Robert Burns Humanitarian Award Names Anna Ferrer as Finalist

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award Names Anna Ferrer as Finalist

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Anna Ferrer, cofounder of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation Rural Development Trust is one of the three finalists for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. This globally respected honor is awarded to a group or individual who have shown commitment to saving, enriching or improving the lives of others. Mrs. Ferrer was nominated in recognition of her outstanding leadership in rural areas of South India. “I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination. I feel incredibly honored to be recognized among the other amazing humanitarians. The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is incredibly inspiring opportunity in my home country. I could not be more proud to be a part of its legacy and thankful to my team for their unyielding support to empower rural communities in India.” stated Mrs. Ferrer, born in…
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Flamenco Inspired Happy Hour in Dupont Circle

Flamenco Inspired Happy Hour in Dupont Circle

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 3rd, 2018 -- Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA), a nonprofit with a mission to empower rural India, is hosting “Flamenco and Happy Hour” on January 11th, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. Through an exciting partnership with award winning teacher and performer, La Magdalena, participants will be exposed to the interconnectedness of the world through art. Hosted by WeWork, AIF Young Professionals, VFF USA and La Magdalena join us from 5:30-7:30  for networking, a live performance, and a special flamenco class.  The arts community around the world plays a crucial role in enriching lives. La Magdalena believes in the power of dance to and the importance of giving back, “We see and hear connections between some Flamenco forms and specific songs from northern…
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VFF USA FILM “The Empowered” WINS 2017 GOLD MARCOM AWARD

VFF USA FILM “The Empowered” WINS 2017 GOLD MARCOM AWARD

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2018) -- Marcom Awards announced winners in the 2017 international creative competition for marketing and communication professionals. Among the 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 17 other countries Corporate Giving Connection (CGC) and VFF USA were announces Gold MarCom winners for the “The Empowered”.  The virtual reality film featured the success of rural women entrepreneurs in India. Told using the power of virtual reality, The Empowered VR is the story of three women and how VFF has helped to transform their lives. In rural areas of India, a majority of women are illiterate. Girls are now sent to school but are often deprived of secondary education. Women are victims of gender based discrimination throughout their lives, even before they are born. The…
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‘Recipe For Empowerment’ on October 6th in Washington D.C. Empowers Communities in Rural India.

‘Recipe For Empowerment’ on October 6th in Washington D.C. Empowers Communities in Rural India.

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CELEBRITY CHEFS, PHILANTHROPISTS, & DIGNITARIES CAME TOGETHER FRIDAY EVENING TO SUPPORT THE SECOND ANNUAL VICENTE FERRER FOUNDATION USA GALA Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2017) - The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA celebrated a year of incredible achievements to empower rural communities in India with an event ‘Recipe for Empowerment’ presented by ‘la Caixa Banking Foundation’, V-Care Charitable Trust, Grapes of Spain, Biscayne Brewing Company, and Williams & Humbert with more than 300 event attendees committed to lifting up rural communities.   Celebrities, philanthropists, social changemakers and dignitaries celebrated VFF USA with food, entertainment, auction items and a keynote address from Merin Rajadurai, Chairman, Secretary of State Open Forum at U.S. State Department featuring the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The theme of GES is “Women First, Prosperity for All”. Mr. Rajadurai shared the…
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VFF USA raises more than $150,000 during its second annual ‘Recipe for Empowerment’ gala

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VFF USA raises more than $150,000 during its second annual ‘Recipe for Empowerment’ gala Washington, Oct 6 (American Bazaar) -The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) raised $100,000 in donations on Friday during its gala at the Wonder Bread Factory, Washington DC. In addition to donations, the 300 attendees raised $54,230 in auctions to support the non-profit’s initiatives in developing rural areas in India. “The support at the event will help VFF USA invest in rural development alongside a new group of 17 angel investors that attended the event and pledged to sponsor a child with VFF USA,” the organization said in its press statement. The keynote address was given by Merin Rajadurai, chairman, Secretary of State Open Forum at US State Department featuring the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). This…
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TOP CHEFS DISH UP TO EMPOWER RURAL INDIA

TOP CHEFS DISH UP TO EMPOWER RURAL INDIA

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TOP CHEFS DISH UP TO EMPOWER RURAL INDIA VFF USA’S “RECIPE FOR EMPOWERMENT” ON 10/6 WILL SHOW THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF THE WORD THROUGH FOOD. Washington, D.C. (SEPTEMBER, 18, 2017) - World-renowned chefs and tastemakers of the Spanish, Indian and American community’s will come together for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA) “Recipe for Empowerment" on October 6th, 2017.  With a focus on food, the event will feature dishes conceived and presented by top Indian, Spanish and American chefs from the D.C. metro area, to symbolize the intertwined global mission of VFF. The event emcee, Amita Shukla will highlight unique entrepreneurship opportunities that add scale and impact to development efforts, and the keynote speaker Merin Rajadurai, Chairman, Secretary of State Open Forum at U.S. State Department…
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Tragic Traffic Accident in India

Tragic Traffic Accident in India

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Updated August 7th, 2017 | Washington, DC The Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF) hosts thousands of visitors each year from around the world at our India headquarters in Anantapur. From August, 1st to 6th a group of thirteen donors and friends arrived from Spain to witness the impact of VFF’s work in India. The group leader, Vicente Perez was a frequent traveller to India and VFF’s programs. Throughout the last 4 summers he had organized a group of friends to participate in an alternative vacation to support VFF’s work. Among the group were everyday heroes each of them a sponsor to group of women entrepreneurs or sponsoring a child. After having an opportunity to meet the communities that they generously supported, the group was en route to enjoy some of South…
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VFF USA Receives Grant for Small Business Development in India at the WeWork Creator Awards

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(March 28th, 2017) Washington, DC --VFF USA was nominated as a finalist at the WeWork Creator Awards and was announced as the winner of a $36,000 grant to support people with disabilities in rural India start-up their businesses. The Creator Awards represent the spirit of VFF and our mission to elevate communities by supporting innovation and creativity for new small business. VFF USA Executive Director, Angelina Klouthis says, “Since our launch in the US market WeWork has collaborated with us to give support to our mission.” During the event, attendees had the opportunity to hear stories of small businesses who are making an impact in their communities.   [video width="420" height="340" mp4="http://www.vffusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/handicraft-iphone.mp4"][/video] VFF USA plans to invest the award in income generating opportunities for 37 people with disabilities in the…
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Vicente Ferrer Foundation Launches First Office in the United States With Good Scents From the Kitchen

Vicente Ferrer Foundation Launches First Office in the United States With Good Scents From the Kitchen

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By Agencia EFE WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016) - The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA has made its presence known in America, supported by renowned chefs from Spain, India and the United States under the slogan,  “Recipe for Empowerment,” after fighting poverty in India for almost 50 years. Vicente Ferrer Foundation has helped more than three million people to get out of the poverty in southern India and has now opened a new office in the United States to increase its impact even more around the world. It has been a long and hard journey coming to the U.S., considering the first international donation was made by the U.S. government in 1969. "The first project started by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur (India) was funded by the United States. It…
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Women on the Rise

Women on the Rise

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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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