Last year the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) awarded AUD150 000 for the purchase of specialist equipment, a water pump and over 1500 cataract and other surgical procedures in India and Myanmar.
The funding has enabled the local hospital to improve a number of critically important services. For the small cost of $2, the new lab can perform blood tests to assess the status of diabetes, the kidneys, the liver, and exclude anaemias and other disorders. It is important to manage these other issues alongside eye treatment.
Sarah McLaughlinRestoring Sight in India and Myanmar
The Glenn Family Foundation is providing solar-powered solutions for people without access to electricity. We have selected the tried and tested D-Light which is the largest distributed solar lighting brand in off-grid communities. These solar solutions are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy.
There is an off-grid solar energy revolution happening in small communities all over the world and we want to accelerate this viable alternative to traditional electricity systems by donating systems to those in the most rural areas, with a pilot project currently underway in Aklan, Philippines. Our plans are to begin larger roll outs in Philippines and India, followed by Nepal.
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the prevention of disease. Today, there are around 2.4 billion people globally who do not have access to adequate sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to safe water sources.
The Glenn Family Foundation is partnering with the Child Development in Society in Nepal to support their Self Empowerment and Employment Programme (SEEP), which teaches literacy and business skills to illiterate rural women so that they can start their own businesses to supplement the income of their families so they do not have to work in poor conditions and have their children engaged in child labour.
Child labour is rampant in certain areas of India. A door-to-door survey conducted by the Bal Suraksha Abhiyan (BSA) Trust in the town of Kalimpong and neighbouring villages identified 261 child labourers who were employed in hotels, garages, teashops, bakeries and households.
The Glenn Family Foundation runs a volunteer programme, GFF HELPS, which runs community projects in India, Nepal, Philippines, China an Vietnam. Projects focus on education, health, skill building and personal development. Volunteers, or “GFF Representatives” live in rural communities for six months so that they are able to make a meaningful impact.