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.
Feb 6, 2014

Room to Learn plans for a changing landscape

On Dec.15, violence broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and spread to other states throughout the country. What started out as a political conflict quickly became a conflict along tribal lines, resulting in the displacement of over 700,000 people (including more than 650,000 displaced within South Sudan), and giving rise to a massive humanitarian crisis. While government and opposition forces signed a ceasefire on Jan. 23, the situation remains tenuous. Despite the current instability, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is urging schools to open on time wherever possible, stating, “let our schools be full, let all children go to and continue in school, let South Sudan be a learning, and thus a peaceful, country.”

In the context of this changing and complex environment, Winrock has been reviewing how the Room to Learn project can safely operate. Room to Learn is community based at its core, and the very structure of the project itself goes the farthest toward ensuring its success in providing for children’s safe access to quality education, despite the challenges facing South Sudan. In addition to being rooted in the community, the Room to Learn project is designed to expand education opportunities that are inclusive and promote social cohesion, which is particularly relevant in the current landscape. On behalf of Winrock and our partners, thank you for your generous support. Your commitment is invaluable as we move ahead, and we look forward to sharing news of our progress.

Jan 31, 2014

Men and Boys Help to Address Violence in Moldova

Men and women team up to address family violence.
Men and women team up to address family violence.

ADVANCE continues to work with women, as well as men, in Moldova to break the cycle of domestic violence and help survivors rebuild their lives. Men and boys play an important role, not only in preventing domestic violence, but also promoting gender equality. This role was a central focus of two recent events. During the first conference in November, stakeholders, including NGO representatives, service providers, local government authorities, and community volunteers, learned basic information about ways to engage men and boys to prevent domestic violence and how to confront stereotypes about men’s and women’s roles in society. A trainer from Ukraine, who has worked extensively on issues of positive masculinity and violence prevention, engaged male leaders and young volunteers on specific ways they can address violence and support women’s empowerment in their communities. During this training and a follow-up workshop in December, these men identified the ways this is already happening in Moldova, and created plans to expand, coordinate, and strengthen these efforts throughout the country. This series of workshops was an important step in launching future efforts to engage men and boys in Moldova, where rates of family violence remain high.

To date, ADVANCE has assisted more than 230 survivors of domestic violence and women at risk, and reached more than 650 people in rural villages through Mobile Technical Units. The project has also reached about 1,150 young people through peer-to-peer sessions addressing gender roles and stereotypes, as well as providing tools for violence mitigation and prevention. Among these young people, 120 have gone on to conduct their own prevention activities in their communities.

On behalf of Winrock and our partners in the ADVANCE project, thank you for your support. To date, we have raised nearly $1,300, thanks to the generosity of people like you. If you have any questions or comments about the project, we’d love to hear from you on our wall!

Jan 27, 2014

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 throughout Brazil.

To date, individual and corporate donors have partnered with the Mata no Peito Initiative, raising $40,000 and removing over 19 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,780 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to seed the Mata no Peito Fund, which will provide investments in selected innovative forestry projects throughout Brazil that demonstrate scalability, economic sustainability, community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 132 individual donors via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green credit and debit card, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

As eyes turn to Brazil as the host of the approaching 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games, we remain eager to confirm additional Mata no Peito coalition partners to help raise awareness of the importance of forests to address climate change, sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity.

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