Geneva World Interns and Scholars Exchange (GenevaWISE) seeks to increase the presence of young graduates and professionals from developing countries in Geneva-based internship programmes, allowing them to gain the necessary tools and expertise to act more effectively in their home countries. GenevaWISE administers financial aid to young graduates and professionals from developing countries so that they may benefit from internship programmes in Geneva.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supported Geneva WISE in:
1- Developing partnerships with international organisations and funders.
2- Providing access to the Giving Women network for invitations for Fundraising event.
3- Housing provided by GW member for Geneva WISE 3 interns.
4- Fundraising: CHF 12’000 wereraised to support 2 new interns.
Massanga Education et Assistance (MEA) seeks to stop the excision of young girls in Sierra Leone by proposing villages the opportunity to choose Education over Excision, and organizing Bondo ceremonies without excision, showing that traditions can be preserved without losing one’s integrity.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supported MEA in:
1- Fundraising: Funded bondo ceremony excision and construction of a building to host the ceremonies.
2- Introducing to Credit Suisse Symphasis Foundation, what led to grant of 32,630CHF
Location: Sierra Leone
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Among its many other projects and trainings, the Barefoot College trains semi-literate or illiterate women to become solar engineers for their communities, thus improving the living conditions of the villagers in a self-sufficient and sustainable manner. Based in India, the project has hosted hundreds of women from remote village communities throughout the world.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supported the Barefoot College in:
1- Setting up Barefoot College as an association in Swiss law.
2- Fundraising: CHF 32.349 were raised to support the construction of houses.
Common Threads builds community capacity to provide psychosocial support for survivors of violence, develops culturally responsive interventions in collaboration with local partners, integrates traditional practices with contemporary trauma treatments, promotes survivors’ strengths rather than treating their “pathology," and empowers participants as they make their way from victims to survivors to agents of change.The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supported Common Threads in:
Location: Ecuador, Nepal
GnB will soon open a Women’s Market Centre (WMC) in Prishtina to improve opportunities for women owners of businesses, from both urban and rural areas and of all ethnicities, and strengthen their cooperation. The project presented to Giving Women is to support the women's Market Centre by helping to establish a Cafe within the Centre, which will serve as a space for dialogue, exchange and community building. At the end of 5 years, the Women's Market Centre will be self-sustaining.The Project Circle dedicated to this project supported GnB in:
1- Giving business advice.
2- Rewriting the project description.
3- Fundraising: CHF 14.700
Location: Pristina, Kosowo
IRIS was established primarily in response to eye care needs identified amongst the poorest populations in Cambodia. Nowadays IRIS equips new eye clinics, strengthens existing ones, conducts eye screening, provides cataract surgery for poor people, primary eye care training for staff working on tea plantations in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos and Sri Lanka.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project helped IRIS in:
1- Fundraising: over CHF 107,000 were raised.
CHF 7,000 enabled IRIS ASIA to undertake the project in Sri Lanka and to provide cataract surgery for 200 women tea pickers in 2010.
CHF 100,000 will be distributed in a three-year programme.
Location: Sri Lanka
Giving Women is assisting M2M in their program in South Africa, until the local government takes on the program. In addition, Giving Women is helping M2M raise its visibility within the philanthropic community in Switzerland and is assisting in the development of their information materials, including translation work.This Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project helped Mothers 2 Mothers in:
1- Translating documents into French, German and Spanish.
2- Organising an Event around Mothers 2 Mothers.
3- Creating presence in Geneva.
4- Mapping contacts for fundraising and contacts in the medical area.
Location: South Africa
Maasai Aid Association’s vision is to empower Maasai girls and women through education and to connect them to the rest of the world. Specifically, it aims at combatting female genital mutilation, exchanging it with an alternative ceremony and offering education to the girls, as well as some material support.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project helped Maasai Aid Association in:
1- Reviewing the marketing material.
2- Reviewing translations.
3- Fundraising: 17.402 CHF were raised to purchase 20 school desks; to support a pilot project on female genital mutilation and to support a literacy project.
Location: Beit Rima, Palestinian Territories, West Bank
In September 2010 Nai Qala opened a new school in the village Gawmurda. This school provides improved conditions of education to more than 400 students, both boys and girls. Nai Qala significantly raised the motivation and self-respect of the children and their teachers, bringing a positive impact on their lives, families and communities. In view of the high quality of the school, the Ministry of Education formally upgraded the Gawmurda School from primary education to include secondary education as well.The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project gave support in:
1- Assistance with a mapping of potential donors.
