The Foundation is pleased to continue it's support of Project Gateway with a $25,000 grant.
The Empowerment Program is run through the Gateway School of Fashion Fusion with Craft and Business
Training and Mentoring. Through the Program, over 1000 students have been trained in hard skills such as
woodwork, metalwork, electrical training as well as Fashion Design, sewing and craft development. It has
also assisted more than 250 developing entrepreneurs in better business practice and mentored the leaders
of these groups until they are secure in Business knowledge. Over 70% of the entrepreneurs were still
running successful businesses 2 years after their training.
Most of the trainees are unemployed women, who are given the opportunity to improve their hard skills of
Craft making and / or Fashion Design as well as Business Skills training. This enables them to generate
income for themselves and their families.
Funds from this grant will be used to support individuals unable to pay the fees associated with the Program.
Learners would under normal circumstances be required to pay a fee structure. While this is built into the
budget the reality is that most of the learners are unemployed, out of school, under-educated learners.
Project Gateway is a development program and does not offer “hand-outs” as such. The learners are already
paying transport costs to reach the center 3 days a week. They travel for over an hour to get there and over
an hour to get back home. They desperately need to generate income for themselves and their families and
they feel that if they were better qualified in the hard skills of Fashion Design and sewing and had a greater
understanding of Business, they would be able to increase their income and build sustainable businesses.
The project is making a sustainable different by addressing unemployment and the lack of skills and
business education. By educating and up-skilling 20 - 25 learners per year in Fashion Design and Fusion
with Craft and by assisting 90 people per year with the Paradigm Shift Business Training program and
encouraging them to go on to the next 2 Modules which tracks their Business growth and success for a
period of at least 18 sessions, the organization believes that it makes a difference to the quality of each
person’s life. History has shown that most of the learners who study through Gateway School of Fashion
continue to generate income at varying levels for a number of years after the course. The Paradigm Shift
Course has been offered to over 2000 people in South Africa. Results so far indicate that over 70% have
increased their Business Income, and 34% of the people are now saving on a regular basis.
Project Gateway as a registered Non-Profit Organization is governed by a Constitution and Board of Directors
elected at an Annual General Meeting of the organization. The organization is overseen by a CEO, who has
considerable experience in community based programs. He is assisted in his role by a management team
consisting of skilled individuals and community representatives. Our books are audited annually. Gateway’s
Monitoring & Evaluation framework is strongly driven by the Results Based Model which measures
outcomes and impact. Baseline information is collected at the start of the project/work. This will then be
used as a platform from which to monitor our progress in terms of our intended outcomes. Monthly
statistics relevant to the program work will be recorded and used to evaluate the progress of the project. The
goals, objectives and activities detailed in this proposal will fall under the project's monitoring and evaluation
system, and performance will be measured against these.
The UN Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support their Girl Up program.
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent campaign, supports the empowerment of girls
everywhere. Since 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education,
and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of more than six hundred thousand
passionate advocates. The 25,000 youth leaders, representing more than 1700 Girl Up clubs in 90 countries,
stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is the hardest to
be a girl.
At the heart and soul of Girl Up, the Teen Advisory Board ensures that the Girl Up campaign stays authentic
to its voice and “by girl, for girls” mission. Made up of 21 girls, the 2017-2018 class of Teen Advisors helps
lead advocacy, provide feedback on campaign materials, and energize and inspire others to take action in
support of United Nations programs so that adolescent girls in developing countries can reach their full
potential. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, the Teen Advisors are passionate changemakers
who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work.
This unique leadership development program separates our organization from other organizations that work
on girl’s empowerment. Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making including advocacy
fundraising and communication strategies. This grant will allow us to continue to select Teen Advisors from
a diverse background and solely based on their individual qualifications. By supporting their travel to our
trainings and the staff members who support them, coach them and provide daily interaction, these leaders
will continue to lead the movement and build their skills as they go on to college and their future careers.
