Mussef documents 2,500 years of Sephardic history
Amussef is planning to open in Paris a new Museum of the Sephardi world, to present the history and culture of Sephardi Jews. Sephardi communities lived around the Mediterranean Sea for centuries. Their long history of exile and forced migration started at the end of the fifteenth century under Isabella the Catholic. Support this initiative through the American Friends of Mussef.
Future First Kenya champions alumni giving
A national poll found that 78% of Kenyans would be willing to give back to their old school if asked, but less than 1% had done so. That was the starting point for Future First Kenya, which mobilizes Kenyans to give back and champions alumni engagement in Kenyan schools. U.S. based alumni can support their efforts through the Future First Kenya US Fund.
Wrigley Fund supports environmental education
The Wrigley Global Giving Fund, a donor-advised fund at KBFUS, made a $2 million grant to the Foundation for Environmental Education (Denmark). The grant will support its Litter Less Campaign, which aims to involve 300,000 students from 600 schools in 12 countries. Each school will implement a waste management system. Students, teachers and communities will work together to achieve long-term behavioral change.
Congolese women promote peace & justice in DRC
Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises, founded by Julienne Lusenge (pictured), provides financial and technical support to grassroots NGOs that promote women’s rights in the DR of Congo. An $18,000 grant from its American friends fund will go to an economic empowerment project for women victims of sexual violence in the city of Beni, North Kivu. U.S. donors can support its work through the Friends of the Congolese Women’s Fund.
Caritas France creates social connections for the homeless
Fondation Caritas France is dedicated to alleviating and fighting poverty. A $25,000 grant from its Friends of Caritas France will be used for the Entourage App, which was launched to create social connections between homeless people and local residents. Besides hunger and the cold, exclusion, isolation and loneliness have a deep impact on the suffering of the homeless.
Women’s rights activitist Bogaletch Gebre dies
KBFUS is deeply saddened by the death of Bogaletch Gebre, an exceptional woman who devoted her life to defending women’s rights and promoting community-based social change in Ethiopia. Through KMG Ethiopia, Gebre worked tirelessly to end forced marriages, bride abductions and female genital mutilation (FGM). She received the prestigious Africa Development Prize from our parent foundation in 2013.