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May 21, 2015

Rebuilding and Recovery in Vanuatu

ACTIV Association rebuilding the Panganisu library
ACTIV Association rebuilding the Panganisu library

In March, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu struck - Tropical Cyclone Pam. About 90% about the buildings were affected, and citizens were without running water.

With your support, this fund has been able to help the 4 following organizations respond to the recovery efforts:

ACTIV Association worked with the community to bring a school hosting 340+ kids back to operations. ACTIV also worked with community members to address crop needs focusing not only on getting food to communities, but also creating a long-term approach to regenerating their economies and gardens across the different islands of Vanuatu. “The equation is simple; when you buy local crops you support the local economy in one island while assisting another to recover.“

IsraAid responded by distributing food and supplies and providing psycho-social services to help Vanuatu citizens deal with the trauma.

International Medical Corps mobilized and deployed the Emergency Response Team to respond to both immediate lifesaving needs as well as developing longer term capacity for resiliency in the face of natural disaster.

Global Vision International Charitable Trust has worked with local partners the last 7 years. GVI is working with these partners to address and respond to needs such as rebuilding shelter and providing access to food and safe drinking water.

Thanks to you, Vanuatu can continue to rebuild and thrive after the worst natural disaster to ever hit this island nation.

IsraAid providing immediate relief
IsraAid providing immediate relief
May 21, 2015

R.O.A.R. Partners Update May 2015

National Wildlife Federation- Bighorn lamb and ewe
National Wildlife Federation- Bighorn lamb and ewe

This spring has truly been a season of renewal for the well-being of the animals that our R.O.A.R. project partners support. Take a look at what some of our project partners have recently accomplished.

Petfinder Foundation recently introduced Emergency Medical Grants reserved for pets suffering from severe illness or injury. Thanks to this new type of grant, a three month old puppy, Fergus, who had previously gone five days with an untreated broken femur, received treatment and has since been adopted. Similarly, thanks to the grant, Grace survived numerous injuries, from being hit by a snow plow. "All she can do is wiggle and kiss you," WCHS Community Relations Coordinator Debra Block tells us. "This girl is the epitome of why we do what we do! Your grant has made all the difference."

The National Wildlife Federation’s most recent Adopt-A-Wildlife-Acre work has focused on resolving conflicts between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep that graze on public lands in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Domestic sheep frequently harbor a type of pneumonia that is easily transmitted to bighorns and often results in large-scale die-offs. At the end of April, NWF completed two important grazing retirement agreements in southeastern Idaho that will significantly reduce the disease risk that bighorn sheep face in that area. 

Jane Goodall Institute continues to support chimpanzees like Motambo who spent his first 12 months in the sanctuary recovering from some of the worst injuries the staff had ever witnessed. Fortunately, Motambo has now fully recovered and can participate in activities like excursions to the forest with his friend Mbebo. These trips to the forest are important as they enable the chimpanzees to get acquainted with their natural habitat while gaining strength and stamina.

To help save the wild tigers of Assam, Jorba, a Belgian Malinois has been trained by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to track and detect wildlife products such as tiger and leopard skin and bones, bear bile, ivory and rhino horn. Thanks to his amazing sense of smell, Jorba has been picking up the scent of poachers and helping to bring the poachers to justice. “Jorba is making a huge contribution towards controlling wildlife crime, sending a strong message to poachers and smugglers that we have increased our efforts to track them down,” reports project director Bibhab Talukdar.

All of these wonderful accomplishments are the direct result of your generous donations. Thank you!

May 19, 2015

Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Back to school at last!
Back to school at last!

Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit the United States and the Caribbean islands, GlobalGiving and its partner organizations have been hard at work providing relief for the victims of the storm. We have not, however, been doing it alone. Donors like you have been an integral part of our efforts, providing the funding necessary to keep the relief and rebuilding efforts going. So, THANK YOU, for all your amazing support. YOUR generosity has provided relief in the form of food and shelter to thousands of families in their time of greatest need. Here is an update on the projects that your donations have made possible.

In the aftermath of the storm, Baby Buggy played a crucial role in relief efforts by providing food and clothing, as well as reassuring members of their community that they were not alone. After years of rebuilding their classrooms, they were able to restart their Early Head Start programs. They also provided backpacks, school supplies and school clothing for the students so that the kids can go back to school!

Global Links has been working hard to rebuild the hospitals and medical centers that Hurricane Sandy destroyed in Cuba. Global Links responded to the destruction by sending large shipments of health worker protective gear and key medical supplies so that the doctors could continue their hospital services. They have also provided new beds and mattresses to replace those damaged by the storm in order to reduce the risk of infection and give patients more appropriate surfaces on which to heal.

We would like you to know that we are are closing this fund. Your donations have helped keep people healthy, rebuild communities, and send children back to school. Thank you so much for your generous donations which have helped the recovery effort after Hurricane Sandy!

*Photos courtesy of Baby Buggy

Time to cut the ribbon
Time to cut the ribbon

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