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International Service Program

Since Zonta International was founded in 1919, Zontians have been passionate about empowering women in developing countries through international service. In the more than 90 years since its first international service project was funded, Zonta International has contributed nearly US$15.5 million to projects benefiting women in 37 countries. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.

During the 2016-2018 Biennium, two projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:

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In December, Zonta International President Sonja Hönig Schough presented at a discussion highlighted Safe Birth Even Here, the UNFPA's program to support pregnant women and children living in crises situations.

In the eight years it supported the project in Rwanda to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and gender-based violence, Zonta International provided more than US$2 million. Find out how to read a final report and two human interest stories.
Zonta International has committed US$1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support the Let Us Learn initiative to address barriers to girls’ education in Madagascar. Find out how to read a report from January 2015 through June 2016.

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