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This Week: The Foundation’s Programs at Work


This holiday season is a special time to give thanks to our partners for the life-changing work we’re proud to achieve together year-round. As always, here are the latest updates on some of the Foundation’s programs at work and our incredible partners who help make it possible:  

Too Small to Fail continues its work to incorporate talking, reading, and singing prompts into new playgrounds in underserved communities across the country – reaching 20 to date. Last week, The Atlantic published a piece highlighting this work, as well as the community-based work with trusted messengers throughout Oakland. The story notes,

“At first, the playground at Officer Willie Wilkins Park looks pretty standard. There’s a slide to skid down, ramps to climb up, bridges to cross, and nooks to investigate. But there’s also something relatively unusual: words, and lots of them.

Mixed in among the bright primary colors of the structure are white panels plastered with whimsical illustrations and phrases like “let’s talk about the sunshine” and “let’s talk about food.” They’re not a random addition; the panels are a deliberate attempt to foster early language and brain development in babies and toddlers.”

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative announced that, in November, nearly 3,000 cartons of Narcan (naloxone) were shipped at no cost to public safety agencies, college campuses, and community-based organizations across twelve states. One recipient that runs a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility in Arizona wrote, “One client reported back to us that his girlfriend overdosed in the bathroom. He states he ‘heard her hit the floor.’ He remembered his Narcan and used it before calling 911. And now because of Narcan, she is alive today.” And, beginning this month, nurses at high schools in Wallingford, CT will carry naloxone as part of CHMIs collaboration with Adapt to provide a free carton of Narcan—the reversal agent to opioid overdose—to high schools across the country. The announcement was covered by the Record Journal and local Fox affiliate.

In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton released a statement reaffirming the commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic:

“On this World AIDS Day we are proud to stand with so many others across the globe in reaffirming our commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all…Today more than 18 million people around the world are receiving treatment, including more than 11.8 million people who have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications at lower cost through the work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).”
Read the full statement here.

And two blog posts were published; one entitled “Meet Three Young People Working to Create a World Without AIDS,” which highlighted CGI U students who are working to confront HIV and AIDS, and the other entitled “Looking Behind the Numbers on World AIDS Day,” which told the stories of three remarkable individuals who have directly benefited from the Clinton Foundation’s work.

The Clinton Foundation in Haiti, in collaboration with No Ceilings, hosted its first teleconference on December 1 with its Women’s Economic Participation Consortium Advisory Council to provide an overview of program activities and discuss objectives and potential partnerships for 2017. This call helped drive forward efforts to help professionalize and make the member businesses investment ready. Key programming to date has included a September workshop with West Elm executives on the fundamentals of business operations and a November marketing seminar teaching on best practices and strategies to leverage Consortium members’ products. 

The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) honored the dedicated men and women who donate their time and talents to the Center at the annual Volunteer Gala. President Clinton presented the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award to one of the CPC’s founding volunteers, Dennis Hackbart. Dennis has served a total of 6,071 hours; 693 this year alone. In 2016, 257 CPC volunteers contributed a total of 49,610 hours.

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s Acceso Haiti, a farmer services and aggregation business in Haiti, has continued to play a role in the recovery post-Hurricane Matthew. Acceso has partnered with local organizations to prepare a relief kit that included peanut butter produced with the business’ peanuts. In addition, Acceso prepared a long-term relief plan and package for the south that included the seedlings the business has ready for distribution in their nursery, peanut inputs, and technical support.

In November, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) hosted the first convening of the WIRE Mentor Network, comprising 20 island women Ambassadors and Mentees, at the Green Aruba VII Conference in Aruba. At the event, CCI’s Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network hosted an open plenary session for 134 attendees, including almost a dozen students from the International School of Aruba. The WIRE event also featured all women panelists and speakers. In addition, CCI convened a private session for the WIRE Mentor Network in Aruba to further develop leadership skills and mentor relationships. The WIRE Network is a professional network for island women in the energy sector that was launched by Chelsea Clinton in February 2016.