The leadership skills that Teen Advisors develop will help them change the world today and well into the
future. 21 girls will benefit from this grant during their tenure from July 2017-June 2018. The funds will be
used in the United States. A grant from the Kathryn McQuade Foundation will help support the Girl Up Teen
Advisory Board to continue to strive to make sustainable improvement in girls’ rights, education, and welfare
in places where it is hardest to be a girl.
WGEF has been awarded a $25,000 grant. The Foundation is pleased to again partner with WGEF on their Healthy Periods Initiatives.
The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to provide women with the framework necessary to
create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized
women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty, thus facilitating sustainable development and
To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene
and stigma while in refugee or IDP camps, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) has launched the
Menstruation Matters project, part of the Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating
livelihoods. Because of inequality, gender taboos, and socio-cultural factors, menstrual health is overlooked. In many
refugee camps no regular supply of products is available. Due to the lack of access and affordability of
sanitary products, women and girls often use: cloth, leaves, mattress stuffing, and other ineffective and
unsafe materials. These materials are unhygienic, uncomfortable, ineffective and unacceptable.
As the world becomes more conflicted, increasing the numbers of people on the move, forced from their
homes and villages into camps and centers, the basic needs of women and girls are not met. One of the
worst refugee crisis is happening on the border of Uganda and S. Sudan. S. Sudanese people have been
forced to flee their homes due to increasing and brutal violence. Because WGEF is located in Gulu, northern
Uganda, these camps are on our doorstep and it became clear that we needed to help our neighbors.
In the refugee camps of Balore and Pagirinya, approximately 9000 women and girls have no access to
sanitary products. It has been over a year since any sanitary products have been delivered. This is unjust
and undignified. Menstruation Matters not only provides product but education on managing their periods,
in a safe and healthy way.
The funding requested will be used to manufacture 7000 pads per month, delivered to two refugee camps,
along with an educational component for the next 12 months. The requested funding will be spent monthly
over the next 12 months in Gulu, Uganda, and the northern region near the S. Sudanese border.
By providing funds for locally produced sanitary products, not only creates and supports local economies,
but will provide long term health benefits and education to women with few, if any, access to critical
resources around menstrual health. As the world is in conflict, this project supports sustainable
development and health benefits to those most in need.
WGEF is committed to providing women and girls living in nearby refugee camps access to this critical
product and education. All women deserve respect and to live with dignity, when women don’t have access
to relevant information or appropriate sanitary products, this is impossible.
ACE Africa has been awarded a $30.000 grant.
Ace Africa only works in communities where there is a real need, want and willingness to gain independent self-sufficient lives.
The programme is long-term and bespoke to each community, reflecting local cultural, economic, political and environmental
contexts focusing on all aspects of a child’s and community’s development.
In Homa Bay County, Kenya, 47% of the population live beneath the poverty line, and food insecurity is a
critical problem. Additionally, the county has an HIV prevalence rate of 25.75%, 4 times the national average
rate of 6%. In Kenya, girls and young women account for 46% of new HIV infections. Many of these girls and
young women are unable to assert their rights and face various different discriminations. These experiences
create an environment where there is higher risk of transactional, unprotected, and age-disparate sex,
contributing towards girl’s vulnerability to HIV.
In 2016 Ace Africa began implementing DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe)
projects that aim to address the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk. Drivers
such as poverty levels, gender inequality sexual violence, and lack of education. Monitoring, evaluation, and
feedback from adolescent and young women participating in the DREAMS projects have revealed that many
women have a desire to build their skill sets and improve their ability to generate income.
The DREAMS project benefits 140 out of school young girls and women aged 18-24. The girls and young
women have been identified as some of the most underprivileged, vulnerable, and most at risk of HIV
infection within their communities. In addition, 700 household members (each household consists of an
average of 6 members) of the 140 adolescent girls, will benefit from improved capacity to meet basic needs
and have a reduced risk of HIV infection.
Funds will be used for:
1. Nutritional based training and activities to ensure long-term food security and self sufficiency
2. Establishment and management of nutritional based enterprises to ensure long-term economic
3. Cost associated with monitoring and evaluating, whichhelp provide support on a long term basis
to ensure lasting economic sustainability and self-sufficiency
TechnoServe has been awarded a $25,000.00 grant. TechnoServe’s mission is to work with enterprising people
in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.
