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UNFCU Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

By UNFCU Foundation

UNFCU Foundation announced its 2020 grant recipients today. The work of each of the 15 organizations aligns with the Foundation’s mission to sustain a path out of poverty through healthcare and education for women and children.

“We are proud to work with partners whose programs are transforming the lives of marginalized women, youth, and entire communities,” said Pamela Agnone, president and director of the UNFCU Foundation. “Through the strength of these projects and the participants’ dedication, we look forward to an impactful year ahead.”

The organizations and goals of the projects supported by the UNFCU Foundation in 2020 are:

  • AVSI – USA (Association of Volunteers in International Service): improve the economic and psychosocial resilience of young women living in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Batey Relief Alliance: provide technical assistance, agricultural inputs, and small loans to empower vulnerable women in the Dominican Republic
  • The BOMA Project: enroll ultra-poor women living in Northern Kenya in a two-year program that includes financial, life skills, and business training
  • Bottomless Closet: empower marginalized women in New York City to enter the workforce and achieve success
  • Building Tomorrow: provide children with access to education in underserved communities in Uganda
  • The Floating Hospital: support the hospital’s Behavioral Health Program for women and girls in New York City
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC): support IRC’s employability services for women, a subset of IRC’s broader Economic Empowerment Program
  • Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI): empower youth in Kibera, Nairobi through the power of sports and self‑belief
  • MindLeaps: use dance to teach children in Ugandan refugee settlements cognitive and socio-emotional skills to increase their likelihood of attending primary school successfully
  • Together We Bake: help women in the Washington, DC area find employment within 3 months of graduating from the program
  • Trickle Up: economically empower poor indigenous youth, women, and people with disabilities using the Graduation Approach in Guatemala
  • Girl Up Initiative of UN Foundation: protect adolescent girls in India from child marriage and adolescent pregnancy through Girl Up’s support of UNFPA’s Action for Adolescent Girls initiative
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): provide livelihood training to obstetric fistula survivors in Nigeria
  • Women for Women International: support WfWI’s 12-month program in Nigeria that provides for the formation of savings and loan groups
  • Win (Women in Need): strengthen and expand Win’s Income Building Program (IBP) in partnership with the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation
About UNFCU Foundation

UNFCU Foundation is an accredited New York-based, non-profit corporation launched in 2015. It was established by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) with a mission to sustain the path out of poverty through healthcare and education for women and youth. Since its inception, UNFCU Foundation has supported programs to enable more than 31,000 marginalized women and youth to unlock their potential.

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