Monday, December 14, 2009

World Connect Funds New Projects In 5 Countries; Program Connects Mothers To Mothers Worldwide

World Connect Funds New Projects In 5 Countries; Program Connects Mothers To Mothers Worldwide

Celebrates Mother’s Day with First Round of Grants; Honors Kenia Feliz, Changemaker in Dominican Republic

Waltham, Mass. (Vocus) May 4, 2010

World Connect today announced its first round of grants connecting mothers to mothers worldwide. Funding projects in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mali and Rwanda, projects range from healthcare facility improvement and health education, to early literacy and school enhancement programs to skill workshops and business development for women, all with the central goal of improving the health and well-being of women and children.

“World Connect is pleased to celebrate Mother’s Day with our first round of World Connect Grants by connecting mothers to mothers worldwide,” said Sarah Henry, executive director of World Connect. “Through our program, we work directly with community leaders who identify solutions to challenges affecting the health and well-being of women and children in their communities. The impact is direct, immediate and life changing.”

The World Connect Grants program is a giving channel for projects led by mothers and other champions of women’s health and well-being to support health, education and/or income generation. Grants go directly to changemakers in high need communities and empower these local leaders to solve problems in their communities. World Connect Is inspiring change by giving these leaders the support they need to turn their good ideas into reality. World Connect reviews, approves and funds projects twice a year with grant awards up to $2,500 each.

Projects and social entrepreneurs receiving funding from this inaugural round of World Connect Grants include:

Women of Volcan Greenhouse & Nursery, Volcan, Costa Rica
Local women’s group to construct a greenhouse and nursery for fruit, vegetables, medicinal & ornamental plants. Project is designed to improve nutrition in a vitamin-deficient community and generate income for the women’s group.

Rural Maternity Improvements in Kati, Mali
Rural community health center to install solar panels and running water to improve conditions for labor and delivery. This project will make the maternity ward of the health center more inviting and improve access to healthcare services for mothers and their newborns.

World Connect Honors Community Leader

Kenia Feliz is an example of a changemaker who has been funded by World Connect and has made a meaningful difference in the health and well-being of women and children in her community.

“This Mother’s Day, World Connect is pleased to honor Kenia Feliz as a role model and passionate champion for women and children in her community,” added Sarah Henry. “When we first met Kenia, she hadn’t finished high school. Now, she is pursuing her nursing degree and has countless medical trainings and certifications. She is not only a loving mother, but a respected and community leader.”

Kenia was elected by her community in the Dominican Republic to be a health promoter. Her job involves visiting mothers in the community to encourage them to seek prenatal care, visiting newborns in their homes within the first couple of days to educate mothers about breastfeeding and potential danger signs, keeping records of visits and seeking out mothers who do not return for follow-up, and visiting patients from the community when they are sent to the local hospital.

Still Time to Send a Mother’s Day Bouquet

Looking for something special to send a mother in your life? Go to worldconnect-us. org/mothers-day-bouquet. php

World Connect offers a special alternative to the usual gifts of chocolate and flowers. Make a contribution to World Connect in honor of someone you love and support the health and well-being of women and children around the globe. By investing in World Connect, you are empowering local leaders worldwide to solve problems in their communities.

About World Connect

World Connect, formerly Infante Sano, is a non-profit organization that empowers local leaders in underserved areas worldwide to solve local problems by improving the health and wellbeing of women, children and communities. Since 2005, World Connect has contributed millions of dollars through over 230 grants and in-kind gifts, supporting more than 200 communities in eleven countries. World Connect has two giving channels: World Connect Grants, which supports changemakers in health, education and income generation projects, and Kids to Kids, which funds innovative youth arts, sports, education and environmental projects. Visit World Connect at http://www. worldconnect-us. org to learn more about the long-lasting and transformational impact of its programs.