(October 13, 2006) Global Fund's client, the Alliance for the Family / AFF, was awarded a grant in the amount of $48,000 by Templeton Foundation this week for a program called Learning to Cherish (LtC). The program will increase and measure young children's assimilation of universal values--such as self-discipline, honesty, compassion, respect, friendship, team work, and family cooperation--that underpin democratic virtues and behaviors. Implemented in schools throughout Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela for a period of three years, the program targets 13,000 children between the ages of 8 and 11. These children will be taught basic skills based on universal virtues and values such as responsibility, self esteem, self control and community support intended to stimulate democratic behaviors. Using the telephone and Internet, the children will periodically report on what they have learned, how they put it into practice, and how they rate the texts and instruction. These electronic reports-a new way of collecting data from young children in developing countries-will help AFF evaluate the degree to which the course affects behaviors.
Global Returns to Africa
(July 19, 2006) After several years of absence, the Global Fund has recently worked with African clients to design a project and help with fund development. This time, in collaboration with Alliance for the Family, the Fund held meetings in the mid-way city of Rome with the African Family Life Federation, based on the island of Mauritius. Weeks later, the partners submitted a project to the (US) Presidentís Emergency Fund for educating 200,000 school children in 8 countries, their parents, and teachers about preventing the spread of HIV through abstinence and faithfulness in marriage.
AFF Receives Grant from USAID
(Washington, April 11, 2006) The United States Agency for International Development / USAID has awarded a $125,000 grant to Alliance for the Family / AFF, a client of the Global Fund, for evaluating the impact of values education on young children in Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. The project includes a 3-year demonstration of a comprehensive way to teach children values and foster virtues, especially those that underpin democratic behaviors. The new program in question, Aprendiendo a Querer / AaQ Learning to Cherish centers on a series of 12 books that present a continuous story about a group of children who confront a series of situations of universal application as they grow up. For three years, thirteen thousand children aged eight to eleven will follow the course during school hours. Using the telephone and internet, they will periodically report on what they have learned, how they put it into practice, and how they rate the texts and instruction. These electronic reportsa new way of collecting data from young children in developing countrieswill help AFF evaluate the degree to which the course affects behaviors. The Latin American Alliance for the Family (Caracas), which developed the course, will provide teacher training. Having advised on the projects design, the Washington-based Global Fund will be a management consultant to the program. Two firms, Performance Results and Voxiva, will assist with the evaluations and data collection, respectively. Financial partners are the Alberto Vollmer Foundation and USAIDs Global Development Alliance.
In January, Daniel Kelley was a participant in the The Third Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising-Latin America in Mexico City.