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Aug 17, 2015

Education helps women in Afghanistan

AAE student
AAE student

Education is one of the major themes of The Safer World Fund. One of our projects, Grow Peace in Afghanistan: Educate 3000 Women, educates marginalized populations to give them the tools they need to improve the livelihoods of their families and communities. A recent update from the project’s parent organization, Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE), tells the story of one of the newest students named Freshtah.

Though she is a Kabul native, Freshtah and her family migrated to Herat, in the west of Afghanistan, during the Taliban regime. Freshtah has always had an itch for education and asked her father to hire a tutor for her. For a while, she enjoyed studying with her tutor at home. Then, when she was just 13, her educational career took a turn for the worse when her father decided to marry her off due to financial issues. Freshtah's husband, who was much older than she, frequently abused her. The beating caused Freshtah to lose most of her vision in one eye. Last year, Freshtah's husband brought her back to Kabul and went back to Herat himself, leaving her alone.

Last year, things started to look up. Now 27 years old, Freshtah enrolled in 6th grade at an AAE school. In the afternoons, she takes English classes; in the evenings, she tailors clothing to support herself. Freshtah's parents are still very poor, so she is living with her aunt. 

The Safer World Fund is pleased to provide a 1-for-2 match for the AAE education project as well as seven other projects that support education, training, and health care for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank you for supporting women and girls, as well as men and boys, so they can lead lives of opportunity and hope.

Aug 11, 2015

Project of the Month Update: August 2015

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Dear Project of the Month Club,

This past month, GlobalGiving has gone through some major changes! We gave our entire website a brand new look (and let our old mascot, Elliot the bird spread her wings and leave the nest). We also launched one of our most ambitious projects yet, GG Rewards, which will help us reward the nonprofits with the greatest commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Our new updates aren’t the only thing helping our partners become more effective; your donations to the Project of the Month Club are also making a huge impact!

In July, 216 of you gave a total of $6,800 to Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project. Thanks to your donation, their “Seed of Hope” program will be able to transform the lives of women through counseling and training that will improve their living standards and help them gain financial independence.

This August, your monthly donation will support The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Provide Education To AIDS Orphans In Rural Uganda project, which frees children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS from the cycle of poverty by providing them with high-quality, free education.

Daniele Reisbig, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project’s Development and Grants Manager, has this message for you:

“Thank you on behalf of the 697 students who will benefit from your generosity this month. Every one of the students YOU will help this month have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS—most have lost both parents. Because of you, these children can hope for a better life out of poverty. When they grow up, they will be able to use the education you have provided them to send their own children to school and to give back to their communities. Your gift will make sure that generations of children in Uganda will have better lives.”

So what can your donation do for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project? When we asked Daniele, she knew exactly how it will help:

“[The support] you will provide this month will provide 20 HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda with free primary education, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, textbooks, healthcare, and two hot meals every day for an entire school year.”

An entire year of school for twenty children? You’re ensuring a brighter future not just for them, but for their entire community. We are always awed by the tremendous impact Project of the Month Club members like you make each and every month. Thank you for your continued support!

Warmly,

Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Vision Africa
Vision Africa
Jul 31, 2015

Announcing 28 New Grants to Rebuild Nepal

Photo by Save the Children
Photo by Save the Children

It has been three months since the 7.8M earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal.  There have been hundreds of aftershocks since then, and more than 600,000 homes were destroyed.  Your donation is already helping to provide relief to millions people still in need of humanitarian assistance, as well as helping countless others to begin to rebuild after the earthquake.

