The Sesame Workshop & International Rescue Committee were awarded $100 million by the MacArthur Foundation as the winner of the 100&Change competition. A total of 1,904 proposals were submitted to the global competition, which was created to search for “bold solutions to critical problems of our time.”
The work of the Sesame Workshop and IRC focuses on early childhood education of Syrian refugees and help to improve their learning outcomes and development. The award money will be used directly to enhance the conditions of refugee children and implement strategies to address traumatic experiences.
Furthermore, the three remaining finalists each received $15 million from the foundation as they “Collectively, […] identify the opportunity for action to improve long-term prospects for the world’s children,” said MacArthur’s Managing Director Cecilia Conrad. These three additional finalists were:
Catholic Relief Services – changing how society cares for children in orphanages;HarvestPlus – eliminating hidden hunger in Africa by fortifying staple crops; andRice 360° Institute for Global Health (Rice University) – improving newborn survival in Africa.
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