the sustainable growth of their businesses by providing working space, hands-on business mentoring and support, direct access to financial capital, and a vibrant community of ambitious artisans and experienced local and international experts.

 
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AMIZADE

Project Grant - Education & Training

Amizade is a global service-learning organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Since its inception in 1994, over 10,000 volunteers have participated in numerous community-development projects throughout the world.  Amizade initiated in 2008 a 3-year program to install water harvesting systems in Karagwe, Tanzania, with labor and materials provided by local and global volunteers.  The three $10,000 grants from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation led to the installation of 16 plastic-based family tanks, and 5 very large 70,000 liter locally constructed community tanks.  In addition, the community and Amizade built a massive 300,000 liter water-harvesting system, including gutters, underground piping, and a solar-powered pump for a school in the small village of Chonyoyo, thus bringing clean water to over 300 women and children.

In 2018, as a mean to keep volunteers and community members engaged, and to capture the enthusiasm and ideas post volunteering, Amizade initiated “The Global Social Action Accelerator,” to enable the design and implementation of community-driven micro-projects.  Though workshops, mentoring, and start-up funding, this program seeks to create new social entrepreneurs and catalyze innovative development projects in many parts of the world.  The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation awarded $10,000 Project Grant for this new initiative.

In 2021, another Project Grant of $10,000 was awarded to Amizade for the new program “Virtual Service Learning (VSL) with Brazilian and Jamaican Youth” to teach VSL to youths in Santarem, Brazil and Petersfield, Jamaica.  Beginning in late Spring of 2021, for 6 consecutive weeks, 2 cohorts (15 each) of 15 to 20 year-olds will be learning and working on Climate Change (Jamaica) and Public-Health and Covid-19 Misinformation (Brazil). 

 
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SUNFLOWER GLOBAL

Project Grant - Education and Training

Sunflower Global’s PALE (Pathways to Alternative Learning and Education) program is an afterschool education program for upper primary school girls living in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  During the Covid-19 lockdowns, even as schools and other non-profit organizations have been forced to shut down, Sunflower Global’s team was able to apply for a waiver to stay open and continue serving their students.  They have provided three handwashing and sanitation stations to serve their 300 PALE students and 100 SEED (Sunflower Early Education and Development) students, as well as their 10 employees and others in the neighborhood.  They have distributed over 400 masks and important food staples, such as Unga (for making the Kenyan staple food Ugali) rice, and sukuma wiki (a staple vegetable) to over 200 of their beneficiaries’ families.  Sunflower Global has distributed clothing for children and adults to over 200 of their beneficiaries’ families and distributed sanitary pads for over 300 students during the Covid-19 pandemic.  They have provided academic support, tutoring materials, and safe spaces for academic tutoring since schools closed in Kenya in March of 2020.  The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation is continuing its support of Sunflower Global’s many efforts.

 
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MAJI SAFI GROUP

Project Grant - Education and Training

A Project Grant of $10,000 has been awarded to the Maji Safi Group for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program expansion in Rorya District, Tanzania.  Maji Safi Group, ‘Clean Water Group’ in Swahili, was founded in 2013 to promote health and disease prevention in underserved and impoverished areas through holistic community empowerment and by working predominantly with local women and youth.  The program consists of utilizing school clubs to teach girls about MHM, distributing hygiene kits (disposable pads, washable pads, menstrual cups, soap, periodic panties), painting educational murals, broadcasting radio program, and conducting group discussions.  This project will expand the MHM program to 7 new secondary schools, reaching 350 girls.

 
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PROJECT ALIANZA

Project Grant - Education and Training

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 established 5 schools with Finca la Aurora, a large coffee farm situated among many smallholder farms in a remote coffee growing region.  The schools have provided primary education to over 2,000 children.  In 2015 and 2016, grants of $5,000 from AllPeopleBeHappy foundation were used to enhance this education initiative by administering anti-parasite medicine to the children, building a community garden, hosting health programs, creating a small computer lab, and expanding teacher training programs.  In 2019, 2020, and 2021, three $10,000 grants are being used to support the Community Allies Program (CAP), which trains local women to teach literacy, hygiene, gender equity, and environmental conservation to 1,250 children in 20 schools.  

