Grants in response to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis
Save the Children received $250,000 in 2022 to provide Afghan and host community children in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan, with early childhood social-emotional learning skills to mitigate the impact of trauma caused by forced migration. This pilot project will use Sesame Workshop content and resources – a play-based approach – and the reach of TKF (a local Afghan nongovernmental organization) to improve children’s social-emotional well-being. Doing so will help them to learn to their fullest potential while also supporting teachers, families and communities to provide an enabling, nurturing and stable environment for whole child growth and development.
Concern Worldwide was awarded $100,000 in 2022 to help build the resiliency of Afghan communities in disaster-prone rural areas of Takhar province in the northeast region of Afghanistan. The project aims to help residents withstand the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 by increasing access to water back to pre-pandemic levels. The project will ensure that irrigation water access is restored for 200,000 people by desilting the largest canal in the province, benefitting farmers and livelihoods, and by building 30 rainwater catchment ponds for the most vulnerable families in two villages.
Grants in response to the Horn of Africa Hunger Crisis
Mercy Corps – Horn of Africa received a $750,000 grant to respond to the devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and the compounding effects of the severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Adopting a market-based, systems approach, the program will kickstart the recovery of livestock-based livelihoods by supporting vulnerable pastoralist households (emphasizing females and youth) and critical livestock market input and service providers and reinforcing linkages between them.
International Rescue Committee – Ethiopia was awarded $500,000 to address the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19 and drought on vulnerable households and build community and local institutions’ resilience against future disaster risk and food insecurity through climate-smart agricultural diversification, off-farm livelihoods diversification and strengthening of community-based early warning and early action system.
Adeso – Somalia received a $450,000 grant to provide 20,000 people with increased access to water for drought relief and to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in water-scarce communities in northern Somalia, resulting in safe and clean water that will improve food security and livelihoods outcomes, aid in better sanitation and hygiene practices, and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
ORAM – Kenya was awarded a $370,010 grant to meet the immediate food security needs and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable LGBTQIA+ refugees in Kenya impacted by compounded crises of COVID-19, climate and prolonged drought, and conflict in Ukraine that has devastated markets and increased famine risk.
Concern Worldwide – Kenya received a $250,000 grant to improve resilience capacities among vulnerable households to respond to and cope positively with the effects of the current drought and future climatic shocks in Turkana County, Kenya, through immediate access to basic needs, restoring local agriculture production by promoting climate-smart and nutrition sensitive agriculture, and increasing access to adequate and safe water for multiple purposes.
Concern Worldwide – Kenya also received $475,000 to improve resilience capacities among vulnerable pastoral and agro-pastoral households to respond to and cope positively with the effects of the current drought and future climatic shocks in Turkana and Marsabit Counties, Kenya.
Citizen to Citizen Development Organization – Ethiopia was awarded $250,000 to implement a Survivor and Community Led Response (SCLR) approach in highly food-insecure regions of Ethiopia, providing community-level training and issuing small grants to worthy community-identified and led projects.
Forum for Women in Development, Democracy and Justice – Kenya – Kenya received $75,000 to provide training and increase public awareness for 5,200 community members to help address the alarming rates of early forced child marriage, FGM and human trafficking, which has increased drastically due to food insecurity.
Near East Foundation – South Sudan received $250,000 to support COVID-19, conflict, climate and crisis-impacted people in South Sudan to reduce their risk of food insecurity, recover livelihoods and build resilience to future shocks.
NEXUS Consortium – Somalia was awarded $250,095 to improve household livelihood security and increase the ability to adapt and manage climate risks among drought-affected farmers from marginalized communities in Baardhere and Gabiley districts, Somalia.
ASAL Humanitarian Network, hosted by ALDEF – Kenya received $500,000 to provide recovery and build resilience to the hunger crisis in drought disaster-affected communities through accelerated adoption of survivor and community-led response (SCLR) in 10 ASALs counties in Kenya.
Grant in support of 2023 Sao Paulo, Brazil floods recovery
Associação Voluntários Serviço Internacional Brazil received $120,416 to provide long-term support for families’ (600 people) recovery and increase community resilience after the Sao Paolo floods disaster tragedy, including social, economic livelihood and health assistance, and improved living conditions.
Grant in support of 2022 Indonesia earthquake recovery
YAKKUM Emergency Unit – Indonesia – Indonesia received a $216,423 grant from March-December 2023 to strengthen the capacity of communities affected by the 2022 earthquake in Indonesia’s Cianjur District in disaster preparedness and to increase accessibility of health and WASH services for the most at-risk groups.
Grants in support of 2022 Pakistan floods recovery
Rizq received a $150,000 grant to help flood-affected farmers in Southern Punjab recover and provide risk reduction and resilience programming by providing essential agricultural inputs, knowledge and support for sustainable income generation and community rebuilding, including water access.
Tameer-e-Khalaf Foundation was awarded a $182,161 grant to enhance economic resilience, restore agricultural productivity and improve the psychosocial well-being of vulnerable flood-affected families in Balochistan, Pakistan.
