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Grants Awarded | Mano River Union

Today’s Women International Network (TWIN)
N'Zérékoré, Guinea

TWIN was founded in 2000 with the mission to preserve the freedom and dignity of women and young girls in the post-conflict environment of the Mano River Union. It works with displaced and refugee women by providing access to education, health care, legal assistance and vocational training to increase the opportunities available to vulnerable women so that they can become self-sufficient. TWIN works primarily with sex workers, teenage mothers and abandoned women among the communities of refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as with local Guinean communities.

2014$10,0001 year
This grant supports TWIN to contribute to the eradication of Ebola in the most-affected areas along Guinea’s borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia. In particular, TWIN provides community-based education and training along with Ebola-hygiene assistance kits.
2009$80,0002 years
This grant enables TWIN to strengthen its institutional capacity in order to reinforce women’s empowerment through business training programs. With this grant, TWIN provides training and materials to over 300 vulnerable girls and women recruited from the commercial sex trade in Kissidougou and Nzérékoré. At the completion of the training course, TWIN supplies women graduates with business kits, conducts follow-up workshops, and provides ongoing support to groups of women graduates. The grant also enables professional training for key TWIN staff and the development of plans for sustainability as an organization.
2008$8,7556 months
This grant enables a staff member of TWIN to be part of a rural women’s delegation attending the 2008 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, in Cape Town, South Africa, with the purpose of sharing knowledge, building connections, and informing strategies.
2006$60,0002 years
This two-year grant supports TWIN’s institutional capacity building. It enables TWIN to consolidate its operations and programs, as many international donors and agencies supporting humanitarian relief are withdrawing from Guinea. It also supports the development of TWIN’s fundraising skills to secure its resource base.

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