Read more below on the kinds of projects WDP USA will fund this year.
To apply: download the application, complete it and return it to us by Thursday, May 1, 2014.
2014 Focus Areas:
This year, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Egypt wrote the world day of prayer service. We will be especially focused on making grants to organizations in Egypt, and to domestic and international organizations that address the areas the women of Egypt have identified:
- Clean water
- Girls’ education
- Interfaith cooperation and dialogue
- Poverty, Migration and Refugees
All requests for WDP USA funding should:
- Reflect the mission of World Day of Prayer, USA
- Affirm the worldwide and ecumenical concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
- Provide services and/or effective advocacy for under-served and marginalized populations, particularly women and children
- Benefit the target population without regard to religious affiliation
With respect to project support, WDP USA prefers not to fund: administrative salaries, benefits and expenses, utilities, rent and insurance. Capital expenditures are generally not considered unless they are central to the specific goal of the project.
L’Armée du Salut (The Salvation Army), Le Harve, France. L’Armée du Salut, in Le Havre in the north of France welcomes many strangers in their women”s group (Home League). They minister to a growing multi-cultural population welcoming immigrants, with and without documents, and assisting them in practical ways. Project Summaries: ($4,000) Sewing Workshops. This project would make sewing classes available to those who cannot afford classes elsewhere and teach them the basic skills to enable them to make their own clothing. It will provide the opportunity for those on low incomes to come together, learn and enjoy fellowship as well as practical skills. They plan to use the money to purchase sewing machines and other tools for sewing. ($3,500) Cooking Workshops. Presently the kitchen facilities at the corps are inadequate. This project provides the opportunity for those on low incomes to come together to learn how to prepare a nutritious and balanced diet as well as how to budget and prepare food they may be unfamiliar with. Plans are to use the grant to purchase supplies for the kitchen including a gas cooker, microwave, knives, electric oven, cake tins, washing machine, etc. www.armeedusalut.fr
Enterprise Development & Governance Facility (EDGF), Nkwen Bamenda, Cameroon ($1,500). Organization dedicated to improving the community of Nkwen Bamenda, Cameroon, meeting the needs of the poor, the hungry and oppressed, providing skills training and knowledge. They have partnered in the past with Fresh Water Action Network, Riverside Church Sharing Fund, Women Thrive Worldwide, Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves. Project Summary: “Bamenda Urban Post Orphan Empowerment Project” aims to train 10 post-orphans (those children aged 12-18 who have aged out of care facilities and are vulnerable to homelessness, trafficking, and child labor) in vocational skills and will provide them with care-givers, guidance counselors, housing, trade tools, health insurance and apprentice training fees. The training program to last 2 years with follow up after graduation. http://www.freetocharities.org.uk/edgf/
Nomi Network, International ($3,000). Nomi is a network of business and marketing professionals, filmmakers, development professionals, engineers, lawyers and fashion designers working to eradicate the prevalence of human trafficking. They create training and job opportunities for survivors of trafficking by providing targeted, technical and entrepreneurship training, designing and producing market-ready products and linking those products made by survivors and women at risk of human trafficking to the global marketplace. They are currently focused on women in India and Cambodia. Project Summary: Project goal is to improve the employability of 100 survivors at risk of human trafficking by increasing their job skills in product development, manufacturing and entrepreneurship by providing them with hands-on experience and advanced training in producing a collection of products for sale in the global market. Trainings include the Train the Trainer curriculum developed in partnership with the US Dept. of State J/TIP Office. www.nominetwork.org
Tree of Life Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe ($2,000). Tree of Life works to heal and empower survivors of organized violence and torture. It was started by two women who were the victims of politically motivated rape and decided not to remain silent. Their workshops are facilitated by survivors themselves, using the tree as a metaphor to provide a framework for understanding the trauma experience as well as strategies for empowerment. Project Summary: For the last two years Tree of Life has been working with an emerging organization of rape survivors calling themselves “Doors of Hope”. They are comprised of 5 volunteer staff and a membership of approximately 375 women from around Zimbabwe. Their goals are to assist victims of rape to develop their own potential to handle post traumatic stress events resulting from rape and sexual abuse; lobby government and other authorities to implement policies that accommodate victims and survivors of rape; empower victims of rape psychologically, educationally, and socially; network with similar orgs and take a strong position for advocating/lobbying government for all above. DoH has been conducting ToL workshops and by early 2014 aims to become fully independent. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/zimbabwe/fuller-text