In the last two months, an additional 28 organizations have received relief or recovery funds from GlobalGiving donors. A description of these organizations and how you’re supporting their efforts are below:

  • Ama Foundation is supporting the community where their home for orphaned children is located by providing food, power, medical supplies, and educational materials.
  • American Himalayan Foundation is repairing buildings and replacing supplies and damaged equipment, including among mobile field hospitals, across the region.
  • Build Change is impacting reconstruction throughout Nepal by making disaster-resistant construction designs and training available to the government of Nepal and local and international NGOs working to rebuild after the earthquake.
  • Community Development Center Kathmandu is providing uniforms and school supplies for children in Dhading.
  • Concern Worldwideis providing transitional shelter and materials to 35 primary and secondary schools in Dolakha.
  • DCWC Nepal - Development of Children and Women Center is delivering supplies of tents, rice, medicine, and blankets to rural villages.
  • Do Your Part is rebuilding homes in Langdi and Mahipate villages and providing uniforms and school supplies to children as they return to school.
  • dZi Foundation is working in Solukhumba and Khotang Districts to build and reconstruct civic infrastructure buildings, including schools, bridges, and community structures.
  • Edge of Seven will build seven temporary learning shelters and one permanent school in Solokhumbu District.
  • Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness is working with schools to provide educational materials, life skills camps, school lunch, solar lights, and more.
  • Fuel Relief Funddistributed more than 13,400 gallons of gasoline and diesel to fuel vehicles for the UN, Doctors Without Borders, and other international NGOs; to power generators for hospitals and survivor camps; to fuel motorcycles for local Nepali citizens, and more.
  • Global Reach International will build 20 permanent structures that will be used as schools, homes, and local community centers.
  • Global Vision International Charitable Trustis providing emergency family packs including food, sanitary pads, toothbrushes, soap, flashlights, candles, a lighter, cloth, mosquito nets, medical kits, blankets, and tarpaulin shelters.
  • Himalayan HealthCare will provide one month's food for 2,400 households in Tipling, Lapa, and Sherthung, and rebuild five schools with 10-12 classrooms.
  • Internewsis initiating open air studios and an SMS rumor tracker to provide critical information to local communities throughout Nepal.
  • IsraAid is rebuilding shelters, providing seed packs for farmers, providing education kits and medical services, as well as providing psychosocial support to survivors.
  • Journey Home Foundation is distributing rice, sugar, tea, first aid, soap, tents, mattresses and blankets in Gorkha district.
  • Karuna Trustis targeting post-earthquake long-term health needs including mental health, antenatal issues, identification and referrals for infectious diseases, sanitation, health access for low caste groups, and sanitation.
  • Keystone Accountability is conducting surveys on perceptions related to services, people’s sense of agency, outcomes, and the quality of relations between aid providers and survivors so that relief and recovery work can be more responsive to the needs to community members affected by the earthquake.
  • MAP Internationalis shipping necessary medicine and medical supplies to organizations working on the ground throughout the country.
  • Mercy Corpsis providing non-food relief items, unconditional cash transfers, emergency shelter, and water and sanitation interventions in ten districts in Nepal.
  • PHASE Nepal distributed tents, food and other essential supplies and is providing health care in Gorkha and Sindhupalchok.
  • Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan will provide food, blankets, and clothing for survivors, as well as distribute educational supplies for children.
  • Room to Read will construct four-room school block, establish child-friendly libraries, and provide teacher training and support for two schools in the Palpa District.
  • The Santi School Projectwill build/reconstruct three secondary schools damaged in the earthquake in Lalitpur District and to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of a 'lab school' in the future.
  • Sarvodaya provided food, shelter, water and sanitation supplies in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.
  • SASANE provided clean drinking water, food, and clothing for paralegals that are part of their program and who were affected by the earthquake in Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu.
  • Save the Children provided immediate emergency relief and are continuing with long-term relief with a focus on children throughout many of the earthquake-affected districts

GlobalGiving staff will be on the ground next month to check on the progress of these grants and bring you stories from those your donation is impacting.  We’d love to hear from you what questions you’d like us to ask while we’re there. And, as always, thank you for your generosity.  

Photo by Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan
Photo by Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan
Photo by Build Change
Photo by Build Change

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