Bolivia Literacy Project
Al Jania School
GRACE Cares, Inc. was formed in the summer of 2002 by Ken Giancola, Zoe Kopp,
and T Namaya. The directors of GRACE Cares, Inc. have over 25 years of
experience in community development, education and healthcare in over
70 countries. These experiences led to the recognition of the
value of community as an integral part of a healthy world. As the
pressures of globalization, population increase, and economic expansion
that sometimes skirts those most in need, cultural traditions and the
communities they thrive in are in jeopardy. Over the past decade Grace
Cares has partnered with communities in the US and abroad on projects
that improve quality of life, provide necessary services, and preserve
or rediscover cultural traditions.
was incorproated and received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2003. Our
first "official" fundraiser was for WINGS, a group that supports Mayan
women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the
Guatemalan Highlands. Along with our website, 2003 saw the launch of
our other early projects were launched in Bolivia, Peru, and Palestine.
Information on these projects and our current ones are available on our
2004 GRACE held a Tea & Concert in July to benefit two projects for
the Matsiguenkas in Peru. 2004 also saw the offering the Vermont Art
Poetry Fusion Prize. This contest served both to raise money for GRACE
projects and inspire local artists in Vermont.
2005 and 2006 GRACE expanded into a new set of "projects". Most of
them are ongoing relationships with various smaller projects and
partnerships. The sucesses, ongoing needs, and current goals of each
project is outlined on the Project page. For example in San Jose Adentro and La Lomita we started with an
elder care project, community center, and well. Next came the
chickens, then the eggs, and in the summer of 2011 the stoves (not
necessarily for the chickens or the eggs). Most recently there was a
collection for shoes and we are trying to raise funds for improvements
to the local high school. When one need has been identified many more tend to
follow and an entire community can be positively affected. So please read about our past successes and current ambitions on the Projects page.