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The Winant Fund

 

GRANTS FOR 2015

 

Botswana: Dairy Farm - $400.00

 

A project to develop a sustainable dairy farm in a rural region of northern Botswana. The area has many farms, but mainly of a subsistence nature only. Most dairy products are imported at high cost. This project will leverage the skills of the local residents, provide jobs, and improve nutrition among the population.

 

Ethiopia: School Infrastructure - $121.79

 

Construction of two bathrooms and provision of new desks for students in grades 9 through 12. Currently the students and faculty lack sanitation facilities, and some students are obliged to stand, squat, or sit on rocks during classes.

 

Fiji: Kindergarten Renovation - $400.00

 

Renovation of a kindergarten originally built with Peace Corps support in 1992. Since then, the climate has taken a toll and the building needs both renovation and expansion, with the goal of better serving the local community and allowing children from a neighboring village that lacks a kindergarten to attend this facility.

 

Lesotho: Primary School Sanitation - $310.70

 

Replacement of unsafe and unsanitary latrines at the primary school in this remote, rural community, and renovation of a water tank at the school to allow students to wash their hands.

 

Togo: Water Filtration - $500.00

 

Installation of a water filtration system to replace the dilapidated and unhygienic current system, which dates from the 1950s. The lack of water filtration, combined with contaminated piping, results in numerous cases of water-borne diseases. Among other impacts, this situation has hurt school attendance. In 2015, for example, 169 girls were diagnosed with water-related illnesses such as giardiasis, dysentery, diarrhea, gastroenteritis and typhoid roughly a 30% increase over 2014.

 

Washington, DC:  So Others Might Eat - $300.00

 

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.