Helping women in developing countries has been a passion of Zontians since the organization was founded in 1919. Today, Zonta's International Service Program continues to help women in developing countries improve their legal, political, economic, educational and health status. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.


Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$13 million to projects benefiting women in 36 countries.


During the 2012-2014 Biennium, two projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:


  • Liberia Fistula Program

Funding: US$1,000,000 to UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)

Project Description | pdf 

Human Interest Story: Life After Fistula | pdf

Project Update April 2014 | pdf



  • Elimination of New Pediatric HIV Infection and Prevention and Response to Survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Rwanda

Funding: US$1,000,000 to UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

Project Description | pdf 
Human Interest Story: Working Around the Clock to Support Survivors of Gender Based Violence | pdf
Human Interest Story: A Family Package | pdf



The Zonta International Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.


Gillian Slinger, Coordinator of the Campaign to End Fistula, talks with Zonta about the Campaign and the Liberia Fistula Project

Click to Listen to Lacey Stone, Manager of Civil Society Partnerships at the US Fund for UNICEF describe how Zonta International’s Service Project in Rwanda is tracking, and what is expected in the future for the country’s one-stop centers that have been assisting victims of violence.