Our objective is to support, on an annual basis, at least two major education projects ($100,000 each and more) targeting the most vulnerable and marginalized girls in the most impoverished countries with the greatest gender disparity in school enrolment in partnership with CANADIAN charitable organizations that support educational initiatives in developing countries.
The project can take many forms: school construction, teacher training, providing supplies, fees or equipment, supporting activities which will increase girls’ access to school (water projects, daycare, adolescent classes), community support programs, etc.
The projects must not discriminate or restrict access based on religion, race, socio-economic factors or ability to pay. At least 50% of students enrolled must be female. The curriculum may not support a religious, racial or political point of view. The program must be child-friendly.
In fact, it is the result of a very demanding process based on a number of criteria that reflect the mission and values of the Foundation. In September of each year, the committee responsible for evaluating the submissions issues a request for proposals to a selection of CANADIAN charitable organizations supporting educational initiatives in developing countries.
Each organization submits its proposal using a standard template and responds to very specific questions on the issues and challenges faced by the young girls selected for the project, the goals and expected results, the indicators that will be used to measure success, the project’s duration and completion schedule and associated costs. The organization must also submit detailed financial statements, samples of project tracking and status reports, and any other documents pertinent to the submission.
The committee then performs a detailed analysis of each submission and rates them against a weighted grid of pre-determined criteria. Consideration is given to the vulnerability of the young girls affected by the project as well as community involvement and other factors.
Once the evaluation phase is completed, the list of selected projects is presented to the Foundation’s Executive Committee. The selected project or projects are then announced to the friends and supporters of the Foundation in order to plan for the fundraising campaign.
Through this demanding selection process, the Foundation chooses its initiatives with integrity and fairness in order to ensure they will truly benefit the future development of young girls.