This year, the new global United Methodist Women’s 25-member board of directors approved $62,900 in grants to seven programs from its emerging programs, disaster and emergency budget. Programs receiving funding include:
- Agricultural Mission, Phase III of Revitalization of Haitian Agriculture – $15,000. This program supports Haiti’s national strategic plan for food sovereignty by continuing to provide seed, equipment, silo storage and training to Haitian farmers and microcredit to women for agricultural marketing.
- Global Health Mission, Left-Behind Children project, China – $12,000. This project serves children left with elderly caregivers in rural Funing County in Jiangsu Province, while their parents work in big cities.
- Opportunity International, Empowering Women and Children in Ghana through Microfinance – $10,000. This program provides entrepreneurial training and small loans to women in Ghana, where 53 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
- World Student Christian Federation – $9,900. The grant will enable this organization to send a youth delegation to the United Nations 57th Committee on the Status of Women Convention meeting.
- Association of Women Awareness and Rural Empowerment (AWARE) in Pakistan, Stop the Violence – $2,500. AWARE addresses violence against women in Pakistan through education seminars for women and men in local communities near Faisalabad, Pakistan.
- Haiti Hope House, children education and young-adult vocational training – $7,500. The grant goes toward annual school fees for 50 secondary students.
- United Methodist Women delegation to U.N. Commission on the Status of Women – $6,000. The grant will cover the costs of hosting three international delegates to U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting.