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KenGen Foundation

KenGen Foundation – Touching Lives, Enabling Communities

Foundation Guide - KenGen Foundation

The KenGen Foundation was registered in the year 2012 as a corporate trust by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd PLC (KenGen PLC) for purposes of carrying out corporate social investment activities in the Eastern Africa region where the company has operations. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose activities are wholly philanthropic and public. It is registered under a Deed of Trust and Certificate of Incorporation under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act Chapter 164. It is governed by a Board of Trustees chaired by MD & CEO Mrs. Rebecca Miano and managed by a Managing Trustee Mr. Anthony Igecha.

Mission

The Foundation mission states as follows:

“Dedicated to conserving nature for sustainable livelihoods, while our vision is to transform Eastern Africa communities through sustainable environmental initiatives. The values of the Foundation are; Innovation, Integrity, Team Spirit and Compassion”

Established to serve as the philanthropic arm of KenGen PLC, the Foundation is mandated to turn ‘short-term one-off’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects into – Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects to achieve long term sustainability by up-scaling as well as increasing and diversifying resources available to achieve greater impact.

The rationale for undertaking environmental conservation and community development projects is based on the parent company’s belief in:

  1. Recognizing the impact of power plants’ installations on communities and the environment
  2. Being a responsible Corporate Citizen who gives back by working with communities to add value to their livelihoods
  3. Being responsible for building and nurturing long-term relationships for an enabling work environment.

Supported causes

The KenGen Foundation has supported three main causes and four secondary causes. Its main causes are education, environment, and water/sanitation. Its secondary causes are health, economic empowerment, humanitarian aid, and sports/culture.

Projects

Some of the main projects KenGen Foundation is involved with include:

  • Education – The KenGen Foundation is committed to creating academic opportunities for local students to form a competent and trained workforce that will bolster the economy. To achieve this, the Foundation provides a range of scholarships and mentorship programs to both High school and University students. Since the KenGen Education Scholarship program was started in 2005, over 800 students have been awarded scholarships. Besides, all students since the year 2015 have gone through the annual mentorship program where student’s academics and life skills are sharpened. The Mentorship program has also trained 25 KenGen staff members to be part of the student coaching program that guides students. These staff mentors now volunteer their time and resources to help guide local students in their studies.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

KenGen Foundation,
11th Floor, RBS/New KenGen Building
P.O. Box 47936 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Kolobot Road, Parklands

TELEPHONE NUMBER

+254 20 366 6709 : 0711 036 709

E-MAIL ADDRESS

info@kengenfoundation.co.ke

  • Environment – Committed to sustainability and environmental conservation, the KenGen Foundation has made several long-term investments into conservation programs. The Foundation’s main initiative is the Schools’ Green Initiative Challenge. Working in collaboration with key principal partners Better Globe Forestry and Bamburi Cement, supported by the Ministry Of Education, Kenya Forestry Services and National Environment Management Authority, the objective of the challenge is to provide a tree cover in more than 500 acres within 10 years in the semi-arid counties in Kenya. This will not only help combat climate change but also provide wood fuel and alternative income opportunities for locals.
  • Water and Sanitation – The KenGen Foundation runs several notable water projects, including the installation of water tanks in schools and the construction of abolition blocks.
  • Humanitarian- The Foundation has participated in local and National humanitarian activities that have supported Kenyans from vulnerable communities, this includes but not limited to; Covid-19 pandemic National Funding and mobilizing free Medical camps in various communities across the country in partnership with National and regional hospitals.

The Foundation’s History

The KenGen Foundation was launched by Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) with the aim of targeting communities surrounding the 25 power stations controlled by KenGen. These rural communities are marginalized and heavily reliant on rain-fed economic activities to survive. KenGen Foundation’s activities are overseen by KenGen Managing Director Mrs. Rebecca Miano, the chairperson of the board of trustees.

KenGen Foundation Chair

Mrs. Rebecca Miano, the Foundation chair sits as a Board member in both local and international organizations of repute. This includes but not limited to; World Bank Group Advisory Council on Gender and Development & UN global compact network Kenya.

Black Minds Matter UK

Ensuring Better Access to Mental Health Support for Black People in the UK

Mission

Foundation Guide - Black Minds Matter The core mission of Black Minds Matter UK is to help Black people and their families across the UK to get access to free professional mental health care. The charity aims to make this service available, relevant, and without attached stigma.

