Supporting Education in Developing Countries

While our Foundation’s work is primarily concentrated in the Washington, D.C., area, one family philanthropy initiative addresses education issues — including early childhood development, early primary education, and education for women and girls — in some of the most difficult corners of the world. We do this by partnering with respected global organizations that make vulnerable and marginalized children in developing countries a top priority. Our current partners include:

Firelight Foundation strengthens communities in Africa that have been heavily affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, working to support the health, resilience and education of children. With the Foundation’s help, Firelight supports more than 2,100 children ages 0 to 10 by assessing and improving the quality of community-based early childhood development centers in Malawi.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) works to transform the lives of children on the edges of society, including trafficked children, refugees and child laborers. With the Foundation’s help, GFC strengthens community-based organizations that provide early childhood development programs to nearly 3,300 children ages 0 to 5, primarily in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) supports children, youth and adults whose lives are shattered by conflict and disaster. IRC uses the Foundation’s support to improve early childhood programming and wrap-around supports for 3,600 children ages 3 to 10 in six refugee camps in Ethiopia.

Save the Children invests in childhood, giving children around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Save the Children has used the Foundation’s funding in Uganda to develop a “Boost for the Youngest” toolkit to help parents and caregivers support the cognitive, social and emotional growth of young children, ultimately reaching 5,000 children.