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.
Nov 5, 2014

Women advising women farmers

We are pleased to share with you that the five 2013 Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund awardees have made satisfactory progress during their first academic year. Moreover, in September, 10 additional scholars were selected, bringing the total number of Dowswell scholars to 15. The new awardees are: Mrs. Keita, Mrs. Niare, and Mrs. Dembele for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mali; Mrs. Berthe, Mrs. Karambe, Mrs. Togo, and Mrs. Diarra for a diploma degree in Mali; Mrs. Sati, Mrs. Iember and Mrs. Regina for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nigeria. We are grateful for the generous support from our donors. Your donations will allow us to double the number of Dowswell scholars during the next calendar year.

Oct 21, 2014

Room to Learn celebrates National Girls' Education Day in South Sudan

Student with her school bag from RtL
Student with her school bag from RtL

On August 15th, Room to Learn (RtL) South Sudan joined members of the Ministry of Education Science & Technology, development partners, and school girls to celebrate National Girls’ Education Day in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The theme of this year‘s celebration, “Educate Girls for Participation in the Development of South Sudan," emphasized enhancing behavioral change with a particular focus on girls’ education. While addressing the gathering, Hon. Manase Lomole Waya, deputy governor of Central Equatoria State, stressed the importance of girls’ education, as well as preventing gender-based violence and non-inclusive cultural practices that hinder girls’ education. The deputy governor also emphasized the need to enforce community by-laws if girls are to be protected from cultural biases that restrict their ability to learn.

Room to Learn donated 20 school bags, along with text books, to the girls for excelling in the South Sudan Primary School Leaving Examination.

Manuela, a 14-year-old beneficiary, said the program inspires girls to study. “I am very excited as the books will help me improve my reading and I will use the bag to carry all my books. Rain will never destroy my books again,” she said. “I encourage my siblings and other girls like me to enjoy education and become better women in the future."

Oct 15, 2014

SUSTAIN:GREEN Partnership and Bonus Offer!

Earlier this year we announced Sustain:Green as a corporate partner in the Mata no Peito initiative. Sustain:Green recently launched the Sustain:Green MasterCard, a biodegradable credit card that will offset for all card purchases through retirement of Nike offsets to benefit Mata no Peito.

Sustain:Green cardholders will have the unique opportunity to not only reduce their carbon footprint as they make everyday purchases, but will also be funding investments in Brazil forestry projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. In January 2015, Sustain:Green anticipates adding a prepaid card, with the same offset feature.

To celebrate the launch, Sustain:Green is offering a special bonus: For each new MasterCard issued and activated, Sustain:Green will retire 5,000 pounds of CO2, and if you use the referral code “ACR” an additional 5,000 pounds of CO2 will be retired for a total of 10,000 pounds per new card to benefit Mata no Peito. There’s no annual fee, so sign up now to get the Sustain:Green MasterCard at www.sustaingreen.com. I’ve made the commitment and hope you will too!

We thank Sustain:Green and other partners along with individuals and corporations for their continued generous support. To date we have raised over $40,000 from donors, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed 20 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking 1,785, cars off the road for a year! All funds raised will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil - improving livelihoods within forest-based communities.

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