$1.1M in Grant Funds Awarded Globally by Ronald McDonald House Charities

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More Than 40,000 Children to Benefit Across the Globe

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Our organization seeks to be part of the solution helping to eliminate many of the barriers that prevent families and children from getting the care they need.

More than 40,000 children worldwide are benefiting from $1.1 million in grant funds recently awarded by Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) to six international non-profit organizations. RMHC annually awards grants to non-profit programs that extend the reach of the Charity helping to provide much-needed program services and resources directly to children and their families worldwide.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, more than 40,000 children globally are receiving direct care through program grants this year,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC. “Our organization seeks to be part of the solution helping to eliminate many of the barriers that prevent families and children from getting the care they need and ultimately, expand the Charity’s capacity to change children’s lives around the world.” Coyne said that quality healthcare resources are in high demand for vulnerable populations, which is why RMHC makes it a priority to support these critical needs both domestically and globally.

2010 grant recipient recipients include:

  •     Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) – $25,000 granted to support the After-school Social Skills Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, which helps individuals with autism increase social motivation, initiation of social interaction, and appropriate social responses. The program will target 96 children, between the ages of 3 – 21, annually in Philadelphia.
  •     One Heart Worldwide - $280,280 to support the Pregnancy and Village Outreach Training project in Mexico and Nepal to benefit 23,775 women in childbearing years. Grant funds will support the development, implementation and management of this project that includes a “train the trainer” model designed to strengthen skills and knowledge of community based providers through ongoing technical expertise and medical education so they can educate women and family members in the community how to prevent disease and recognize maternal and pediatric emergencies to help decrease the high number of maternal and infant deaths.
  •     United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) - $366,912 to benefit 16,000 children in Georgia and 9,500 children in Minnesota. Grant funds will provide teaching resources for children with specialized learning needs. These resources will foster and enhance their learning experiences and provide opportunities to better communicate and socialize, as well as achieve success in all school subjects and activities of daily living.
  •     Water For People in Rwanda - $30,000 for a Children’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Rwanda to benefit 5,600 children. The program will increase sustainable access to water and sanitation facilities, as well as promote hygiene practices among primary school students. Water For People will facilitate the construction of ecological sanitation latrines for girls and boys and rainwater catchment tanks at five schools.
  •     Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) in Rwanda - $253,600 awarded to support an innovative pediatric and youth program which serves 600 children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Grant funds will be used for intensive youth-specific services, including intensive psychological therapy, peer leadership development, clinical assessments and family-focused support groups, provided in two clinic sites."
  •     IVUmed (Salt Lake City, UT) - $100,000 representing the final year of a 3-year funding commitment from RMHC. IVUmed is committed to making quality urological care available to people worldwide by providing medical and surgical training. The funding is being used to continue to support the Pediatric Education Program, a surgical and education program that responds to the needs of developing counties like Honduras, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mozambique, Nepal and Mongolia.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 53 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, http://www.rmhc.org or follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) and Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

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