Worldwide Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of MADRE's work in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are thousands of women, children, and youth who participate in our projects or are the recipients of MADRE's humanitarian aid through our partner organizations.

The age of the beneficiaries of MADRE-supported projects ranges from infants to the elderly, but the majority are women and girls under the age of 35. Almost all of the beneficiaries live in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than $1 a day. Project participants are mostly unemployed or under-employed and a significant number are at risk for unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence, and/or substance abuse. Many have been denied access to formal education, healthcare (including family planning resources) and other basic rights, and many suffer from preventable, poverty-induced diseases and malnutrition.

Indirect beneficiaries include hundreds of thousands of people who:

  • are family members of project participants;
  • receive information from community members who have participated in project trainings;
  • access services offered by our partner organizations; or
  • attend cultural events or are reached by television, radio programs, or newspapers produced by MADRE and our partners.

Currently, MADRE's beneficiaries include women and families in:

Africa: Kenya, Sudan

Asia: Afghanistan

Latin America & Caribbean: Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Middle East: Iraq, Palestine

For more detailed information on MADRE projects in each country, click here.


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Beneficiaries in the US

Raising public awareness in the US is an essential corollary to MADRE's work supporting women's community initiatives in developing countries. Therefore, public education is a fundamental component of all MADRE projects. MADRE's innovative Public Education & Media Strategy reaches far beyond our approximately 25,000 members, enabling people to draw connections between their own lives and the lives of women in the countries where we work, and providing concrete ways for people to take an active role in shaping public debate and policies that affect women worldwide.

Beneficiaries of MADRE's Public Education & Media Strategy include:

  • Hundreds of thousands who read our printed materials, which include:
  • monthly articles that appear in print and online publications, including Huffington Post, The Nation, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • a newsletter that reaches our members as well as hundreds of thousands of other  people across the US through schools and libraries;
  • monthly press releases and media advisories for journalists; and
  • campaign-specific materials like flyers, fact sheets, and talking points to enable members to strenthen thei engagement on issues of foreign policy and women's human rights.
  • Audiences of programs aired on ABC, BBC, CNN, NPR, Air America, Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!, and Oxygen media, all of which have featured MADRE commentators.
  • Over 10,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members annually who hear MADRE speakers make presentations at the universities, community centers, conferences, and places of worship.
  • Thirty thousand visitors per month on our website.
  • Over 11,000 subscribers to our active listserv.
  • Students, activists, religious communities, and other community members reached by initiatives such as Helping Hands.


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