A student hangs up her school bag at Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment, an alumni Sustainability Award winner in Thailand that empowers refugee women and their children.

Global Fund for Children strives to create lasting change for children and youth worldwide. The annual Maya Ajmera Sustainability Award – named in honor of our founder – is a testament to this goal, recognizing our partners’ accomplishments while providing an investment in their long-term stability.

Nearly 150 organizations have received the award since its establishment in 2005. Our programs team determines a pool of nominees each year; winners are then chosen through a participatory selection process involving alumni winners and GFC’s Youth Leadership Council.

Some Sustainability Award winners have achieved exceptional success in organizational development; many have attained regional and national influence and recognition in the field of children’s rights; others have demonstrated a deep commitment to learning and leadership throughout their GFC partnership.

With guidance and support from GFC, each winner determines how to apply the award funds toward its sustainability – whether that means establishing a reserve fund, investing in human resources, or purchasing new equipment or office space.

In a 2018 impact assessment of the award, which surveyed alumni winners, 98% of respondents found the award very or extremely helpful to their development.

See more on the award’s impact.
Learn about the selection process. 

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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