Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation 

                                                            Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
                                                                                   2020 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 6 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-led organization with a mission to empower rural girls to become agents of change in their communities in Kyrgyzstan. NFFCK promotes and protects girls' rights, improves recognition and respect for girls, and addresses child and forced marriages and violence against girls.  Its programs include leadership training and sexual and reproductive health education that promotes the prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, drug abuse, and smoking.

            Jointly Act Girls (JAG) | Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

            JAG is a youth-led organizations established in 2016 to promote the rights of rural girls in Kyrgyzstan. JAG and works to prevent and educate girls and their families about all forms of violence and harmful practices against girls, especially bride kidnapping and child marriages.

            Khiang Rim Khong (KRK) | Northern Thailand

            KRK is based in northern Thailand and works in close collaboration with other non-profits and local government agencies to provide important sexual and reproductive health information and rehabilitation to at-risk youth and survivors of sexual exploitation. KRK is a small organization that was ‘incubated’ by a former GFC partner. KRK works through schools and independent outreach at festivals and markets to share much-needed information on reproductive health and rights.

2.  COVID-19 Response Fund: $80,000

            In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ross Foundation grantees that operate safe-spaces and shelters for children, or provide direct food assistance to children, faced greatly increased costs to provide that vital support.  The Foundation’s Board allocated funds to be used by a small group of current grantees to meet these needs.  Grant made under this program were:

            1. $5,000 - Women for Afghan Women (for Children’s Support Centers in Afghanistan)

            2. $5,000 - Freedom for All (for Voice of the Free shelters for trafficked girls, Philippines) 

            3.  $10,000 - Street Child (split between support for Musahar girls in Nepal and Street Child’s COVID-specific health information work)

            4.  $5,000 - Freedom Fund (for Taabar children’s shelter in Jaipur India)

            5.  $5,000 - Nepal Youth Foundation (child care in Kathmandu, Nepal) 

            6.  $25,000 – Global Fund for Children (for GFC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund)

            7.  $5,000 –Hagar USA (For shelters trafficked boys in Kabul, Afghanistan)

            8.  $5,000 – Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (for feeding an care of children at Gaza Oncology Center)

            9.  $5,000 – Blue Dragon (For Children’s Shelter in Hanoi, Vietnam)

            10.  $5,000 - NOMI Project – (For feeding and care of children at the NOMI Daniel shelter in Jharsuguda, India)

            11.  $5,000 – Visualiza/Vision for the Poor (For food distribution to children who are Visualiza patients in Guatemala)

3.  USA Committee for UNWRA:   $30,000

            “UNWRA Education in Emergency Program in the West Bank” | West Bank, Palestinian Territories

            The grant allowed UNWRA to purchase IT equipment needed to boost the capacity of its Education in Emergencies Program meet expanded needs for distance learning necessitated by the COVID crisis.      Laptops and other equipment will continue to be used post-COVID by teachers in expanded E-learning offerings.

4.  AVSI/FDP Protagonists in Education:  $30,000

            “Expansion of the Wonder Center for Children with Special Educational Needs” | Bucharest, Romania

            The grant will allow AVSI/FDP to create a pilot model of comprehensive services for children with special education needs called the “Wonder Center.”  In the first year the Center will: 1) provide individualized case management and therapeutic services for 50 children; 2) train 75 parents in the needs of their children so that they are able to better advocate for the children’s needs and also play a more informed roll in their children’s care; 3) provided detailed in-service training to 80 mainstream teachers to boost their practical skills to teach SEN children based on inclusive educational methods.  

Three Year Grant ($30,000 in year 1; $20,000 in year 2; $10,000 in year 3)

5.  Minga Peru/The Resource Foundation:  $45,000

            “Protection and Care of Children and Youth in the Peruvian Amazon” | Iquitos and 22 villages in the Amazon

            The grant will allow Minga Peru to produce 24 episodes of its Bienvenida Salud weekly radio program that will focus on child protection and anti-trafficking messages (the program reaches, informs, empowers and mobilizes thousand of isolated women in remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon region); train women community leaders in child protection and anti-trafficking who will in turn train other women in their home communities and reach out to high school students with protection and anti-trafficking messages and information.  