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SAHA GLOBAL

Project Grant - Healthcare

Saha Global’s mission is to reduce waterborne disease in impoverished rural villages 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.  Saha Global provides the women with equipment (three 200L drums, one 1,000L polytank, metal stand, chlorine tablets, and multiple Safe Storage Container (SSC), one for each village family) that uses locally available materials, train the women on how to run the business, mentor 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 approximately 2,400 people.  In 2018, 2019, and 2020, three more $10,000 grants were awarded to Saha Global to continue in this endeavor.  Since its founding in 2008, Saha Global has opened 246 water businesses that provide jobs to over 600 women entrepreneurs in rural Ghana and clean water to 106,667 people.

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FRIENDS OF NEPAL PARIWAR FOUNDATION

Project Grant - Healthcare

For many years, Nepal has had one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Asia.  Friends of Nepal Pariwar Foundation, for the past 11 years, has provided assistance for salaries of nurse-midwives in four rural clinics in Nepal, and for in-service training and transportation expenses for the nurse-midwives, through the Friends’ partner organization in Nepal, BBP-Pariwar.  With the $62.040 of grants from the  AllPeopleBeHappy foundation in 2010 to 2021, Friends has 1) added 4 nurse-midwives to the 4 clinics, 2) upgraded the in-patient delivery facilities, and 3) built another remote clinic.  Each nurse-midwife provides reproductive health services to an average of 1400 persons per year, so the addition of 4 nurse-midwives strongly impacts the community.

 
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THE PANGEA NETWORK

Project Grant - Healthcare

The Pangea Network equips women and youth with education, life-skills and resources to improve their overall quality of life and realize their full potential.  The Network has over 600 active members in cooperatives across Kenya, and in 2017 created its Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).  The WHI provides much needed training workshops for greater understanding of the female reproductive system, the male reproductive system, sexually transmitted infections, the science of fertilization, stages of pregnancy, proper nutrition during pregnancy, the birthing process and menopause.  With the help of a $10,000 grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation in 2018, the Network completed 11 workshops in 2017-2018, training 447 women in 15 coops (caring for 1,800 children).  A second $10,000 grant was awarded in 2019 to conduct 40 days of WHI training to 250 additional women in July to December of 2019.  A third $10,000 grant in 2021 supports the Tubonge Uwazi Dada Initiative (TUDAI) which builds on the prior Women’s Health Initiative by giving Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health (ASRH) talks to 375 adolescent girls (by using 15 local peer educators after 5-days of training).  TUDAI also gives 3 days of training to 150 parents.

 
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LIFENET INTERNATIONAL

Project Grant - Healthcare

In 2020, we awarded the first of two $10,000 Project Grants to LifeNet International to improve healthcare for 50,000 Burundians.  This project seeks to create deep, permanent change in a health facility in Bugendana Clinic in Burundi.  Over the course of one year, LifeNet provided high-impact, capacity-building monthly trainings in medical and management best practices.  Health workers in the Bugendana Clinic acquired life-saving abilities to reduce infections, correctly diagnose and treat disease, perform interventions for maternal and neonatal complications, and more, thus improving the quality of care for patients in 8,822 healthcare visits.  In 2021, the second Project Grant continues to fund LifeNet’s work with Bugendana Clinic, which will successfully complete and graduate from the full LifeNet medical and management training program in January 2022.  The grant will also cover a portion of the costs for LifeNet’s partnership with Maternité Makamba Healthcare Facility in the Makamba Province, Burundi.  With this support from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation, Maternité Makamba will also graduate from the LifeNet training program in July 2022.

