New York, NY; June 19, 2012—American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, has received a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve economic security and civic engagement in the Central and Southwest regions of Haiti.
The three-year grant, covering June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015, will provide support for marginalized Haitians—women, children, survivors of gender-based violence, sexual minorities, farmers and people with disabilities—to expand their access to income-generating opportunities and local food production.
“Two-and-a-half years after the earthquake, Haiti remains in dire need of support,” said AJWS President Ruth Messinger. “I am enormously grateful that the Kellogg Foundation is investing in Haiti’s future and, in particular, supporting vulnerable Haitians who often fall through the cracks.”
AJWS’s long-standing partnerships in Haiti made it possible to develop a long-term strategy to support reconstruction in the aftermath of the earthquake. It funds 40 grassroots Haitian organizations that are working to build infrastructure and social services; replenish the country’s local food supply and promote a strong agricultural economy; assist people in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps; and address gender-based violence.
For more information on AJWS’s work in Haiti, visit http://bit.ly/Mbt2GP.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
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