PPGNW began working internationally in 2001, after receiving a Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Global Partners grant to collaborate with CEMOPLAF, a PPFA partner in Ecuador. The Global Partners program also led to our work with the Youth Development Foundation (YDF) in Cameroon.
In 2005, we received a generous gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in honor of Suzanne Cluett, a long-time Planned Parenthood supporter and advocate for women’s reproductive health and rights. With this grant, PPGNW established a permanent endowment, Suzanne’s Fund, which has enabled long-term stability and committed engagement of the PPGNW International Program.
~About Suzanne Cluett~
A native of Washington State, Suzanne’s commitment to international sexual and reproductive health started in Nepal in the 1960s and directed her career through leadership positions at PATH and at the Gates Foundation. She was an enthusiastic believer in Planned Parenthood, serving as both board member and Chair of the PPGNW Board, as well as a member of the national PPFA Board.
PPGNW – RECOGNIZED INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
PPGNW received the 2009 Affiliate Excellence Award from PPFA for its international efforts, specifically for building and supporting Suzanne’s Shelter in Nepal. PPGNW is a recognized leader, setting the pace for international endeavors in sexual and reproductive health. Additional funding from the PPGNW Board and individuals, combined with Suzanne’s Fund endowment, ensure the ongoing engagement of our International Program.