Supported causes

The charity was designed to support the mental health of Black people and their families by helping them connect with resources that are culturally appropriate, professional, and free. The main aim of Black Minds Matter UK is to assist Black people with trauma related to their race.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network

Unit 44, DRCA Charlotte Despard Avenue

Battersea SW11 5HD

UK

TELEPHONE NUMBER

+ 44 (0) 207 720 9110

E-MAIL ADDRESS

info@blackmindsmatter.co.uk

Projects

Up to 12 free therapy sessions with a Black therapist who is certified and culturally competent are available to Black people and their families struggling with mental health issues. Black Minds Matter UK has a growing team of Black experts within the mental health community who are certified and vetted. Because of the thorough vetting process, only the highest quality services are offered to clients. Every therapist involved in the charity’s project has the relevant qualifications required and is a member of an official board in the industry. They also have liability insurance in place.

For a Black person to begin receiving free therapy, they need to take the following steps:

  • Browse through the Black Minds Matter UK website.
  • Select a suitable therapist based on needs.
  • Ask the selected therapist for an assessment and complete it with them, should they be available.
  • Once the assessment is completed, Black Minds Matter UK will release the funds to the therapist directly. There is no paperwork for the person getting help.
  • Up to 12 free sessions are available in a course of therapy.
  • The cost per session will range between £50 and £75 per hour and will be completely covered by Black Minds Matter UK.

The Foundation’s History

Black Minds Matter UK was launched in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic was sweeping across the world and the shocking and senseless death of George Floyd on 25 May triggered massive global protests. The Black Lives Matter movement was highlighted like never before and a few days after the tragedy, the charitable fund Black Minds Matter UK was conceived by two friends from Bristol, Agnes Mwakatuma and Annie Nash.

Agnes was born in Tanzania but has been living in the UK for 12 years. She has experienced racism as a black woman living in a mainly white town and worked extensively in the charity sector where she created and managed youth-led programs in East Africa. Annie was born in the UK and spent a significant part of her working life in the mental health industry. She is passionate about the fight for racial justice. The friends met at university in Bristol and forged a strong friendship, both aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement. Launching Black Minds Matter UK was a natural progression for both.

 

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The Code Green Campaign

Mission

Foundation Guide - The Code Green Campaign

The main goal of the Code Green Campaign is to help reduce the high rates of mental health issues, suicides, and substance abuse problems experienced by first responders through raising awareness. The organisation’s other goal is to use various programs to educate first responders on how they can recognise issues in their colleagues and themselves and how they can get the help and care they need.

Headquarters

The Code Green Campaign headquarters are located in Spokane Valley, Washington, United States.

Region

The organisation operates and collaborates with organisations across the US, including:

The Code Green Campaign also works together with several international organisations that share the same objectives. These include:

Supported causes

The Code Green Campaign supports first responders as they face mental health challenges. These include firefighters, paramedics, police officers, EMTs, corrections officers, search and rescue personnel, and air medical responders.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The projects funded by the Code Green Campaign generally have the following goals:

  • Reducing the stigma attached to talking about mental health problems
  • Educating people about the symptoms and signs of mental health issues
  • Increasing access to quality mental health resources
  • Reducing operational and organisational stressors
  • Reducing financial barriers to receiving care
  • Preventing suicide.

Foundation Contact Info

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 15365
Spokane Valley WA
99215

CRISIS TELEPHONE NUMBER

206-459-3020

Funded Organizations/Projects

The projects undertaken by the Code Green Campaign include:

  • The storytelling project giving first responders an anonymous outlet
  • Education and public speaking
  • Consulting to first responder agencies and individuals
  • Treatment assistance through financial help with mental health care and associated costs
  • Ways for first responders to formulate a better understanding of how suicide can be fought more effectively
  • A comprehensive resources database

The Code Green Campaign has distributed more than 150,000 mental health resource cards, collected hundreds of stories to raise awareness, and has continued to remind first responders that nobody is suffering alone. Through this, tens of thousands of first responders have been educated about mental health and what resources are available.

The Foundation’s History

In March 2014, one of the co-founders of the Code Green Campaign experienced the death of a colleague by suicide. She soon came to realise how many first responders had lost colleagues and friends to the same. After talking about it with others, they all agreed that one way in which first responders deal with the trauma they experience is by telling stories. This prompted them to launch a storytelling project which eventually evolved into the Code Green Campaign.