Their success is measured by increased financial benefits for the people whom
they engage. These benefits enable them to improve their resilience and reduce their poverty. TechnoServe
was founded in 1968.
In Kenya, “mom and pop” shops, also known as Dukas supply 80% of consumer goods, mostly to low-income
communities. Dukas provide vital services that larger retailers and wholesalers cannot, as the market is
fragmented with high transaction costs. Additionally, restocking generally requires the owner to travel to a
supplier, often a large retailer, with cash in hand in order to make purchases. This is expensive and time
consuming, and results in periods of closure, limited inventory, and ultimately relatively high prices for
purchasers and low incomes for store keepers.
In partnership with the Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization and Citi Foundation, the Smart Duka
Initiative is working to increase the profitability of 840 high-potential small retail shops in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Smart Duka Initiative achieves these results through in depth training and mentorship. Results include;
better financial and operations management, strengthened marketing, the adoption of digital solutions for
payments and inventory, as well as improving relationships with lenders, suppliers, and customers. The
majority of stores selected to participate are women-operated or women-owned.
Since launching the Smart Duka Initiatives in 2016, the project has reached 570 beneficiaries. These
beneficiaries include shop owners, shops managers, and employees. Of which, 52% are women. Shops are
averaging a 19% increase in revenue and a 22% increase in profits.
TechnoServe recognizes the importance of raising incomes levels for women in these communities. Due to
cultural norms and social roles that often keep women from owning businesses like Dukas, women often do
not have a chance to support their family. TechnoServe specifically targets the women population and
consciously works to provide trainings, meetings, and other opportunities compatible with the schedules of
To measure success, upon completion of a project, TechnoServe calculates a “return on TechnoServe
investment” (ROTI) score as a measure of the project’s success. ROTI is calculated by totaling the financial
benefits accrued during the life of the project, plus projected financial benefits over 3 years, and dividing it by
the cost of implementation.
RUP has been awarded a $20,000.00 grant. Founded in August of 2015, RUP’s overarching goal is to empower people from host
communities and refugees. RUP feels it is important that people who do not normally get to express their
views are given an arena to effect change. RUP focuses on working with low-income Jordanians, refugee
women, and children.
RUP seeks to address these issues through the creation of a Community Centre in the city of Zarqa.
Approximately 48,000 refugees are located in Zarqa, which is one of the most densely populated refugee
areas in Jordan.
The centre will look to give educational support, while teaching employable skills to the individuals who visit.
A particular emphasis will be around educational opportunities for women and children. The centre will be
open to all individuals and will look to create a space for these underserved communities to come together,
understand each other, and learn new skills. Additionally, the centre aims to facilitate a dialogue between the
groups to prevent radicalization and the use of negative coping mechanisms. For women in particular, the
centre will provide literacy classes and child-rearing classes, which will focus on nutrition and new-born
The centre will be run by local staff and volunteers, primarily drawn from Zarqa. RUP is determined to help
Syrian and Jordanian refugees gain experience and learn new skills. The goal is to take these skills and use
them to help their families and other community members, which is turn will make a sustainable difference
for these community.
A 2 year grant of $32,000/year has been awarded to the AICF. Established in 1989, the mission of the AICF is to transform Indian higher
education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited tribal colleges
and universities (TCUs), offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance
their communities and the country as a whole. The College Fund is the nation’s largest provider of private
scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students.
The Scholarship Program will provide renewable scholarship funding and
targeted support services to approximately 5 AIAN women pursuing post-secondary credentials at TCUs
during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years, empowering them to overcome the financial and social
obstacles to achieve a higher education and serve as leaders and role models for their families and
communities. Funding will specifically be used to provide 5 scholarships of $5,000 per scholar per year for 2
years, as well as provide student success services of $1,400 per scholar per year for 2 years.
Data shows that although organizations such as AICF are making a difference, Native people are still the
least educated racial or ethnic group in America, with a smaller percentage receiving bachelor’s degrees
than any other minority group.
