The Clinton Foundation is working each and every day to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Below please find updates on the work of the Foundation this month.
Last week, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with damaging winds of up to 145 mph and approximately 40 inches of rain, which caused severe flooding, flash floods and landslides, and an increasing need for emergency healthcare. National and regional disaster management groups are mobilizing and positioning resources for the response. Some of those joining the relief efforts include members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) community and Clinton Foundation partners in Haiti. Read more about efforts underway here and share ways to help here. We are currently working to support our Haiti partners and CGI members who are providing emergency relief to the hardest hit areas in southwest Haiti as well as planning how to assist with longer term recovery efforts in the agricultural, health, education and infrastructure sector. You can read an update on how CGI members are helping Haiti recover and build resilience here.
Earlier this month, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU integrated Too Small to Fail content highlighting the importance of talking, reading, and singing with young children. In the segment, Detective Olivia Benson finds out that the nursery school she wants her son to go to thinks that he is behind in his language skills. She tells a colleague that she’s been doing her best, talking, reading, and singing to him. You can view the integration here. Earlier this week, Education Week published a story about the work of Too Small to Fail, covering our awareness efforts working with Hollywood and Univision; our work in cities working with trusted messengers like pediatricians, early educators, and faith leaders; as well as our creative partnerships with laundromats, playgrounds, and supermarkets.
Additionally, Too Small to Fail launched its “Meal Time is Talk Time” initiative at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)’s Annual Conference in Orlando. This partnership was launched as a CGI America commitment with the National Black Child Development Institute, Scholastic, and Gerber to distribute 100,000 bilingual (English/Spanish) nutrition-themed books called “At the Farmer’s Market” to underserved families across the county. TSTF led a workshop training with NBCDI affiliate leaders and educators, delivering remarks about the initiative during the closing plenary which was attended by over 500 NBCDI members. Distribution of books to families will begin at the end of October through NBCDI, Univision, Barbershop Books, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and TSTF cities campaigns.
Last week, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) held a stakeholder engagement meeting with local partners in St. George’s Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize, to develop a solar and battery microgrid project. The microgrid would provide access to clean energy for a local hotel and 100 residents, who currently use imported diesel fuel to power their household generators. CCI facilitated the stakeholder meeting with eight representatives from St. George’s Caye Village Council, the resort, and the national utility, Belize Electricity Limited. The goal is to develop the microgrid over the next year and complete the project by the end of 2017.
This week in Rwanda, the Clinton Development Initiative’s (CDI) newly named commercial farm operation, Gwiza Development Company, began planting. In July, CDI signed the lease agreement with Kaboku Cooperative to begin operations on this approximately 200 hectare commercial farm land in the Nyagatare district. To date, 40 hectares of maize and soya have been planted, and farm staff are preparing beds to plant vegetables. The New Times in Rwanda covered this announcement in July.
Also this week, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership's farmer services and aggregation business, Acceso El Salvador, became the first business in Central America to be audited at the production level by Yum! Brands, an American food company that operates brands including Pizza Hut and Wendy’s. Acceso obtained an 85% score for superior standards from the farmer’s plot to the point of sales.
This series is a modified continuation of Foundation Happenings - where you can find past updates.