Afya Foundation – Improving Healthcare Delivery

Mission

Foundation Guide - The Afya Foundation

The Afya Foundation’s core mission is to help improve healthcare delivery in disadvantaged communities and disaster areas across the globe by coordinating with local medical professionals and delivering shipments of medical supplies.

Headquarters

The Afya Foundation’s headquarters are located in Yonkers in New York City.

Supported causes

The foundation supports causes that improve healthcare in disadvantaged communities around the world and that provide support in disaster areas.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Every project undertaken by the foundation is unique and is modeled around specific needs. Healthcare professionals and administrators are invited to specify the medical supplies and equipment they require to be able to deliver care. These supplies are sourced, sorted, and packed in the Afya Foundation warehouse in the United States and shipped to where they are needed. All biomedical instrumentation and equipment must pass FDA, WHO, BSI, and AAMI standards before leaving the Afya warehouse.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

140 Saw Mill River Road,
Yonkers,
NY 10701,
United States

TELEPHONE NUMBER

(914) 920-5081

E-MAIL ADDRESS

info@afyafoundation.org

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of Afya Foundation’s main projects are:

  • Afya Disaster Relief – As a proactive first responder when natural disasters strike vulnerable communities, Afya is able to deliver wide-ranging help to those most in need. As part of the foundation’s efforts in relief services, millions of kilograms of emergency supplies have been sent to Pakistan, Japan, Haiti, Syria, and Greece after these countries were devastated by brutal natural disasters.
  • Afya Luggage for Life – This program is yet another way in which Afya Foundation gets essential medical equipment and supplies to disadvantaged areas. The project involves enlisting the help of travelers to deliver a duffel bag of supplies when they arrive at their destination. So far over 1,500 duffel bags have been transported by ordinary people across the world.
  • Relief for the January 2020 Puerto Rico Earthquakes – After a massive earthquake and a series of aftershocks rocked the island of Puerto Rico, hundreds of people were left homeless and without food, water, power, and other essentials. Afya Foundation launched a project to help them by calling for volunteers and asking for donations of materials and money.

The Foundation’s History

Afya Foundation was founded in 2007 by Danielle Butin. Butin worked for years as an occupational therapist and served as the director of health services for United Health Group at the time the foundation was launched. Butin was inspired to start the foundation when she visited Tanzania and came across a British doctor who was volunteering in Africa and was visibly upset about the lack of medical supplies and equipment. After making the decision to affect positive change in communities with compromised healthcare, Butin called on hospitals to inquire about discarded materials and whether they would be prepared to donate some of them to be redirected abroad to areas suffering because of natural disasters or limited resources. Hospitals started making donations almost immediately, and so the first few shipments of critical supplies were collected.

Danielle Butin – Founder of Afya Foundation

Place of Birth

Danielle Butin is originally from Scarsdale, New York in the United States.

Industry

Butin began working in the healthcare industry where she held several high-ranking roles until launching the non-profit Afya Foundation, which has been her main focus since 2008.

Danielle Butin - photo taken from her Medium blog https://medium.com/@afyafoundation3

Early Life and Career

After completing her basic education, Danielle Butin enrolled at New York University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy in 1985. Butin went on to achieve a Master’s degree in public health, geriatrics and gerontology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
From there she began working in the medical industry at Oxford Health Plans where she served as an occupational therapist for several years and was eventually promoted to the role of manager of health promotion and wellness of the Medicare division of the company where she worked for more than nine years. Butin then joined United Health Group as the director of health services. There she was responsible for leading services that take care of around 300,000 Medicare members throughout the region.

Road to Success

In her role as director of health services at United Health Group, Danielle Butin built her department from the ground up and helped create an award-winning and innovative health service offering geared for older adults across the United States. After leaving the corporate world in favour of working full-time in philanthropy, Butin was as successful and achieved several awards for her efforts over the years, including:

Philanthropy

During a trip to Tanzania, Danielle Butin discovered the appalling conditions and severely limited medical resources of the country’s healthcare clinics. She encountered a woman who was crying in a tent and asked her why she was upset. The woman was a doctor from the United Kingdom who was there to do volunteer work and she was crying because of the desperate lack of supplies and equipment which resulted in thousands upon thousands of deaths. Butin felt compelled to take action to affect positive change and decided to start a not for profit with a focus on healthcare in Africa.

