MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2009 — This year 12-year-old Abigail Osei is going to school. Until recently, Abigail had been out of school because her parents, who are cocoa farmers in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, couldn't afford books or a uniform, and didn't want her to go. But Abigail's father had a change of heart after attending meetings, organized by Cargill and CARE (a leading international organization that fights global poverty) where he learned about the benefits of education. Since then, Abigail has attended school regularly and even participated in a trip to meet role models.
July 2, 2009 — Based Rockefeller Foundation has announced a five-year, $100 million initiative to expand health coverage in Africa and Asia and provide new health and financial protections for all.
April 8, 2009 — Edward Hirsch, the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, announced today that in its eighty-fifth annual competition for the United States and Canada the Foundation has awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it has committed $30 million over six years through its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) to provide at least two million Africans with clean water and sanitation.