The has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $35.7 million, bringing its grantmaking total for the year to more than $111 million.
Awarded through the foundation's Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, Safe Water, Avoidable Blindness, Foster Youth, Homelessness, Substance Use Prevention, Multiple Sclerosis, Catholic Sisters, and Catholic Education program, the grants include $1.5 million to the to build the capacity of the early childhood development workforce in high HIV prevalence communities in eastern and southern Africa; $3 million to to implement the Everyone Forever sustainable water services model in the Kamwenge district of Uganda; $1.2 million to to support the continued expansion and implementation of Los Angeles County's Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool; and $1 million to the in support of its ongoing efforts to boost the number of physicians trained in prevention and early intervention and addiction medicine.
During 2016, the foundation also used the as a framework as it made modifications to its Children Affected by HIV and AIDS grantmaking strategy. Over the next five years, the program, which works with its partners to improve caregiving and early learning opportunities, strengthen civil society networks and government systems, and build and disseminate evidence to improve practice and policy, will field-test approaches to delivering effective, quality programming that has the potential to improve developmental outcomes for young children (0-5 years of age) affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia.
"We are pleased to end the year with an announcement of $35.7 million in funds to organizations all over the world," said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. "We are confident that the new strategy for our Children Affected by HIV and AIDS program area will strengthen the work of our partners with the ultimate goal of improving developmental outcomes for all young children affected by HIV and AIDS in five key countries in eastern and southern Africa."