Rescuing Children Since 1986

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INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.

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Empowering Schools to Educate, Train and Sustain

Meyerton – Air Products South Africa’s investment in a 224m2 aquaponics system at the Randvaal Primary School in Daleside proves to be a successful model for schools to teach children the skills of producing their own vegetables and for the school to become self-sustainable.

Teacher and learners at the Randvaal Primary School in Daleside, Midvaal, who are extremely motivated by their successful cucumber crop of more than 75kg in last December, attended a training session and planted vegetables seeds last week.

Air Products, in partnership with INMED, committed to the project at the school early last year, which is aimed at educating learners on health and nutrition as well as providing a platform to teach them grow their own vegetables. The basis of the programme at Randvaal Primary is an aquaponics system, but they are also exposing the children to growing vegetables in tyres and herbs in wall gardens. Aquaponics teaches children to grow their own fresh vegetables in a way that is quick, energy efficient, chemical free and environmentally friendly.

Randvaal Primary makes use of the vegetables to supplement the school’s feeding scheme adn is hoping that the programme will eventually become a platform for job creation and sustainability for the greater community.… Read the rest

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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards one of the Largest Grants Pools in the Region Supporting Critical Community Needs

2016 Community Investment Grant Cycle Awards Over $380,000 to 36 Local Nonprofits

Oakton, VA (February 18, 2016) –The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announced the winners of its 2016 Community Investment Grants today.The largest and most competitive  discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation and one of the largest pools of funds supporting broad-based giving in the Northern Virginia region, the grants support organizations which provide support in critical areas of need throughout Northern Virginia. These grants will further the organizations’ abilities to improve the health, education, and general wellbeing of neighbors, communities, and the entire region. The total sum of grants made is $380,418.

The Community Foundation convened volunteer committees that consisted of area experts, donors, and Foundation board members to review the 119 applications submitted to the organization. Applications were accepted in the following areas of need: Child and Youth Development and Education; Health, Mental Health and Aging; and Poverty Relief.

“Despite the region’s wealth, this Community Investment grants process always emphasizes the deep and profound need we see in Northern Virginia,” said Community Foundation Board Member, Ken Huntsman, 2016 Community Investment Fund Grants Committee Chair. “We are fortunate to engage passionate and knowledgeable volunteers to help us review the applications.… Read the rest

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Health in Action: Fighting Hunger and Obesity, Advancing Healthy Lifestyles for Children in South Africa

Nutrition education and physical activity program launched for 100,000 children in primary schools in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth areas

(Orange Farm, South Africa) South Africa is facing a public health crisis as obesity rates rise while hunger and malnutrition persist for millions of children. The problem is complex, but a new program is tackling it through a common-sense approach to help build a healthier future for the nation’s children.

INMED Partnerships for Children’s Health in Action program, funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation, will guide more than 100,000 primary school learners in at-risk communities near Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Communities will take action for better health through hands-on activities about nutrition, physical activity and school gardens that will provide nutritious fresh produce to supplement school meals.

“We are thrilled to know INMED will soon be working alongside local communities, teachers and parents to establish the foundation for a healthy school year by promoting nutrition basics, encouraging active lifestyles and expanding access to the types of nutritious foods that combat malnutrition,” says Mondelēz International Foundation President, Nicole Robinson.

A project launch event was hosted on Oct. 21, 2015 at Pudumo primary school in Orange Farm, outside Johannesburg, where INMED previously worked with teachers and students to establish a traditional school garden and aquaponics, an innovative system of combined fish and vegetable production.… Read the rest

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Offering students and parents a path to success

As part of its growing presence in the Sterling area, INMED Partnerships for Children has begun offering a free after-school program for children from low-income families. INMED launched the program, which provides tutors and mentors to help children with homework, at its Family and Youth Opportunity Center on Ridgetop Circle this month. The center serves children ages 6 to 12 who live in Sterling-area neighborhoods with a high percentage of low-income families, said Maria Vasquez, executive director of the Opportunity Center. Many of the children’s parents do not speak English, she said. The children “don’t really have a parent or adult or another person in their lives who can help with homework and who really can help them succeed in school,” Vasquez said. INMED’s program focuses on homework completion, but it also provides other structured activities, such as arts and crafts, reading, and games. The program differs from similar ones in Loudoun County because its services are free. Vasquez said that is “huge” for struggling families.
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