Last year, we featured the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change challenge, a chance for organizations to compete for a $100 million grand prize to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems. They recently announced a winner, Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is helping children displaced by the Syrian refugee crisis. Inspired by the quality of applicants, the Foundation's board also chose to award $15 million to each of the remaining three finalists.
Sesame and IRC use kid-friendly media channels to teach children basic school subjects, as well as social skills, like inclusion and respect. Funding will also go to home visits, providing caregivers the support they need to respond quickly to trauma and cultivate resiliency. The program plans to transform community centers and schools to be safe spaces for children to learn and play. LEARN MORE