Association for Women’s Awareness and Rural Development (AWARD) received a $100,000 grant to help 2022 flood-affected communities (particularly women) of District Khairpur recover through improved housing, livelihood support, WASH and disaster risk reduction programming.
The Citizens Foundation was awarded a $78,846.65 grant to provide remedial education interventions to mitigate and recover learning losses among students in schools that were closed in 2022 in flood-affected communities in Sindh, Pakistan.
Relief International UK (RI) and its local partner (VEER) received a $495,000 grant to support the most marginalized, at-risk flood-affected communities in selected districts (DI Khan) of Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan – both vulnerable Afghan refugees and host communities. The project will help communities recover from the devastating impacts of the flooding, restore their access to safe water and recover their livelihoods, hence mitigating risk and reducing the adverse effects of adopting negative coping strategies among households exposed to the highest vulnerability. The anticipated reach of the project is 168,000 people (access to water) and 2,450 (livelihoods recovery).
Grants in support of Cyclone Idai recovery
Concern Worldwide received $100,000 to restore agricultural livelihoods and support immediate gains in food security among flood-affected communities in southern Malawi. This will be accomplished by rebuilding agricultural productivity through improved irrigation, provision of quality seeds and inputs, and training in improved farming practices for increased yields in hard hit southern Malawi.
Health Alliance International (HAI) was awarded $150,000 to repair and restock health facilities with medical equipment and durable supplies that have been identified and prioritized by the Provincial Health Directorates of Sofala and Manica provinces in Mozambique. They will also focus on the unmet needs for building stronger provincial-level epidemiological surveillance capacity in order to respond to disease outbreak following natural or epidemiological disasters.
Grants in response to the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis
Doctors without Borders (MSF) received $250,000 to provide maternal and pediatric healthcare and operational support of surgical facilities that focus on war surgery and emergency obstetric care. MSF programs focus on the hardest hit areas of Yemen, especially those in or near conflict zones. MSF teams work in 12 hospitals and health centers across the country and provide support to an additional 20 health facilities in 12 governorates: Abyan, Aden, Amran, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Ibb, Lahj, Saada, Sana’a, Shabwah, Taiz and Marib. There is $50,000 designated for working with Health Ministries to enhance and strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Mercy Corps was awarded $249,935 to increase market activity in the Taiz governorate of Yemen by strengthening small and micro enterprises through access to financial services, including grants and loans, as well as in-person business training and mentorship. This program also supports local communities with increased access to functional market systems that create competitive options when purchasing goods and services and more accessibility within their localities.
Grants in response to the Venezuelan Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis
Oxfam (Colombia) received $200,000 to strengthen protection mechanisms through training on sexual and reproductive rights, provision of hygiene kits and renovation of school facilities with the Wayuu indigenous host community in Colombia, as well as with the returnee population. The Protection Project will support women and girls in 15 indigenous communities; Oxfam’s local partner, Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, will participate in the workshop implementation, information dissemination, kit delivery and rural school renovations to ensure migrant children have access to education.
Doctors without Borders (MSF) was awarded $200,000 for a comprehensive health program that will 1.) work with the government of Venezuela on health preparedness activities and planning, 2.) rehabilitate and support 17 health facilities and 3.) provide mental health outreach and services to victims of violence in urban slums. Of this amount, $50,000 is designated for working with Health Ministries to enhance and strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Wayuu Taya Foundation received $100,000 for their Recovery & Rebuild Program that leverages support from several international organizations to improve access to food, health care, water and sanitation, and livelihoods for the most vulnerable communities in the indigenous region along the northern Venezuelan-Colombian border. The Recovery & Rebuild program will immediately address the food insecurity and hunger issues that have persisted since the initial political crisis. This will also increase its capacity to address the pandemic, ensuring that communities remain in their place of origin, while also providing food, water, medicine, information and support.
Grants in response to the Australian Bushfires
The first disbursement of dollars in response to the bushfires in Australia was made possible through generous grant funding from Google.org, which supports affected communities through nonprofits on the frontlines with grants to ensure resources reach those who need them the most. This funding went to:
Australian Red Cross Society was awarded $336,000 to support on-the-ground disaster services, immediate bushfire support, grants to individuals affected by the bushfires and a three-year bushfire recovery program. Support includes: 1) deployment of emergency teams to support evacuations, relief centers and training, 2) bereavement payments to next of kin for people who died in the fires and 3) emergency grants for people whose homes were destroyed.
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) received $500,000 to support community-initiated and community-led projects that support the medium- to long-term recovery of bushfire-affected communities across rural, regional and remote Australia. FRRR fills an unmet need by providing small, targeted grants to grassroot nonprofit organizations that play a vital role in supporting community recovery. Making these grants available over three years provides important financial support communities continue to recover.
World Wildlife Fund was awarded $1.19 million to support the Indigenous People’s Program and the Habitat Restoration Program. The grant focuses on environmental stewardship. It will help fund on-the-ground partnerships, collaboration and advocacy around land management, environmental restoration and fire mitigation based on Indigenous knowledge, and science-based solutions to wildlife and ecological recovery.