Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation 


                                                           Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
                                                                                  2019 Grants


1.  Global Fund for Children:   $125,000

            To support and develop the capacity of 4 locally led, community based organizations focused on disabled children and 4 organizations focused on trafficked and exploited children:

            Children with Disabilities:

            Hand in Hand |  Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan

            Hand in Hand is the first and only organization in Kyrgyzstan that is devoted entirely to assisting children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Since its registration, Hand by Hand has become a leader in developing care, diagnosis, and advocacy for children with ASD in Kyrgyzstan.

            Sama Foundation | Bangalore, India

            Sama promotes inclusive education for disabled children in Bangalore and has developed India’s first disabled-focused psychosocial care curriculum that they are introducing into Bangalore’s schools.

            Thai Child Development Foundation (TCDF) | Pak Song, Thailand

            TCDF works with local school and healthcare providers to create improved models of care for special needs children in rural Thailand and foster inclusion to lessen the isolation, stigma and shame that these children and their families often encounter in traditional rural society. 

            Zy Movement | Bangkok, Thailand

            Zy Movement’s mission is to ensure that children with movement disabilities grow up in an inclusive, nurturing environment; through a range of education, recreational, sports and vocational programs Zy helps children and parents create a future of autonomy and independent living.

            Child Trafficking:

            Center for Girls | Chiang Khong, Thailand

            Center for Girls (CFG) works in schools and community centers to encourage young girls to continue their education, empower them with knowledge of their rights as citizens of the country, and equip them to become leaders for future generations.  Founded by a survivor of trafficking, CFG understands the social and economic dynamics that enable gender based violence and trafficking to exist and works through a community engagement and leadership model to ensure CFG’s work is sustainable.

            Our Voice | Bishek, Kyrgyzstan

            Our Voice focuses on transitioning teenage orphanage residents, often without any support, safety net or life skills, and at high risk of substance abuse, prostitution and trafficking, to successful independent living.  Services include psychological, legal aid, job placement and securing housing and vocational education.

            Suprava Panchashila Mahila Uddyog Samity (SPMUS) | West Bengal, India

            SPMUS works to eliminate child trafficking and child marriage in West Bengal.  Using a holistic program model, SPMUS staff – most of whom have been victims themselves – rescue and support girls and women subjected to trafficking, domestic abuse and abandonment and work closely with government and police leaders to ensure enforcement of relevant laws.

            National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan (NFFCK) | Novopavlovka Village, Sokuluk District, Kyrgyzstan

            NFFCK is a youth founded and led organization that promotes and protects girls rights and empowers rural girls to influence their families and communities to reduce bride kidnapping, physical abuse and improve their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. 

2.  American Himalayan Foundation: (AHF):  $41,273

            “Expanding Quality Community-Based Care for Children with Physical Disabilities in Nepal” | 8 Districts in 3 Provinces in Central and West Nepal

            The grant will enable AHF’s Nepal partner Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) to expand its community based rehabilitation (CBR) activities to reach 8 rural mountainous districts and also train community based health care workers by 1) funding the operation of three Mobile Health and Rehabilitation Camps (which will provide assessments, referrals for additional treatment including surgeries and rehabilitation for at least 450 children; and also provide follow up care for an additional 470 children that received previous HRDC care, but who live too far from the main Kathmandu or regional hospitals);  and 2) supporting trainings for 60 community based health care workers in three remote communities, building the capacity of local health care workers to better diagnose, monitor and provide rehabilitation for children in their areas.

3.  Manos Unidas:  $32,500

            “‘Vocational Training Program for Youth with Disabilities” | Cusco, Peru

            This grant allow Manos Unidas, which works to improve the lives of children in Cusco, Peru with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other cognitive disabilities, to develop and pilot a transitional education and functional life skills program for adolescents and to introduce an inclusive and innovative vocational education program for developmentally disabled youth.  The vocation program will be offered at one of Cusco’s traditional vocational education schools, and will include targeted supportive services for Manos Unidas students to ensure their success.

