Last week, I had the opportunity to join President Clinton and some of our partner organizations in traveling to Haiti to see the Foundation’s work first hand. No matter how much we talk about the impact we have every day in all corners of the world, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing how our efforts transform the lives of others. You can read about our programs in Haiti here and see photos from our visit to Haiti here and here.
It is these experiences that we wish everyone could have to see the Foundation’s true impact. And our impact wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated support from more than 300,000 donors since the Foundation’s inception. Our goal is to remain focused on fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of others and we are proud to share our work with the public. Below are some recent program updates and what exciting things are coming up at the Foundation.
Clinton Global Initiative
Last week, the 2015 CGI U Commitments Challenge launched to help CGI U students raise funds for their commitments. The top 16 student teams who fundraise the most in the first round will be placed in an March Madness-style head-to-head bracket. The winning team will be announced at CGI U. The link to the Commitments Challenge can be found here.
Next weekend, from March 6-8, CGI University will convene at University of Miami, where more than 1,000 students from more than 75 countries will participate. We announced several exciting speakers and participants who will be attending CGI U, including Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Larry Wilmore, America Ferrera, Paul Farmer, Aloe Blacc, and more. Read the full press release here.
Clinton Presidential Center
In anticipation of Women’s History Month in March, the Clinton Presidential Center and the Clinton School of Public Service hosted a conversation on Monday with Joan Wages, president and CEO of the National Women's History Museum. Joan leads the organization's work dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women's history museum in our nation's capital.
Clinton Foundation 20/30
Last week, Clinton Foundation 20/30 hosted a breakfast event featuring the work of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI). 20/30 members had the opportunity to meet our CHMI team, and discuss approaches to improving health outcomes in the United States through key areas such as: increasing access to sports; supporting emotional wellness on college campus; scaling digital health and innovation; and fighting childhood obesity. You can see photos from the event on the 20/30 Facebook page.
Clinton Climate Initiative
Last week, CCI HEAL was one of three programs recognized at the Climate Leadership Conference and Awards in Washington DC for its role in forming innovative partnerships, and for going above and beyond “business as usual.” Additionally, last week, CCI joined the ground breaking of Wigton Windfarm Ltd. in Jamaica – this is Phase III of the largest wind project in the Caribbean, a 24MW installation valued at US $45 million. CCI played a key role in negotiating contracts and equipment for the project. When completed, this wind project aims to reduce Jamaica’s oil consumption by 37,000 barrels, and reduce C02 emissions by 48,000 tons annually!
On Friday, February 20, No Ceilings hosted “Addressing Violence Against Women: A No Ceilings Conversation” in New York City. Chelsea Clinton moderated the conversation with Jimmie Briggs, co-founder of Man Up; Dorchen Leidholdt, director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City; and Christine Jaworsky, senior manager of grants and programs for Avon and the Avon Foundation’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
This month, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation staff kicked off a new partnership with Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, one of the largest out-of-school providers in NYC, to implement the Alliance’s healthy out of school time framework in Out of School Time sites.
Clinton Development Initiative
This month, Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) staff traveled to Tanzania, where CDI has operated for approximately 18 months. Although still relatively new to Tanzania, CDI is already receiving numerous commercial and smallholder market opportunities. For example: CDI obtained more than three firm bids for soya produced by the roughly 2000 smallholders working with CDI in the Iringa region, began negotiations with the World Food Program to purchase maize produced by the same smallholder farmers, discussed export of Malawian groundnuts to Tanzanian buyers, and negotiated favorable credit terms for farm input loans for the upcoming season. Finally, CDI began to form a consortium to improve sunflower production, in which oil millers have agreed to offer smallholder contracts of up to 7 years for unlimited volumes.
Clinton Health Matters Initiative
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Community Health Transformation program in Central Arkansas continues to work towards achieving the bold action steps outlined in its Blueprint for Action. Most recent developments include:
- The White House Rural Council along with six federal agencies have announced an investment of $650,000 in North Little Rock to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans;
- the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub partnered with CHMI and received a technical assistance grant to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans; and,
- CHMI-Central Arkansas hosted a meeting with the People’s Tree, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Arkansas Hunger Relief, Arkansas Local Food Network, Heifer USA and other partners on the implementation of mobile fresh markets that will increase access to locally grown fresh foods in the region and increase local market opportunities for farmers.
CHMI also continues to engage in strategic planning with college and university campuses to strengthen emotional wellness services for students. CHMI recently visited five campuses in Oklahoma to provide technical assistance and recommendations for meeting program goals.