$23,000 raised in the 2015 JavaJog for a Cause has been awarded to two organizations working to better the lives of women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia: Grounds for Health in partnership with Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. More than 200 runners and walkers collected the funds that will now be used to support two inspiring projects and benefit nearly 2000 women in Ethiopia.
JavaJog for a cause 2015 grant recipients include:
Groundsfor Health – $18,000: In Ethiopia, Grounds for Health is partnering with the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) as well as the Sidama Zone Health Department and Regional Health Bureau of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) to establish a cervical cancer screening and treatment program, addressing a critical gap in women’s health services in Ethiopia, where there are approximately 20 million women at risk for cervical cancer and 5,000 preventable deaths expected in 2015. Funding from Java Jog would be used to reach 2,898 women aged 30-49 in the communities of the Telamo Coffee Cooperative with education and direct provision of screening and treatment services. Funds will cover professional services, medical supplies and procedures, medical equipment, training, and various other costs associated with the screening and treatment program.
Girls Gotta Run Foundation – $5,000: The GGRF Savings Group Project will establish savings groups with women in coffee growing regions, providing them with greater access to financial resources, business training and female mentorship.
As a result, these women will be better able to invest this saved money back into their community through micro-loans and grants to small businesses. The proposed GGRF Savings Group Project will work directly with disenfranchised and at risk women in coffee growing regions in Ethiopia, building upon their successful GGRF Athletic Scholarship Program, increasing community impact. The JavaJog grant funds will support 55 women, providing financial security for their 275+ family members. The funds will directly impact roughly 350 community members.
The JavaJog Organizing Committee is looking forward to getting the funds on the ground so that our efforts can make a difference in so many women’s lives. Thanks to the many JavaJoggers and their supporters who have made this possible.
Plans are underway for the 4th Annual Race to take place in Atlanta in April 2016. To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog for a Cause. For more information about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org