Thanks to everyone who submitted applications for this next go around of Legacy Collective Grants!
We have seven amazing organizations to consider.
There are so many great things about the organizations that were submitted.
Here are four of them:
1. Each of these organizations work with a sustainable model. We love that they are focused on breaking cycles through education, job training, job creation, and empowerment through community.
2. While the majority grants are international, we love that we are continuing to have opportunities to support domestic initiatives as well.
3. While most work with vulnerable children, we love that we are also working with and empowering adults and families.
4. While we all have great hearts to make a difference, we love that each of these organizations work with indigenous leaders who also have great hearts but also have cultural and contextual insight to what’s going on with each project.
Within the next week, we will be asking the Investor group to vote on these initiatives. Results and next steps will be shared after the Investor group and the Legacy Board has had the opportunity to review.
Thanks for giving and serving well!
Brandon & Jen, the Legacy Collective Board and Operating Team
Miss Understanding, the two faiths, one friendship initiative seeks to bring about peace and mutual understanding between Muslim and Christian communities through grassroots efforts led by members of both communities. They seek to achieve this peace through mixers bringing large groups of the two communities together, connecting churches and mosques, and training Muslims and Christians in grassroots peace building.
Miss Understanding is requesting $15,000 in order to increase the amount of mixers to twelve over the course of the year in four different locations ($2,400), sixteen Peacebuilding Training sessions in four locations ($1,000), 150 Meet-Your-Neighbor dinners at Christmas and Ramadan ($1,000). Creation and dissemination of video training materials to expand our peacebuilding efforts around the world ($10,000). Resources needed like the portable speaker, people database software, etc. ($600).
ChildVoice operates a therapeutic community for war-affected girls and their children in northern Uganda called the Lukome Center. The Lukome Center includes non-traditional educational programs and a vocational training center with spiritual and emotional counseling for former child soldiers and other girls who have been marginalized by Uganda’s protracted conflict. Girls’ lives have been changed as they work through their trauma, learn job skills and begin to provide for their children. In fact, 93% of the girls ChildVoice has served in the last five years are back in their communities, raising their families and working in meaningful jobs, not dependent on aid or outside help.
ChildVoice is requesting $34,000 to expand the Lukome center. The Lukome Center currently has housing units, classroom facility, a chapel, kitchen, multipurpose meeting facility, latrine/shower units and staff housing. This expansion would provide 6 more housing units which would house 12 more students and their children as well as provide them with furnishing and uniforms; the expansion would also cover the matron and counseling staff needed to assist these young women.
Heartline Ministries is a faith based nonprofit organization working in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti. Heartlines primary mission is focused on strengthening Haitian families and preventing children from becoming orphans. Through multiple initiatives including Heartline Maternity Center and the Women’s Education Center, Heartline Ministries is privileged to come alongside over 2,000 Haitians each year.
Heartline Ministries is requesting $45,000 to help make improvements to The Women’s Education Center. The Women’s Education Center focuses primarily on literacy education, income generating vocational skills, and Christian discipleship to women living at or below the poverty line with the purpose of facilitating economic empowerment for women and their families.
The Heartline Ministries Women’s Education Center Long-Term Improvement and Sustainability Initiative has multiple facets. Overall the entire initiative will allow Heartline to not only maximize the work they are currently doing but also allow expansions that will create additional education opportunities for Haitian women. The largest component of the initiative is the need for solar panels and back-up generators for the Women’s Education Center building. Electricity in Port-au-Prince is controlled by the government and is very limited with only a few hours a day of electricity. Solar power and generators will provide a sustainable energy solution to the Women Education Center.
Child Legacy International Inc. is a Christian non-profit organization working in Africa to transform lives by providing opportunities that break the generational cycle of poverty and despair, and support each person’s pursuit of their God-given destiny.
Child Legacy is requesting $52,500 to assist with the construction of the Center for Research, Education & Innovation (REDIN). Development of the REDIN center will benefit the Child Legacy staff with professional development, the community with impactful health interventions, and collaborating institutions with an hub within which to conduct international research efficiently and effectively. Together they will collaborate on research and disseminate research findings, particularly within Malawi. Thus there are two primary issues to address through the REDIN: 1) expansion and integration of increasingly robust collaborative research, and 2) impactful clinic and community based public health interventions to address significant reproductive and sexual health challenges. Our long-term goal is to design culturally acceptable interventions, through robust research, to improve decision making for uptake of sexual and reproductive health promoting technology
Behind Every Door was founded in 2009 to transform lives in underserved neighborhoods by being present daily, believing the best about those who live there, and working with other organizations to help inspire and build up the community. They pursue a holistic, measurable and incarnational approach by collaborating to provide services with organizations who have been successful in these six areas: education, employment/financial health, physical/emotional health, spiritual health, mercy/social issues, and role models.
Behind Every Door currently serves two at-risk apartment communities in Dallas: Village Oaks in Southeast Oak Cliff and Willow Pond on the edge of Vickery Meadow. Behind Every Door is requesting $78,000 to be used to provide programming to children and families living in these communities.
The CARE center is an on campus organization that is serving students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity and/or graduated from the foster care system. The center supports at risk students in a variety of ways from maintaining an apartment that is dedicated to serve as emergency/temporary housing while the student works with CARE to locate a long-term housing solution, to giving students access to a food pantry on campus. This program is one of the first of it’s kind to come alongside college students and support them in becoming productive members of society. The CARE center works with students prior to arriving on campus and give them a head start on completing their college education. They have also established other preventive measures to help help students before they become homeless.
The CARE center is requesting $20,000 to build permanent and larger food pantries on two campus locations for students in the program. They are also working on an app for students to use to locate services they need around the campus community and town.
Outside the Bowl is dedicated to eliminating physical and spiritual starvation in impoverished communities by building super kitchens, and working with established community partners to serve hot, nutritious meals to those who need them most.
Outside the Bowl and Children of the Nations are partnering to bring a super kitchen to Lilongwe, Malawi in 2017. Once operational, this super kitchen will have to capacity to cook 6,000 hot meals every day. They are requesting $25,000 to help launch the super kitchen in Malawi.
This super kitchen in Malawi will address systemic issues in a variety of ways.
1) They are working with Malawians on this project. Local leaders, chiefs, the Director of the Farmer Co-Op Initiative and the Malawi Export Promotion Centre are supporting this initiative and are dedicated to its success.
2) They will be working with local farmers to source the food cooked in our kitchen.
3) The kitchen will be operated by locals. The super kitchen will employee anywhere from 8-10 locals to work in the kitchen, resulting in job creation.
4) The kitchen will contribute to the local economy in Malawi by paying taxes, paying for municipal utilities and purchasing kitchen supplies locally.
5) The kitchen does not provide “free” meals to local ministry partners. The partners are responsible for purchasing these meals at an extremely discounted cost in order to avoid creating a cycle of dependence.