Within a year of the commitment, The Kind World Foundation had committed $20,000 to help fund the H20 for Life School to School pilot project to make clean water available and sustainable in schools and provided $60,000 to Global Water Challenge for direct investment--also in schools--through the Clean Start Fund. KWF also donated $150,000 to two UNICEF water and sanitation projects, including the North Sudan Relief to Recovery Program and contributed $250,000 to help support a new training center at Gahaya Links, a women's basket weaving cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda. The development of the new training center was part of the Path to Peace Project developed by KWF's working partners in Rwanda- Fair Winds Winds Trading and Macy's.com.
- Thousands of people in rural communities and refugee camps were provided with access to safe drinking water since KWF began funding UNICEF projects in water and environmental sanitation, humanitarian relief in Darfur, and water sanitation programs in North Sudan. In addition to supporting water and sanitation projects, KWF also helped fund the UNICEF Rwandan Child Friendly Schools initiative with a particular focus on achieving educational parity for girls.
- In conjunction with Global Water Challenge, KWF funding was awarded to help develop the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) grant.
- H20 for Life: Over the past four years, KWF has given over $100,000 to help fund the H20 for Life School to School pilot project, empowering middle school students in the United States to raise both awareness and funding to support WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects in schools in the developing world.
- Waterlines: After an initial commitment funding 20 rain water collection tanks for primary and secondary schools in several Kenyan communities, KWF helped support the construction of over 100 new tanks in a period of three years.
- Water Advocates: KWF also broadened the scope of its initial commitment by making a four year commitment to this D.C.-based water advocacy organization to help support work on international water policy issues as well as the expansion of WASH in School programs through partial funding of a staff position for a WASH in Schools coordinator.
- Rwandan Supplier Revolving Loan Fund: This one year project provided microfinance and small operating capital loans to help support small businesses in Rwanda doing business with Macys.com and Fair Winds Trading as part of the Path to Peace Project.
-Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (SFIFAM): Since 2009, KWF has supported women's economic empowerment by funding travel expenses for a number of women's arts cooperatives, enabling them to attend the Santa Fe International Folk Market held each July in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Extra income from sales generated at the market have transformed the lives of co-op members, allowing the women to help themselves and their communities by purchasing school uniforms, paying for improved health care, making loans to members, and starting small community improvement projects.
In 2009 KWF's $75,000 gift to Waterlines funded 25 new tanks and provided access to safe drinking water for over 10,000 students in the Rift Valley province for the first time. Today, local school adminstrators report that more adolescent girls are remaining in school and test scores are higher since the new tanks were installed because students do not have spend time during the school day hauling water.
- H20 for Life:
Since it's inception, the H20 for Life project has grown from just one school in 2006 to over 500 schools in 2010. Now in its fifth year of KWF funding, the H20 for Life project has engaged over 7,000 U.S. students who have raised money for hundreds of water projects in the developing world, benefiting more than 40,000 students with improved access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene at their schools.
- Santa Fe International Folk Art Market:
In addition to its financial support of women's cooperatives which allows them to sell their products at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, KWF has also provided additional project funding to help these co-op members return home and begin their own small community projects. These projects include the Communidad Viva Cooperatives construction of five new community water tanks in Puesta Paz, Bolivia, as well as a summer food bank project for 40 orphans living in a remote rural community in Swaziland. The food bank project was created to ensure that children who depend on school lunch programs to survive can still receive adequate food during the summer months. Both the water tank and orphan summer food bank program projects were created and developed by co-op members as a direct result of market attendee interviews and feedback generated as a part of community-based post-market needs assessment survey funded by KWF and conducted by Folk Art Market staff.
- The Hesperian Foundation:
KWF has funded the Hesperian Foundation for the past three years, providing written water, sanitation, and hygiene materials to communities around the world through the development of over five different foreign language translations of the handbook, 'A Community Guide to Environmental Health.'
- World Surgical Foundation (WSF):
KWF has funded WSF for the past four years by supporting free surgical camps in Thailand, Haiti, and the Philippines. KWF also helped fund upgraded sanitation-based water projects (sinks, toilets, and surgical suite showers) at hospitals in poor communities in Honduras and Ethiopia. KWF's World Surgical Foundation Haitian hospital project is still pending.
- Madre Foundation:
In 2009, working with Fair Winds Trading, KWF helped fund a one year project to create a mobile training center near Umoja, Kenya. This grant trained members of a remote rural women's cooperative to produce 'O bracelets' which were later sold through Oprah magazine and Macys.com. In addition to supporting the co-op members, a portion of the sales were designated to help fund a local water project for the community. Additionally, KWF also funded a larger water needs assessment plan employing a local hydrologist to develop a feasibility study for the implementation of a community wide water project.
- Brand Aid and Hand Eye Fund Foundations:
KWF provided artisan relief by offering temporary studio space and improved access to safe drinking water in Jacmel, Haiti for artisans and their families displaced by the 2010 earthquake. KWF's other partners on the project were Fair Winds Trading and Macys.com, who is currently selling the artisan's crafts online.
- Trauma Resources International:
In 2009 KWF provided support for US-based therapist Amber Gray to provide therapy and drumming programs for Haitian street children. This ongoing project focuses on the use of culturally appropriate somatic movement therapy to help children recover from trauma.
- Child Support Center (CSC):
In 2007/2008 KWF provided funding support to provide improved water and sanitation facilities as well as programming, overhead, and operating expenses for this orphan day care center in Kigali, Rwanda.
- Hope Shines:
Since 2008 KWF has supported off-site summer camps and soccer and mentorship programs for the Child Support Center (CSC) orphans. Mentorship programs pair one adult with each child and focus on providing positive educational and professional role models primarily for pre-adolescent girls who might otherwise drop out of school at puberty.
- Sight Surgery International:
In 2011 KWF provided support for free cataract surgery camps located in San Salvador, Salvador and near Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.
- Aqua Clara International:
KWF has funded Aqua Clara International for the last two years as they created a line of inexpensive, locally produced and marketed clay water filters for home use. The production and sales of the filters help support community members and also provide funding for local water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects. In 2010, KWF and Aqua Clara created the first Hope Center in Eldoret, Kisii province in rural Kenya to teach people how to use the filters correctly and improve sanitation practices in their local communities. Working together, Aqua Clara and KWF hope to open several other small water filter training centers in the coming year.
- H20 for Life: $20,000 to help fund the H20 for Life School to School pilot project to make clean water available and sustainable in schools.
- Global Water Challenge: Provided an initial award of $60,000 for direct investment in schools through the Clean Start Fund, which will support WASH in three schools.
- UNICEF: Donated $150,000 to two UNICEF water and sanitation projects, including the North Sudan Relief to Recovery Program.
- With the financial assistance of KWF, over 20,000 US students were impacted directly by H20 projects last year while over 8,000 students in developing countries were given school access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
- KWF funded UNICEF projects in 2007, the Water and Environmental Sanitation/ Darfur Humanitarian Relief and the Water and Sanitation Programs in North Sudan.
- In conjunction with Global Water Challenge, KWF funding in 2007 was awarded to help develop The African Medical and Research foundation (AMREF) grant.