On-Going Programs

On-Going Programs


Poetry In The Classroom With Maryland Poet Laureate, Grace Cavalieri: “Coming Home to Yourself”

There are many books of poems available now for the classroom, yet we can do more. Helping children and young adults to write poems is a wonderful way to encourage imagination, and language skills. How does one approach the subject? Most teachers, themselves, have not enjoyed an experience of writing poems; and several have expressed an interest in trying, for personal pleasure and classroom use…Read More


Dr. Rishabh Khatri first connected with the Fund for the Future of Our Children (FFC) as a 2009-2010 Essay Contest Participant when he was a high school student in Maryland. Fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, he was active in promoting cultural and ethnic diversity from a young age. In 2010, with support from FFC, he assisted rebuilding efforts in Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation…Read More

Osiligi Foundation in Kenya

Kikanae Punyua received a 2010-2011 Youth Leadership Grant from the Fund for the Future of Our Children (FFC). This began a deep collaboration between Kikanae and FFC which has led to numerous projects and continues to make a difference today. Kikanae was born and raised as a Christian member of the Maasai clan in rural Kenya. He came to America as an exchange student and then received support to attend the Glenelg Country School in Maryland. After graduating, he received a full scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he earned a degree in economics…Read More

Wells of Hope in Guinea

Each morning at 4:00 AM nine-year old Fatou used to start her day by walking from her village of Nienouyah in Guinea, West Africa to a distant water source to fill her container and bring it back to her family. Due to the distance she had to travel, she was often late to her school. Sometimes her teacher punished her for her lateness and on other occasions she would be denied entrance to her school, especially after classes started…Read More

The Salih Self-Development Center in Ghana

The Fund for the Future of Our Children (FFC) is helping to foster long-term opportunity in Aboabo–a small area within Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city. The city is widely known for its rich, vibrant culture. Aboabo is an engaged, supportive community that is committed to nurturing its young people. However, its economy has been challenged by the shutdown of a key employer and a lack of access to capital and raw materials. Its people are dealing with low-quality housing stock, health and sanitation hazards, and disparities in education. The Salih Self-Development Center is working to address these issues and help uplift the area. The FFC became a partner in this work through its relationship with Ibrahim Salih. He grew up in Aboabo before receiving a scholarship at age 16 to attend high school in the United States. He received a 2011-2012 Youth Leadership Grant from FFC. He later attended Hood College in Maryland…Read More

Fund for the Future of Our Children Provides Funds for Essential Eye Surgeries for Economically Disadvantaged Children in Yemen.

The Republic of Yemen has been devastated by years of war. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world.” Economic conditions are dire and access to necessities is extremely limited. The Fund for the Future of Our Children (FFC) has been working to support the people of Yemen since 2017. In that year, FFC and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) collaborated to celebrate the culture of seven countries, including Yemen…Read More

FFC has partnered with Peace of Mind to bring The Peace of Mind Curriculum to Title I Schools

The Peace of Mind program integrates the best practices in teaching Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution into one curriculum series for elementary school students….Read More

Speaking Truth Documentary Film and Curriculum

MelissaMergnerFilmSpeaking Truth is a documentary film and high school curriculum that help teach the necessary skills for young people to be change-makers for peace.

A 2012 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that a third of all adults under 30 have no religious affiliation. As young people are bombarded by 24/7 media and the siren song of materialism, and as social disengagement is on the rise, what is filling this gap? What is providing the moral compass and courage that the world needs in its future leaders?

Many young people are still searching, with open hearts and minds, for grounding and inspiration. They want to make a positive difference in their world, and they are capable of viewing the world in a new and different way from generations past. Using examples from the past and present, Speaking Truth seeks to help young people fill that gap, find grounding and courage that crosses traditional boundaries, and step into their roles as future leaders for peace…Read More


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