Scholarship awards for this program will be based on the following eligibility criteria:
(1) Enrolled member or descendant of an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe
(2) Acceptance to and enrollment as a full-time student at a tribal college or university
(3) Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
(4) Women students
(5) Preference for women students with children
The objectives of the scholarship program consist of measurable indicators linked to the 3 overarching
goals identified below:
1) Increase access and success in higher education for AIAN women students.
2) Leverage the Foundation’s partnership to substantially increase resources
for AIAN education.
3) Empower AIAN women students to achieve educational and professional success and serve as
leaders to improve the social and economic conditions present in their communities.
Through CAF America, a International and Domestic Donor Advised Funds Organization, the Foundation will contribute to the following groups:
$25,000 to Human Concern. Human Concern was established with the aim of supplying humanitarian aid to men, women & children affected by the current crisis in Syria. The charity is run by a team of professional individuals that dedicate their time voluntarily and who run development projects inside Syria focusing mainly on the supporting hospitals & medical activities, and sponsoring schools & educational efforts.
$25,000 to Mosaic Initiative. Since late 2011, the Mosaic Initiative has funded and facilitated various aid delivery projects that provide basic relief such as shelter, medicine, food, access to water, sanitation, clothing, education, and other humanitarian assistance, to people living in Syria and in refugee camps in neighboring countries.
$25,000 to Syria Relief. Syria Relief has a solid network of committed management and logistics staff on the ground inside Syria, striving to deliver humanitarian aid in hard-to-reach rural areas, as well as heavily populated and even some besieged areas. With help from the UK public Syria Relief has touched the lives of 1.8 million people.
$25,000 to Tauheedul. Since the start of the Syrian conflict, Tauheedul has established 10 schools inside Syria supporting over 2,500 children. School helps children deal with psychological trauma due to the exposure to unprecedented levels of violence, horrors of war and loss of loved ones. The schools also play an important role in securing the future of the children whilst creating employment opportunities for local teachers.
The Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to the International Rescue Committee to help the IRC save refugee families in crisis. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster. Year after year, the IRC is one of the highest-ranking nonprofits for accountability, transparency, and efficient use of contributions.
With the recent attrosities waged on the Syrian people, it highlights the tremendous suffering of these families. So far, only
17,000 of 4 million Syrian refugees have been re-settled in other countries. An average of 50 Syrian families are forced to flee their homes, every hour of every day.
The Foundation is happy to again partner with WGEF to help women and children in Haiti with a $35,000 grant.
Funding from the McQuade Foundation
in 2017 would specifically be used for two of WGEF’s programs. The Healthy Period Initiative and the
Women’s Bakery Initiative in Cap Haitian, Haiti.
To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regard to access, hygiene
and socio-cultural stigma, WGEF created the Healthy Period Initiative (HPI).
WGEF aims to drive economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. With the
purchase of a manufacturing unit, WGEF will produce a low cost sanitary product for the women and girls.
WGEF will also provide education and resources to assist in development of successful social enterprises
that provide safe and sanitary resources for all women in these communities. Funds will be spent in 2017
and will help purchase a machine that will quadruple the number of pads produced at one time. Additionally
funds will help pay for supplies and admin costs.
New to WGEF this year is the Women’s Bakery Initiative in Cap Haitian, Haiti.
Funding for the bakery will be spent in two ways. First, to construct a water project to help bring safe and
sustainable water to improve the bakery’s productivity and provide irrigation to large urban gardens.
Secondly, funds will be used to help the construction of a large urban vegetable garden
WGEF uses quantitative and qualitative data to measure effectiveness and relevancy. They complete a
yearly survey on a chosen subject; in the past this has included food security, sustainability and
empowerment. This year (2017) they are collaborating with students at Oxford University, England to create
an assessment tool to evaluate our program, impact, and long term sustainability (Aug 2017) focused on
how literacy facilitates success and empowerment in our program. Their staff and leaders continually
gather information from all programs to assess effectiveness and outcomes.