Grants Awarded in 2022

J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust

GRANTS AWARDED IN 2022

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 mother.

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 38 proposals and funded 20. Grants ranged from $500 to $5,305 for a total of $51,502. Short descriptions are provided below.

ALGERIA (Algiers), Create a community garden in an unused plot of land, $3,909

ANGOLA (Cacuaco), Provide school supplies to 170 children, $1,535

BENIN (Cotonou), Sports equipment to support local baseball teams, $1,650

BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro), Create a dance studio and community garden at a children’s center, $2,443

ECUADOR (Quito), Physical therapy equipment a to community center, $1,680

EL SALVADOR (San Salvador), Beach clean-up supplies $500

GERMANY (Frankfurt), Activities at refugee center, $3,250

GUATEMALA (Baja Verapuz region), Build a water well in the village of El Zaral, $4100 

LITHUANIA (Vilnius), Provide psychological and emotional support to refugees though art therapy programs, $3180 

MALI (Bamako), Provide literacy and sewing classes for single mothers at Pensons à Demain, $1030 

MEXICO (Mazatlán), Provide stoves and a washer/dryer for Rancho de los niños orphanage, $1965

MEXICO (Tijuana), Provide school and art supplies for Casa Hogar de Immaculata orphanage, $2000 

MONGOLIA (Ulaanbaatar), Expand capacity and improve facility at Huurhun Zulzaga animal sanctuary and shelter, $4000 

MOROCCO (Casablanca), Upgrade orphanage kitchen, $3,500

SERBIA (Belgrade), Provide school supply kits for orphans, $1500

SIERRA LEONE (Freetown). Promote conservation education, $2000 

SOUTH SUDAN (Juba), Provide solar powered water tank for orphanage, $5,305

UGANDA (Kampala), Provide supplies for Embassy volunteers who are upgrading facilities at a  child cancer center and a refugee center, $2,000

ZAMBIA (Lusaka), Provide solar pump benefiting orphaned elephants at national park, $4,000 

ZIMBABWE (Harare), Provide a desktop computer, printer and accounting software to build organizational and financial management capacity at the Charltan School Trust, $1,455

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