KBFUS Partner in the News: African Prison Project
The African Prisons Project, featured in the July 2019 Economist magazine, works to initiate widespread reforms in the criminal justice systems of Kenya and Uganda to become Justice Changemakers—lawyers and paralegals—that uphold the rights of the marginalized. By providing high-quality legal advice, training, and education to those living and working in prison, we empower those most in need of justice to access it for themselves. Read more at the Economist.
South African ‘Factory’ makes dreams come true
Based in South Africa, the Dream Factory Foundation is on a mission to empower youth to participate in the economy through their dreams and aspirations. Confronted with the realities of lack of access to quality education, it develops curriculum with a sense of purpose, provides employment opportunities, and launched #BeTheDream to connect learners to caring mentors. Make more dreams come true through the Dream Factory Foundation US Fund.
Vaux-le-Vicomte receives grant for restoration works
The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (France) was built in 1661 by three geniuses: architect Louis le Vau, painter Charles Le Brun and landscaper André Le Nôtre. The project was commissioned by Nicolas Fouquet, minister of finance of Louis XIV. Over 300,000 visitors enjoy this exceptional landmark each year. A $229k grant from its American Friends of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte will support the restoration of sculptures and paintings.
Food for Education (Kenya) provides food for thought
Lack of food is a major impediment to learning in Kenya. Since 2012, Food for Education (F4E) has provided daily school lunches, mentorship and tuition to improve students’ health, school performance and increase their chances of admittance into good high schools. Having started with feeding 25 students, F4E now feeds 10,000 children daily. Support their efforts through the newly opened Friends of Food for Education.
Prescient donates Enigma Machine for Polish History Museum
Prescient, a North Carolina-based firm which is changing the way buildings are designed and built, has donated funds to the American Friends of the Polish History Museum, to enable the museum to acquire a 1930s Enigma Machine for its permanent collection. The gift was made as a tribute to its talented technology team in Poland. The Polish History Museum is scheduled to open in Warsaw in 2021.
KBFUS chair among Bill Gates ‘Heroes in the Field’
“When I picture the quintessential virus hunter, one name comes to mind: Dr. Peter Piot,” says Bill Gates in his recent blog, Meet the virus hunters. In 1976, Peter co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire (now DRC). He later became the founding executive director of UNAIDS, and now leads the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Since 2013, he serves as chairman of the board of directors of KBFUS.
Aarhus University (Denmark) games education to spur creativity
A research-intensive institution of higher education based in Denmark, Aarhus University ranks among the world’s 100 best universities. Its American Friends of Aarhus University made a $76,000 grant for its ReGAME initiative, which uses games to relate research challenges to core curriculum, in an effort to revolutionize 21st century education by nurturing students’ creativity and intuition.
Venice Biennale – at the forefront of contemporary art
Founded in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia is among the most prestigious cultural organizations in the world. It stands at the forefront of new contemporary art trends, and organizes exhibitions and research in specific sectors – Arts, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music and Theatre. U.S. donors can now make a tax deductible contribution to the Friends of Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia.
KBFUS welcomes new board member, Ahmed Fahim
We are proud to announce that Mr. Ahmed Fahim joined our Board of Directors. Ahmed is Managing Partner at Alapointe Capital. He previously served as Managing Director at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Ahmed earned an MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more about our Board.
Fundi Bots transforms Africa through science
|Fundi Bots (Uganda) is a non-profit education initiative which promotes improved, practical science education in African schools and communities. To achieve its goals, it provides hands-on skills training and develops opportunities for experimentation in STEM, with a strong focus on under-served children and youth. U.S. supporters can now help boost science education in Africa through the American Friends of Fundi Bots.|
Sorbonne University welcomes you to the future
While its roots date back to the middle ages, Sorbonne University in Paris is determined to meeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century. Building on its humanist tradition, the research-intensive university shares the knowledge created in its laboratories through its students. You can support their ambitious programs in research and education through the American Friends of Sorbonne University.
Maternity Africa makes childbirth safe in Tanzania
Maternity Africa makes childbirth safe for women across Tanzania. Its services include family planning, safe labor and delivery, and surgery for obstetric fistula and other birthing injuries. It provides services free of charge, and offers 24-hour obstetric emergency cover. Through the Maternity Africa (USA) Fund, U.S. donors can support its new hospital, Kivulini Maternity Centre, located near Arusha.
Spanish center fights HIV in Mozambique
Established in 1992 and housed in the HIV Unit at the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital in Barcelona, Fundación Lucha contra el Sida provides comprehensive care and long-term treatment for HIV patients. It received a $48,526 grant from its Fight AIDS Foundation – American Fund, to implement new treatment strategies and HIV drug resistance analysis in Hospital Carmelo in southern Mozambique.
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.