Six Legacy Grants Approved!

update

for July 01, 2016

It is our great honor to announce six new Legacy Collective grant recipients!

The board has approved grants to six incredible organizations who were submitted for funding directly by Legacy Collective Members, Partners, and Investors!

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. I 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, I love that we are continuing to have opportunities to support domestic initiatives as well.

3.  While most work with vulnerable children, I love that we are also working with and empowering adults and families.

4.  While we all have great hearts to make a difference, I 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.

 

The total funds to be awarded in this round is $176,701!

Your generosity has made this possible and we are honored to support these change makers.

Here are the details of the grants to be awarded:

Preemptive Love:  More Than Survivors Initiative (Iraq)

Grant to be Awarded: $50,000

We are training ISIS victims, refugees, displaced people, and casualties of war with the capital they need to turn existing skills into successful small business endeavors, and the training they need to make a range of hand-poured candles and hand-milled soap products suitable for sale in top tier international retailers and in home-based sales.

In war-torn Syria and Iraq, decades of dictatorship, foreign wars, and terrorism have conspired to destroy the lives of untold millions, including some twenty million between both countries that are currently displaced by the Assad regime, ISIS, and various militias. Preemptive Love is coming alongside refugees and equipping them to start their own businesses, earn their own money, and remake what was destroyed.

By investing in empowerment, families can put their kids back in school, pay their rent, and buy their own food. After decades of dependency-building aid, Iraq and Syria need long-term, strategic investment to rise from the ashes!

Zoe Helps:  Kakata Initiative (Liberia)

Grant to be Awarded: $22,500

This grant will provide 100 orphaned and vulnerable children the empowerment tools to break the cycle of poverty in one of the hardest hit areas by Ebola in Liberia.

The situation in Liberia is dire but ZOE’s model can bring hopeful and effective solutions to large numbers of children efficiently. ZOE is a self-sustaining three-year fully comprehensive program, developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant and learn God’s love for them. ZOE’s approach is bold by utilizing an approach to empowerment that is locally based, comprehensive and child-led. It does this without orphanage homes and large overhead. (See attached document for full organization and programs overview).

ZOE – Kakata, Liberia will equip children in the following areas:

1. Food security through children growing or buying a stable food supply.

2. Animal husbandry

3. Secure safe housing

4. Training in health and hygiene for prevention and access to treatment.

5. Training and capital to start businesses with a micro-grant in the first year and micro-loans in the second two years administered through the working group of children.

6. Access to formal education or vocational training.

7. Understanding of child rights with a supportive group and community to enforce those rights.

8. Being a valued part of a loving, supportive group; where the children both receive and give support from and to one another, building dignity along with self-sufficiency.

9. Understanding of the love of God in Christ, through hearing and seeing the gospel in inviting but not coercive ways.

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Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute:  Foster Youth Internship Program (United States)

Grant to be Awarded: $25,000

The Foster Youth Internship Program supports young adults who have spent much of their lives in the foster care system.  The FYI Program began in 2003 as an effort to raise awareness to federal policymakers about the needs and unique perspectives of those who spent time in foster care. Throughout the summer, the FYI Program interns research policy issues affecting foster children across the country. These experiences allow the interns to create a policy report that is presented at a congressional briefing and released to child welfare advocates across the country.

The Foster Youth Internship Program is an initiative of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. CCAI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family.

This internship experience is invaluable both to the foster youth interns, as it gives them training and opportunities for a successful future that they would never receive outside of this program, as well as the policy report they generate is incredibly important to lawmakers to gain insight into how better they can meet the needs of the children in foster care in our country.

The program cost $25,000 per intern. This cost covers all of their travel and living expenses during their time in D.C. as well as the costs of training, counselors, supplies, etc. that they need while they are there.  CCAI brings twelve interns in each summer.

Journey Into Hope:  Colegio Carmen de Vicuna Initiative (Dominican Republic)

Grant to be Awarded: $9,201

The Colegio Carmen de Vicuna was started in 2006. It began with a student population of 35 students K-5th grade and over the course of 10 years the school has grown to 135 students.

In 2014, a formal building was built by Journey into Hope to provide a stable home for the already existing school. Two additional classrooms are needed for our 7 classroom school that serves and educates bi-national, bi-racial, and bi-cultural students in Sabaneta de Yasica, Dominican Republic.

This initiative fits well within the vision of Legacy Collective by working to address systemic issues of poverty, illiteracy, and racial reconciliation. The conflict between Haitians and Dominicans has a long, vicious history. Haitians in the DR face a world of prejudice, hatred, poverty, and illiteracy. They are even denied citizenship and are classified as “stateless persons”(persons with no nationality). Only through education is there hope to improve and elevate the socio-economic position of the Haitian population.

Our school is unique in the DR since our student population is an equal mix of Haitians and Dominicans. This initiative also readily partners with indigenous leaders.

Amazima Ministries & School:  Learning Lab (Jinja, Uganda)

Grant to be Awarded: $30,000

A new Learning/technology lab at The Amazima School.

While we are 
not trying to replicate the typical Western school’s 
technology, we do want to prepare these children 
well. The technology we are planning for will
certainly equip Ugandan students to engage in any career God moves them toward. This investment in The Amazima School comes in at $30,000.

It includes, Chromebooks, computers for the teachers, projectors, and the necessary software. 490 students and 70 teachers every year after 2024 (adding approximately 70 students every year)

A Heart for Africa:  Khutsala Artisan Project (Swaziland, Africa)

Grant to be Awarded: $40,000

Heart for Africa is a faith-based humanitarian organization that focuses on bringing HOPE in the areas of hunger, orphans, poverty and education to the Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa. Located on Project Canaan, our 2,500 acre farm, the Khutsala Artisans Training Center is designed to train men and women in the art of jewelry/craft making and sewing. With an unemployment rate of 70% in Swaziland, this program provides critical vocational training and employment to men and women from surrounding communities.

This project offers employment, allowing each person to earn wages that support their families and others, on average, each Swazi employee is supporting 13 other people back at their homestead. All net profits generated by the Khutsala Artisans are re-invested into Heart for Africa primarily being used to provide long term love and care for the 109 orphaned or abandoned babies who call Project Canaan “home”.

Khutsala Artisans is growing quickly and we have no more physical space to hire new people. A $67,000 grant would allow us to build an extension on the current building that would double it in size.

We currently employ 90 local Swazis in our Artisan program, the expansion to the current building would allow us to literally double the number of employees who work at Khutsala, thereby generating more employment opportunities. We could potentially have up to 180 artisans employed and further our belief of empowerment through employment.

If we have 180 Swazi artisans and each one supports an average of 13 people, that is over 2,300 Swazis directly affected by this expansion. The funding would also include the building of much needed staff toilets and hand washing facilities. A multi-purpose room for education on hygiene, HIV/AIDS, TB, family planning, rape/incest, bible studies and discipleship classes along with education on other important issues.

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