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Trusts and Foundations

We work with some fantastic trusts and foundations to help people tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. Just a few are featured here.

The IKEA foundation is a crucial partner for Practical Action. They are currently funding two significant and innovative programs that are modelling new ways of working to help people change their worlds.

The first is a €6.4 million project to help young people in Kisumu and Homa Bay in Kenya to earn a decent income through sustainable farming and agricultural businesses.

The second is a ground-breaking program to give access to renewable energy to people in refugee camps in Rwanda and Jordan. This will enable them to take their lives off hold and earn an income again.

The H&M Foundation is in a four-year partnership with Practical Action to pilot innovative technology for faecal sludge management in India.

The project targets underserved communities in Odisha state reaching the town Choudwar, with about 50,000 inhabitants. Choudwar town has no sewerage system today, and faecal contamination has made water borne diseases common, as sludge waste collected from septic tanks is tipped into the public drains and other water bodies nearby.

The project will use innovative technology to tackle the sanitation crisis, going full circle – from toilets to disposal of waste to bio-gas and compost to energy and clean water technology.

The Zurich Foundation funds vital aspects of our climate and disaster resilience work as part of the Flood Resilience Alliance.

This is enabling us to bring together risk expertise from within the private sector, research institutes and humanitarian and civil society organisations to help rebuild the homes and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, Nepal and Peru.

The Poul due Jensen Foundation is funding a vital part of our work in Malawi, focused on renewable energy and water in rural communities.

Our partnership with the Foundation will bring solar powered safe drinking water to more than 20,000 people in four communities served by an expected eight boreholes.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering with us to demonstrate an integrated approach for safe management of faecal sludge in Faridpur city, Bangladesh.

The approach pilots mechanical desludging businesses run by the cooperatives of sweepers in partnership with the municipality. This inclusive business model has already contributed to a significant increase in income of waste workers, transforming them from low-status informal workers into successful entrepreneurs.

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If you’d like to know more about how your Trust or Foundation can get involved with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Just contact Catherine Smith, our trusts and foundations specialist:

Tel: +44 (0)1926 634493