New Board Meets in Nashville
United Methodist Women’s board of directors approved more than $400,000 in grants for emerging programs, property improvements and scholarships at its spring meeting at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 9-10.
The board also adopted resolutions reaffirming the organization’s work on gender justice and global migration, ending human trafficking and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the meeting convened after the first annual gathering of United Methodist Women’s new program advisory group Mar. 7-9, also at the Scarritt-Bennett Center.
The 25-member board approved $62,900 in grants to seven programs from its emerging programs, disaster and emergency budget. Programs receiving funding include:
- Agricultural Mission, Phase III of Revitalization of Haitian Agriculture—$15,000. This program supports Haiti’s national strategic plan for food sovereignty by continuing to provide seed, equipment, silo storage and training to Haitian farmers and microcredit to women for agricultural marketing.
- Global Health Mission, Left-Behind Children project, China—$12,000. This project serves children left with elderly caregivers in rural Funing County in Jiangsu Province while their parents work in big cities.
- Opportunity International, Empowering Women and Children in Ghana through Microfinance—$10,000. The program provides entrepreneurial training and small loans to women in Ghana, where 53 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
- World Student Christian Federation—$9,900. The grant will enable the organization to send a youth delegation to the United Nations 57th Committee on the Status of Women Convention meeting.
- Association of Women Awareness and Rural Empowerment (AWARE) in Pakistan, Stop the Violence—$2,500. AWARE addresses violence against women in Pakistan through education seminars for women and men in local communities near Faisalabad, Pakistan.
- Haiti Hope House, children education and young-adult vocational training—$7,500. The grant goes toward annual school fees for 50 secondary students.
- United Methodist Women delegation to U.N. Commission on the Status of Women—$6,000. The grant will cover the costs of hosting three international delegates to U.N. Committee on the Status of Women meeting.
In property actions, the board appropriated $151,975.23 for repairs and improvements at United Methodist Women-related national mission institutions. Approved grants included:
- Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nasvhille, Tenn.—$36,700 to replace the heating system and piping in the Susie Grey building.
- Alma Mathews House, New York, N.Y.—$80,000 to install new toilets throughout the facility.
- Ruth M Smith Center, Sheffield, Pa.—$5,874 to repair washing machine and replace property damaged by flooding.
- North Rampart Community Center, New Orleans, La.—$29,000 to repair roofing, electrical wiring, basement plumbing and sprinkler system. The grant will also cover inspection costs.
- Navajo United Methodist Center, Farmington, N.M.—$401.23 to repair a natural gas line leak.
The board approved more than $200,000 in scholarships for higher education, including $40,000 to 15 U.S. students studying theology and spiritual formation. Another $171,843 in scholarships went to international students enrolled in theology and undergraduate academic degree programs in Cameroon, two students; Democratic Republic of the Congo, one; Haiti, three; Honduras, one; Italy, one; Kenya, one; Liberia, five; Myanmar, two; Mozambique, one; Nepal, one; Pakistan, one; Philippines, four; Sierra Leone, one; Uganda, two; and Zimbabwe, three.
In other news, the directors reviewed plans for a handbook on United Methodist social policies impacting United Methodist Women mission.
Yvette Moore is editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.