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“to help ensure that the world’s most underserved communities, and the environs we all inhabit, receive sufficient, necessary, and thoughtful care”

The Trust in Human and Environmental Health

Overview

The Trust in Human and Environmental Health was established to help ensure that the world’s most underserved communities, and the environs we all inhabit, receive sufficient, necessary, and thoughtful care.

A Connected Conception of Health

The Trust conceives human health to be physiological and psychological in its constitution, to include the absence or reduction of disease, and to be dependent on stability in wellness and well-being. The Trust also understands the health of humans and environments to be increasingly intertwined.

Global Inequities in Burden and Harm

So it is especially receptive to work that addresses how higher burdens of environmental harm, borne by communities in Africa and its global diasporas, have furthered long-standing national and global health inequities. Such work cannot help but envision improvements in health within communities that are structurally related and environmentally connected.

Answering Urgent Questions

The Trust therefore conducts and supports work that answers urgent questions about the connected nature of health in Africa and its global diasporas and the health of communities across nations and the world.

Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)

The Trust’s Finances

Overview

The Trust in Human and Environmental Health was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts. It is therefore subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the founding Declaration.

Annual Spending

These responsibilities include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust’s current principal.

Appropriated Spending I

The Declaration also stipulates that no less than half of such annual spending be dedicated to work on continental Africa.

Appropriated Spending II

It is also expected that such annual spending be overwhelmingly dedicated (greater than 75%) to being of direct benefit to low-income communities and individuals.

To Fund in Perpetuity

Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Hands Raised in a Crowd
Hands Raised, Avel Chuklanov, 2015
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)
Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)

The Trust’s Works

Overview

Provided below is access to further information regarding good works conceived and funded under the rubric of this Trust. Note that the operations of said projects are typically the purview of The Ikoku Foundations, and so the links will often guide you to their sites.

The Database on Human and Environmental Health

The Distribution in Human and Environmental Health

The Database on Humanitarian Aid, Need and Development

The Distribution in Humanitarian Aid, Need and Development

The Report on Human and Environmental Health

The Report on Human and Environmental Health

The Fellowship in Human and Environmental Health

The Fellowship in Human and Environmental Health

The Grant in Human and Environmental Health

The Grant in Human and Environmental Health

The Newsletter on Human and Environmental Health

The Newsletter on Human and Environmental Health

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)

Also at The Trusts

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts is dedicated to fostering philanthropy and good works concerning Africa, its global diasporas and a range of shared societies — toward the betterment of lives across the globe. And so in accordance with the above, The Trusts provides the following:

I.

A Nonprofit Dedicated to Africa

An independent, private, non-profit organization that serves the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

II.

Support for a Global and Just Future

A founding mission and ongoing emphases of support for good works that help the public understand Africa’s essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sustainable, equitable and of benefit across communities in just societies.

III.

A Vision of the Public Good

A vision of the public good that accounts for the past while ensuring a just and shared future. That draws inspiration from peoples who, despite a history of systemic difficulties, maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the present and futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved.

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