Our Grantees

In 2017-2018, The Mother House Fund will direct grant funding to support organizations providing legal advocacy and support for mothers and their children who are being targeted by inhumane immigration and deportation policies. After researching and meeting with a variety of organizations serving immigrant communities in the PNW, we have decided to make a significant grant to support Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and their "Keeping Families Together" program. 

Our recent $35,000 grant will support the team at NWIRP delivering on the requirements of the Murdock Trust "Keeping Families Together" challenge grant. This challenge grant required NWIRP raise $35,000 in 2017 to receive a Murdock Trust matching grant, and The Mother House Fund was honored to donate the full amount so NWIRP could meet their goal. We consider this a seed grant and look forward to collaborating with others in the community to help NWIRP meet their next challenge requirement of raising $79,000 in 2018.

Immigrant mothers facing deportation in immigration court, and particularly those held in immigration detention, are in critical need of legal representation to help them be released from detention and gain safety and reunification with their children. A grant from The Mother House Fund will help NWIRP to meet that need.

Today in Washington State, 2,397 women with children have cases pending in immigration court, and 25% of these do not have an attorney representing them. The majority of these women and children are asylum-seekers and are not held in immigration detention. When people have legal representation in immigration court, they are far more likely to win their cases. Of the women and children who have been deported, more than 50% did not have legal representation. These statistics come from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University, which monitors immigration cases nationally.

NWIRP's Tacoma office reports that 10% of the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center are women. The Detention Center has about 1,375 detainees today, so approximately 137 women are currently detained at NWDC as of December 2017. According to the directing attorney of NWIRP's Tacoma office, the vast majority of these women are mothers.

With funding provided through the Mother House Fund, NWIRP will be able to provide full direct legal representation to five mothers held at the Northwest Detention Center over one year, helping them gain the opportunity to be free from detention, protected from deportation, and reunited with their children and families. Learn more: www.nwirp.org

The following examples are a representative list of grants that best illustrate the past funding priorities of The Mother House Fund.

Youth Ultimate Project (YUP) 

The Mother House Fund Advisory Committee has been impressed year–after–year by the experience the YUP team creates for coaches and campers through their Youth Ultimate Frisbee summer camp program in Cambodia. Our 2016 grant supported the purchase of equipment, supplies and food for camp participants, as well as the new scholarship program for Cambodian camp participants and coaches.
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Killer Whale Tales
 Killer Whale Tales works in K-6th grade classrooms, providing science-intensive environmental education throughout the Pacific Northwest. The program empowers students to become active environmental stewards who can make strong and lasting contributions in their communities. The Mother House Fund has supported this program because we believe the curriculum provided by the Killer Whale Tales team is filling an important gap in our local classrooms.
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Children's Kenya Project

 Seattle Children's Hospital is working in Kenya on an important Global Health project that aims to improve infant death rates by empowering mothers to play an integral role in saving the lives of their critically ill children. We see the Children's Hospital Kenya Project as one of the very best examples of Mother House work in the world. www.PECC-Kenya.org.
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BuildOn Haiti
 Students from Garfield High School in Seattle, WA, organized a project with the local chapter of the nonprofit BuildOn, to build a new school in Haiti. The team at The Mother House Fund chose to support this grant request because we believe their efforts, and the lessons they learned during their trek, will make a global and local difference for years to come.
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Gayaza Book Project
 Two Puget Sound area teens teamed up with the nonprofit Sister Schools to create a rich and inspiring library for Gayaza High School in Uganda. They asked The Mother House Fund to provide a seed grant to help them buy book shelves; we responded by asking if we could do more. 
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Camp Korey
 Located on a farm in Carnation, WA, Camp Korey’s therapeutic recreation programs provide opportunities for children to surpass the supposed limitations of their life-threatening and serious illnesses in a safe, friendly, and medically-sound environment. The Mother House Fund has provided funding to help Camp Korey start a “Leaders in Training” (LIT) program involving former campers who have a desire to stay involved and give back.
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The Blue Nile Children's Organization (BNCO). Building a Future...One Child at a Time.  
We enjoyed three consecutive years of funding projects involving ten teens from seven different Seattle-area schools, all working together in partnership with BNCO to improve the lives of orphans in the city of Kolfe in Addis Ababa.
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International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE)  
The Mother House Fund provided seed funding to help open the doors of the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia. The first of five premiere schools to be built in Africa's least developed nations, ILAE will provide students a level of education and preparation for life comparable to the best secondary schools in the world.
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Boyer Children's Clinic: Summer Lemonade Stands
In August, families around Seattle hosted lemonade stands to raise funds in support of Boyer Children's Clinic. The Mother House Fund family has been touched by the amazing work of the folks at Boyer and were excited to participate in a second year of funding the marketing kits to help promote this fun summer campaign.
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