GFA Bridges and social commitment

As an expression of the social commitment by GFA staff, we foster small projects in developing, newly industrializing and transition countries. GFA staff and their dependents propose eligible projects in which they have been actively involved.A limited number of these projects are selected and financed by GFA on the basis of transparent criteria. GFA staff also assess the impact of the social projects supported.

> Summary of GFA BRIDES projects

> Social commitment of GFA

                        

Rwanda/Burundi: iKonekt - ICT trainings for Burundian refugees

Year: 2017

Since the outbreak of the political crisis in Burundi in April 2015, more than 400,000 Burundians have fled their country and sought shelter in neighboring countries. The Mahama refugee camp in Eastern Rwanda is currently hosting more than 50,000 Burundian refugees.

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Brazil: Football for development

Year: 2017

In October 2017, GFA Bridges launched a project to improve the social and emotional development of children and young people in Ceilândia using the Social Training methodology developed by GIZ together with Brazilian and German football organizations.

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Madagascar: Rural electrification in the village of Ambatoharanana

Year: 2017

In October 2017, GFA Bridges launched a rural electrification project through the installation of solar energy kits in each of the six hamlets making up the village of Ambatoharanana, in Madagascar.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Improvement of an orphanage

Year: 2017

In October 2017 GFA Bridges launched a project to support the only orphanage in Madimba, a town about 100 kilometers far from the capital city of Kinshasa. The project aims at improving the equipment and infrastructure of the orphanage originally established in 2007.

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India: Promoting local livelihoods and gender-sensitive sustainable forest management

Year: 2017

In 2017, GFA Bridges supports a project aiming at promoting local livelihoods and gender-sensitive sustainable forest management by supporting sustainable harvesting and marketing of NTFPs and by strengthening capacities of women and community-based organizations in the Sirsi landscape.

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Madagascar: Improvement of water supply

Year: 2016

In October 2016, GFA Bridges launched a project to improve the water supply, sanitation and public hygiene in the village of Amboniarivo. The village is located in the rural area of Tulear, about 240 km south-west of Antananarivo.

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Cameroon: Support of the Ivoirian immigrants

Year: 2016

Members of the Association of Ivorians in Cameroon have diverse backgrounds. Some settled as craftsmen to earn their living and others are just passing through the country with Angola, Gabon or Equatorial Guinea as their final destination for work in the oil fields.

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Afghanistan: Extending of digging the drinking water well of Neeswan Bentulhoda high school

Year: 2016

Everyone knows about the war in Afghanistan, but few know about the water difficulty in the country. Afghanistan was once a flourishing country with beautiful panoramas and plentiful food and water supplies

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Russian Federation: Waste separation and collection in the village of Pasha

Year: 2016

GFA Bridges has financed a project related to separate waste collection in the village of Pasha, which has about 4,000 inhabitants and is located 175 km away from St. Petersburg in Russia.

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Uganda: Keep a girl in school

Year: 2015

In October 2015, GFA BRIDGES launched the Keep a Girl in School program to promote girl child education along with menstrual hygiene management. The project aims a positive impact on the school attendance of girls within the urban setting who are facing challenges of how to handle menstruation in a way that does not affect their studies.

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Burkina Faso: Construction of the public primary school Loungo

Year: 2015

In October 2015, GFA Bridges approved the primary school construction in Loungo in the Passoré Province. The construction was delayed due to the insecure situation in Burkina Faso. Recently, the community confirmed to be able to implement the project.

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Nepal: Earthquake relief for people of Damadhunga

Year: 2015

Damadhunga is a three hours drive to the west of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Due to the two earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015, most of the Damadhunga villagers  lost their houses and family members.

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Ruanda: Four rain water tanks for a new primary school in Masaka

Year: 2015

After the genozide in Ruanda in 1994, the Makasa community established Project Ruanda which is supported by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters from Poland, who have been involved in the country for 30 years.

