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posted 05/23/05

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Earth Institute Receives First Endowed Fund for Earth Clinic

The Earth Institute and The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation recently formalized a grant agreement to establish a $350,000 endowment — the first of what is hoped will be many endowments for Earth Clinic projects. The Earth Institute’s Earth Clinic provides prescriptions to developing countries to relieve immediate economic and environmental problems and put them on a path of sustainable development.

The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation Endowment for Poverty Alleviation will be administered by the Earth Clinic within the Earth Institute. Its income will support the Earth Institute’s work in poverty alleviation, with special emphasis on improving the lives of children.

“Our Earth Clinic projects are already helping to put developing countries on the path towards sustainable development. The significance of this gift is that the permanent annual support will allow us to respond to opportunities and challenges with a long-term perspective,” said Earth Clinic Chair Peter Schlosser. “This endowment will allow us to implement direct interventions such as purchasing malaria bednets for children in a village where the Earth Clinic is engaged.”

The Earth Clinic, launched early last year, provides resources to organizations and world leaders who urgently seek advice, consultations, and prescriptions for their economic and environmental ailments. Recent Earth Clinic projects have focused on developing arsenic-free wells in Bangladesh, establishing the first Millennium Village in Kenya, creating the new Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia, and advising the government of São Tomé and Príncipe on how to best manage and invest new oil revenues while protecting the environment.

“We are thrilled to provide this gift in support of the Earth Clinic, and we are especially proud of our partnership with the Earth Institute to improve the lives of children in the developing world,” said Edward Gray, chairman of the Foundation.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world’s leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth, its environment and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines—earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences—and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through research, training and global partnerships, the Earth Institute mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world’s poor. For more information, visit

The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation is an independent New York-based foundation established in 2000 that supports organizations that provide medical, nutrition and educational programs for children.