Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Apr 24, 2015

Dowswell Scholarship Program

Dowswell Scholarship Program
Dowswell Scholarship Program

April 2015 Report for Global Giving

 

During the second year of the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship program all fifteen scholars are making good progress. Five scholars are in their second academic year. In this second year the Fund provides a laptop for each scholar to help them research as much information as possible. In Ethiopia, a laptop was hand delivered to Ms. Gedamu, a scholar at Bahir Dar University. We are pleased to relay her thank you note to all supporters of the Dowswell Fund.

 

“Yesterday, I received an HP Laptop that you send me with the help of Dr. Mutimba.

I would like to say thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Really, I admire your true support. It is unbelievable. God bless you! I have not any better words, which explain my feelings.”

I have completed this semester course. Then, I will send my results as soon as the university will give me these. Thank you very much!”

Apr 21, 2015

Community Engagement in South Sudan

Students participate in RtL community activities
Students participate in RtL community activities

At the start of the 2015 school year, Room to Learn (RtL) South Sudan entered school communities for the first time in three states and four counties. Using a community-based approach, RtL county teams work with community members to identify their own human and material resources, networks, and past experiences that can be put to use to support education. The process involves many stakeholders including teachers, parents, government officials, religious leaders, youth, women’s groups, entrepreneurs, and civil society organizations. Communities are engaged to actively understand how safe and effective their school is so that they can plan and implement steps to improve school safety through the creation or updating of the School Development Plan.

The result of this approach is that community members are empowered to mobilize resources at their disposal to improve school conditions as well as identify gaps that RtL can help address through its grant mechanism.

This process can be applied not only to the school. It can be applied in our houses so we appreciate the resources we have and use them properly”, said one community member. Over the life of the project, Room to Learn anticipates it will reach over 500 schools and 300,000 children through direct services aimed at improving access, retention, quality, safety and relevance of instruction across South Sudan. On behalf of Winrock and our partners, we thank donors for their generous support. Your commitment is invaluable as we move ahead with work in school communities!

Apr 14, 2015

Mata no Peito Forestry Fund Update

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $40,000 and removed 19.5 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,825 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

We look forward to announcing the first Mata no Peito funded project in the coming months.  

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