How to Leverage Your Scholarship Donation 100:1

Dear friends of the Center,

Consider how a single scholarship donation can impact hundreds of people in need.

Imagine you’re the mother of chronically ill & malnourished children.

In the developing world, you are likely a subsistence farmer who can’t read. Your harvest doesn’t provide enough food for your family. Poor hygiene and a shortage of food negatively impact your children: Chronic illness and malnourishment lead to reduced development—and insufficient energy to concentrate in and remain in school.

Without education, your children will enter life unprepared to deal with its complexities—and will remain in the cycle of poverty. Where would you, their mother, find hope?

Give hope to families today
NGO field staff in the world’s poorest countries confront these challenges every day—yet frequently don’t training in modern development techniques that dramatically reduce suffering and poverty.

Our Online Field Courses provide field staff access to the modern development tools they need to reduce suffering and poverty—sustainably.

Leverage your donation dollars: A $100 scholarship will help hundreds of people rise out of poverty.
In 2010, 160 scholarship recipients from 65 different countries used our training courses to develop projects that are positively impacting 70,000 people—an average of 437 people helped per scholarship recipient.

These are real projects, in real communities, where we provide trainees with step-by-step field assignments to improve the lives of community members.

Meet scholarship recipient—Kenyan Bosco Odongo—through a food security and nutrition field assignment.

Your donation will help their organizations bring success to water, health, nutrition, climate change, and education projects—and hope for the future for mothers and children rising out of poverty.

“Had I not enrolled in the courses, I would not have known the impact I can make in my own community. I feel empowered by the knowledge, tools and techniques that I have learnt, and I am certainly on my way to making a difference!
Ivy d’Costa, Tanzania

Hear what other students have to say about the program.

Please meet a few of our 2010 scholarship recipients: Read about what your donation can do.

Margaret Muthui

Kenyan Maggie Muthui is the Program Director for the Benevolent Institute of Development Initiatives—an NGO specializing in water, sanitation and education projects. Maggie used her scholarship to develop a project designed to provide 500 families—3000 villagers—with fresh water, saving women the task of walking 10km carrying 20 liter containers on their backs. This project also positively impacts village health and hygiene.

Ekua Ansah-Eshon
Ghana-based Ekua Ansah-Eshon is Executive Coordinator of Advocates & Trainers for Women’s Welfare Advancement & Rights—an NGO focused on empowering women through skills training, enterprise development & programs on family dynamics. Ekua used her scholarship to develop a project to reduce teenage pregnancies & create a positive future for teenage mothers through teaching reproductive rights & a program of vocational and entrepreneurial training.
Omondi Aloo
Omondi Aloo, Civil Society Coordinator at Progressio—an NGO that has been working in Yemen since 1973 on programs that enable poor communities to solve their own problems. Omondi used his scholarship to develop a project to help 500 families (5,000 people) in the remote village of Al Sharkiyah suffering from chronic ill health caused by contaminated water gain knowledge of good hygiene practices and gain access to fresh water.
Jessica Gerdel
Jessica Gerdel, of Caracas, Venezuela, used her scholarship to develop a program designed to help teenagers connect to their neighborhood called ‘El Valle’ by helping them gain better access to education and recreational facilities in an effort to reduce juvenile delinquency. Her socio-cultural program and has an interesting component of introducing these young people to an oral history of their community in an effort to help them better identify with their community.
Uranchimeg Bavuudorj
Urna, of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, used her scholarship to develop a program to help nomadic pastoralists build mid and long-term resistance to extreme weather conditions, isolation, and a shortage of food, shelter, clothing and health facilities after suffering a double shock: a summer drought followed by an extreme winter which killed hundreds of thousands of their livestock.

Help more trainees “Become the Solution!”
At $100, our two month training courses are inexpensive by northern standards. However, if you are from Nepal, Yemen, Haiti, Mongolia or Zimbabwe—and make $150/month—$100 may be an unreachable sum.

Help us double scholarships in 2011—give a scholarship this December
Our 2011 goal is to provide scholarships to 320 trainees so we can help them develop projects that will empower 140,000 human beings to begin their rise out of poverty.

Scholarship donations are only $100—but any size donation helps: $50 or even $25 gets you a share in a scholarship. Thank you for your generous donation in advance. All donations are tax deductible. Please forward this message to anyone who shares our committment to relieving human suffering and poverty through sustainable development.

On behalf of the Center team, thank you for making 2010 a success. Your continued support is key to strengthening the practice of sustainable development in a world of growing need.


Tim Magee
Executive Director

Scholarship Recipients have been from 65 countries
Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brasil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Perù, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago W.I., Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Projects Developed have Addressed 100 Types of Challenges Including:
Income generation, clean water, education, sanitation, gender equity, migration, vocational training, chronic diarrhea and malnutrition in small children, roads to villages, marginalization, shelter, food shortages, illiteracy, environmental degradation, drought, irrigation for agriculture, overpopulation, and challenges linked to climate change.

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