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 11, 2016

New year brings more scholars, plans for expansion

New year brings more scholars and big plans for expansion

 

The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Program is kicking off 2016 with some exciting news!

We are happy to announce that we have selected 17 new students to join the scholarship program. This means we are nearly doubling the total number of scholars. We are particularly pleased to see an increase in the number of women pursuing their diplomas in Mali, where the program now supports 17 female mid-career scholars.

All the women have expressed their gratitude, some saying they are pleased to see they are finally being offered the same opportunities as men.

The scholarship program now plans to expand to Tanzania, where it will offer BSc scholarships in Agricultural Extension at Sokoine Agricultural University.

Your donations have made our success possible, and will allow the scholarship to expand its reach in 2016. We appreciate your continued support.

Thank you.

Jan 7, 2016

PTAs Trained to Achieve Greater Impact in Schools

Joice - PTA Member, Terekeka, CES
Joice - PTA Member, Terekeka, CES

As a member of the Terekeka Primary School Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) in Central Equatoria state (CES) in South Sudan, Joice, 35, had long felt that the community and local parents should be making greater efforts to ensure more primary-level children were attending regular classes. As a widow and mother of eight, Joice understands the complexities of educating the young, especially girls, in South Sudan and felt that their PTA group had long been ill-equipped to address or resolve these issues.

“As a member of the PTA and of this community, I would often see young children loitering around the village. As a PTA group, we didn’t really know how to mobilize ourselves, how to work together to lobby parents, tribal leaders, or government to start to address these fundamental problems.”

In October 2015, RtL provided the Terekeka Primary School PTA with training on how to mobilize themselves and their school. The training also focused on how to work together, with teachers, parents, and with government structures to improve education opportunities children in their community. The program has changed Joice’s - and her fellow PTA members - entire attitude. They have come to understand the magnitude of the responsibility they hold within the community and they have now realize that they have the capacity to ensure positive change.

“If I see a child in the street I will immediately find out who the parents are and ensure that they are taken to the tribal chief to explain why their child is not in school. ” she says. “So many parents did not even know that the government schools are free! We are now working closely with the tribal leaders, parents and the school to ensure the local children have access to the education they need and deserve.”

RtL, funded by USAID and implemented by Winrock International in partnership with FHI 360 and Plan International USA, aims to reach 388 PTAs across South Sudan with capacity building training in 2016. This training will enable communities to advocate for improved education and attendance in their school communities.

We want to thank you for your continued support which enables us to expand our impact in each school community we enter in South Sudan!

Schoolgirls pose for a picture at school in CES
Schoolgirls pose for a picture at school in CES
Nov 17, 2015

Mistletoe Market A Growing Success

Shoppers at the 5th annual Mistletoe Market
Shoppers at the 5th annual Mistletoe Market

This November the Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) held its 5th annual Mistletoe Market in El Dorado, Arkansas. The market is a growing holiday shopping tradition that provides over 65 small businesses the opportunity to sell holiday and unique handmade products to the public. This year the event grew to new heights, maxing out every square foot of the conference center with vendor booths and experiencing the highest customer count yet with over 1500 shoppers. Several vendors participating have recently completed our Operation Jump Start business development training program in 2015.

One of the returning vendors, owner of Backporch Reflections, shared that “This one day beat any other one day of any show this year. I am willing to drive 4 hours and spend 2 nights in a local hotel to be able to participate. The customers were so nice, not one complaining customer in the entire bunch. This all makes me want to design new exclusive products for this market. Thanks so much for being such gracious hostesses. We love working with you guys and look forward to next year.” 

We appreciate your continued support to make dreams of business ownership a reality for women in Arkansas. 

AWBC client 3 in One Design at Mistletoe Market
AWBC client 3 in One Design at Mistletoe Market

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