Case Studies

Using Satellite Data to Transform our understanding of Africa

Africa is home to tremendous resources that hold the promise of supporting thriving communities and economies, including sustainably feeding a billion or more people. At the same time, its rising population and increasing climate variability pose dual challenges for achieving its full potential... Read More

Shining Hope for Communities in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, is one of many places where rapid urbanization has been accompanied by fast-growing informal settlements. Poverty is rife and opportunities for a better life can be sparse. In Kibera, Helmsley grantee Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is working to change this harsh reality... Read More

Averting Flood Threats and Building Resilience in Ethiopia

Until recently, annual flooding in Ethiopia’s rural districts of Libo Kemkem and Amhara disrupted more than 45,000 lives each year – hindering people from success, stability, and well-being. Between July and November’s rainy season, the Rib River overflowed into local communities. The impact was... Read More

How Catholic Relief Services is Improving Maternal Health in Ghana

In the Northern region of Ghana, infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the country. Yet home deliveries without skilled care remain the norm, in part because many families cannot access a vehicle to get to the hospital, which is sometimes hours away, and ambulances can't... Read More

SOS Children’s Villages Boosts Education for Ethiopian Youth

In Ethiopia, many children and their families experience poverty, forcing them to forgo school. In 2014, grantee SOS Children’s Villages launched EduCare, a program to reduce public school dropout rates in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The program ensures students’ health and well-being not just through... Read More

A Holistic Approach to Empowering Students in Rural Zambia

In rural Zambia, where many young people face socioeconomic challenges, the Presentation Sisters aim to help community members break the cycle of poverty. With Helmsley support, they're increasing educational opportunities for students and adult learners in Kaloma and Kaoma. The Presentations... Read More

Removing Barriers to Education in Zambia

In rural Zambia, 10 percent of the population are orphans, many of whom also lack adequate healthcare and psychosocial support. This results in countless children forgoing school and missing out on the opportunities that education provides. Our partnership with Villages of Hope is providing more... Read More

Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases

Julião Samutaka has worked for more than 20 years in Caála, a small town in Huambo province, Angola, where he teaches at the Bumba Flor primary school. In the community where he works and lives, many neglected tropical diseases like intestinal worms are endemic. Prior to a partnership between the... Read More

Bringing Clean Water to Children in Zambia

Waterborne diseases cause millions of deaths each year, and in Zambia, five million people lack access to clean drinking water, a serious health risk for many children. To combat these problems, Helmsley’s Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Program is supporting WaterAid ’s efforts to bring... Read More