Open Call for Proposals that Reinvigorate Traditional Crafts
Together with the Prince Claus Fund, the GSRD Foundation has invited (creative) entrepreneurs based in Bangladesh to send in proposals for cultural and artistic initiatives related to reinvigorating traditional crafts in Bangladesh.
The theme The Future is Handmade: Re-Designing Crafts was chosen because of the way crafts are deeply enrooted in the qualitative artistic tradition and cultural heritage of Bangladesh. What makes craft unique and valuable is the way that the human hand is of greater importance than industrial processes.
We encourage (cultural) entrepreneurs and young artists to look ‘outside the box’, and dare to re-design and rediscover crafts. Though this collaboration with the Prince Clause Fund, the GSRD Foundation will support a number of innovative, qualitative and socially relevant cultural initiatives. Read more about the open call.
Rien van Gendt wins EFC Compass Prize
Rien van Gendt, advisor to the GSRD Foundation, has been awarded with the Compass Prize of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) on Saturday June 1st 2013. According to the EFC, this prize is awarded in exceptional circumstances to true pioneers and visionaries who made a valuable contribution to the European foundation sector.
We feel privileged to closely work together with Rien van Gendt in all our activities. Not only was Mr. van Gendt involved in the establishment of our foundation, he also advises on the selection, monitoring and evaluation of every project that the GSRD Foundation supports, and had guided us in the transition of becoming a professional foundation.
You can read more about the EFC Compass Prize here.
Terre des Hommes finishes technical vocational training centre
The construction of the technical vocational training centre in Bangladesh has been completed. An official opening ceremony that took place on February 18th 2012, concluded the first year of the project that was focused on the construction of the centre, the purchase of equipment and tools, the development of teaching modules and the attraction of qualified teachers.
The first 75 students have started a training programme already. There are five courses of vocational training: mechanic, welding, electrical repair of air conditioners and refrigerators and plumbing. English and computer skills are compulsory subjects in all courses. Eventually the project will give education to 180 students, providing them with skills to set up a business. In addition, 10 students a year will be given loans to enable them to start a vocational training programme and a business.
Chetna Organic Farmers Association wins climate prize
The ProClimate Challenge rewards best practices regarding climate adaptation and mitigation in several sectors, and is an initiative of the Dutch development organisations Progreso Network, ProClimate and Hivos. The jury for this worldwide contest (focusing on Africa, Latin America, and India) has selected the Chetna Organic Farmers Association as the winner in the cotton sector. Chetna deals with erratic weather patterns due to climate change by measures such as a comprehensive management of natural resources based on the watershed principle. The jury was particularly impressed by the good value chain involvement of the project.
The GSRD Foundation supports Chetna since 2009.
New projects supported by the GSRD Foundation
The GSRD Foundation is happy to introduce two new projects that we have committed to support:
- Grantmaking programmes in China
The GSRD Foundation supports the grantmaking programmes of the Global Greengrants Fund that take place throughout China. These programmes are set up to support grassroots organisations working to build social enterprise and provide vocational training on environmental sustainability. Visit the project description for more information.
- GSRD Foundation continues support to female entrepreneurship project
Over the last three years, the GSRD Foundation has supported a project of the Indian organisation LAMP focused on creating a sustainable livelihood for female entrepreneurs in India. Due to the success of the project, the GSRD Foundation continues to financially support the project for another three years. Visit the project description for more information.
Mama Alice wins international charity prize
Frederique Kallen, the founder of Mama Alice, has won a prestigious international charity prize and will receive £100,000 to further the work of Mama Alice in providing education, welfare and training programmes for street children in Peru. Mama Alice will use the prize money for the ‘Chat and Call’ project, set up to help Peruvian street children by phone or e-mail with questions and problems. This way, Mama Alice is able to reach more children in need of help.
The GSRD Foundation works together with Mama Alice on providing vocational training in metalworking for school dropouts and young people who are behind in their education. The goal of the project is to provide these young people with labour market opportunities.
Amsterdam, December 12, 2011, Today the GSRD Foundation launched its new foundation’s website.The website will provide the reader with information about the work of the GSRD Foundation, its partners and projects around the world. The website will be updated regularly with news on the projects, new partners & projects and interesting news & publications.