June 14, 2023

Grand Challenges Canada Project Awarded to MOMODa FOUNDATION

The MOMODa FOUNDATION, a leading nonprofit organization committed to driving positive social change, was recently awarded a prestigious project by Grand Challenges Canada. The project aims to address critical social and health challenges and create innovative solutions that have the potential to make a significant impact on communities.

With a strong focus on sustainable development, the MOMODa FOUNDATION is well-positioned to undertake this project. Their proven track record of implementing successful initiatives, coupled with their expertise in collaborating with local partners and stakeholders, makes them an ideal recipient of this recognition.

The project awarded by Grand Challenges Canada aligns with the foundation’s mission and strategic objectives. It involves conducting groundbreaking research, developing innovative technologies, or implementing transformative programs that tackle pressing issues such as healthcare accessibility, poverty alleviation, gender equality, education, or environmental sustainability.

The MOMODa FOUNDATION’s project team comprises dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise. They bring together a range of skills, including research, program management, community engagement, and technology integration. This multidisciplinary approach ensures a holistic and comprehensive approach to addressing the identified challenges.

Throughout the project, the MOMODa FOUNDATION will collaborate closely with local communities, stakeholders, and experts to ensure the solutions developed are contextually relevant and sustainable. Their participatory approach promotes community ownership and empowers individuals to be active participants in the process of change.

The project awarded by Grand Challenges Canada serves as recognition of the MOMODa FOUNDATION’s expertise, commitment, and potential for driving meaningful impact. It provides them with the necessary resources, support, and platform to implement innovative solutions that can transform lives and contribute to sustainable development.

The MOMODa FOUNDATION is thrilled to embark on this project and remains dedicated to achieving tangible and lasting results. By leveraging their knowledge, partnerships, and passion, they are poised to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and communities facing complex social challenges.

The awarding of the Grand Challenges Canada project to the MOMODa FOUNDATION marks a significant milestone in their journey of social impact. It reinforces their position as a catalyst for change and showcases their ability to create innovative solutions that address pressing global issues.

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada.

The agreement between GCC and MOMODa FOUNDATION was signed in September 2019. Principal investigators of the project are Dr. Zaki Wahhaj (University of Kent, UK), and Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy (Asst. Professor, Florida International University, USA). The duration of the project is from October 2019 to September 2020.

The project is divided into four groups: three treatment groups and one control group. Each group consists of 60 communities. In treatment group-1, the research team investigates whether unmarried adolescent girls have a birth registration card. If they don’t have one, the research team will help them to get registered.

In treatment group-2, the research team works to raise awareness of a national helpline (333) for reporting child marriage cases among the guardians in the treatment communities. In treatment group-3, both of the aforementioned interventions are given.

The project aims at

 – increasing the birth registration of unmarried adolescent girls in the treatment communities by 50 percentage points.

– increasing awareness by 75% of the helpline for reporting child marriage cases among the guardians of the treatment communities.

– lowering child marriage (marriage below the age of 18) at the end line by 30% in the treatment communities as compared to the control communities

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