In 2009, EGCF proudly partnered with the Steiner Foundation and BuildOn to build a school in Mali, West Africa in the village of N'Gola. Construction of this project began in mid-summer and was completed in the fall of 2009. Please see EGCF News section for information and photos of this great project.
In 2008, EGCF proudly partnered with Building with Books (BwB) to build a school in Sengal. This was the second school construction project for EGCF and BwB. See August 10, 2008 news archives.
In 2007, EGCF proudly partnered with ACCION International to support the implementation of a business training program in Brazil and India called the ABC's of Business, which consisted of 50 business training modules translated in appropriate languages. These courses helped the recipients of micro-loans grow their small enterprises more efficiently and effectively. In 2006, the program trained 89,000 participants, 57% of which were women.
In 2007, EGCF proudly partnered with an organization called Building with Books (BwB). Internationally, BwB works in some of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, where literacy rates are low and poverty is endemic. BwB has worked with rural villagers in countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, and Nicaragua to build over 200 schoolhouse projects for their own communities, providing quality education to more than 85,000 children and adults in the developing world. Out-of school villagers benefit from BwB's adult education programs which take place in the evenings in the BwB school that the community helped to build. EGCF sponsored the construction of a new school in Nicaragua, which took approximately 2 ½ months to build with local community participation.
In 2007, EGCF supported a partnership with CARE USA to sponsor a new initiative in Guatemala. This project launched “mobile schools” in 5 areas of rural Guatemala to train Mayan girls ages 13-18, in leadership skills, civic participation, and small-scale income generating activities. They were also trained to become young leaders, by learning how to train other youth in their community.
This area has many innovative opportunities for support and EGCF explored different partnerships under this program area as the foundation grew. For 2007, EGCF launched a partnership with Conservation International, CI , to support the Tetepare Scholarship Fund in the Solomon Islands. As the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, Tetepare's pristine Rainforest has been untouched for over a century and represents a key conservation target of intact forests, coral reefs, mangroves, and beaches. In 2003, the indigenous landowners of Tetepare formed an organization, TDA, to protect Tetepare from the imminent commercial logging that has taken most of the country's remaining rainforests. In return for the significant income forgone from choosing conservation over logging, CI along with other outside organizations forged economic incentives to create tangible benefits for TDA members in 14 villages. Key among the incentives was a program that provided educational scholarships for children unable to afford school fees. With offers from logging companies ever-present, maintaining the scholarship program is key to overall program success. In this way, advancing a child's welfare also achieves sustainable conservation of a rare ecosystem and natural resource.