4. No Means No Worldwide:  $25,000

            “IMpower South Africa – NACOSA Exapnsion” | Four Provinces, South Africa

            Gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual assault against girls and young women inflicts multiple, damaging and life changing consequences, including trauma, pregnancy, disease transmission, social isolation and stigma, and forced marriage.  No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) signature program ‘IMpower’ is based on education and training, empowerment and physical defense skills; a key concept is that girls learn to sense and react to dangers, set boundaries, are empowered to use a set of verbal negotiation, diffusion and distraction tactics.   This grant will allow NMNW to establish ‘IMpower in South Africa through a partnership with South African NGO NACOSA; in its first year 30 women will be trained to become IMpower instructors and will teach the empowerment and self defense curriculum to 1,500 girls in four South African provinces.     

5.  Trickle Up:  $50,000

            “Inclusive Graduation Programs for Rural Indigenous Girls in Guatemala’ | Ixan and Chahal, Guatemala

            Building on prior Ross Funded Trickle Up work, the “Inclusive Graduation Programs for rural Indigenous Girls in Guatemala” grant will 1) extend ‘graduation style’ programs of economic strengthening, customized mentoring and social supports to 500 girls and young women in two municipalities and 2) assist these two municipalities codify and develop government ministry staff capacity to establish and operate graduation programs in their jurisdiction independently in the future.        

6.  Palestine Children’s Relief Fund: $35,600

            “Gaza Youth Amputee Summer Camp” | Gaza Strip, Palestine

            This grant will allow Palestine Children’s Relief Fund to provide a summer camp for 50-60 children and youth who use prosthetic devices, either due to medical issues or who have undergone traumatic injuries and amputations and are now learning to adjust to a life of disability.  PCRF will bring together international and local medical, rehabilitation and psychological specialists to help these children begin to make the difficult physical, psychological and rehabilitative adjustments necessary.  The camp will also help the children’s’ families to be more knowledgeable caregivers; will lead to formal and informal peer networks of children and families to lessen isolation and provide support; and will be fun, enjoyable and inspirational for the children who have endured deep trauma. 

7.  Help Refugees: $40,000

            “Rehabilitation Center in Kills, Turkey, for Syrian Refugee Children” | Kilis, Turkey

            This grant will enable Help Refugees partner Independent Doctors Association (IDA, founded and formerly based in Alepo, Syria) to create a physiotherapy and rehabilitation center in for children with congenital and existing disabilities, which had been treated in Syria before they were forced to flee, and for children that have war-related injury caused disabilities.  Many of these children also have need for trauma and psychological counseling, which the center will provide.   The program will:  1) renovate and fully equip a physiotherapy and rehabilitation center; 2) provide expanded and focused training to medical staff on the needs of children; 3) provide 12 months of services to 1,269 children and 4) provide psychological services to 1,114 women and children.

8.   Rain for the Sahel and Sahara:  $30,000

            “Middle School Mentoring Program in Niger: | Tillabery, Niger

            This grant will enable Rain for the Sahel and Sahara to fund the ‘Middle School Mentoring Program in Niger’ and expand the organization’s successful elementary school mentoring project.   The 101 women in 12 villages trained to become middle school mentors will mentor 505 children in the project’s first year; the project will also provide after school tutoring to 350 additional students.  

9.  Plan International:  $50,000      

            “Prevention of Trafficking of Venezuelan Migrant Adolescents’ | Lima Peru

            There are currently over one million Venezuelan refugees in Peru, many of whom are vulnerable and/or unaccompanied youth; this grant will allow Plan to:  1) finalize a multi-part trafficking awareness and prevention curriculum geared toward Venezuelan refugee youth, their families and community currently in Peru; 2) train 20 community ‘promoters’ to deliver the structured workshop program; 3) enroll 400 adolescents to participate in the roll-out; 4) refine the curriculum as needed for delivery of the program in subsequent years throughout Peru; 5)  provide hygiene and emergency care kits to adolescents; and 6) sponsor a large anti-trafficking fair to be held in the Lima slum neighborhood of Comas, a center of the Venezuelan refugee community and the location where this overall program roll out will be based. 

10.  Children’s Agenda:  $30,000

            “Making Systems Work for Kids: Advancing All Kids Thrive’ |Rochester, NY

            The grant will allow Children’s Agenda to work with government and private entities to leverage sustainable, long-term funding that fills the gaps of young children’s unmet needs for critical supports (developmental, health social-emotional, educational) in the greater Rochester area.