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Burundi: Football for all kids

Year: 2014

Burundi’s population still suffers from the civil war in the 1990s. Tensions between different ethnic groups remain high. The Rutegama Football Club was founded to allow children and young people enjoying sports together irrespective of ethnic lines. GFA BRIDGES supports the newly founded club with necessary basic sports equipment.

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Afghanistan: School completion in Palij village

Year: 2014

In war-torn Afghanistan, many children in remote areas have no chance to go to school at all. The school project supported by GFA is located about 400 kilometers west of Kabul.  It improves the learning environment of about 2,000 children in Palij village.  The school building will be completed in January 2015.

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Egypt: Mini Medina allows children to create their own versions of society

Year: 2014

Mini Medina is a not for profit social enterprise that aims at helping children and teenagers aged  7-15 create their own learning experiences. Playfully developing their own version of society in a mostly adult-free environment, they experience civil engagement and social responsibility in their imagined city.

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Moldova: School for autistic children

Year: 2014

The SOS school for autistic children in Moldova has a good reputation for its high quality care. The state does not support it financially so that the school’s sanitary facilities are in a deplorable state. The BRIDGES project aims at renovating the sanitary wing in order to prevent the school’s closure and to safeguard its services for autistic children.

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Cameroon: Improving the lives of hearing-impaired children

Year: 2014

Northern Cameroon suffers from a very poor public health system. Hearing-impaired people, particularly newborn and pre-school children, have no access to audiology services and hearing aids. GFA supports the project by purchasing a screening device for the audiological assessment of difficult-to-test patients such as newborn and small children.

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Moldova: Auxilliary School No. 6

Year: 2013

The Republic of Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Since the fall of communism, social infrastructure has collapsed. Mentally or physically handicapped children are suffering the most.

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China: Nomad School Project in Tibetan Highlands

Year: 2013

Students of an international school in Beijing support a primary school for Nomad children in the Qinghai Province of the Tibetan highlands. They collected funds for winter clothing and to improve the school’s sanitation facilities, kitchen and dormitory. GFA complemented these efforts by financing solar water heaters and training material on individual hygiene.

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Yemen: Home Gardens for Food Security

Year: 2013

The project aims at assisting 60-80 poor rural households in villages of the Hodeidah Governorate with locally available vitamin and mineral rich vegetable seeds to establish home gardens

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Madagascar: School Kits for Street Children

Year: 2013

In Madagascar many poor children are deprived of the right to education. GFA BRIDGES supports a small day-care centre and school for street kids and other poor children with 2,300 Euros to purchase 300 school kits and other essential school supplies so that 300 non-privileged children aged 3 to 17 can start or continue their education.

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India: A Marketplace for Entrepreneurs

Year: 2013

World Volunteer plans to build a common marketplace in India to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic development between rural communities and urban trading centers. The marketplace will be built in collaboration with entrepreneur associations and the local municipality.

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Azerbaijan: Scouts Teach Disadvantaged Young People

Year: 2012

Scouts in the Zagatala region of Azerbaijan set out to help disadvantaged young people come to grips with computers and a foreign language: English. In order to do so, a suitable classroom needed to be found and equipped.

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Laos: ECO Bungalow Project in Ban Long Lao Mai

Year: 2012

The region of Ban Long Lao Mai lies in the vicinity of Luang Prabang. This region is increasingly visited by tourists passing though. The presence of ever increasing numbers of tourists gave rise to the idea of beginning a project to build an ECO bungalow that can be used by groups of tourists for overnight stays.

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Vietnam: Swim for Life - Swim Lessons for Schoolchildren

Year: 2012

GFA BRIDGES is donating €4,000 in support of an initiative, started by a GFA employee  that aims to teach "survival swimming skills" to school children in Vietnam and to educate them in first-aid and resuscitation.

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Lebanon: Traditional Sewing as a Source of Income among Women

Year: 2012

In the Lebanese region of Minieh, sewing arts are part of a long tradition practiced by the area’s women. The preservation and transmission of these arts and crafts is part of a project promoting the cause of women in the region.

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