Meet our new Spark Fund partners!

By Global Fund for Children | September 9, 2022 | Asia | Education, Gender Equity, Youth Empowerment

We are thrilled to welcome 13 new partners to our Spark Fund initiative.

The Spark Fund, a partnership between Global Fund for Children and the Avast Foundation, invests in youth-led and youth-focused groups tackling injustice and inequality, driving transformational change, and building a more inclusive post-pandemic world by harnessing the power of digital technologies.

The Spark Fund launched in the fall of 2021, and the first round of funding was focused on youth-led and youth-focused groups in Europe and Eurasia. Earlier this year, a regional youth panel in South Asia designed and led the grantmaking process in this region, selecting 13 organizations in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan to receive Spark Fund grants. Regional youth panels have also selected grantees in Southern Africa and the Americas.

Children sitting in a circular arrangement

An interactive session with children in Pakistan. © Sindh Green Foundation

Meet the new South Asia Spark Fund partners:

BENGAL TRANSMEN
India | Kolkata

Bengal Transmen is an informal collective that addresses issues pertaining to health, education, and employment. The organization strives to provide an empowering environment to ensure that no trans men are deprived of any societal benefits or privileges.

BETTER EDUCATION LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENT FOUNDATION
India | Pune

Better Education Lifestyle and Environment Foundation (BELIEF) works in underprivileged communities in Pune, India to promote quality education. BELIEF creates replicable models of sustainable development through the capacity development of local stakeholders.

FEMINIST GROUP BANGLADESH
Bangladesh | Dhaka

Feminist Group Bangladesh is a platform of diverse community women who are committed to ensuring gender equity and promoting feminism.

IDENTITY INCLUSION
Bangladesh | Dhaka

Identity Inclusion works to counter mental health stigmas, foster inclusion, and promote community-based services for people with psychosocial disabilities. Identity Inclusion envisions an inclusive society that realizes the full potential of excluded individuals through the transformation of social and public institutions and by providing psychosocial mental health support.

A group at a workshop

A dialogue session with feminists in Pakistan. © Rural Development Foundation
KARAKORUM INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
Pakistan | Gilgit

Karakorum Integrated Rural Development Organization (KIRDO) is a youth-led organization working in remote areas of Pakistan. KIRDO provides basic health facilities to rural communities, improves the quality of education in remote villages, and empowers youth through various initiatives.

KHUDKAAR
Pakistan | Layyah

KhudKaar is a social enterprise that is nurturing the community-building spirit in its local community through cultural activities, capacity development programs, emergency food relief, and fundraising for girls’ education in Layyah, Pakistan. KhudKaar also operates KhudKaar House, a community center where young people come to learn digital skills to find employment.

Young people participating in a KhudKaar program in Pakistan.

Young people involved with KhudKaar in Pakistan. © KhudKaar
LIGHT UP – EMOTIONS MATTER FOUNDATION
India | New Delhi

Light Up (Emotions Matter Foundation) is a New Delhi-based organization dedicated to building emotionally resilient underserved communities through social-emotional learning interventions. Light Up is committed to providing beneficiaries with the tools necessary to form a cohesive, nonviolent, and caring community.

MIND MENDERS
Bangladesh | Dhaka

Mind Menders works to create a vast youth-led professional community that aims to eradicate mental health taboos and create a better Bangladesh. The organization spreads mental health awareness throughout the country and ensures access to mental health services.

ONGONA FEMINIST GROUP
Bangladesh | Chilahati

Ongona Feminist Group is a grassroots youth-led organization that is working to protect the rights of women, especially in the field of sexual and reproductive health.

Six women at a planning meeting

A monthly activity planning meeting in Bangladesh. © Ongona Feminist Group
RAG DREAMS’ WEAVERS ASSOCIATION
India | Aligarh

Rag Dreams’ Weavers Association (RDWA) is a youth-based organization working on behalf of street-connected children in northern India to address their educational challenges. RDWA works to build an empathetic society – as opposed to a sympathetic one – for street-connected children by fostering passionate youth mentors.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Pakistan | Jamshoro

Rural Development Foundation (RDF) is a youth-led and women-led grassroots organization located in the Jamshoro district of Sindh province in Pakistan. RDF works to establish a sustainable, people-centered approach to improve the quality of life of women, children, and transgender people and to respond to the immediate needs of marginalized individuals.

SINDH GREEN FOUNDATION
Pakistan | Shahdadpur

Sindh Green Foundation (SGF) is a community-based, participatory, and youth-focused organization. Since 2010, SGF has operated in Sindh province in Pakistan providing youth and local Indigenous communities with education opportunities, capacity development, and basic health care, as well as promoting environmental conservation.

People in as workshop

Participants at a Listeners Collective workshop in India. © The Listeners Collective
THE LISTENERS COLLECTIVE
India | Mumbai and Bangalore

The Listeners Collective is a mental health organization on a mission to foreground and embed an intersectional approach in mental health work. The organization’s team is a group of multidisciplinary mental health and social justice professionals supporting healing journeys; designing healing spaces and communities; and advancing mental health discourse and research.

Header Photo: Children reading at a community library in India. © Better Education Lifestyle and Environment Foundation

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