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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, 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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Project Grant - Education and Training

Founded in 2016, The Superkids Foundation has an innovative solution to improving education in Latin America.  They mobilize children as agents of change; parents who haven’t studied beyond third grade struggle to keep up with the new economy and don’t have the time or skills to help kids out, but 4th-6th grade children do.  “Kid Teachers” has been volunteering their time teaching younger kids to learn to read.  This year, The Superkids Foundation has 80+ Kid Teachers in Paraguay signed up for its three-week incubator program at the local teacher’s college.  Matched with mentors, Kid Teachers learn not only to teach literacy but to confront their fears and empower others.  After the training program, the Kid Teachers will work with local elementary schools to tutor younger students.  The goal is to reach 5000+ hours of literacy instruction for 2019.  The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation has awarded a $10,000 Project Grant to support the salaries of their seven staff members (two directors and five facilitators).



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, and 2020 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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Project Grant - Education and Training

Sunflower is a new non-profit organization founded by a 2017 AllPeopleBeHappy Volunteer Service Award grant recipient.  Sunflower currently runs The Sunflower Literacy Lab, located in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, home to a community library space with seating for 80 students, as well as four academic classrooms, and an outdoor hall.  Starting early in 2018, using a $10,000 grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation, Sunflower initiated the Sunflower Fellows program, which gives low-performing, vulnerable girls in the informal schools in Kibera literacy and leadership training to build their academic skills and self-confidence.  In 2019, with a second grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation, the renamed Sunflower Global launched the PALE (Pathways to Alternative Learning and Education) program, a more structured education program for upper primary school girls.  The PALE program serves fifty poorly-educated primary school girls daily, providing students with a variety of alternative education and literacy programming, including extensive literacy training, reading and writing skills, sports and physical activity, counseling and social emotional support, and academic field trips. 



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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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.



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 and 2020, two $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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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 and 2019, the second and third $10,000 grants helped to support the opening of 28 and 49 new water businesses.  Since its founding in 2008, Saha Global has opened 228 water businesses that provide jobs to over 600 women entrepreneurs in rural Ghana and clean water to 103,397 people.   



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 9 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 $49,100 of grants from the  AllPeopleBeHappy foundation in 2010 to 2019, 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.



Project Grant - Healthcare

The Pangea Network was born over 13 years ago and exists to equip 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.

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Project Grant - Healthcare

Green Empowerment has worked since 2006 with northern Nicaraguans to combat poverty and deforestation by integrating renewable energy and agroforestry.  A project grant in 2014 of $7,700 from AllPeoplebeHappy foundation was a part of a major project with several partners to establish demonstrative sustainable farms in the community of La Camaleona.  The project created tree nurseries, built fenced pastures, established poultry farms, cultivated shade-grown coffee, and planted native hardwood trees and grains to prevent erosion, recover soil health, and strengthen watershed management.  The project took place over a period of 15 months in 2014-2016, with a total budget of $31,350.  A second project grant of $10,000 was awarded in 2016 to provide potable water and sanitation for 4 indigenous communities in Esmeraldo, Ecuador.  The project provided for the building of centralized water systems using shallow borehole wells, concrete tank foundations, HDPE tanks with biosand filtration, and public tap-stands.  This resulted in 8 taps for San Salvador, 4 taps for Balzar, 6 taps for Mono Manso, and 7 taps for San Jose.  The sanitation effort resulted in the building of multiple composting latrines for the communities.  In 2017, a grant of $7,900 was awarded for a project entitled “Improved Sanitation for Pueblo Amado, Jinotega, Nicaragua.”  The project involves the building and installing of 100 ventilated latrines, and conducting workshops to provide hygiene and sanitation training to the community.  In 2018, a project grant of $10,000 was awarded for the San Miguel de Kilambe Portable Water Project, which provided 1800 people in Jinotega, Nicaragua with metered, household access to potable water.  In 2019, two project grants of $10,000 each constructed 65 latrines in the community of Tabgas in The Philippines and a centralized gravity distribution potable water system with metered individual connections to 40 households in the village of Piedra, Ecuador.     

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Project Grant - Healthcare

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.

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Project Grant - Healthcare

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.

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Project Grant - Sustainable Agriculture

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.


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