This blog is part of a series where Donna Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation, shares updates on Clinton Foundation programs. View the first entry here.
Earlier this week, President Clinton was in Latin America to see our work in the region. He met some of the smallholder farmers, female entrepreneurs, and collection center employees in El Salvador and Peru who are benefiting from increased incomes and improved livelihoods as a result of our enterprise work. And he got an aerial view of wind turbines that are part of a CGI commitment in Panama that will help power the country and is expected to be one of the largest wind power projects in Central America. But whether seeing the work from the ground or from the sky, the takeaway was the same: good things can happen when people from different sectors and experiences work together to solve problems and improve lives. You can see special coverage of the trip on Instagram, where President Clinton temporarily took over our account.
Here are other recent program highlights:
Clinton Presidential Center Opens New Human Rights Exhibit
On October 2, the Clinton Presidential Center celebrated the opening of its newest permanent installation, The Anne Frank Tree. The Center received one of only 11 saplings that have been given out in the United States. The exhibit, an original design to give visitors the feeling of being in a room, focuses on the complex history of human rights in Arkansas through descriptions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis of 1957.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Celebrates 10 Years of Progress at Annual Leaders Summit
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, the Alliance recognized schools, industry leaders, and out-of-school time programs making strides to combat childhood obesity at the Healthier Generation Leaders Summit on October 2-3. A record number 376 schools received National Healthy Schools Awards. Additionally, the Alliance announced a new partnership with the Urban School Food Alliance (USFA), a coalition of six of the largest school districts in the United States. This partnership will create the opportunity for districts across the country to benefit from the USFA’s unparalleled purchasing power to procure food with the highest nutritional value at the lowest possible price.
Clinton Health Matters Initiative Hosts Women’s Heart Health Codeathon
On October 2-4, CHMI — in partnership with The Women’s Heart Alliance, California State University, Los Angeles, and the Ace Hotel — held the “Fight the Ladykiller Codeathon.” Forty college students competed in the event, which challenged them to build an app geared toward helping young women decrease their risk of developing heart disease. The winning team designed an eye-catching app with advanced graphics and avatars that used games to educate young women about healthier heart habits.
Too Small to Fail Launches “Wash Time is Talk Time”
On October 22, Too Small to Fail launched “Wash Time is Talk Time.” This work is part of a 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that aims to help families use laundry time as a meaningful opportunity to talk, read, and sing with their young children. “Wash Time is Talk Time” commits to providing parents with information and tools to support their children’s early language and brain development in approximately 5,000 laundromats across the country. Learn more about the commitment through our video blog entry.
Clinton Development Initiative: New Farming Equipment, Expanded Curriculum
This month, CDI received an offer from Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, a global manufacturer of farm equipment ideal for smallholder operations, to donate full sets of tractors and equipment to both of its programs in Malawi and Tanzania. With this advanced mechanization, CDI is expanding its programs to present a new set of opportunities to farmers who have moved well beyond subsistence agriculture and are ready to become small-scale commercial farmers. Read more about CDI’s work in Africa in our recent blog feature, “Notes from the Field: Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania.”
Identifying What Works for Women in Tech
On October 29, the Clinton Foundation partnered with SELF to host “What Works for Women Leaders in Technology,” a panel discussion of how the tech sector can improve opportunities for women. Building on the achievement of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and SELF’s “Women’s Health Codeathon Series,” as well as the release of the No Ceilings “Full Participation Report,” this event brought together leading voices and advocates for women in tech to discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovations for advancing women’s leadership in the field. SELF Editor-In-Chief Joyce Chang recapped the event on our blog.
Alleviating Poverty through Social Enterprises
During President Clinton’s trip to El Salvador, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announced that its supply chain enterprise, Acceso Oferta, will increase the amount of produce they provide to Super Selectos, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country. Acceso Oferta trains and provides quality seed and fertilizer to smallholder farmers to improve their crops, which Acceso then purchases and sells to large-scale buyers, such as Super Selectos, to fill market gaps and help more people work themselves out of poverty. Since the partnership began, Acceso Oferta went from being ranked the 17 largest supplier of fruit and vegetables in volume and in sales to Super Selectos to now number 2. For more information on how this social enterprise works, check out this infographic.