VGIF provides grants globally to fund locally generated projects
that advance the rights of women and girls.
NEWS AND UPDATES
FUNDING ALERT: Chanel is accepting proposals focused on women empowerment. Local, national and regional Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in Latin America, Europe, Japan, Southern Africa and the United States, with innovative and high-impact gender equality programs are encouraged to submit a proposal. Learn more on their website at http://goo.gl/iSjFgI .
“The trainings motivated me to resign from a lowly paid job at construction site and freed time to properly care for my family and engage in backyard gardening of highly nutritious and profitable traditional vegetables. Selling vegetables at a nearby local market replaced the income I earned at the construction site. I can now produce one ton of nutritious vegetables in 3 months, helping to improve access to nutritious food not only for my family, but for the whole community,” says Nancy of Ufanisi Women Group. The 2015 Kenyan project improved the socioeconomic status of young mothers, like Nancy, and increased their access to nutritious food through training in greenhouse farming.
34 years old
El Pozo De Vida, Mexico
“VGIF has given us the opportunity to maximize the potential of this project by increasing staff training, program objectives, and providing more resources to work with women and adolescents at the immigration detention center in Mexico City,” says Lyd.
She sees the impact of the program in three aspects:
1.) Impact on migrant women: “What we perceive is an improvement in mood, despite the situation and mental condition. Our visits and art therapy sessions foster sharing life stories, releasing and generating a new form of seeing life and handling conflicts and overcoming problems and difficulties.”
2.) Impact on myself: “I am shocked to see that the time devoted to the women allows me to enter their world and be one of them, no more, no less. It has challenged me realize how much volunteer work has a deep effect on people, more than we could ever imagine, and by creating genuine relationships with others we create change. Realizing how important it is for others to be heard and accompanied with in difficult times has changed the way I relate to people. They have helped me to see that taking the time to be 100% present with an individual is something transcendent in our lives.”
3.) Impact among the team: “All volunteers has been sensitized to the situation of migrant women and children, which has resulted in them being more committed to the project. Volunteers show more compassion, are more aware and educated, and have gained new life and social skills. They have become creative and proactive in looking for new ways to help and encourage the women. This project has fostered in them the spirit of participation, which is vital to create social change.”