Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

Recipe for Empowerment: A Festive Evening in DC to Change Lives in India

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  Last fall, 250 friends of VFF USA gathered for Recipe for Empowerment, our annual gala and auction that raises support for our mission to empower rural India. Guests bid on spectacular silent and live auction items as they enjoyed delectable dishes provided by some of DC area’s most accomplished chefs. We were deeply grateful to raise $100,000 to directly impact the lives of 130 female victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. These women participated in a jobs training program that prepares women for work in high-demand vocations, including tailoring, small batch cleaning supply manufacturing, and other areas. As the women complete the program this month, we anticipate that 90% will be able to support themselves and their families within three months. Thanks to your support, 130 women and…
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Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

Save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”.

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The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) is thrilled to announce the save-the date for our annual gala, “Recipe for Empowerment”  as October 6th, 2017. The event brings together top Spanish, Indian and American chefs from the D.C. metro area to show the interconnectedness of the world through food. The VFF USA "Recipe for Empowerment" annual gala helped break the cycle of abuse and foster independence for these 300 women last year. This year our goal is to raise $300,000 which will support the construction of a rainwater collection dam, drip irrigation systems for rural farmers, a community school and center, among numerous other programs throughout Andhra Pradesh India. Join us alongside DC's best chefs: Kristy Ferretti, A Loving Table Gregory Booth, The Kitchen at Blue Creek Dadisi Olutosin,Plated Food Groupe Logan…
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USEC and VFF USA presented  “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

USEC and VFF USA presented “Navigating Cultural Differences in International Projects”

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We have all had that magical moment, when we strike gold on the  perfect solution, but sometimes when presenting our new ideas to others it is easy for the essential elements to get lost in translation. Cultural differences go beyond language. Perhaps you recall stories of the merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump as a solution for rural sub-Saharan Africa, where children are plentiful but clean water is scarce. The investors that created the project seemed to have thought of everything. Reports found pumps abandoned, broken, unmaintained. Of the more than 1,500 pumps that had been installed with the initial burst of grant money, one-quarter already needed repair. It’s not surprising that cultural differences lead a great idea from one location to quick scaling and then failure. This failure,…
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Swimming Manhattan for VFF

Swimming Manhattan for VFF

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New York’s Manhattan Island is 32 miles in circumference. In a fundraising challenge organized by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, professional long-distance swimmer Christian Jongeneel swam two laps around Manhattan and  became the fourth athlete in the world to complete this incredible feat. Jongeneel’s swim of 20 hours and 15 minutes shattered the previous record held of 20 hours and 56 minutes held by American swimmer Skip Storch. Swimming without a neoprene wetsuit, Jongeneel said battling the cold water (around 64 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong currents was a grueling task. "It never crossed my mind to quit,” he said. “I was confident that I would finish the journey. For this challenge, mental strength is more important than physical training.  Any possible doubt was tackled by focusing on how this challenge would…
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Women on the Rise

Women on the Rise

Events, In The News, News, Stories From India
How Three Wives Went From Victims to Leaders According to the National Crime Record Bureau, India recorded 337,922 crimes against women in 2014, a 9% increase from the previous year. Other data from India suggests that one in three women are victims of domestic violence. Victims face both physical and psychological abuse from husbands, in-laws, and other relatives. Abusers often seek opportunities to obtain additional payments to the dowry, a legally prohibited but culturally entrenched Indian tradition. The fight for gender equality is entrenched in the struggle to support victims of violence. Here are three stories of women who fought for justice and found relief with VFF’s help. Sunita lives in Kanekal, a village in the Anantapur district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. "I married in 2007,…
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New home, new life

New home, new life

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Among the 200 homes in YellammaguttaThanda, a town of 1.200 inhabitants, there are 76 blue homes that stand out, new construction, built by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.  The inhabitants of this village located in the Pattikonda area belong to the sugali community, a tribe from North India.  They migrated several generations ago to this arid region from the Kurnool district where only shrubbery, peanut crops and where there is drip irrigation system, you can also find some mango crops. Most of the inhabitants lived in kutcha homes until now, a traditional house built with weak materials, like mud or straw.  Due to the low quality and poor insulation, these homes don't provide enough protection against inclement weather.  Access to decent housing is a factor that has direct impact on people's…
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