 
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UGANDAN WATER PROJECT

Project Grant - Healthcare

A $10,000 Project Grant has been awarded to the Ugandan Water Project to provide 550 Ugandan primary school students at two schools with on-site rainwater collection systems, water filter stations, and handwashing stations, coupled with water and hygiene education.  This self-contained clean water system (2 Rainwater Collection Systems (10,000L PE-tank); 6 H2O-filter stations; 4 hand-washing stations) for each school will eliminate children’s need to leave class to collect water from far-off contaminated sources.  Ugandan Water Project will also train approximately 4-7 staff at each school in system maintenance and filter use, and train student leaders and students in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) best practices.  This solution has proven not only to eliminate water-related safety concerns and support students’ health, but also to redeem an average of 90 collective hours of increased time for instruction per school per week.

 
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EDUCATION ACROSS BORDERS

Project Grant - Healthcare

A $10,000 Project Grant has been awarded to Education Across Borders for a WASH initiative in the Dominican Republic.  Education Across Borders’ mission is to create lasting solutions to extreme poverty in the most vulnerable communities in the Dominican Republic, including two bateyes, home to over 2,000 Haitian Dominicans living in deplorable conditions.  Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) initiatives are critical to the health of vulnerable communities.  The need for latrines in the bateyes is significant (currently only 1 in 5 families has access to sanitation), and clean drinking water is expensive and scarce.  The lack of clean water and proper sanitation leads to dehydration, disease, unemployment, missed school, environmental contamination, and increased litter.  This project consists of the building of 5 new composting latrines for 10 families, purchase of water filtration systems for 55 families, and cost of staff to administer 12 months of training to families and data collection. 

 
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CLINICA VERDE

Project Grant - Sustainable Agriculture

The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation awarded in 2020 and 2021 $10,000 Project Grants in sustainable agriculture to Clinica Verde.  Clinica 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 focuses on families in Boaco, Nicaragua and its surrounding rural communities, an area 55 miles northeast of the capital city of Managua.  In 2020, Clinica Verde taught 50 families to use biointensive gardening methods to establish 50 3-beds home gardens.  In 2021, Clinica Verde is training 90 families in 3 rural communities in agro ecological best practices (soil and water management: contour lines, living and dead barriers; production of legumes; crop rotation; promote use of organic pesticides) using 2 tutorial videos and agro ecological practices manual. 

 
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TANDANA FOUNDATION

Project Grant - Sustainable Agriculture

The Tandana Foundation collaborates with communities in Mali’s Bandiagara District on initiatives that address community priorities.  In late 2020, the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation awarded a Project Grant of $9,477 to the Tandana Foundation for the creation of two school gardens, at the secondary school of Ondogou and the primary school of Saredina, Mali.  These gardens permit students to earn income with which they can purchase school and first aid supplies, enrich educational experience, and provide nutrition to the students.  The Tandana Foundation help the students elected management committees to lead their garden efforts, train these committees along with teachers and parent representatives, install fences to protect the gardens from livestock, and purchase seeds, fruit tree seedlings, and tools to get the gardens started.

 
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VILLAGE HEALTH WORKS

Project Grant - Sustainable Agriculture

Village Health Works (VHW) operates a large health and education complex in  Kiguta, Burundi.  Since its opening in December of 2007, the initial clinic has grown to include a hospital, a women health center, education facilities, and substantial farming infrastructure.  The $30,000 in grants from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation in 2009-2011 was used to procure supplies and to pay 14 agricultural workers to teach villagers on how to grow more nutritious food, to promote cooperative farming, and to establish and maintain 60 home gardens.  In addition, an impressive amount of infrastructure was built: a raised-bed demonstration garden, a nursery for food-bearing plants, a large agro forest, shelters for chickens, goats, and cows, and a large-scale composting system.  In 2016 and 2017, after supporting VHW’s Education Initiative for 4 years, the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation returns to supporting the Agricultural Program with two more $10,000 grants.  In 2020, the tenth Project Grant is supporting The Integrated Community, Agriculture and Nutrition (ICAN) initiative to further develop the on-site demonstration and production gardens, implement a local food procurement system for the hospital, and increase training, support, and education for the local farmers.