Launching Afaya Foundation

After returning to the United States from her trip, Butin launched the Afaya Foundation. Afaya means ‘health’ in Swahili, the official language of Tanzania where Butin was inspired to launch the foundation. Headquartered in New York, United States, Afaya Foundation works as a medical supply recovery entity. Surplus medical supplies and equipment are donated to Afaya and then shipped to more than 56 countries where it’s needed. Since the foundation was founded in 2007, millions of kilograms of supplies have been rescued from landfills or waste incineration plants and put to good use in disadvantaged African countries instead. Butin is responsible for the strategic vision, network and program development of the foundation as well as its scaling and establishing partners.

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK

Mission

Foundation Guide Ehlers-Danlos Support UK

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK has a vision that everybody with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) will have the necessary support and appropriate medical care so they are not left to struggle alone. The foundation works to improve their quality of life by raising awareness of the syndrome and by providing assistance through support groups.

Headquarters

The foundation’s headquarters are located in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Region

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK run support groups across the United Kingdom in the following regions:

  • Central and Greater London
  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • Kent
  • North East
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • North Coast
  • South East
  • South West
  • Surrey and Sussex
  • Thames Valley
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire

Supported causes

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK supports raising awareness and providing support to people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome through:

  • Providing essential management and medical information to people with the syndrome.
  • Raising awareness in medical communities and the general public.
  • Developing support groups in local areas.
  • Providing a free helpline that provides vital information and support to people with EDS.
  • Arranging fundraising events to fund activities.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK funds projects that involve support services and research activities related to improving the lives of people in the United Kingdom who suffer from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

Devonshire House,
Manor Way,
Borehamwood,
Hertfordshire, WD6 9HU

TELEPHONE

Office line: 0208 736 5604
Helpline: 0800 9078518

EMAIL

info@ehlers-danlos.org
For online donations click here.

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the most significant projects undertaken by Ehlers-Danlos Support UK are:

  • Support Groups – Over 50 EDS support groups are functioning around the United Kingdom. The groups provide friendly and safe environments to people with EDS and give them a space in which they can meet others with EDS and learn from one another.
  • Research – Research is undertaken in areas such as pain management, autonomic dysfunction and the relation between EDS and gut health. There is also a special focus on how young adults are experiencing the syndrome.
  • Events – A range of events are regularly arranged including adrenaline events, in which people parachute from 12,000 feet to raise funds for the foundation, running and walking events, cycling events, triathlon events and ultra-challenge events, which are 100km challenges. Events are arranged to raise funds and to create awareness of EDS.

The Foundation’s History

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK was founded in 1985 and officially registered as a charity in 1992. The foundation was launched with the goal of raising the profile of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a syndrome which is a group of 13 genetic conditions that affect the body’s connective tissue. People with EDS may have one or many types of EDS including Classical EDS which is characterised by joint hypermobility and stretchy skin, Vascular EDS which is characterised by arterial weakness and hollow organs, Kyphoscoliotic EDS which is characterised by poor muscle tone, hypermobile joints and stretchy skin and Dermatosparaxis EDS which is characterised by saggy, redundant and fragile skin. Ehlers-Danlos Support UK is the only registered EDS charity in the United Kingdom.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand – Mauri tū, Mauri Ora

Mission

Foundation Guide - The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand hopes to create a society where everybody enjoys good mental health and wellbeing and is free from discrimination, especially when it comes to the native Maori population of the country. The foundation’s work is aimed at influencing individuals, whanau (extended family), organisations, and local communities to reach their full potential by improving and taking care of their mental health.

Headquarters

The foundation headquarters are located in Auckland, New Zealand.

Region

The Mental Health Foundation has projects and initiatives all over New Zealand.

Supported causes

The foundation takes a holistic approach to the mental wellbeing of locals and so supports both emotional and spiritual welfare while also respecting culture, dignity and society. Supported causes include campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and advocate services and policies that support people with mental illness.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Projects funded by the foundation should have the goal of improving mental health and wellbeing of locals.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

Units 109-110, Zone 23
23 Edwin Street, Mount Eden 1024
Auckland, New Zealand

TELEPHONE

Resource and Information Service – 09 623 4812
Reception – 09 623 4810
Fundraising – 09 623 4810 ext. 862

EMAIL

info@mentalhealth.org.nz

For online donations click here.

