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Girl Child Education Fund Teddy Bear

FNIF is pleased to announce the launch of a special Florence Nightingale teddy bear in support of the Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF) . The GCEF provides for the primary and secondary schooling of orphaned daughters of nurses in developing countries, paying for school fees, uniforms, shoes and books.

To order this delightful bear and support the GCEF, just click on the bear or go to www.gcefbear.com

Last updated:
22 December
, 2014


The Florence Nightingale International Foundation  (FNIF) is the premier foundation of the international Council of Nurses,
supporting and complementing the work and objectives of ICN.

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UN Ambassadors and longstanding funders celebrate the GCEF
On the occasion of the 10th GCEF Country Coordinators Workshop in Geneva, UN Ambassadors joined long standing funders, Board Directors of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation and ICN staff, to celebrate and learn more about the impact and outcomes of the Girl Child Education Fund since its launch in 2005. After listening intently to moving presentations from the GCEF Country Coordinators, Ambassadors from the four implementing countries of Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, and those from Norway, Sweden and the USA, where NNAs have been loyal supporters, along with the Project Manager of the Symphasis Foundation, all pledged further support and continued solidarity.

Attending were: H.E. Mrs Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the United States of America; H.E. Ms. Encyla Sinjela, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia; H.E.
Mr. John Kakonge, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Ambassador Rossette Nyirinkindi Katungye, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda; H.E. Mr Steffen Kongstad, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Norway; Ms Jennifer J. Neves, Chargé d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Swaziland; Ms Katarina Martholm Fried, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Sweden; Thomas Albert, Project Manager, Symphasis Charitable Foundation; Dr. Patrizia Carlevaro, FNIF Board Director; Linda Carrier-Walker, FNIF Board Director; Jean Barry, ICN Nurse Consultant; Maite Martinez, ICN Policy Coordinator. The Ambassadors of Denmark and Japan and Paula DeCola of Pfizer regretted they were not able to attend.

Presentations can be accessed here: www.icn.ch/projects/girl-child-education-fund/

Left to right: GCEF Coordinators from Zambia, Uganda and Kenya; Pamela Hamamoto, US Ambassador to the UN; Encyla Sinjela, Zambian Ambassador to the UN; Jennifer J. Neves, Chargé d’Affaires, Swaziland; Steffen Kongstad, Norwegian Ambassador to the UN; and Thomas D. Albert, Symphasis Foundation.


Symphasis Foundation provides grant to GCEF
FNIF has just been informed that the Swiss based Symphasis Foundation has approved a substantial grant for the GCEF activities in Uganda. This generous grant will allow for the support of the 63 girls currently in the GCEF Uganda programme and the addition of 48 new Ugandan beneficiaries. We are enormously grateful to Symphasis, who have also supported the GCEF in Kenya since 2008.

From left: Jennifer Munsaka (GCEF Coordinator, Zambia); Thomas D. Albert (Project Manager of the Symphasis Foundation); Faith Mbehero (GCEF Coordinator, Kenya); Theopista Kabalisa (GCEF Coordinator, Uganda).


If you would like to help raise money for the Girl Child Education Fund, please click here for the GCEF Fundraising kit. We thank you for your support.




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