The FAUSA Annual Grant was created to standardize the way that charitable projects are selected by FAUSA for support. The Grant format allows members to propose, promote and select their own philanthropic projects. The Grant winner receives a check when it is selected and announced at the Getaway and Annual Meeting and becomes the FAUSA Banner Project for a year, allowing the opportunity to raise more funds and promote and educate the FAUSA Membership further about the charity. The first Grant was initiated in 2013.
2018-2019 Banner Project
Direct Service to Victims of Sexual Assault Abroad (Pathways to Safety International)
This project, nominated by FAUSA member Karen Lewis, will allow Pathways to Safety International to provide a myriad of life-saving sexual assault response services including rape kits, access to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), medical care, translation services to communicate with local law enforcement and medical personnel, transportation to services, hotel costs, etc. to the Americans overseas population. Pathways is the only non-profit organization providing sexual assault (and gender-based violence) response to Americans overseas. The organization spent an average of $150 per person on sexual assault response direct services in 2017, when funds were available, although they have had to suspend some of these services due to decreased government funding. With no other non-profit organization specifically designed to serve the needs of Americans living overseas affected by sexual assault, this grant will be incredibly beneficial to Americans living and traveling overseas, including FAWCO/FAUSA members and their friends and relatives.
Other nominations for the 2018-2019 FAUSA Banner Project
The Medika Mamba Childhood Malnutrition Program is administered by the nonprofit organization Lamp For Haiti, a US-based organization established in 2006, to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare in the urban shantytown near Port-au-Prince known as Cite Soleil, an area of extreme and grinding poverty. The Medika Mamba project was established in 2015 using a vitamin & nutrition rich peanut butter as a means to treat malnutrition and improve the child’s overall health.
Founded in 2015, Soft Landing Missoula’s vision is to help Missoula be a welcoming, supportive and informed community that can assist refugees to integrate and thrive. This vision is being achieved through education and outreach, various community engagement programs, and direct services for the refugees. SLM is dedicated to building bridges, not furthering divisions, and welcomes discussion, questions and conversation as a way to create an inclusive community for all.
The Women’s Workforce Development Program was established in 2013 within The Empowerment Center whose mission statement is “To provide safe and sober housing to recovering addicts and alcoholics with services, support, and commitment to our client’s long-term success using a 12-step recovery process.” Within the last year, the Center become a facility for women only. The Women’s Workforce Development educates clients to become economically self-sufficient, find employment, take personal responsibility, achieve successes, grow self-worth, and strengthen personal recovery.
Past FAUSA Banner Projects
2017-2018 Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies supports people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work assisting victims with durable medical equipment lost and other obstacles incurred as a result of natural disasters. The organization was founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Through ongoing programs, like Getting It Right conferences, Portlight works to promote self-determination of needs and issues with respect to disaster preparedness and response. The organization fosters community relationships to promote inclusiveness in disaster preparedness and response plans and to demand provisions for transportation and shelter accessibility.
2016-2017 4 Girls Foundation, Long Beach, CA
4 GIRLS inspires and empowers middle school aged girls to identify themselves as inherently valuable, beautiful and powerful through 2-day workshops and periodic empowerment events that give them the tools to make good life choices. Examples of topics covered include: healthy body image, vision journaling, self-defense, museum trips, art, dance, and STEM classes. 4 GIRLS targets middle school aged girls because studies have shown that girls are most vulnerable at this age. The FAUSA grant funded an increase in the empowerment events from quarterly to monthly.
2015-2016 Friends of Paradies des Indiens, Inc., Haiti
Ecole Paradis des Indiens, created in August 1975, is a school for the destitute children of Abricots, Haiti, supporting 2500 students. The grant provided medications for the treatment of ringworms, scales, malaria, upper respiratory diseases and other childhood diseases; health and hygiene educational classes; and cement platforms and sinks for hand-washing stations to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
2014-2015 San Francisco SafeHouse—San Francisco, CA
San Francisco SafeHouse is a nurturing and unique housing program that empowers homeless, prostituted women to escape the violence, brutality and trauma of life on the street. It was founded over 15 years ago, long before “trafficking” became a media issue and focuses on an overlooked and undeserved population, homeless women in commercial sex work. The FAUSA Grant helped fund one component of SafeHouse’s offerings, its innovative Internship Program. Through this program, partners (private companies, government agencies and other non-profits) provide a part-time work experience, with training and supervision, while SafeHouse paid each intern a stipend from the grant funds, building the economic security and self-sufficiency of the women.
2013-2014 Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (now United Against Human Trafficking): Girls Prevention Program Project, Houston, TX
The Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC) works to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom. The grant funded the Girls Prevention Program, which uses the My Life My Choice: Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation Among Adolescent Girls national curriculum for sexual exploitation prevention education. The program targets middle and high school girls who demonstrate at risk behavior and educates them on the seriousness of sexual exploitation that can lead to victimization.