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the projects funded by the foundation:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week – An annual initiative arranged by the foundation under contract from the Ministry of Health.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit – A downloadable toolkit that consists of fact sheets, templates, tools, and tips to help make it easier to support teams to build Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give) into their daily lives.
  • All Right? – Launched with the goal of helping Cantabrians deal with their emotional wellbeing after the earthquakes, this campaign gets them talking and engaging with the community.
  • Boomers – This project is all about helping people to plan for their mental and emotional wellbeing in retirement.
  • Pink Shirt Day – This international movement is all about diversity and spreading a message that will help end discrimination, which is a huge issue in New Zealand. The foundation leads celebrations aimed at making a stand against bullying.

The Foundation’s History

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand was launched in 1977 after funds were raised through a telethon. The foundation’s board consists of people who are experts in mental health and other fields like management, finance, and law. The board also includes consumer representatives from Maori, tangata, and the Pacific Nation origin. In 2013, employees of the Mental Health Foundation gathered together at the Whatua Kaimarie Marae in Auckland to celebrate the foundation’s new whakataukī (something like a proverb in the Maori language). The newly adopted whakataukī was: ‘mauri tū, mauri ora’, which refers to the life force found in all things and stability and a sense of space which covers communities and individuals alike, and also releasing this energy to create and sustain wellbeing.

Cancer and Careers

Mission

Foundation Guide - Cancer and Careers logo

The Cancer and Careers organization’s goal is to empower and educate people who have cancer to flourish in their workplace, despite their diagnosis.

Headquarters

The Cancer and Careers headquarters is located in New York.

Region

Cancer and Careers operates across the United States but offers online resources available to people all around the world. The organization’s free publications and online resources are available in both English and Spanish.

Supported causes

Cancer and Careers supports people who have cancer and features a range of initiatives such as interactive online tools, educational events, a database filled with useful information, and expert advice.

The topics covered are:

  • Legal and financial
  • Returning to work
  • Co-workers
  • Employers and managers
  • Seeking employment

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Cancer and Careers is focused on supporting projects that cater to people who have cancer and are working.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

159 West 25th Street, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10001

TELEPHONE NUMBER

646-929-8032

E-MAIL ADDRESS

cancerandcareers@cew.org

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the projects offered by Cancer and Careers are:

  • Networking to help with job hunts
  • A resume review service
  • Assistance with preparing for interviews
  • Advice from a career coach

Event-based projects offered by Cancer and Careers include educational events geared for healthcare professionals, webinars about balancing work and cancer, a Midwest conference, a West Coast conference, a national conference, in-service training events for healthcare professionals, and job-search intensives. Regular events open to the public include:

  • The Beauty of Giving Luncheon and Live Auction – An event held in New York every year that attracts some of the top decision-makers in the cosmetic industry as well as high-ranking executives in design, publishing, media, and advertising.
  • Beauty with Benefits – An annual broadcast in which 80% of the proceeds from sales on QVC and HSN go to benefit cancer patients and survivors.
  • Beauty Editor’s Closet Sale – Held since 2009, this event has raised over $700,000. It involves fashion sales through various sponsorships from industry leaders like Bustle, Beauty Inc., Glamour, OK!, InStyle, and New Beauty.

There is also a comprehensive range of educational videos and publications available on the organization’s website.

The Foundation’s History

Cancer and Careers was launched in 2001 as a program of the charity arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, the CEW Foundation. The idea was conceived when the company’s board of directors made the staggering realization that five of the 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some of them had mentioned it at work and others kept their diagnoses quiet. As all of them continued to go to work during and after treatment, they experienced similar problems, like how they would break the news to their bosses and colleagues or how they would balance work and treatment. The organization was founded because work doesn’t stop, even when you are diagnosed with cancer.

Burkina Health Foundation

Mission

Burkina Faso Health Foundation - Foundation Guide

With a vision of a world in which everybody has access to quality healthcare, the Burkina Health Foundation’s mission is to harness community involvement to develop local skills and drive sustainability with a focus on long-term healthcare solutions for the people of Burkina Faso.

Headquarters

The Burkina Health Foundation headquarters are located in London, United Kingdom.

