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We are pleased to present our most recent Frontier Fund Awards. Grantees are announced on a rolling basis.
2019 – Clean Energy for Improved Health in Nepal
The Rogovy Foundation is pleased to partner with Renewable World on their Clean Energy for Improved Health in Nepal project (CEIH). This pilot project aims to improve the health of 4,728 people in four ultra-poor, off-grid communities in Surkhet District, Nepal, using clean energy solutions. Their approach is designed to help reduce the deaths of the many thousands of people, particularly women and children, who die each year from the effects of inefficient, polluting cookstoves. CEIH will tackle this problem by increasing access to energy-enabled healthcare so that care is available at the point of need for isolated, rural communities and rolling out access to clean, improved cookstoves to reduce pollution.
With the help of The Rogovy Foundation, CEIH will be implemented in four sites over the course of 2020. This Frontier Fund grant will kickstart the project and achieve the following impact in one village:
➢ Improved health provision for approximately 1,182 people through access to solar energy-enabled health posts, with improvements in respiratory disease care, vaccination provision and maternity care.
➢ Reduced respiratory disease, pollution and CO2 emissions through access to, and rollout of, more efficient cookstoves initially for approximately 240 individuals (48 families).
Renewable World is a registered charity which tackles poverty using renewable energy. They strive to empower energy-poor communities to develop sustainable livelihoods through the provision of renewable energy systems.
Grant Amount: $16,600
2018 – Ending Solar Poverty
In August 2018, The Rogovy Foundation provided a developmental grant to Beyond the Light‘s solar project in Nicaragua, installing energy kits for homes without electricity, providing lights and USB charging for cell phones, fans and radio. In addition, they are adding solar kits to the local water system, which will add sustainable access to clean drinking water for the village of El Tomate. Plans are also in place to assemble and install sustainable solar energy in El Carmen and La Mora in Nicaragua at the end of the year.
Beyond the Light’s mission is to end energy poverty by providing the resources necessary to bring electricity to homes and training locals to build and repair solar systems for their communities. The dedicated staff at Beyond the Light leave behind a process to provide sustainable energy solutions and job creation.
Grant Amount: $5,000
2018 – The (Un)Scientific Method
In 2017, CIR launched The (Un)Scientific Method, an investigative reporting beat focused on publishing investigative reports exposing conflicts between science and government during a time of significant political upheaval in Washington, D.C. The focus of this work is on uncovering new stories that are relevant to the science and technology ecosystem and the powerful way in which Washington influences scientific progress. In particular, they have sought to examine the politicization of scientific decision making at the federal level, the impact of anti-science appointees to the cabinet and federal agencies, and conflicts of interest that inhibit scientific innovation, research and regulation that would be in the public’s best interest.
Grant Amount: $5,000
2017 – Defending the Fourth Estate
To bolster the commitment to one of our key programs of interest, Civics, our Frontier Fund has chosen to distribute $50,000 among several non-profit organizations which strengthen public knowledge and transparency. The Rogovy Foundation places great value on the “Fourth Estate,” and supports journalism’s essential role in a functioning democracy. Below are the organizations receiving grants.
Grant Amount: $50,000
2016 – Investing in Solar Lights
In 2016 a grant was awarded to SolarAid, whose mission is to provide solar powered lamps to areas without electricity. Read more about how this inexpensive device is providing clean and efficient lighting to rural Africa.
In March 2016, The Rogovy Foundation partnered with the international development charity SolarAid to reach over 38,000 people with life-changing solar lights in the Western and Rift Valley provinces of Kenya.
SolarAid enables access to clean and affordable energy through its social enterprise, SunnyMoney, which seeks to create trust and demand for solar lights in rural Africa through its ‘trade-not-aid’ model.
93% of the rural population in Kenya does not have access to electricity. Most families resort to using the toxic kerosene lamp to light their homes at night. Kerosene only serves to imperil health, impair education, waste household income and emit astonishingly high amounts of carbon.
A small affordable solar light changes everything. Each solar light means a child studies one hour extra each evening. Parents can use the significant savings each year on better food, education or farming inputs. Health improves and life gets better.
Grant Amount: $21,232
SolarAid schools campaign in Kenya – Photo by Patrick Bentley