6.  A Breeze of Hope:  $40,000

            “Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for Bolivia’s Survivors of Childhood Sexual Violence’ | Cochabamba, Bolivia

            The grant will allow Breeze of Hope to create an intensive program for the most vulnerable adolescent survivors of non-commercial sexual violence avoid commercial sexual exploitation (CSE).  The three main objectives for this project are to: (1) codify the CSE intervention to guide staff and others in the field, (2) help 40 CSE vulnerable adolescents reduce their vulnerability by developing robust self-esteem, deep self/body-acceptance, dreams for the future, and healthy exercise patterns, and (3) help 40 CSE vulnerable adolescents learn practical knowledge and skills for recognizing commercial sexual exploitation and seeking effective help.

7.  Kagando Mission Hospital Foundation:  $20,000

            “Construct New Water System for Kagando Hospital and Neighboring Community” | Kasese, Uganda

             This grant will be used to help construct a new water system for Kagando Hospital and its neighboring community.  

8.  Perkins School for the Blind International:  $45,000

            “Preventing Institutionalization for Children in the context of COVID-19” | Serbia and Croatia

            This grant will allow Perkins School for the Blind to strengthen four community-based care centers in Serbia, and establish eight centers in Croatia, to increase community and family capacity to educate and care for disabled children, enabling disabled children to return to, or stay with, their families.  The program will also train teachers and special education professionals and create a program of education and support for parents and home caregivers.

9.  Miracle Feet:  $28,300

            “Miracle Feet’s COVID-19 Recovery in Guatemala” | Six states in Guatemala

            This grant will enable MiracleFeet to provide treatment to children whose treatment was stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic through creating and deploying mobile teams of therapists; to provide travel subsidies for poor families to enable them to reach treatment; and develop and provide audio visual materials to help families improve at-home care.

10.  Trickle Up:  $33,000

            “Reviving the Financial Health and Building Resilience of Young Women in Extreme Poverty” |Chahal and Ixcan, Guatemala

            The program will enable Trickle Up to help 500 participants in an earlier Ross Foundation funded program to back on track and revive their income producing business and reengage their saving groups after the COVID-19 caused disruptions.

11.  Freedom Fund:  $40,000

            “Improving the Care of Trafficked Children in Jaipur” | Jaipur, India

            The program will enable Freedom Fund to fund shelter Taabar to address needs brought on by COVID; to codify its high quality care guidelines for rescued children and train counselors at 4 other child shelters in Jaipur; to work with other Jaipur-based child advocacy organizations to develop standards of care for medical exams for children.

12.  Street Child:  $48,960

            “Last Mile Learning for Rohingya Refugee Children” | Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp, Bangladesh

            The grant will enable Street Child to adapt and deliver its Last Mile Learning program to 1,680 Rohingya refugee children in the Cox Bazaar-area refugee camps.

13.  Cooperative for Education (CoEd):    $29,950

            “Blended Learning Adaptations for Education in Guatemala” | 50 Communities in Guatemala

            The program will enable CoEd to provide training to 250 teachers at 50 schools to enable them to effectively distance-teach 12,500 students during the COVID-19 crisis; and also to adapt and implement its Rise youth development program in an on-line format.

14.  Little Sisters Fund:  $25,000 

            "Providing At-Risk Nepalese Girls Access to Online Education" | 19 Communities in Nepal

                        The grant will enable Little Sisters Fund to provide cell phones for 300 girls and data packages for 1,800 girls to enable them to access virtual education programs during the pandemic period. 

Grants by Program Category:


            Global Fund for Children                                $62,500

            AVSI/FDP Protagonists in Education         30,000

            Perkins International                                            45,000

            Miracle Feet                                                               28,300    

                                                                                                 $ 165,800

Trafficked and Exploited: 

            Global Fund for Children                                $62,500      

            Minga Peru                                                                45,000

            A Breeze of Hope                                                   40,000

            Trickle Up                                                                    33,000

            Freedom Fund/Childcare Jaipur                    40,000

            Cooperative for Education                                29,950

            Little Sisters Fund                                                   25,000                                            



            USA Committee for UNWRA                         $30,000

            Street Child                                                                  48,960      



            Covid-19 Response Fund                                     $80,000

            Kagando Hospital Mission Foundation           20,000


Total Grants Made in 2020:     

Total Commitments Made in 2020:     $650,210


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