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Support the Unfinished Business of Evacuated Volunteers
These Volunteers lost their project funding when they were evacuated due to COVID-19. Will you help them complete their projects?
The Delvine community in Albania has contributed to this project through the local municipality, education office, and private businesses donations of labor and materials. The main goal of this project is to improve the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the community, especially women and girls, through participation in regular physical activity. This project aims to create opportunity for all 228 students to participate in not only in traditional sports such as basketball and volleyball, but new forms such as aerobics and yoga. Kosta Ҫavo was recently selected as “School as a Community Center.” This title means that the school remains open in the afternoon to the community and having a functional and safe work-out space.
This project has two goals: to provide sources of income for dozens of women and their families in a small community called Santa Rosa on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, and to diversify the local economy through the creation of jobs in the clothing and design industry. The money being raised will go directly towards opening up the classes and workshop for women, specifically for the machines necessary in clothing production. The classes will be directed by professionals from a local technical school partnering in the project. They will be supplemented by entrepreneurship and business management lectures from leaders in the community and surrounding towns, the knowledge from which would be used to open up a workshop to commercialize the products they make throughout the classes.
In Benin, women and girls have lower educational attainment and more barriers to education than men and boys. A literacy and research center will create a safe space for girls to pursue academic excellence and increase high performance rates amongst girls. Additionally, these funds will help renovate and furnish a dilapidated school room so that it can serve as a literacy and research center for approximately 500 secondary school students in need, including young female learners.
The "W-GDP: Paama Women's Handicraft Center" project supports the economic development and empowerment of women and girls through skill-building workshops. The grant funds will be used by the Paama Council of Women to purchase sewing machines and related materials to facilitate a series of by-monthly skill-building workshops, to teach women and girls on the island how to make various handicrafts, such as clothing and baskets, which can be sold to help pay school fees and support families. This project will increase opportunities for women and girls, helping them to become more financially independent and empowered.
In Moldova, rates of violence against women are unfortunately high. In efforts to combat violence against women and empower the female population within a small town in Moldova, this project will create a community space and will include seminars on promotion of gender tolerance, diversity, and empower the female faculty from middle school “Mihai Viteazul”. These funds will also enable the faculty to improve their technology skills through weekly trainings and 4 seminars including Digital Tools in the Classroom, Modern Methods of learning, and teaching.
Elyse was working with a women's group who make artisanal chocolate desserts throughout her Peace Corps service. These women are all cacao farmers themselves and have had little economic opportunity. They have not had a formal education and at a young age were displaced due to the violence in their region. The business they have started provides disposable income in a culture where women have little opportunity to work.
This project has now been fully funded!
Interested in receiving support from NPCA to fund a project?
If you are an evacuated PCV, RPCV, former Peace Corps staff, or member of an affiliate group and would like the support of NPCA's Community Fund to fund an international community development project, please submit an expression of interest form.