Shanta Foundation

Partnering for a path out of poverty

aka Shanta Foundation   |   Durango, CO   |  http://www.shantafoundation.org

Mission

We partner with underserved rural villages in Myanmar to develop healthy communities. Through a collaborative process we empower local leadership to make effective, sustainable change focusing on education, quality health care and economic opportunities.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Laurie Meininger

Main address

PO Box 1603

Durango, CO 81302 USA

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EIN

20-4246752

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT

Equal participation and leadership by women are essential for healthy communities and the achievement of sustainable development.

Home Gardening: Sustainable agriculture; entrepreneurial education; regular income; financial independence.
Investment Group: Small business practice; problem-solving skill development; hands-on management administration; improved self-confidence.
Health: Village Nurse Midwife; maternal health; infant and child wellness; health education.

Population(s) Served

We partner with villages to improve learning environments, enhance the quality of education, and increase access to schools.

Preschools: dynamic early learning environments for 3-5-year-olds.
New Primary & Middle Schools: instead of dark and cold bamboo schools, the villagers build ones from concrete block that offer plenty of light and space.
English Summer School: middle school students improve their English-language skills by attending village-based classes.
Libraries: encouraging a love of reading by providing Burmese, English, and Tribal books and introducing reading time at primary school.

Population(s) Served

Shanta offers a range of training to local health care providers, enhancing local capacity to provide quality care.

Auxiliary Village Nurse-Midwife Program (VNM): Chosen by her village and trained by Shanta affiliates, the VNM provides prenatal and childbirth services, infant care, contraception, hospital referrals, and general medicine.
Village Health Educators (VHE): A group of five women in each village is trained to provide educational workshops for young mothers that cover family planning, nutrition, safe delivery options, infant care and more.
Dental Care: Shanta arranges for local dentists to offer free dental care and oral hygiene to all villagers, often the first and only dental care that village children receive.

Population(s) Served

We create income-generating opportunities that improve quality of life and generate funds for ongoing village development activities.

Community Loan Fund (CLF): Shanta provides a matching grant of up to $1,500 to establish the CLF. Managed by a trained village committee, the CLF lends money to villagers at an affordable interest rate. Interest stays in the village, growing the fund for future development projects.
Pig Farms: Each year, ten families are given an adult sow to breed or fatten, and are trained to operate it as a business. The poorest families are given additional support and can easily triple their annual family income.
Coffee Farms: Shanta provides training and supplies for all interested families. Participants use cooperative marketing to access Myanmar-based wholesalers.

Population(s) Served

Shanta trains local village leadership to inspire confidence, encourage trust-building, and ensure program sustainability.

Shanta trains an elected and representative group of women and men to work closely with Shanta staff and manage village development.
Shanta staff conduct monthly development meetings to: provide mentoring and training in participatory leadership, determine ongoing needs and priorities, plan, implement and evaluate programs, create solutions for problems and challenges.
Shanta conducts multi-day trainings in participatory leadership, development concepts and principles, project management, conflict resolution & management skills.

Population(s) Served

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Shanta Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anna Pool

Executive Savvy

Dave Peters

Kathy Sinton

Arlen Weiner

Zachary Ray

Desert Sun Coffee Roaster

Mark Mastalski

Fort Lewis College

Steve Ruddell

CarbonVerde, LLC

Anna Pool

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