2- Advice on foundation approach.
3- Fundraising. Total funds raised: CHF 5,000 for school material.
In movement offers an arts education program for underprivileged children in Uganda. It is a creativity-based approach to empowering young people.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project gave support in:
1- Advise on sustainability.
2- Advise on repositioning the organisation to better articulate mission, vision, objectives and achievements.
With the aim of directly improving the quality of teaching for children from 0 to 7 years old in Ecuador, where teaching standards and educational outcomes have been declining for years, the INEPE, in partnership with Ecuador’s National Polytechnic School (EPN), designed and implemented six virtual training courses for tutors and heads of households all around the country from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Being an Institute that prides itself on its holistic approach to education, the INEPE's training programme trains teachers to inspire children to be active and engaged citizens with a keen sense of social and environmental justice.
OneAction is a Geneva Association the works to empower individuals and communities to become more autonomous and to adopt sustainable solutions. Recognising the effectiveness and potential of the INEPE programme, OneAction partnered with them to help ensure the financial sustainability of their teacher training project.
The Giving Women Project Circle seeks to provide OneAction with help related to:
-Find potential donors to finance the project.
-Find potential business partners (restaurants and shops) for our self-financing projects.
2- Fundraising for the project.
3- Assistance in refining project evaluation & monitoring strategies.
Location: Ecuador, Geneva
PHASE Worldwide works with disadvantaged communities of extremely remote Nepalese Himalayan regions to improve health and education and create livelihood opportunities, with a particular focus on women and children.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project helped Phase to:
1- Review external communication and dissemination of information.
2- Broaden the global advocacy on issues of Chhaupadi.
3- Bring fundraising support.
The St. Dimitri Foundation is a center offering welfare, care, education and psychological support to children from poor or difficult backgrounds and their families, using a professional approach to support the material and psychological wellbeing of fragile children and their families.
The GW Project Circle supported this project in:
1- Reviewing business plan and fundraising strategy; capacity building.
2- Reviewing M&E documents are helping to develop new indicators.
3- Raising money for the Daily Food Programme: CHF 930,00
Veerni provides quality secondary education for young girls from the rural Thar Desert region in Rajasthan in a safe and supportive environment. In a region where child marriages are rife, there are little opportunities for girls to receive education. The institute allows girls to avoid these precarious situations and provides them with opportunities for employment they would not otherwise have.
The Project Circle dedicated to this project helped Veerni Institute in:
1- Strategising on fundraising/suggesting foundation that might be interested in supporting the Veerni Project.
2- Discussing medium term and succession planning.
3- Preparing a presentation and funding request package.
Location: Rajasthan, India
The Pimali project stems from Stéphanie des Arts-Loup’s experience in an orphanage in North East Thailand in 2009. She realized how difficult it is for orphans and disadvantaged young people to find their first job and be able to have a decent life. She decided with her husband to create the Pimali project, with the goal of offering underprivileged young boys and girls a practical and theoretical professional training in hospitality business, in order to increase their chances of getting a job and becoming financially independent. Pimali is currently in the critical stage of setting up their training center in North East Thailand with the commitment of local and Swiss partners. It would be a great momentum for Giving Women to support Pimali in this important milestone.
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supported Pimali in:
1- New fundraising channels (network).
2- Communication tools.
3- Governance structures.
Shibashi Schools Association seeks to ensure access to primary education to all children living in the urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. They build non-formal, child-centered, gender-sensitive schools for children in the slums, providing them with a strong academic basis for success in the formal education system. In addition, they also raise awareness in the communities about health and life skills.
Giving Women has worked with Shibashi School Project to strengthen their governance and accountability structures, improve communication about the project and develop their fundraising activities.
This Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to helped Shibashi School Project in:
1- Strengthen their governance and accountability structures.
2- Improving communication about the project.
3- Fundraising: CHF 30.000.
Mission: Action for Development's mission is to help communities to achieve their own development goals. AfD has for many been supporting the development of a basic health system in Afghanistan. Its main objective is to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children in Afghanistan and reduce the maternal and infant mortality rates , expanding the access to family planning and hygiene and promoting the empowerment of women, strengthening their skills and competences.
