World Connect Launches Mothers To Mothers

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Celebrates International Women’s Day with Call for Grant Proposals to Help Women and Children in Resource Poor Communities Worldwide

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World Connect, formerly Infante Sano, a non-profit that empowers local leaders in underserved communities to solve local problems, today officially launched its new Mothers to Mothers program in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The program tackles the very real healthcare and poverty gaps facing women and children in communities around the world. With Mothers to Mothers, World Connect is creating a giving channel for mothers and other champions of women’s health and well-being through the support of health, education and/or income generation projects. Grants will go to changemakers in high need communities. The impact is direct, immediate and life changing. Since 2005, World Connect has contributed millions of dollars through nearly 200 grants, supporting more than 150 communities in eight countries.

“Mothers to Mothers was created to empower women around the world to improve the health and well-being of their families and communities,” said Sarah Henry, Executive Director of World Connect. “We want mothers and those who love them to raise money and awareness here in the U.S. and for women in communities worldwide to have the means to solve the problems they see around them every day. This program is about creating change through community action both here in the U.S. and abroad.”

Grant requests are sought from community leaders working in partnership with Peace Corps volunteers in seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mali and Rwanda. Through Mothers to Mothers grants, these community leaders will have the funding they need to help turn their good ideas into reality. World Connect reviews, approves and funds Mothers to Mothers projects with up to $2,500 each, and seeks to fund at least 50 new projects in 2010. Requests for funding are due by April 19, 2010. For more information about the program go to http://www.worldconnect-us.org.

Grants of this size can do miraculous things help small communities, especially in countries where many people live on less than a dollar a day. World Connect hopes to support a variety of projects from improving clinical services and health education at rural health clinics to building water systems so that women can avoid walking hours a day to find water.

“This is great news because the Peace Corps volunteers here see opportunities everyday where a little well placed funding can spark big change,” said Claudia Martinez, Youth Development Program Manager of the Peace Corps country office in El Salvador. “It’s even better news for my people! I will be spreading the word about this wonderful opportunity for communities to find funding for practical, important ways to boost their overall quality of life.”

Announcing the launch of Mothers to Mothers and the kick off of the first grant cycle today is World Connect’s way of honoring the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the work of the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA). “We celebrate that on this, the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day, almost all women live through the complications of pregnancy and childbirth, thanks to the care they receive from skilled midwives, nurses and doctors, ” said Theresa Shaver, WRA President and Executive Director. “However, we have much to do to ensure care for the millions of women, most of them in developing countries, who give birth alone or with only a family member or neighbor to help. Only a significant increase of investments in maternal health in communities where women need care can save lives.”

About World Connect
World Connect, formerly Infante Sano, is a non-profit that empowers local leaders in underserved communities to solve local problems, improving the health and well-being of women, children and communities around the world. Since 2005, World Connect has contributed millions of dollars through nearly 200 grants and in-kind gifts, supporting more than 150 communities in eight countries. Visit World Connect at http://www.worldconnect-us.org to learn more about the long-lasting and transformational impact of its programs.

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