The Partner Initiative program aims to cooperate with partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors to develop projects that make a positive difference in communities. We build global partnerships dedicated to leveraging and combining resources to achieve a positive social impact.
Pediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa
With the PATA Partner Initiative, MCW sponsors the participation of pediatric specialists from Songea, Tanzania to attend the annual Pediatric Treatment for AIDS for Africa (PATA) forum in East Africa, where participants discuss challenges in delivering HIV treatment in rural regions and possible solutions.
MCW Human Rights Corner
MCW’s commitment to the pursuit of human rights has been at the heart of our work since our establishment in 1999. This commitment runs through our organization as a whole and each of our programs on their own.
To begin, by targeting youth in Africa, the world’s youngest continent with high levels of youth unemployment, MCW invests in education and training. In turn, MCW turns challenges into opportunities by providing youth with the skills and experience to compete for jobs and earn a living in their country.
Next, based on our understanding that oral health is an integral part of a society’s and an individual’s general state of health, quality of life and well-being, MCW supports dental outreaches in Tanzania, capacity development and training, and infrastructure development. In turn, MCW creates opportunities for youth and their families to live healthier lives.
Also, in 2007, under the umbrella of our Partner Initiative program and in partnership with a Rwanda genocide survivor and human rights activist, we established a new human rights program called MCW Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner. This program was dedicated to preventing genocide around the world through two main areas of activities: first, raising funds for and supporting a new community center in Bugresera District, Rwanda; and, second, raising awareness about the crime of genocide around the world.
Since 2007, MCW has held annual commemoration events in April to remember the lives of individuals killed in genocide and to raise awareness of the challenges survivors currently face. . The initiative has held seven commemorations on the Rwanda genocide where attendees learned about the “transitional justice” and “prevention,” not only in relation to Rwanda, but also in other areas of the world, where mass atrocities are taking place and not receiving the attention from the international community and/or media that is needed.
Our commitment to human rights issues has been highlighted at our annual gala celebrations, where we have honored individuals and organizations who inspire us in their work to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
2012 – Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel
2011 – Ishmael Beah, New York Times best-selling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
2010 – Dikembe Motumbo, Chair and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and retired player for the Houston Rockets
2009 – Jacqueline Murekatete, Founder and Fellow (2007-2012), MCW Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner, MCW 5th Annual Gala
2008 – Donald and Shelly Rubin, founders of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York
2007 – Ilana Kloss, the youngest South African tennis player ever to rank number one in her native South Africa, and Billie Jean King
2006 – CNN and Christiane Amanpour for their documentary, “Can We Save Them?