It’s a sunny afternoon, and I’m taking a break between meetings at a park in the Jardins Paulista neighborhood in São Paulo. It is hard to believe that it has been two weeks since I landed in Brazil for my annual GFC trip to the country. After swinging by four different cities, visiting five current […]
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It was a warm and breezy Sunday afternoon in the capital of Haiti, and the downtown area was full of activity. As in many parts of the world, on Sundays many Haitians take the opportunity to meet with family, dress in their finest to attend religious activities, hang out with friends, and if they can […]
Two and a half years after the Haiti earthquake, close to 400,000 people are still living in tents and underneath tarps. Thousands of these tents were destroyed in Hurricane Isaac’s path. Despite efforts to evacuate people to shelters, those who already had little lost everything again as a result of looting, flooding or destruction of their […]
Jacmel, Haiti – Proud is a word that cannot begin to describe how I feel writing this blog from Jacmel, Haiti. After almost a year and a half of planning, with delays due to unexpected cancellations and visits from an angry Mother Nature, The Global Fund for Children’s first Knowledge Exchange for GFC’s Haitian and […]
Bangú, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – I landed in Rio de Janeiro early this morning to visit our current grantee partner Nucleo Socio-Cultural Caixa de Surpresa (Jack-in-the-Box Sociocultural Center).[...]
Sandra Macías del Villar, The Global Fund for Children’s associate program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, reflects on her recent trip to Brazil to visit current and prospective GFC grantee partners.
Washington, DC – It is with great sadness that The Global Fund for Children announces the passing of Sonia Pierre, the founder and director of our grantee partner MUDHA (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas) on December 4, 2011. Our associate program officer for Brazil and the Caribbean, Sandra Macías del Villar, saw Sonia’s work firsthand during […]
It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of soccer, or futebol, in Brazil. It’s nothing short of a national obsession. However, this universally loved game is also an exercise in social exclusion. Coaching and structured recreational teams for low-income youth are notably absent.
Corporación Salus (Salus Corporation), a GFC grantee partner since 2006, is located in Uraba, Colombia. Salus provides psychosocial support, educational opportunities, and nutritious meals to children and youth displaced by Colombia’s armed conflict. Join Michael Gale, GFC’s program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, on his November 2011 trip to Corporación Salus.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Hurricanes and tropical storms are events that people in the Caribbean are all too familiar with. Every year during hurricane season, the region’s countries experience heavy rains; cloudy days become the norm; and local authorities begin to warn about the risks of this particular time of year. While some people are prepared […]