One of the highlights of the year is when we get to welcome new grassroots partners to the GFC family. This spring is no exception: we’re honored to have 24 innovative, locally led organizations join our global team!
This expansion represents months of hard work by our program staff, who have traveled the world in search of organizations that are in the early stages of development but have high potential for growth and success. All of our new partners are already demonstrating a powerful impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children in their communities—our job over the next several years is to help them become stronger and reach even more children in need.
MEET OUR NEW GFC STARS
They hail from all corners of the globe. They’re small yet mighty, particularly in their deep commitment to children’s rights and effective approaches to serving children in need. We’re proud to announce our 24 new grassroots partners! View our slideshow to meet these great partners and the children they’re helping.
KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGES —
TRAINING & NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS
A key part of building our partners’ capacity is giving them the opportunity to network with and learn from other grassroots leaders and issue experts. The GFC team has been on the move this year, recently conducting successful workshops (called Knowledge Exchanges) in Nepal and Peru, with additional conferences planned in Moldova and Kenya next month.
These interactive Knowledge Exchanges also offer technical skills training in financial management, governance, and human resources, thanks to our Grant Thornton partnership.
GFC IN THE NEWS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) met with GFC grassroots partners during their recent trip to India: they visited Salaam Baalak Trust’sdrop-in center for street children and also chatted with children served by Door Step School and Magic Bus Foundation, who were eager to meet the royal couple, as reported in the Telegraph.
In a manifesto published on the Huffington Post website, The Global Fund for Children and 14 of its grassroots partners declare who they are, how they work, and how others can work with them in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.
According to Deutsche Welle, Challenging Heights has identified a new trend among trafficked children in Ghana: boys enslaved by the fishing industry are increasingly forced into early marriage by their masters.
Deutsche Welle also featured a news project by Youth Media Center, a pioneering organization in Moldova that trains marginalized young people in journalism, video production, blogging, and radio.
GFC supporters came together in DC, New York, and San Francisco and heard first-hand from GFC partners affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. Maja Savić, director of NGO Atina in Serbia, spoke about the exploitation and abuse faced by refugee women and children in Belgrade, and how her organization has stepped in to help them.
In Dallas and DC, Lala Arabian, executive manager of Insan Association in Lebanon, reported on her organization’s efforts to make sure Syrian refugee children can access healthcare and education as they rebuild their lives.