End-of-Year Updates from our 2018-2019 Grant Recipients

We received some amazing end-of-year updates from last year’s six Impact Giving grant recipients! From providing clean water to thousands of people in Mexico to feeding hundreds of families in need in Orange County – these updates are proof that our Partners’ contributions are truly making an impact!

WISEPlace – $36,000

WISEPlace in Santa Ana received a $36,000 grant from Impact Giving to support Phase I of its ambitious Capital Campaign to triple its capacity to transform the lives of unaccompanied homeless women in Orange County. The plan is to reconfigure and renovate the existing 1950s building, to go from one floor to two, and add 30 permanent supportive housing units, Current units will be renovated, as well as the administrative wing, to provide 30 emergency beds and 26 transitional housing units.

The initial benchmark for this campaign was to raise $500,000 by year-end 2018 and reach $3.5 million by mid-2020. WISEPlace is currently on track to reach that goal. You can read their annual report here.

Giving Children Hope – $25,000

Though low and no-cost lunches help students’ hunger problems during the week, food insecurity isn’t magically cured on Friday afternoon. Knowing the importance of food in improved learning, the We’ve Got Your Back program works with local schools in Orange County to provide backpacks filled with nutritional food to feed a child and their families on weekends.

Giving Children Hope received a $25,000 grant from Impact Giving to provide backpacks filled with nutritional food to feed 1,500 children and their families on weekends. This year, the program grew in nearly every capacity: it served more families at more schools, while engaging more parents with their Parent Education courses of Financial Literacy and Wellness. They also increased the number of families served from 1,330 to 1,367. While this fell short of the projected number, they did significantly widen the scope of the project and increased from 64 schools to 72. They are also in conversation with 19 other locations to start programming in Fall 2019.

Concern America – $23,000

The village of Hermosillo is an indigenous Mayan community, materially impoverished, and underserved, requiring eight hours of challenging land and water travel from the nearest city. Its population greatly suffers from water-borne illnesses. Concern America received a $23,000 grant from Impact Giving to be used to construct a water system and install filters in the village of Hermosillo and install filers in five additional villages.

This year, through the support of Impact Giving, 3,300 people in six rural communities in Chiapas, Mexico, now have access to clean water in their homes! In Hermosillo, families worked alongside the Concern America team and constructed a community water system, channeling water over three miles in difficult terrain as well as constructing three tanks to hold, transfer, and process the spring water. Additionally, 300 households and schools in Hermosillo and five other communities received clean water filters.

Lotus Outreach International – $22,000

With a $22,000 grant from Impact Giving, Lotus Outreach is able to pay for Blossom Bus – which provides safe, reliable transit to school for girls in rural Indian villages. These funds directly create access to education that is unavailable otherwise; without Blossom Bus, school is only accessible for girls locally through Grade 5. Transportation to secondary school (>Grade 6) is unavailable, and it is too far for these girls to walk safely due to high rates of sexual violence in the area. As such, most girls are forbidden from continuing their education.

To date, Blossom Bus has served 688 unique riders, including 109 new riders added this year. In the 2018-2019 school year, there are 328 girls riding the Blossom Bus, including 230 in two schools in Haryana, 58 in Rajasthan, and 40 in college. There are also seven girls pursuing education at the masters level. In addition, 15 girls graduated college this year, and 13 began!

With My Own 2 Hands – $14,000

With a $14,000 grant from Impact Giving, With My Own 2 Hands is building four, 80’ greenhouses to grow vegetables to feed and support the education of children in Kenya.  Funding covered the full greenhouse setup, including materials/seeds, installation and training the community on how to sustain the greenhouse.

After receiving the $14,000 grant from Impact Giving, With My Own Two Hands Foundation constructed four 26’ x 78’ greenhouses to grow vegetables. In each greenhouse they also installed a 150-foot open-field drip and a 265-gallon plastic water tank, a knapsack sprayer, protective gear and growing guide.

The four greenhouse were completed in January of 2019 and each greenhouse is now full with vegetables and all are preparing their first harvests. The four greenhouses will provide fresh vegetables for up to 750 children. Three of the greenhouses have had their first harvest and have produced an average of 500Kg of produce (variety of tomatoes, kale and squash so far), feeding nearly 500 hungry children and community members, and they have brought in an average of $150 each surplus for this one harvest. Each project has allocated these funds for school supplies and teacher salaries.

International Orphan Care – $10,000

In the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there are many children who have lost their parents and have no family to turn to. In many cases, these orphanages and vocational schools are their only hope for survival. IOC has identified that providing a few essential tools for a very minimal cost will be life transforming. With Impact Giving’s $10,000 grant, $5,000 will provide 80 “tool kits” (sewing machines or carpentry sets) received at graduation; and $5,000 will buy & install solar panels for two buildings & two batteries for the back-up generator which will provide consistent electricity at the school to light their educational path.

While Afghanistan has seen much destruction and death in recent months, International Orphan Care’s schools have remained intact. Despite violence and threats, the students continue to attend classes. Unfortunately, graduation has needed to be postponed; however, the solar panels were installed and are working very well. Since the solar panels were installed, there have been many days when electricity was not available in Jalalabad – even to government offices. Thanks to the panels, IOC’s classes and office had electricity and were able to operate.

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