INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — IMG (International Medical Group), an award-winning global insurance benefits and assistance services company, is excited to announce the winners of its seventh annual Leave Your Mark Grant. The two winning organizations are Helping Children Worldwide and Village to Village, each receiving $2,500. The five winning individuals are Erika Wynne-Motsa, Richard and Lauree Hayden, Peter Morris, John Matthew Crawford, and Jake Nagy, each receiving $1,000.
Helping Children Worldwide works to strengthen and empower children, their families, and their communities throughout the world, and one of the ways they do this is by addressing the causes of maternal mortality. In 2024, Helping Children Worldwide will be training midwives in Sierra Leone to improve the quality of services offered in maternal and newborn health.
“IMG’s gift of $2,500 will support the training of 50 midwives in Sierra Leone on life-saving obstetric and newborn skills,” said Helping Children Worldwide’s Technical Advisor for Global Health and Missions, Yasmine Vaughan. “We thank IMG for partnering with Helping Children Worldwide on this initiative of making it safer for women to give birth and protecting mothers as foundational members of their communities.”
Village to Village helps increase self-sufficiency in communities of Guatemala, Moldova, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Paraguay, and various parts of the United States. Village to Village accomplishes this through a variety of initiatives such as job training, cooking classes, providing access to clean water, English classes, and more. In Africa, the non-profit also helps women obtain microloans to start their own businesses and provide for their families.
“We are so excited to put these funds from the Leave Your Mark Grant toward the camps we host for orphans in Moldova as well as the microloans we provide to women in Africa,” said Village to Village’s Marketing Manager and Sponsorship Coordinator, Gentry Washburn. “We are grateful to IMG for awarding us $2,500 for our global outreach efforts, allowing us to assist more communities in becoming self-sufficient.”
The five individual Leave Your Mark winners support a wide range of mission and social good organizations working around the world. Winners’ funds will be used to support several initiatives including childbirth education in Eswatini, access to food and education for a village in India, physical and spiritual needs for the San Antonia Aguas Calientes community of Guatemala, agriculture training in Liberia, and child sponsorship and school building in Oaxaca, Mexico.
“Each year, it’s an absolute pleasure to choose such deserving organizations and individuals as recipients of the Leave Your Mark Grant,” said IMG Chief Operating Officer, Amanda Winkle. “At IMG, we are passionate about supporting the work of mission and social good organizations, and I am excited to see how each of these winners will make a positive impact in the communities they serve.”
IMG has insured mission and social good organizations since the early 1990s, providing key benefits and assistance services for thousands of customers who travel or live internationally. The company launched the Leave Your Mark program in 2017 to give back to organizations with charitable missions.
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IMG® (International Medical Group®), a SiriusPoint company, is an award-winning global insurance benefits and assistance services company that has served millions of members worldwide since its founding in 1990. The preeminent provider of travel and health safety solutions, IMG offers a wide range of insurance programs, including international private medical insurance, travel medical insurance, and travel insurance, as well as enterprise services, including insurance administrative services and 24/7 emergency medical, security, and travel assistance. IMG’s world-class services, combined with an extensive product portfolio, provide Global Peace of Mind® for travelers, students, missionaries, marine crews, and other individuals or groups traveling, working, or living away from home. For more information, please visit www.imglobal.com.