World Connect Awards 102 Grants in 2012

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Grants launch innovative health, education, environmental and economic development projects around the world

The projects that we launched in 2012 have been some of our largest and most ambitious grants. - Pamela Nathenson, Executive Director

World Connect, a non-profit organization working in 13 developing countries to improve the lives of women and children around the world awarded 102 grants in 2012 for projects that address health, education, environment and economic opportunity.

World Connect works in partnership with Peace Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Belize, Philippines, Rwanda, Kenya, Mali, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, Senegal, and Morocco to identify innovative projects that are designed and led by local leaders to improve the lives of women and children. World Connect has also worked directly with partners on the ground in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010.

“The projects that we launched in 2012 have been some of our largest and most ambitious grants, reflecting a commitment by the Peace Corps Volunteers and their partners on the ground to use the unique opportunity created by World Connect’s seed funding to achieve deep and lasting impact with these projects,” said Pamela Nathenson, Executive Director of World Connect.

Grant funding was awarded to launch innovative projects such as the first-ever youth-led coffee company in Costa Rica, to build science laboratories for rural high school students in Kenya, to introduce Moroccan students to the field of journalism, to expand cholera prevention and education in rural Haiti, to pilot a large, school-based oral health project in Rwanda that has the potential to be widely scaled throughout the country, and to reforest communities in the Dominican Republic. To learn more about the full list of projects go to

“The quality of the projects and the local leaders who have put them together is so impressive,” said Patrick Higdon, World Connect’s Program Manager. “It takes local solutions to solve local problems and World Connect’s grassroots approach to international development is an innovative, agile, and sustainable approach that empowers local solutions to development challenges.”

World Connect is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that launched its first programs in the Dominican Republic in 2005 to improve the health of women and children. The organization expanded its scope and its focus in 2009, launching a collaboration with Peace Corps Volunteers to support the planning and implementation of special projects during their Peace Corps service. World Connect brings these projects home to the U.S. by using them as teaching tools to educate young Americans about global issues, philanthropy and community service. .

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