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ASEM deals with cyclone aftermath in Mozambique

After Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira in central Mozambique on March 14, some 90% of the city of half a million people was destroyed. ASEM, a local nonprofit which provides education for vulnerable children, switched into emergency outreach. About 80% of the 6,000 children it serves have lost all their belongings. Support efforts to provide food and drinking water to the cyclone’s youngest survivors through the Friends of ASEM Foundation


BIG (Belgium) accelerates breast cancer research

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the Breast International Group (BIG) is the largest international network of research groups dedicated to improving breast cancer therapies. Its main purpose is to facilitate and accelerate breast cancer research internationally by stimulating cooperation between its members and other academic networks. The American Friends of BIG granted $131,244 to support academic research and clinical studies.   


Maasai Honey supports hive of activity in Tanzania

With more than 2 million of its citizens practicing beekeeping, Tanzania has a long history with bees and honey. The Maasai Honey Fund, a donor-advised fund at KBFUS, supports beekeeping activities in Ololosokwan, a rural village on the eastern border of the Serengeti National Park. With its 100 hives in four apiaries, Maasai Honey empowers Maasai women like Mme. Nalari (pictured) through a sustainable, income generating project.  


Music therapy to treat children with autism

After their child was diagnosed with autism, Aaltje van Buuren and her husband Jaap van Zweden decided to launch the Papageno Foundation. Established in the Netherlands in 1997, the foundation focuses on the development of children and young people with autism. The American Friends of Stichting Papageno made a $90,000 grant for a music app and music therapy workshops specifically suited for children with autism.


Niger Foundation Hospital makes new ‘Friends’

The Niger Foundation Hospital, a project of the Niger Welfare Foundation, was set up to offer world-class medical care in southeastern Nigeria.  It makes a tangible contribution to upgrading the healthcare system in a country which has suffered from a poor medical infrastructure.  The NFH US Friends Fund was opened at KBFUS to accelerate the work of the Niger Foundation Hospital. 


University of Pavia (Italy) reaches out to alumni

The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe.  An edict from King Lotharius already quotes a higher education institution in Pavia in 825. Enlarged by the Duke of Milan, it became the University of the Duchy, officially established by Emperor Charles IV in 1361. U.S. alumni and friends can contribute to the American Friends of Università degli Studi di Pavia.


Wecyclers (Nigeria) collects African Development Prize

The King Baudouin Foundation awarded its 2019 African Development Prize to Wecyclers, a waste management start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria, the largest and fastest growing city on the African continent. Wecyclers offers convenient recycling services, giving households in low-income communities a chance to generate value from their waste. The 200,000 euros Prize will enable Wecyclers to scale up its efforts, increase its footprint, and promote its model to international audiences.


Bayerische Staatsoper receives $54,000 grant

With its rich history dating back more than 350 years, the Bavarian State Opera (Germany) significantly contributes to Munich’s reputation as one of the great cultural capitals of the world. Opened two years ago at KBFUS, its International Friends’ Circle of the Bayerische Staatsoper made a $54,000 grant to the opera, to support its efforts to trigger interest in music and opera among children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Uganda’s IFGO gains new friends through KBFUS

The International Fund for Grassroots Organizations (IFGO – Uganda) acts as a direct link between donors and grassroots organizations in Africa, making sure that every dollar reaches local communities. Local problems such as poverty, hunger and disease are indeed best addressed by local problem-solvers, and IFGO enables donors to reach those community organizations. U.S. donors can now support their efforts through the Friends of International Fund for Grassroots Organizations.


Curing cancer with Fondation Gustave Roussy

For 70 years, the Fondation Gustave Roussy (France) has approached oncology with innovation, dynamism, cooperation and benevolence to become one of the ten world leaders in the fight against cancer. Combining research, care and teaching, Gustave Roussy specializes in complex cases and rare tumors. Its American Friends of Fondation Gustave Roussy made a $205,000 grant to support the “Curing Cancer in the 21st century” campaign.


Nigeria’s Visiola Foundation empowers girls through STEM

The Visiola Foundation (Nigeria) equips girls with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and empowers them to use those skills to develop solutions in their communities. By doing so, Visiola supports the emergence of a new cadre of African leaders who will spur the continent’s socio-economic transformation. U.S. donors can now support its efforts through a contribution to the American Friends of the Visiola Foundation.


L’Arche supports people with intellectual disabilities 

Started by Dr. Jean Vanier in 1964, L’Arche is a global organization, active in 40 countries across the globe, where it supports people with intellectual disabilities. The Fondation Internationale de L’Arche (Switzerland) received a $168,500 grant from its American Friends of the L’Arche International Foundation, to build organizational capacity and support programs that reveal the unique gifts people with disabilities bring to the world.