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A Global Connection's CCF Playground Project

Gloria Upchurch is the executive director and founder of A Global Connection (AGC), a not for profit charitable organization whose mission is to empower women and children through the provision of sustainable healthcare and quality education globally.

AGC’s success is due to its collaborative method of implementing projects. “Connecting communities” is a key component to its approach to philanthropy. In addition to U.S. donor contributions, volunteers and expertise, AGC leverages in-country resident and government support to ensure long-term sustainability, with a transition plan for local ownership, funding and management of its projects.

AGC fulfills its mission through a number of global projects:

Project Playground (current) Play is invaluable to a child’s health and well-being, and, we believe vital to their development.  As a fixed asset a playground structurally symbolizes, promotes and reinforces the importance of childhood.

The Clean Delivery Kit Project (2009-ongoing) is designed to improve reproductive health outcomes for pregnant women and their newborns, targeting those women who give birth at home or other non-clinic settings in rural communities, and underserved populations.

The Kids With Camera (2010 – ongoing) Provides encouragement for children to explore and photograph scenes that depict a unique and insightful perspective of their own lives in their world as they see it.

Honoring Barbara

Barbara Determann was a close and special friend who supported much of the work that A Global Connection does in Africa. Barb passed away this year and AGC wants to honor her and the work she did in Africa, especially with children. One of the places that was very special to Barb was the Children's Concern Foundation orphanage in Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania. It is home to 36 orphaned and vulnerable children ages 6-16 who have had one or both of their parents die, often from malaria. Barb spent many hours playing with the children at CCF and bringing them lots of joy. Help AGC honor Barb by constructing a playground where the children she loved can play.

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*NoteYou can also send a check made out to Media Alliance (our fiscal sponsor) and in the memo section write “AGC Project Playground” Checks should be mailed to A Global Connection at 511 Leavenworth Street #104, San Francisco, CA 94109