Three-Year Program Will Improve Food Security, Health and Education in Rural Ethiopia

Glimmer will implement a new, integrated program in rural Ethiopia with a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, a leading foundation with a focus on Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

With the support of Helmsley, Glimmer will reach more than 86,000 people in the Amhara region over three years. Glimmer’s integrated approach creates long-term change in rural Ethiopia by investing in solutions that improve health and education outcomes and grow food security and income. Working across sectors, Glimmer brings together projects, such as agricultural trainings and loans, skills trainings for teachers and quality health care, for the most vulnerable people.

The grant from Helmsley will build on Glimmer’s work to date in the Amhara region. “Glimmer’s new partnership with Helmsley creates the opportunity to amplify our work in Ethiopia, reaching more children and families with critical resources that address the roots of poverty,” said Donna Berber, Glimmer founder and CEO. “Together, we will create a network of resilience that will grow and sustain for generations.”

Since 2000, Glimmer has invested over $85 million, completed 10,000 projects and distributed 45,000 microfinance loans – impacting 5 million lives in rural Ethiopia.

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $2 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley's Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Program invests in evidence-based interventions that provide at-risk children with greater access to education, improved food and nutrition, and clean water and sanitation. For more information, visit