For 15 years, the Clinton Foundation has improved lives across the United States and around the world. We remain dedicated to our purpose, and will continue to work to create opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. I am deeply proud of the work we do each and every day to build upon the Clinton family’s incredible legacy of service.
As always, here are the latest updates on some of the Foundation’s programs at work:
This week in Tanzania, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) met with Lyra, a UK-based organization focused on the financial empowerment of women and girls in rural areas. CDI and Lyra staff conducted sensitization meetings in new catchment district, Illula, in addition to CDI’s active districts Iringa and Kilolo. Staff engaged community members by disseminating information on financial literacy and joining village savings and loan associations.
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s (CGEP) farmer services and aggregation business Acceso Haiti started an internship program with 17 Haitian agronomy students to assist with seedlings distribution, strengthen CGEP’s warehouse data management, and acquire agro-forestry skills. The interns started to support Acceso’s depot managers in the distribution and planting of lime, mango, sisal, and castor seedlings with the CGEP network of farmers.
Earlier this month and in October:
The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) hosted an annual educator reception with the Arkansas Education Association (AEA) during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference. Hosted each year at the CPC, this workship also includes AEA’s Rozzell Lecture Series—which for almost 40 years has served as a vehicle to introduce ideas, trends, and best practices to Arkansas educators. This year’s speaker was Shanna Peeples from Amarillo, Texas, who was the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. In total, 175 educators attended the workshop and reception, which was followed by a tour of the CPC’s current exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!
Throughout the month of October, Financial Planning Month, more than 250 Arkansas eighth grade students attended “CHOICES,” a series of educational workshops held at the Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) that promoted financial literacy. The interactive sessions led students through real-world exercises that focused on academic self-discipline, career skills, time and money management, human capital development, decision-making skills, and goal setting. This is the first year that the CPC has offered this educational program, which was presented in partnership with Economic Arkansas and the CHOICES Education Group. “CHOICES” is made possible through the generous support of Garcia Hamilton & Associates.
In support of the Women's Economic Participation Consortium, the No Ceilings and Haiti initiatives held a marketing seminar in Haiti for Consortium members. The event featured thought leaders, such as Tina Wells of Buzz Marketing Group, who provided the entrepreneurs with insight into key marketing strategies to better tell their brand's stories.
The Clinton Development Initiative’s Metrics and Evaluation staff from the Malawi office visited the projects in Tanzania, to collaborate and conduct market surveys in smallholder farmer catchment areas. In the Iringa and Kilolo districts, teams jointly collected and analyzed data, shared best practices, and worked with farmer cooperatives to plan growing activities and harvest campaigns for the coming season. Future inter-country visits are being planned to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration between programs.
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) hosted a community forum titled Improving and Sustaining Health in the Coachella Valley, which featured local partners showcasing their efforts to address the Bold Action Steps within CHMI’s Coachella Valley Blueprint. The Blueprint is nearing its 4-year milestone. Dr. Liane Wong of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation keynoted the event, speaking on the importance of public-private partnerships to advance health solutions. Immediately afterward, CHMI hosted a private philanthropy roundtable attended by representatives from public and private entities, who discussed key strategies to improving health outcomes through collaborative funding.
Finally, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative launched their Employee Health Improvement Program and formed cohorts of small- to mid-sized employers in both Northeast Florida and the Coachella Valley, with planned expansion to other CHMI regions in 2017. CHMI facilitated introductory workshops with representatives from each of the region’s employers and also launched a coordinated series of webinars to offer technical assistance on employee wellness to companies. The program itself is dedicated to addressing physical inactivity, inadequate nutrition, and mental health issues in the workplace, aiming to provide employers with the resources needed to reduce disease and build a culture of health in the workplace.