The project: The project "Intensive training to improve the skills of midwives on the most common complications during a pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on their diagnosis and treatment" seeks to reduce mothers' and child' morbidity and mortality in the rural areas of the Province of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
How: The program will consist of 2 phases: During the first phase 18 midwives and 2 healthcare officers will be trained in Bamiyan. During the second phase each of those women is going to train other 5 women in their local health centres. The objective is to train 110 midwifes.
How GW can give: Giving Women supports this project in Monitoring & Evaluation, in improving their fundraising strategy and in communication.
Woman for Development (WFD) was formed in 1996 and was registered by law in 1997, is based in Gyumri, Armenia. The mission of the organisation is to contribute to the implementation of democratic reforms, poverty reduction, development process ongoing in Armenia as well as protection of human rights and establishment of peace in the region.
This Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project helped WFD to:
1- Be presentable for the potential Swiss philanthropic community and for potential donors.
2- Develop the capacity of the staff especially in fundraising, project management and proposal.
3- Develop NGO Fundraising Plan for the next 5 years.
Enfants et Développement seeks to develop partnerships with local stakeholders in order to promote, support and facilitate access to basic quality services for children, for the youth and for disadvantaged families while paying special attention to girls and women.
The project: The project presented to Giving Women seeks to reduce all forms of violence against women (physical, psychological and economic) in Dhading, Nepal, using strategies to influence men and the youth in order to change their behavior with women.
Being at the epicenter of the 2015 earthquakes, the project priorities shifted in response to baseline feedback emphasising the need to support improved access to education, literacy and economic empowerment for women.
How GW gives: The project has adapted to the local realities following the earthquake, and E&D requests support articulating the new strategy, creating new programme management and eventually Monitoring and Evaluation tools to reflect it. Some of the economic empowerment activities could benefit from marketing and communications support as well.
Location: Dhading District, Nepal
Founded: 1901, but in Nepal since 2001
Zero Mothers Die aims at saving the lives of pregnant women as well as new mothers through the systematic dissemination of mobile technologies to increase their access to healthcare and information to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
The project: Zero Mothers Die is a global initiative by an innovative public-private partnership to save the lives of pregnant women, new mothers and their newborns by employing a comprehensive approach to improving maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) through the systematic use of ICTs and mobile health.
How GW gives:
1- Support in monitoring and evaluation;
2- Support in improving the business and financial strategy;
3- Replication of the financial collaboration with private clinics in Geneva and other places to support innovation for maternal health.
Camp Group uses sports and education to equip underserved girls and young people with the tools to build resilient and active communities through research and tested practices.
The RespAct project consists of a series of educational modules which support the development of self-confidence, resilience and responsibility for their local area in girls and young people who face social exclusion due to discrimination based on ethnicity, refugee-status, religion, nationality or economic status. Respect challenges social norms about the ways that education can be delivered to at-risk children by combining sports, education and technology training.
The RespAct project brings together a series of approaches and techniques to empower young people to actively participate in their local communities. It uses elements of boxing to improve discipline, self-confidence, body-language, use of the voice and assertiveness amongst participants.
They work through discussion units with participants to develop feelings of mutual respect and increase both self- and group-efficacy, strengthened through role-play games which also develop empathy skills.
How GW can give:
1- Finding ways to implement the project in Switzerland.
2- Creating a fundraising strategy.
3- Strategic planning for scaling up.
Uniref's mission is to allow new and old refugees in UNHCR refugee camp to become socially and financially independent from international humanitarian aid.
The Project: Providing free gender-balanced quality and relevant vocational training and tertiary (university level) education to those who have been displaced by armed conflicts and live in UNHCR refugee camps.
How GW gives: The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project supports Uniref in:
1- Advocacy, partnership building among international organizations in Geneva.
2- Improving communication materials including the website and social media.
3- Governance support.
Caméléon is an International Solidarity Association, which helps victims of child sexual abuse and disadvantaged youth and their families.
It acts on behalf of:
1- Protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of child victims sexual abuse, and social support for their families.
2- Education, health employability and independence of disadvantaged youth and their families.
3- Awareness of the rights of the child, the prevention of child abuse and sexual abuse advocacy with communities, institution and policy makers and media.
How GW can give:
The Giving Women Project Circle dedicated to this project gives support in:
1- Developing better governance: strengthen and stabilise the team.
2- Increasing the visibility of Caméléon Switzerland.
3-Building skills for strategic development by supporting Caméléon Switzerland's members in the drafting of funding applications and in the development of new partnerships.