11.  Spoon:  $35,000

            ‘Transforming Feeding and Nutrition for Vietnamese Children with Disabilities’ | Binh Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, Vietnam

            The grant will enable Spoon, which works to eliminate preventable malnutrition by training the caregivers of disabled children in safe feeding techniques and nutrition, to expand its training and community outreach work in Vietnam.  The project will have impact in both institutional and community settings,  improving care for 1,400 children in 14 institutions by strengthening the capacity of 6 master trainers who will work with 180 caregivers and supporting government and community based partners to build an integration pilot project for families to provide safe feeding and assume home care for their children.  

12.  Amend:  $36,850

            “Safe and Healthy Journeys to School in Tanzania” | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

            Road traffic injury has become a leading cause of injury, disability and death for children in Africa, particularly in rapidly expanding cities, where traffic planning is rarely a priority and sidewalks and other pedestrian areas are formally or informally eliminated to accommodate increased vehicular flow.   Amend’s signature program - School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements (SARSI) - has been implemented at 60 schools throughout Africa and has been recognized by the World Health Organization as an important way of making the areas around schools safer for children.   This grant will be used for Amend’s first disability-inclusive SARSI, and includes the planning, design and build-out of traffic and road safety capital improvements near a school with many disabled children; the delivery of education programs for children, their parents and the public about pedestrian and road safety; and outreach to government, public health, law enforcement officials and the media. 

13.  Freedom Fund:  $50,000            

            “Rajasthan Hotspot:  Child Labor Free Jaipur” | Rajasthan and Bihar provinces, India

            Freedom Fund’s “Rajasthan India Hotspot- Child Labor Free Jaipur” program is a significant effort to engage government, the business community and neighborhood and community groups in Jaipur to eliminate child bonded labor in that city’s handicraft, garment and jewelry businesses, to build a child-free labor certification process, and strengthen community resistance to exploitative child labor.   This grant will be focused on the social service and child protection work of 9 child-focused NGO’s in Jaipur that address the condition of children currently working as bonded labors and with 8 child-focused NGOS in Bihar, in Northern India from which many of the child laborers in Jaipur are trafficked, to help rehabilitate and reintegrate those children safely back home.  

14.  Hagar: $30,625

            ‘Trauma Recovery for Afghan Boy Trafficking and Abuse Survivors’ | Kabul, Afghanistan

            This grant will fund the “Trauma Recovery for Afghan Boy Trafficking and Abuse Survivors” program in Kabul, Afghanistan, and will enable Hagar to provide housing, protection, health care, rehabilitation and education for boys that have been trafficked and abused.  It will also help reintegrate the boys in their home communities when possible and, when not, help them establish independent lives in cites; provide an expansion of funds for older boys to start businesses; and an expansion of public outreach targeted at parents, community elders, religious leaders and government and law enforcement officials to flight illegal so-called Bacha Bazi practices.

15.  Kenya Drylands Education Fund: $15,000

            “Leveraging Technology to Improve Enrollment/Retention of Learners” |Marsabit and Samburu Counties, Kenya

            This grant will enable KDEF to utilize the Salesforce technology and platform in its work focused on youth education and mentorship in the drylands of Kenya and will allow it to collect, share and analyze program data in an timely and effective way; to develop and implement rapid program modifications when needed and to report on its program outcomes to donors, other NGOs and local government officials.

Grants by Program Category:


            Global Fund for Children                              $62,500

            American Himalayan Foundation              41,273

            Manos Unidas                                                        32,500

            Spoon                                                                          35,000

            Amend                                                                        36,850


Trafficked and Exploited:

            Global Fund for Children                             $62,500         

            No Means No Worldwide                              25,000

            Trickle Up                                                                50,000

            Rain for the Sahel and Sahara                     30,000

            Plan International                                              50,000

            Freedom Fund                                                      50,000

            Hagar                                                                         30,625

            Kenya Drylands Educational Fund           15,000                                              



            Palestine Children’s Relief Fund              $35,600

            Help Refugees                                                       40,000



            Children’s Agenda                                            $30,000                                                                                                                                

Total Grants Made in 2018:                $626,848