The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced third-quarter grants totaling $19.53 million in support of clean water initiatives, children affected by HIV and AIDS, foster youth, disaster relief, supportive housing, and Catholic sisters and education.
The total includes $9.5 million under a new strategic approach for the foundation's Safe Water program, with a focus on advancing proven and promising solutions and models, strengthening water governance and in-country systems, and building and disseminating credible and actionable evidence. To that end, the foundation awarded $1.5 million to Safe Water Network to develop a market for small water enterprises in Ghana; $3 million to World Vision in support of sustainable WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) services in Mali; and $1.5 million to PATH to develop a commercially viable on-site chlorine generator for drinking water treatment and infection prevention and control.
"The three approaches outlined in the strategy," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Peter Laugharn, "will be applied in an integrated way within the countries where we work in sub-Saharan Africa, with the objective of accelerating the coverage of reliable access to safe and affordable water for households, health facilities and schools in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Uganda."
The foundation also awarded $260,000 to the King Baudouin Foundation United States in support of efforts to strengthen early childhood development research and advocacy in Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique; $750,000 to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to help community colleges address unintended pregnancy among youth transitioning out of foster care; $450,000 to Downtown Women's Center to build partnerships between permanent supportive housing and domestic violence providers serving people experiencing chronic homelessness; and $480,000 to Harvard University for the continued development and scale-up of a suite of data collection and analysis tools aimed at facilitating coordination and timely delivery of humanitarian aid. In addition, LifeNet International was awarded $900,000 to build the capacity of Catholic sisters to operate in twenty-two community health centers in Uganda, while Step Up for Students will receive $550,000 to expand school choice in Alabama to include Catholic schools serving low-income students.