Brazilian Immigrant Center, Bridgeport, CT ($4,000). Established in 1995 the BIC is the only Portuguese speaking Boston non-profit that puts workers’ rights and their economic self-sufficiency at the center of their organizing mission. They advocate on behalf of low-wage workers in cases of wage exploitation and provide education on worker’s rights. They offer referral and information services and limited case management for immigrant workers to a wide variety of social services including housing programs, housing discrimination, food pantries, feeding programs, and domestic violence. Project Summary: “Domestic Workers Project of Fairfield County.” Their mission is to empower all domestic workers in CT to improve their working conditions and living standards. This grant will help to fund outreach to domestic workers to improve labor rights for immigrant women, partnering with faith communities to hold trainings such as negotiation simulations, job contract skills, and anti-oppression training. www.braziliancenter.org
Lydia’s House, St. Louis, MO ($2,000). Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing for abused women and their children. Founded in 1995, it is the only program in the St. Louis area providing confidentially located, transitional housing specifically for abused women and their children. The overarching goal of the program is to provide women the space and support to gain the skills necessary for living independently and for securing permanent housing. Lydia’s House operates 36 apartment units and can support up to 36 women and up to 70 children. Their approach to faith is open and inclusive and not limited to or directed by the credo of a single faith tradition. Rather, their open and inclusive atmosphere honors women wherever they are on their journey. Project Summary: This grant will support medical and transportation costs for women escaping domestic violence, including the cost of prescriptions and clinic visits for uninsured residents, co-pays for insured residents, crisis counseling through partnerships with local agencies, and monthly bus passes for residents and their children. http://lydiashouse.org
One Morgan County, Fort Morgan, CO ($4,000). OneMorganCounty is an immigration focused organization serving Morgan County, CO and the surrounding area. They offer a structured approach to embracing immigrants by fostering relationship-building and dialogue opportunities where they might not otherwise exist. They provide orientation workshops teaching local systems and expectations to newcomers, host an annual celebration of music and food from around the world, link volunteer tutors/mentors to English language learners, and deliver citizenship services. Project Summary: Grant will fund implementing a program called “Cultural Connections” that will consist of skill building workshops centered on Conflict Management and Communication. www.braziliancenter.org
Providence House, Cleveland, OH ($2,000). The Providence House Crisis Intervention and Family Preservation Program is a Crisis Intervention and Abuse/Neglect Prevention Model which blends Family Preservation services and supports to stabilize the whole family. The program begins with round-the-clock services and an immediate safe housing solution for infants and children – newborn through age 10, in situations where they are at risk of abuse or neglect. At Providence House children find a safe haven in a home-like setting, before abuse or neglect occur, while working with partner community organizations to stabilize family crises, improve parenting skills, and preserve the family or find alternative long-term care for the children. In addition to such issues as homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse, new crises are emerging among our families including caregiver medical and mental health issues, at-risk children with minor medical needs, and immigrant/migrant families seeking safe shelter for their children. Project Summary: The infants and children that go to Providence House are primarily from economically disadvantaged families throughout Cleveland, OH. They face a range of crises which place them at risk of abuse or neglect. This grant will sponsor direct care services and emergency shelter in their Crisis Nursery to meet the basic needs of children at risk of abuse or neglect. Services include: meals, new clothing, transportation to school, educational lessons and activities, medical assessment and follow-up care, developmental assessment and trauma screening and interventions. www.provhouse.org