Our partners share their stories
The videos on this page showcase the variety of projects and approaches undertaken by our grantee partners. While this selection highlights only a small number of our partners and does not represent the full scope of our interest areas, it does illustrate the depth of the commitment and the high level of creativity demonstrated by all of our partners.
PATH and Cascade Designs, Inc.
The Laird Norton Family Foundation first worked with PATH and Cascade Designs, Inc. on addressing community water needs in Kenya in 2008 through support of the first prototype electrochlorination technology – the Smart Electrochlorinator 20 (SE20). In 2012 PATH and a graduate student intern (Jenna Forsyth) were able to pilot the use of the next generation technology – the SE200 – in three schools in Kenya through support from the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge and programmatic funding from USAID’s AIDS Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus (APHIAplus) Western Kenya project. The pilot included training on the technology and interactive WASH educational materials. Having demonstrated the pilot to be successful, PATH is expanding beyond three schools in 2013 with additional support from the Laird Norton Family Foundation and APHIAplus Western Kenya programmatic funds. Please view Reed Elsevier’s video for additional insight into the work being conducted by PATH in Kenya through funding from various donors, including the Laird Norton Family Foundation.
Arts Corps, based in Seattle, provides arts instruction to young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in creative pursuits. LNFF funds Arts Corps' Creative Schools pilot program, which strives to "enhanc[e] student learning and school culture through the arts. Each site is working with a dedicated teaching artist who is collaborating with teachers to create engaging projects that are rooted in student inquiry and build creative and critical thinking skills." This video illustrates the joy and self-confidence children can gain through participation in the arts.
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council "seeks to protect and restore the upper Deschutes River watershed through collaborative projects in watershed stewardship, habitat restoration and community awareness." LNFF is engaged in a long-term partnership with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council in support of its work in restoration, monitoring, and education. The first video in a four-part series about the organization's restoration and educational efforts can be seen here. To watch the other three videos, please go to: http://www.restorethedeschutes.org/Publications/Videos/default.aspx
_Splash works in Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam "to change the lives of vulnerable children in impoverished urban areas by providing clean, safe drinking water to orphanages, schools, children’s hospitals, street shelters, and rescue homes...Splash also promotes hygiene and sanitation and conducts rigorous monitoring and evaluation." In their efforts, Splash seeks out existing institutions and partners with them to build capacity. Over the past years, Laird Norton Family Foundation has supported Splash in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Nepal. This video showcases Splash's successful work with a school in Nepal.
Water 1st International
Water 1st International works in Honduras, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and India. The Laird Norton Family Foundation is currently providing funding for their work in Bangladesh. Water 1st's mission is "to enable the world’s poorest people to implement and sustain community-managed projects integrating clean water, sanitation and hygiene education." This video provides a moving overview of the difference clean water can make to individuals, families, and communities.
LNFF provides general operating support to ArtsEd Washington, an advocacy and training organization that "works to ensure that all students in Washington State have access to a complete education that includes the arts. We believe that the only equitable way to reach every child is to teach the arts at school, during school hours. Through training, advocacy, and research, we are advancing systemic change within schools around arts education." ArtsEd also provides tools to teachers wishing to provide high-quality arts education in their classrooms. This video is an example of the educational resources offered by ArtsEd.
WaterAid works in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America helping poor communities improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene education using local skills and practical, sustainable technologies. They also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation's vital role in reducing poverty is recognized. While this video provides an overview of WaterAid's work, LNFF specifically supports their efforts to bring WASH services to rural Nicaragua.
SOTA & SAMI
The School of the Arts (SOTA) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) are Tacoma Public Schools which provide unique and creative educational experiences for high school students. This video offers a look at the sense of community and passion for learning students find at these two schools. LNFF provides funding to the Adjunct Artist program at SOTA, which "emphasizes human expression through the visual and performing arts as central elements in academic achievement and lifelong endeavors."
El Porvenir, which means "The Future," works in rural Nicaragua, focusing on the provision of clean drinking water, sanitation, health and hygiene education, and on reforestation projects. On a 2012 trip to Nicaragua, members of the Laird Norton Family Foundation's Global Fundamentals FAC were able to see witness El Porvenir's efforts first-hand. In this video, Nicaraguans who have worked in partnership with El Porvenir describe the difference clean water and sanitation will make to their lives.