Region

The foundation operates in Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Supported causes

Burkina Health Foundation supports causes that aim to deliver long-term healthcare services that are sustainable. Focus is placed on developing local partnerships and supporting the community to run projects for the community. The foundation believes that the community is able to help itself and should be the agents of their own development.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Burkina Health Foundation funds projects that are in line with their supported causes in Burkina Faso and is mainly focused on healthcare delivery and training.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

39 Radipole Road,
Fulham,
London, SW6 5DN

TELEPHONE NUMBER

07769 674466

E-MAIL ADDRESS

info@burkinahf.org

For online donations, you can go here.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  •  Healthcare Delivery – The Eureka Polyclinic located in Bobo Dioulasso is a second-level healthcare facility that offers consultations in areas like dentistry, cardiology, ophthalmology, radiology and general medical care. The facility also offers laboratory services and has a pharmacy for patients.
  • Training – The Burkina Health Foundation tackled the healthcare crisis in Burkina Faso by launching a scholarship program that identifies healthcare professionals and provides financial backing for them to specialise in their field. Scholarships typically last for four years and amount to between EUR25,000 and EUR30,000. Between 2013 and 2018 eight such scholarships were awarded.

The Foundation’s History

The Burkina Health Foundation’s history started in 1995 when Aidan de Brunner, one of the foundation’s trustees, met Eugene Kabore in Spain where he was studying. For the following 10 years, the two friends worked together on several informal, small-scale projects in Burkina Faso. De Brunner and Kabore hoped that their efforts would alleviate poverty in the country. It soon became clear that a more organised effort would be required and they founded dBB, the predecessor to the Burkina Health Foundation. The organisation was launched to develop a project that would help the Sequere village to fight poverty. Between 2006 and 2010, dBB worked on improving water and sanitation and healthcare in the village. One of the projects involved sinking a 100m borehole which would tap into aquifers and pump water by solar power to a reservoir.

Between 2011 and 2015, the organisation began focusing on healthcare. In 2011 a project with the goal of building a large-scale healthcare facility in Bobo Dioulasso was launched. In 2013 the name of the organisation changed to Burkina Health Foundation with the goal of establishing it as a partner alongside other health organisations and NGOs. During 2013 the first medical training scholarships were launched. In 2015 Burkina Health Foundation received a license to operate from the Ministry of Health. In the years that followed, the foundation concentrated on training local communities and establishing partnerships with the aim of establishing sustainable healthcare systems.

Taylor Swift – Musician and Philanthropist

Place of Birth

Taylor Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989.

Industry

Swift is a famous singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and music-video director.

Taylor Swift - American Music Awards - 21.11.10

Early Life and Career

Born to Scott and Andrea Swift in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift attended Wyomissing Area School. She was interested in music from an early age and began performing in theater productions as well as taking vocal and acting lessons. After feeling inspired by a documentary about Faith Hill, the young Swift decided that she would one day relocate to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. She traveled there with her mother when she was 11, but her demo tape was rejected.

Not deterred, Swift then began to learn how to play the guitar and wrote the song “Lucky You” before she started working with a music manager in New York. After achieving some success with the “Rising Stars” campaign, Swift’s family relocated to Hendersonville, Tennessee to help her launch her career in country music. There she attended Hendersonville High School and eventually graduating with the assistance of Aaron Academy, a facility that enables homeschooling.

Road to Success

In the coming years, Swift shot to international fame. She released several records and began touring around the world.

Philanthropy

Taylor Swift has not only become known for her musical talent, but also for her charitable activities. In 2011, Swift donated $70,000 in books to the Reading Public Library in her hometown. She also donated all the proceeds of her “Wildest Dreams” video to African Parks Foundation of America, an anti-poaching and nature conservation foundation, and donated $50,000 in proceeds of her song “Welcome to New York” to schools around New York City. In 2017, she helped victims of Hurricane Harvey with a sizable donation. In 2019, the generous musician donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that actively fights anti-LGBT legislation.

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Abuse

In 2007, Swift teamed up with the governor of Tennessee to fight internet sex crimes and to help protect children from online predators. More recently, in 2017, Swift won a lawsuit against a DJ who groped her. She then made a generous donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps people who have suffered from sexual assault. In 2018, she made a substantial donation to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Supporting Fellow Celebrities

In 2016, Swift helped her friend and fellow musician Kesha with $250,000 after she lost a court case. After actress Jaime King’s son was diagnosed with a heart disease called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and was saved by a team of doctors, Swift gave a substantial donation to thank them.

Helping Fans

Swift not only generously supports her friends, but she also regularly helps her fans. She donated $15,500 to one of her fans whose mother was in a coma for three years. In 2015, the musician sent gifts to fans all over the world, including a $1,989 donation towards the student debt of one of them.

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