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.
Jan 28, 2015

Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Update

The fifteen women who received funding through the Christopher Dowswell scholarship program continue to make satisfactory academic progress. In preparation of the upcoming academic year a special effort will be made in Ethiopia in order to make the availability of scholarships better known among female extension agents. We acknowledge the generous support from several donors and aim at adding at least ten more scholars during the second portion of 2015. Your support will have a broad impact as these scholars will be able to apply what they have learned to improve agricultural practices in their communities. This will lead to increased production and incomes and will help address the issues of poverty and hunger.

Jan 20, 2015

Room to Learn Promotes Reading in South Sudan Schools

To read well, students need the opportunity to read regularly from a variety of text types and be provided with books and materials that are grade level appropriate and rich with relevant content. Currently, South Sudanese children do not have access to such books at home or at school. With these considerations in mind, the Room to Learn (RtL) South Sudan project has developed the Pocket Library Kit for distribution across RtL communities.

The Pocket Library is made from waterproofed cotton cloth and is fitted to hang on the classroom wall. A careful selection of fiction and nonfiction supplementary readers are included in its nine pockets, given along with book shelves, a storage cupboard, individual chalkboards and chalk for students and teachers as part of the Kit. These materials will be used for read-aloud activities as well as group and independent reading. It hoped, that the provision of Pocket Library Kits will motivate students to read, enhance their literacy skills, and increase their reading outcomes.

Your ongoing support is critical in helping RtL improve student access to reading materials in schools and learning centers across all of South Sudan.

Jan 15, 2015

Mata no Peito Forest 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.

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.

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

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