Past Community Grant Recipients

Hope of Guinea STEAM After-School Program (Guinea) - Hope of Guinea held their 3rd annual summer camp in July 2018, with Guinean middle schoolers and 6 Guinean teachers from schools in Guinea's capital. The camp included demonstrations on interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and MATH (STEAM) experiments. Teachers were provided with trainings and lesson plans and each teacher taught at least one experiment. BARPCV funds were awarded to help these teachers conduct weekly STEAM after-school programs for other students at their respective schools across Conakry, Guinea’s capital during the 2018-2019 school year. 

Women's Tenant Action Group (Waltham, MA) -  The Women’s Tenant Action Group (TAG), in Waltham gives voice and support to women tenants representing low resource, senior, and immigrant families wishing to advocate for safe, affordable housing in their community. They hold monthly meetings where women can learn how to apply for affordable housing, and the majority of women attending these meetings are immigrant women with families. BARPCV funds were used to pay for child care services during these monthly meetings for one year.  The provision of child care during these meetings addressed a key barrier to community engagement.

Inspire Arts & Music: HYDE Park Youth Percussion Ensemble (Boston, MA) -  Inspire Arts & Music (IAM) enhances music education for inner-city children in Boston. In 2015, IAM started the Hyde Park Youth Percussion Ensemble, (HYPE), with the goal of bringing a world percussion program to the children at the Hyde Park Community Center. The HYPE course started with 20 children ranging from the age of 5 to 15 at the Hyde Park Community Center through an after‐school program called “Roots of Rhythm.” This program is an interdisciplinary, interactive multicultural drumming program that explores different cultures, music and instruments from around the world and is combined with the students’ coursework in social studies, math, science, and language arts. The cost for the students to participate in the HYPE program is $1. 

Pathways Togo (Togo) - Pathways Togo delivers a scholarship and leadership training program for select young women throughout the country of Togo. In 2017, Pathways Togo introduced a new component to its programs: the provision of school breakfast/lunch to its scholars. Over the past seven years, the program has seen that many of its scholars are not able to afford breakfast or lunch during the school week. This has a negative impact on the scholars’ ability to focus in school, learn, and fully realize their academic potential. As a result, in 2017, Pathways Togo piloted a school breakfast and lunch program for its middle school and high school scholars. The BARPCV grant contributed to this pilot program and provided school breakfast and lunch to four scholars for 3 months.

Healthy Children, Healthy Future  ("Mushuk Yuyay") (Ecuador) - The Association of Producers of Seeds and Nutritional Andean Foods delivers a campaign called "Healthy Children, Healthy Future." This project created demonstration plots for cultivating Andean grains at schools, in order to teach students to plant traditional foods in an effort to preserve Andean culture and traditions, and also to prepare dishes and to present the nutritious foods to their communities. They also serve a hot, well-balanced nutritious breakfast once a week for 171 school children in the Community of Quilloac, Canton Cañar Province of Cañar.

Georgetown School Computer Project (Honduras) - Georgetown School, a bilingual school in Honduras, was working with World Computer Exchange, based in Boston, to build a computer lab. The school worked independently with World Computer Exchange and was able to raise funds to get the first shipment of computers to the village, and the BARPCV funds helped to complete the computer lab.

Aj Su'm (Guatemala) - The Aj Su'm Cooperative aims to (1) create and maintain local employment opportunities for women,  (2) improve food security and decrease mother & child malnutrition, and (3) empower marginalized groups of women. The BARPCV grant supported the purchase of an electric mill to grind soybeans and create soy flour for baking products.

When I Grow Up Project: A Higher Education Initiative (Cartagena, Colombia) - An extracurricular course to prepare high school students for the University entrance exams and pay exam fees, with the idea that attending university will help remove students and their families from the cycle of poverty.

Adelante!: Youth Empowerment Center for a Marginalized Mexican (Aguascalientes, Mexico) - A six week summer program providing at-risk teenagers a safe haven away from influential gang activity and other negative influences, while piquing their interests, goals, and aspirations and using those findings to get students interested in pursuing education, developing skills and making a positive impact in their communities.

Mungwi Savings and Loan Program (Zambia) - The BARPCV grant supported the Mungwi Savings and Loan Program in Northern Province, Zambia.

Sukuvi: Community Supported Loans for Togolese Students in Need (Togo) - This micro finance project provides community supported, low-interest loans to university bound students in Togo.

Medellin National Science & Technology High School LCD Projector (Philippines) - Purchase of an LCD project to enhance the quality of teachers’ lessons, saving significant amounts of time and energy put into lesson preparation, and greatly increasing classroom learning.

Rainwater Catchment System (Vanuatu) - Supported rainwater tanks, which allow families to have access to clean, potable water directly in their kitchens and homes.

Community Playground (Suriname) - Volunteer-led construction of a playground in a small Maroon community in Suriname. The village consists of approximately 150 residents, who mostly rely on subsistence farming and hunting for their livelihood.

Beyond The Veil: Who Can Know the Other? (Cambridge, MA) - A series of presentations aimed at promoting understanding of Muslim and Middle Eastern cultures.

Parent-Child Literacy Project (Chelsea, MA) - Parent-child educational activities specifically designed to promote literacy among the participants, often recent immigrants.