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November 2014

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In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership established the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign — from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10 — to raise awareness about and promote actions to fight all forms of violence against women. Winrock encourages all its programs to consider how they can promote gender equality and raise awareness against gender-based violence in their activities. Read more about Winrock’s commitment to gender equality and human rights, or learn more about the 16 Days campaign.

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The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — Dec. 2 this year — has been dubbed #GivingTuesday, a global effort to kick off the holiday season with a day of giving. Winrock is proud to be a part of this special day. You can join in by signing up to be a Winrock volunteer, or making a contribution to one of the Winrock-implemented projects on GlobalGiving. Also this year, Winrock is excited that the Room to Learn, Education for Youth in South Sudan project has been approved for Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative, meaning it is eligible for YouthSpark’s #GivingTuesday campaign. Microsoft will provide a 100-percent match for every donation from $10 to $500, with $350,000 up for grabs (see full details). Whether you volunteer, make a donation or share this information with your friends and family, thank you for your support!.

With partner Pilmico Animal Nutrition Program, Winrock's Philippine Cold Chain Project — funded by USDA — is improving livelihood opportunities within the livestock industry "in areas affected by poverty, tragedy and conflict." Read more from the Philippines News Agency.

On Nov. 13, the Rockefeller Foundation, along with Winrock International, hosted a funder webinar on integrated water services. Read more about Smart Water Investments for Health and Wealth in this blog post, and keep an eye out for additional webinars for implementers, researchers and policymakers.

The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund posted a new project update on GlobalGiving with an update on the five awardees from 2013 and the progress they’ve made during their first academic year.

The 2014 ARK Challenge Central Arkansas Demo Day was Nov. 12 and featured pitches from seven startup ventures. Congratulations to Jones Innovative Medical Solutions on being selected for the follow-on $150,000 investment. The ARK Challenge program is made possible by a partnership of Winrock International and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Winrock's Mary Renwick contributed to the 2014 State of the African Farmer report from Heifer International. Renwick writes about how multiple-use water service (MUS) approaches are changing the way water is delivered to people living in poverty — enhancing health, improving food security, increasing incomes and reducing workloads for women and children in the process. Download your free copy.

Are you interested in working at Winrock? Search current openings and post your resume. Would you like to volunteer with Winrock? Learn more about new opportunities for volunteers. Interested in supporting Winrock? View our projects on GlobalGiving.

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To fight Ebola in Liberia, ARCH project shares hygiene supplies, education
Hygiene demonstrations in LiberiaIn September, with word of the Ebola outbreak dominating much of the news coming out of Liberia, the Winrock-implemented Actions to Reduce Child Labor (ARCH) project stepped up to help curb the spread of the deadly virus. Project teams met with key community members from Montserrado, Margibi, and Nimba counties, focusing on hygiene training and sharing materials that highlight methods of preventing the spread of Ebola.

In addition to demonstrating hand-washing techniques, the project also donated supplies – such as powdered soap, bleach, and rubber buckets with faucets – in the hopes that these community leaders will pass on their newly gained knowledge and share the supplies with the rest of their community.

“The materials have come at the time we need it most and will be used to prevent community members from contracting the Ebola virus,” said William Singbah, general town chief of the Dartu-ta community in Margibi County, as quoted in the In Profile Daily newspaper in Liberia.

The ARCH project team recommended that the hygiene supplies be set up in a central area for community use, and estimates that the donated supplies will benefit a total of 45 communities – including 25 main communities where project work is based, with an additional 20 nearby villages that will also benefit. The ARCH project is planning similar activities to continue increasing hygiene awareness.

The Actions to Reduce Child Labor (ARCH) project is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and is working in Liberia to fight child labor in rubber producing areas by providing financial, material and social support to remove child laborers from dangerous work environments and get them back into school.

VCEP project brings energy simulation, green building courses to young architects
green building courseThe USAID Vietnam Clean Energy Program – in cooperation with training partner, The Institute of Tropical Architecture (ITA) – organized a training program in September at Hanoi Architectural University (HAU) in an effort to raise awareness and capacity of university students and practitioners to build energy simulation, integrated design and green building rating systems.

The program has drawn attention from designers, architects, engineers, professional practitioners, government authorities, international and local manufacturers, and a large number of young students from HAU, Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi University of Business and Technology, Vietnam Institute of Architecture, and other universities in the field. The program includes courses on “Building Energy Simulation,” “Integrated Design,” “Green Building Rating Systems,” and “Green Building in Reality.” The courses are tailored to architectural and civil engineering students – as well as practitioners – and are the first steps toward building a future high-skilled workforce.

More than 230 trainees (nearly half of whom were women) participated in the trainings, which have prompted positive feedback: “Before [this training], I was thinking simply that green building was to put more trees inside a house, however, after attending this training, I understand broadly and comprehensively about green building and was inspired by this sustainable architecture trend,” said Nguyen Manh Cuong, architecture and planning student.

Several universities and institutes have expressed interest in partnering with the Vietnam Clean Energy Program, which is implemented by Winrock International, in either repetitive or next level training such as Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Business and Technology. In response, a year-long, hands-on, intensive series of trainings on building energy simulation has been planned for 2015.

Winrock's Wallace Center hosts learning visit to Cherry Capital Foods site
Warehouse tour at Cherry Capital FoodsThe Wallace Center at Winrock International brought together more than 50 food hubs, support organizations and food system stakeholders from around the country this past September to visit and learn from the food hub, Cherry Capital Foods (CCF) in Traverse City, Mich. The event gave attendees a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and tools to help strengthen their work, while benefitting from peer-to-peer collaboration with other Good Food organizations.

During the visit, attendees dove into the nuts and bolts of CCF’s hub operations and had a chance to tour the organization’s two aggregation/distribution facilities. They also were able to benefit from presentations on food safety, farm-to-school initiatives, business development and cooperative engagement in the local and regional food network. Additionally, the group also visited a small value-added processor, Food for Thought, and Black Star Farms, a diversified farm, vineyard, and production facility, which has served as an incubator for several additional local food businesses.

The final day of the site visit was spent investigating hub-specific technology solutions. Participants discussed their business technology needs, and Saloni Doshi of New Venture Advisors presented a “functionality matrix” designed to measure the true financial impact of technological improvements. IT vendors met one-on-one with attendees to present their products, and representatives from Wholesome Wave and New Venture Advisors were available to serve as “curbside consultants,” offering advice on business development, marketing, and techniques for attracting investment.

The site visit, part of the National Good Food Network’s continuing support of food hubs, was made possible with support from the Walmart, Kellogg, Surdna and Kresge Foundations.
       


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