How Dining for Women Works
Dining for Women is a global giving circle dedicated to helping women and girls in the developing world achieve their potential, gain equality in their countries and cultures, and overcome economic limitations and social bias.
We are: 8700 members strong and growing
We believe: All women deserve to be self-sufficient
We give: Nearly $2.8 million since 2003 to dozens of global grassroots programs that benefit women in extreme poverty
We value: Education as the fuel that feeds our commitment and purposeful passion as the driving force of our advocacy
We provide: A hand up not a handout: Arming hundreds of thousands of women and girls with the tools, knowledge and support to build better futures.
We are: Changing the world – one dinner at a time
$320,000 in grants announced for first half of 2014
Dining for Women is pleased to announce its grant program for the first six months of 2014, which will provide more than $320,450 to grassroots programs from Tanzania to Vietnam. The programs will directly benefit nearly 3000 women and girls, and countless more indirectly.
Catalyst Foundation in Vietnam. Catalyst’s Holistic Community Development Program is part of a humanitarian effort to fight human trafficking and educate women and girls so they can become self-sufficient and less vulnerable. The programs work in the specific areas of the community where trafficking is most prevalent.
Kakenya Center for Excellence works with girls in Kenya to provide education and life skills, including information on women’s health, self-defense, child rights and the long-term damaging effects of child marriage and female genital mutilation. More than 1500 sixth and seventh grade girls will be reached with this grant.
The BlinkNow Foundation in Nepal’s Women’s Center Development is a school, a home for destitute children and a women’s empowerment center. Women affected by gender violence, forced marriage and lack of health care come to the center for vocational training, health information and the support of a positive and sustaining environment.
Mariposa. The program – Unleash the Leader in a Girl – educates and encourages women toward activism and social change. Its objective is to educate, empower and employ girls so they can end the cycle of poverty for their entire family. Working in the Dominican Republic, the DFW grant will directly impact 100 girls and have a ripple affect touching the lives of 500 more family and community members.
HOPE Foundation. The HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh provides women’s health support. The DFW grant will support the creation and operation of an Obstetric Fistula Team, to provide fistula repair surgeries, train hospital staff on the care of fistula patients, implement an outreach effort to increase awareness and prevention.
Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Program identifies and sponsors young women who go on to become registered nurses and midwives. This program helps bright young women achieve their potential, increase self esteem, self-reliance and dignity, while bringing more much-needed medical care to their communities. The DFW grant will provide scholarships for 34 women.
March 2014 Sustained Program - Friendship Bridge
Friendship Bridge’s mission is to provide microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their families and their communities. Through their Microcredit Plus program – which combines small loans averaging $250 for four-to-twelve month loan terms and participatory education – women start, expand or diversify their businesses and learn practical, applicable lessons on everyday topics including business, health and self-esteem.
With sustained funding of $45,000 over 3 years from Dining for Women, we will support 275 women participating in the organization's new advanced education and technical training program. .
This Month's Featured Program
Program Title: Women's Center Development
"To create a self-sustainable living community for destitute children that provides their most basic needs and also contributes to post-war recovery and peace in the nation of Nepal."
The program is to expand and grow BlinkNow’s current children’s home and school with the Kopila Women’s Empowerment Center. The center will provide programming and resources to local marginalized and vulnerable women affected by gender violence, inequality, forced marriage, and lack of access to basic health care. The...
Jennet Sambour, a member of the program selection team, presented DFW's $50,000 grant check to One-Heart earlier this month. On hand for the presentation were CEO and...
Betty Purkey-Huck, center, leader of the Sedalia (CO) chapter, presents our $15,000...
Nadene Brunk, center, founder and executive director of Midwives for Haiti,...