A Highlight of the Year: Welcoming New Partners
One of the highlights of the year is when we get to welcome new grassroots partners to the GFC family. This spring is no exception: we’re honored to have 24 innovative, locally led organizations join our global team!
This expansion represents months of hard work by our program staff, who have traveled the world in search of organizations that are in the early stages of development but have high potential for growth and success. All of our new partners are already demonstrating a powerful impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children in their communities—our job over the next several years is to help them become stronger and reach even more children in need.
Some stars among our new partners include Georges Malaika Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering rural girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, most of whom have fled armed conflict in other parts of the country. The Malaika Girls School offers a safe place where they can get an education, build skills for the future, and be part of a supportive and loving community. Without Malaika, many of these girls would go without an education—and be at risk for a host of dangers, including trafficking and child labor.
Another exciting grassroots organization is Un Millón de Niños Lectores (One Million Reading Children). In Peru, where only 20 percent of public schools have libraries, UMNL has a simple but powerful mission: to build libraries in low-income public schools so that more children can learn to read. Parents and school staff come together with the organization to create libraries out of recycled building materials; in turn, the libraries become a catalyst for social change, engaging entire communities around the importance of reading.
These new partners join GFC’s global network of visionaries, heroes, and innovators. We’re proud that many of our partners and their leaders have been globally honored and recognized with prestigious awards such as CNN Heroes and the World’s Children’s Prize, and we expect this year’s class will continue the tradition!
We hope that you, too, are inspired by these small but mighty organizations. We know that as part of our network, they will help us reach more marginalized children and give them what they need to be healthy, educated, and safe for years to come.
For more of the latest news from The Global Fund for Children, read our spring newsletter.