GRANTS AWARDED IN 2021

The J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust is a charitable fund established in the memory of Kirby Simon, a Foreign Service Officer who died in 1995 while serving in Taiwan.  The Trust is
committed to expanding the opportunities for community service, professional fulfillment and personal well-being of Foreign Service Officers and Specialists and their families.  The Trust has been funded with contributions from Kirby Simon’s colleagues, friends and relatives and other persons interested in the purposes of the Trust.  The trustees are present or former members of the Foreign Service – State Department community and Kirby Simon’s parents.


The Trust invited proposals for the support of projects initiated and carried out by Foreign Service personnel or members of their families, or by other U. S. Government employees employed at American diplomatic posts abroad. We received 43 proposals and funded 23. Grants ranged from $866 to $3,923 for a total of $63,726.


The following pages describe the projects supported by the Trust in 2021, drawing on material provided in the applications.


BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro), Purchase new kitchen appliances and fund partial roof and mold damage repairs for the daycare center Lar, Luz, e Amor, $3923


ECUADOR (Quito), Support, refurbish, and purchase supplies and equipment for community garden, $3500


EL SALVADOR (La Libertad), Construct a local soccer field for a low-income community, allowing sustainable engagement of the local youth through games, training, and recreation, $866


GERMANY (Frankfurt), Support community outreach events and activities at three refugee centers in and around the Frankfurt metropolitan area, $2600


GUATEMALA (Guatemala City), Renovate restrooms and improve sanitation at a preschool, $2500


GUATEMALA (Antigua), Purchase a television, beds, and bedding for 16 seniors at the Cabecitas de Algodón, $3500


GUATEMALA (Guatemala City), Expanded educational programs for vulnerable young children (ages 2-4), $1,000


HAITI (Port au Prince), Provide clean cookstoves using recycled briquettes to schools, $4,000

HAITI (Port au Prince), Expansion of carpenter vocational training program for at-risk youth, $4,000


INDONESIA (Jakarta), Enhancement of a general educational development program for refugees, $3,000


JAMAICA (Kingstown), Develop trail segments of a historic north-to-south trail. $3,170


MALI (Bamako), Support a literacy and economic development project for unwed mothers and their children, $2,600


MEXICO (Tijuana), provide COVID-19 prevention supplies to benefit Nest Norte, a safe space for children while their parents seek legal orientation for asylum, $2,000


MONTENEGRO (Niksic), Refurbish and upgrade the playground at a domestic violence shelter, $3,650


NAMIBIA (Otjomuise), Replace use and unsafe playground equipment at the Mammadu Trust Center, Andrew, $2,500


NAMIBIA (Tsumkwe), Offer financial support to San women seeking to open businesses, $3,750


SENEGAL (Dakar), Save street animals by supporting neighborhood groups to provide food, medical care, and sterilization, $2,600


SENEGAL (Dakar), Provide dental treatment and basic first aid to vulnerable children, $3,200


SIERRA LEONE (near Freetown), Expand educational program about wildlife conservation, $900


TANZANIA (Kigamboni District), Support a skill development project for adolescent girls and young women, $1,500


TANZANIA (Dar es Salaam), Build a playground for vulnerable children and daycare students, $2,163


TIMOR-LESTE (Dili), Support a local orphanage through renovations and supplies, $3,000


UKRAINE (Kyiv), Organize a donation site storage room and purchase a washer and dryer for clothing, $3,804

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