The Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health was among the recipients. | Source: Ed Cunicelli/LEGO

The LEGO Group has chosen five recipients to receive grants from its Build a World of Play Challenge. This week’s decision comes after considering more than 600 applicants for the program.

The challenge first launched in February to draw attention to the barriers to proper resources that some kids face on a global scale. The campaign awarded a total of $117 million to organizations that prioritize early childhood development for kids up to 6 years of age. 

LEGO recognized several organizations, with each receiving grants of either $14 million or $25 million. 

Clinton Health Access Initiative was awarded. | Source: Shonaquip Social Enterprises/LEGO

“As part of the LEGO brand’s 90th anniversary, the LEGO Foundation made a commitment to help build a better world for young children to thrive,” says Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, chairman, the LEGO Foundation Board of Directors. “The Build a World of Play Challenge is designed to do just that, by funding innovative projects that make a real difference in global childhood development and give young children a better start in life.

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To carry out the challenge, the LEGO Foundation partnered with Lever for Change, a nonprofit organization that provides donors with ways to combat issues such as racial inequity, gender inequality, low access to economic opportunities, and climate change,

Through its efforts, the Build a World of Play challenge was able to encourage 627 applicants to participate, from 86 different countries.

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Vivian Rousseau

Vivian Rousseau

Vivian Rousseau is an Editorial Intern with Adventure Media & Events, where she writes for The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She is also currently a Senior at Rutgers University - New Brunswick studying Journalism & Media Studies. Vivian’s two previous internships have been in news writing as well, as she loves to write! When she isn’t writing or doing her schoolwork, Vivian is typically reading, at the gym, or soaking up her last year of college with her friends and sorority sisters!