At first glance, you may seem very different from a person living more than 6,000 miles away. Tastes, sights, ideologies, and beliefs vary across the world. However, in the seemingly fast seconds when you clicked the “donate” button, your desire to help and a survivor’s relentless hope erased your differences and gave you two more in common with each other than anyone else in the world. All the way from China, we bring you updates and stories of success from different organizations that are arduously working in the region:
Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S. H . conducted training for 20 township mental health workers from the Yaan prefecture. As a result, a severe number of stakeholders in the field of mental health and community rebuilding were very interested in this participatory training course. After numerous discussions, the participants agreed on a need for a new community organization in Yaan that will create a long term plan for a mental health program. Fortunately, Shanghai Xintu will be capable of playing a vital role to smooth the process in the new establishment for the organization.
Also, Xintu will plan two training courses on mental health needs to explore community solutions, which will be the first step in establishing a community-led organization that is dedicated to promote mental health in the Yaan prefecture.
Mercy Corps was able to immediately assist families in the region by providing them with basic needs like water, hygiene kits, and other emergency items. The organization is also focusing on three projects that seek to ensure the psychological well-being of children affected by the earthquake. After all, young children tend to be more vulnerable to the traumatic effects of a catastrophe of this magnitude.
As for the previous programs established, Mercy Corps was able to finalize and print the “My Earthquake Story” workbook and Caregiver Guide for their Comfort for Kids Program (C4K). The Moving Forward Program, which works closely with older youth, has been able to reach 4,000 elementary and middle school students. “Rebuilding for the future”, a program to promote stable access to early education, has found 10 pilot schools to serve as models for the project.
The organization also provided school supply kits to 48 schools in the Tianquan and Baoxing regions, which benefited approximately 9,000 students. Thanks to these supplies, these students will continue the education that was taken away from them since the earthquake. These supplies include age appropriate textbooks, toys, games, art supplies, calculators, an electric musical keyboard, a computer, printers, projectors, tables, and desks.
Almost eight months ago, the lives of these people were shockingly disrupted by an unexpected event. However, equally unexpected was the solidarity they received from GlobalGivers around the world, who allowed GlobalGiving’s partners to quickly mobilize and offer immediate support and relief to the areas affected.
We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below. If you would like to make a donation, please click on China Earthquake Relief Fund
Dear Project of the Month Club,I hope you had a great Giving Tuesday! With all the hype around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re so grateful to take this time to reflect and unite around giving back. So, what better way to celebrate than with another update on the impact of your generous donations!In November, 155 of you gave a combined total of $4,743 to a project by our friends at Power of Love Foundation called "Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia" Here's what the Project Leader Alka Subramanian wanted to share with you about your gift:"Your gift helped provide new loans, as well as business training, advice, and monitoring for 12 months to 16-18 women impacted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. Since each of these women has, on average, 6-8 people in their household, your donation had a direct impact on 110-125 people–and an indirect impact on an additional 75-150, as the women share their experience of running a business and encourage other women to take charge of their lives."We're also thrilled to share that, in December, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called “Rainwater Catchments: A Solution to Water Scarcity” by Friends of Burkina Faso.Here’s what Project Leader Kathleen McDonald had to say when we shared the good news with her:“Thanks so much to the donors! The Ramongo villagers will be thrilled to learn of the strong support GlobalGiving generates and eager to begin construction of our second rainwater catchment basin in Burkina Faso.” We look forward to more good news from the field in 2014 (wow, it will take a while to get used to saying that)! It’s truly inspiring to see the GlobalGiving community unite around such important causes. Thank you for your continued support.Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
We are thrilled that Dr. Sakena Yacoobi was awarded the Opus Prize on November 13. The Opus Prize honors unsung heroes for their entrepreneurial spirit as they address today's most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice. The prize is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Yacoobi’s life work and the life-changing work of the Afghan Institute of Learning, one of the projects that you support with contributions to The Safer World Fund.
Like other nonprofits in the Safer World Fund, Dr. Yacoobi’s Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL) believes that educated people are the key to success for Afghanistan. With that in mind, AIL works to empower all Afghans who are needy and oppressed by expanding their education and health opportunities and by fostering self-reliance and community participation.
***On Tues, Dec 3, take advantage of two matching programs to help the AIL project Send 30 Girls in Pakistan to School. MicroSoft YouthSpark will match donations up to $1000 at 100 percent, plus the 50 percent match from the Safer World Fund will apply. The Ayni Education International project Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan also qualifies for the two matching programs!
***This year for the holidays, why not honor a family member or friend with a gift card from Global Giving and tell them about the important work of the Afghan Institute of Learning and all the other great projects in The Safer World Fund? Don’t forget that we continue to match 50 cents on the dollar for donations up to $2000!