The Winant Fund

Grants for 2012


Dominican Republic:  Dry Composting Latrine Project - $500.00


In areas with heavy rainfall and a high water table, traditional pit latrines are susceptible to flooding that risks contamination of the ground water.  Dry composting latrines avoid this problem, last longer than pit latrines, and offer a long-term solution to the community’s sanitation problems.  This grant will support the construction of 35 dry composting latrines for low income Dominican and Haitian families.  Funds will support the purchase and transportation of construction materials and the services of local masons.


Dominican Republic:  Community Sanitation Project - $500.00


Diarrhea and its complications are the 4th most common cause of death in the Dominican Republic.  This donation to the Peace Corps Partnership Program will support the construction of 17 pit latrines in an impoverished Dominican community, as requested by members of the local women’s group, in order to reduce the incidence of illness due to poor sanitary conditions.  Funds will be used to purchase and transport supplies and for the services of local masons.  The community will provide additional tools and supplies.  Each beneficiary will provide four days of manual labor and make a small monetary contribution to the project.  In addition, five local women will be trained to instruct other community members in hygienic practices.


Ghana:  Household Latrine Project - $500.00


This project is intended to address the lack of adequate household sanitation in a village in northwestern Ghana, where most homes lack latrines.  The practice of defecating in public spaces contributes to the contamination of food and water, and the spread of illnesses like diarrhea and cholera.  Each of the 12 sub-communities involved in the project has named a representative who will be responsible for registering, organizing, and motivating community members.  Participating households will provide the necessary labor, the community will provide tools and some materials, and the local government will provide for the transportation of supplies.  Funds from this grant will be used to purchase PVC piping, cement, and metal rods, as well as the services of a local mason.


Togo:  School Construction - $500.00


This grant will support the construction of a two-room middle school in a rural village of 2500 people in the West African nation of Togo.  Students are currently using a mud building of inadequate size and quality.  The community is invested in the project and will provide some skilled and all unskilled labor as well as some building supplies.  The community has been amassing funds for the past five years to pay teachers and a school director.  This grant will cover additional building materials (e.g., cement) and skilled labor services.


Global:  Nothing But Nets - $500.00


This UN-affiliated NGO distributes durable anti-mosquito bed netting to help prevent the spread of malaria.  This disease is the leading killer of children in Africa, and claims over one million lives every year – mostly children under the age of five. 


Washington, DC:  So Others Might Eat - $500.00


So Others Might Eat has operated in our nation's capital for over 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.