Kathryn McQuade

AfricAide, Inc Grant Award

Congratulations to AfricAide.  They have been awarded a $20,000 grant for the implementation and delivery of the Kisa Project in 2016.  The Kisa Project is a 2 year leadership and empowerment program for young women in Tanzania, where only 26% of girls go to secondary school and 3% to tertiary education.  The program focuses on capacity,  skills building and tools to be leaders.  The grant funds will be used to implement the Project in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro Regions of Northern Tanzania.

Refugee Crisis in Europe

Europe is facing its biggest crisis since WWII.  More than three years after the start of the Syrian war, the humanitarian plight of more than 6 million people displaced inside Syria and the 2.8 million refugees scattered in the region is growing more dismal by the day. It is currently considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Many Organizations are trying desperately to help these people.  Five grants for $10,000.00 each have been awarded to the following organizations to help fund these efforts.

*International Rescue Committee


*World Vision


*Save The Children

AHALA Children’s Rights Foundation


Congratulations to AHALA Children’s Rights Foundation the US affiliate for CODENI.  This is the second and final payment for the request to support the Life Projects coordinator and a Psychologist/Operational coordinator.  The project benefits children and women interested in developing life projects through education and/or formal employment, with the goal of helping overcome their street dependencies in Guadalajara.

West End Center of Roanoke VA

Congratulations West End Center of Roanoke VA.  They will receive a grant for $15,000 to be applied to the After School Program (ASP).  The ASP serves Pre-K to High School students.  The program provides enrollees tutoring assistance, reading classes, and STEM opportunities in additional to educational monitoring.

Women Global Empowerment Fund

Congratulations to Women’s Global Empowerment Fund of Denver Co.  They have been awarded a $20,000 grant to continue their loan fund training program for Ugandan women.  The request will also allow them to expand o Haiti to begin a bakery project, to provide  sustainable jobs and assist the community.

Children’s Trust Of Roanoke VA

Congratulations to Children’s Trust in Roanoke VA.  They have been awarded $15,000.00 for their Speak up Be Safe (SUBS)and Stewarts of Children (SOC) programs.  The goal is to educate 7,500 school children in the next 3 years.  and 1000 SOC facilitators.  They will also allocate funds to the Child Advocacy Centers, where they serve children that are victims of abuse and neglect.  The programs serve the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Counties of Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig.  This is the first year of a 3 year grant with funding for subsequent years contingent on them successfully raising funds from governments and the UW and individuals.

Project Gateway Grant

Congratulations Project Gateway, American Funds for Charities.  They have been awarded a $25,000 for their work in KwuZulu Natal.  Thier programs provide skill based training and mentoring in woodworking, metalwork, electrical training, sewing and crafts.  The grant will be used for scholarships.  Project Gateway


Nepal Emergency Relief

The Foundation is pleased to announce that five grants for $10,000 each,  have been awarded for the Relief efforts in Nepal.  The organizations are providing much needed aide to communities and families, as well as helping the many homeless children of Nepal.  The  organizations receiving  the $10,000.00 grants are:



ChildFund International

Ecopolitan Eco – Health

Save The Children



Grant Awarded to VA Foundation for Community College Education

Congratulations to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.  Their Mission is to “give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.”  They have been awarded $25,000.00 to help fund two activities…Rural Horseshoe Initiative and Great Expectations.  The Rural Horseshoe Initiative is a 10 year project designed to raise educational attainment levels and improve workforce skills in rural VA.  Great Expectations  Education Program for Foster Youth helps current and former foster youth gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to adulthood.  This grant will fund 25 full-time career coaches to serve 300 students.