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.
Aug 13, 2014

Women advising Women Farmers

The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs.  Bukar in Nigeria) continue to make very satisfactory progress to their degrees and/or diplomas.

The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) has announced that new applications are welcome. Specific instructions can be found on the website:  www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org.                                            

We are very pleased to announce that Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) pledged an USD 10,000 annual contribution to the Fund. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships. The Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) will sponsor one of the scholars to attend the World Agricultural Forum in Ames, Iowa during the first week of October.

Aug 1, 2014

Refocused and Ready

Good news from South Sudan! We are pleased to report that Room to Learn is set to begin its first phase of community work this September. Thanks to your support, we will resume efforts to expand education opportunities that are inclusive and promote social cohesion among the most disadvantaged groups in South Sudan, including those displaced by the recent conflict.

After decades of civil war and ongoing turmoil, there are many issues still preventing South Sudan’s education system from reaching its full potential. For many, the classroom remains a dangerous place. Room to Learn is working with school community members to find ways of improving learning opportunities for children and youth. We’re laying the groundwork for communities to provide core education services and tailor interventions that will give children access to safe, quality education. Our approach is to instill a sense of ownership among these communities, and build their capacity to devise and implement school development plans.

Education is key to creating lasting peace and prosperity in the world’s newest nation. It is our hope that an expanded, improved, and safer education service will serve the needs of South Sudanese communities and, at the same time, help promote stability.

We rely on your continued support. In coming months, we’ll share with you the stories of positive change that Room to Learn is creating in the lives of South Sudan’s children and youth.

Jul 18, 2014

Mata no Peito Forestry Fund: Summer 2014 Update

With the excitement winding down from a summer of World Cup soccer, hosted in cities throughout Brazil, the next opportunity for the country to showcase its world-renowned natural beauty will be in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics.

Brazil is home to over half of the planet’s forests, including the Amazon and the Atlantic Rainforest. Each year an area equivalent to three million soccer fields is deforested or degraded in Brazil due to logging, or conversion to cropland or grazing land.

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito initiative to raise awareness and funds for joint action to protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. To date, with support from donations via Global Giving, we have raised more than $40,000 and removed over 19 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,785 cars off the road for a year.

On behalf of Nike and Mata no Peito, we thank you for your generous support. Donations are pooled to seed the Mata no Peito Fund, which will provide investments in select innovated forestry projects throughout Brazil.

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