The Winant Fund


Grants for 2009


Dominican Republic:  Water and Sanitation Project - $800.00


A project to construct and operate a three-kilometer gravity-powered water delivery system to provide water from a protected mountain spring.  The 100 inhabitants of this rural community currently lack access to potable water, and therefore collect rain and stream water that is contaminated with diarrhea-causing parasites.  The community is contributing around 30 percent of the cost and has established a committee to manage the project through all stages including maintenance.


Ghana:  Rainwater Harvesting - $800.00


A project to construct simple and sustainable rainwater harvesting systems for primary schools in the villages of Nanvilli and Takpo, with a combined enrollment of over 400 students.  Currently students must carry water over long distances.  The project calls for the construction of a 52 cubic meter underground storage tank, a filtration system, and hand pump.  The labor and maintenance are being provided by community members.


Ghana:  Nursery School Classrooms - $875.00


A project to construct a three-classroom school block for a community-initiated nursery school in the village of Dipali in northern Ghana.  Currently students take classes under the trees.  This project will provide a safe and distraction-free environment to pursue a quality educational foundation.  The project includes three classrooms, an office and secure storage facility, plus the purchase of books and other supplies.  The community is providing 27 percent of the total cost.


Mali:  Maternity Building Project - $335.00


In order to help mothers who currently must give birth in unsanitary conditions or risk a dangerous journey when they go into labor, this project will construct a maternity building in the small village of Bassa, located 5 miles via dirt road from the nearest town with adequate health facilities.  The building will include a birthing room, recovery room, consultation room and office.  Two local women are being trained as a matron and birthing attendant; in addition to maternity duties they will also serve as a source of health information for the community.  (Update:  The maternity building opened in September 2010.)


Senegal:  Community Health Facility - $792.85


A project to construct a basic health facility for a group of villages with a total of more than 2,000 inhabitants located ten kilometers (two hours by donkey-drawn cart) from the nearest clinic.  The local Peace Corps Volunteer reports that improved access to basic care, treatment for malaria, and pre- and post-natal care for mothers and infants could virtually eliminate some of the leading causes of death in the community.  A local committee has selected and financed training for a health worker and contributed more than a quarter of the costs of the project.


Cameroon:  Regional Reforestation - $352.17


A community-led effort to counter the effects of environmental degradation in the semi-arid north of the country.  The project will plant trees and provide education to local communities and school students.  The Winant Fund is providing one-third of the funding, with the community contributing the remainder.


Cameroon: Primary School Construction - $500.00


A project to construct a two-room concrete primary school and associated latrine in an impoverished mountain village of 1,000 mainly Muslim inhabitants.  Currently the primary-age children meet either in a mud hut or under a hangar made of millet stalks, sitting on the floor or on rocks.  If it rains, classes cannot be held.  When completed, the school will serve around 250 boys and 250 girls, supported by three teachers (two paid by the government and one by the parents of students).


Washington, DC:  SOME (So Others Might Eat) - $500.00


So Others Might Eat has operated in our nation's capital for 40 years.  It works to feed, clothe, shelter, treat, and train the homeless and poor.  Over the years, it has helped thousands of people get off the streets, transform their lives, and live independently.  Currently SOME feeds more than 1,000 people each day and meets other immediate needs of the homeless and poor by providing clothing, shower rooms, medical and dental care, and shelter for elderly people who have suffered abuse or neglect.  It also offers affordable housing for families and single adults, addictions treatment, job training, counseling, and day programs for seniors and people with mental illness.