"Giving a hand up, not a hand out."
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A division of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation

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About the Same Sky Foundation Fund, a division of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation

Advancing women and girls in the classroom, the workplace, and in their own communities.

Our dream is that all women under the same sky have an opportunity to use their unique talents to flourish. Through access to education, business skills and artisanal training, we help under-served women and girls in Rwanda and the United States become successful students, entrepreneurs, and role models.

The Same Sky Foundation has successfully trained thousands of women and educated hundreds of young girls who are pursuing an education in science, technology and math. By capitalizing on women’s individual talents, we continue to help them find the right opportunities to ensure their financial future and self-confidence.

Francine with Same Sky artisan Clementine during a visit to Rwanda.

Same Sky Foundation Programs

The Same Sky Foundation Fund provides support for these great programs.

New Jersey Re-Entry

Francine A. LeFrak Wellness Center

The Francine A. LeFrak Wellness Center of New Jersey provides 1500 formerly incarcerated women in the Re-Entry Program access to medical, dental, and mental health care at no cost. The Center removes healthcare barriers women face in the justice system.  Each woman will have access to screening and treatment for medical, behavioral and dental illnesses. Thanks to partners Robert Wood Johnson and Barnabas HealthCare, women can receive these services at no cost which will ensure their improved health and dignity.

Same Sky Foundation Program

FAWE School

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a Pan-African women’s organization whose mission is to support girls and women to acquire education for development. The Same Sky Foundation provides scholarship support for young girls to study S.T.E.M. and prepare for university.  We continue to support graduates of the FAWE School when they pursue a college degree in the sciences.

FAWE School students that received scholarships from the Same Sky Foundation.
Same Sky Foundation Program

Indego Africa

Indego Africa, our on-the-ground partner, supports women in Rwanda through economic empowerment, training and education. The foundation joins Indego Africa in providing training over the course of six months. These artisans create their own business collectives, work with locally sourced materials, open bank accounts and have access to a supply chain where they can sell their products and earn an above average wage.

Indego Africa artisan making hand-crafted baskets.
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