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Aug 8, 2014

Project of the Month Update: August 2014

Photo - Teach for India
Photo - Teach for India

Dear Project of the Month Club,

The dog days of summer have arrived. We hope you're able to hit the beach one last time before the realities of back-to-school shopping set in. Thanks to Project of the Month gifts, many children in India and Uganda will be returning to some amazing schools in a few weeks!

In July, the 181 members of this club raised $5,784 for “Ensure Excellent Education for 105 Kids in India” run by Teach for India. Your gifts are ensuring that 35 students in Hyderabad get access to a hands-on education full of leadership activities to broaden their horizons. In the long run, Teach for India hopes to create a powerful network of of alumni who, influenced by their experiences in the classroom, will work towards enacting multi-sector solutions to India’s most difficult problems.

This month, you’ll be contributing to “Education & Support for 500 Children in Uganda” run by Tributaries International. Their project is funding meals and tuition for 500 students living in an urban slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. Sixty percent of the students don’t get regular meals at home and the cost of school supplies, uniforms and fees would otherwise keep them from getting an education.

Project leader Kay Helm was very excited to hear their project had been picked as August’s Project of the Month, and had this to say:

“[Your gifts] will cover costs for 80 primary school students at Calvary Primary School in Uganda, providing education, supplies, and daily meals. The timing is perfect, as we start the third term.”

So if you’re worried about being behind the curve on preparing for back-to-school, don’t be! It’s only the first week of August and you’ve already made it possible for 80 Ugandan school children to attend classes this year.

Looking forward to bringing to you more incredible stories from the field next month!


Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Photo - Tributaries International
Photo - Tributaries International
Aug 6, 2014

R.O.A.R. Partners Update August 2014

Dear R.O.A.R. Fund Supporters,

The organizations of the R.O.A.R. Fund continue to help animals around the world thanks to your generous support.  To maximize the support to these fantastic organizations, GlobalGiving will be hosting a matching campaign for Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. partners that will run from September 8th - October 7th!  We will provide the details of this year’s campaign the first week of September so be sure to check out the R.O.A.R page for more information at that time!

Here is a quick update about the great work these organizations are doing for our animal friends...  

  • Earthwatch Institute has a new team of volunteers to continue monitoring turtle activity and analyzing data collected.  Turtle activity is strongest in the mid-summer to fall months, and this is when the majority of data collection will take place so the Earthwatch Institute is eager for a good season of turtle activity!
  • EQUUS Foundation had a banner year for scholarship money awarded to their excellent volunteers.  More than $11,000 in scholarships were awarded to thirteen individuals to reward their volunteer service in 2013.  This year the EQUUS Foundation awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee for an individual to become a PATH Intl. Registered Level Certified Instructor!
  • The Jane Goodall Institute continues to provide amazing care for chimpanzees like Kefan.  Kefan recently made an exciting move from the over-crowded santuary to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees!
  • Petfinder Foundation has improved the lives of thousands of shelter dogs through the help of generous donors.  Finley, Smiley, and Suzy are three dogs that have recently been cared for by the Petfinder Foundation and will hopefully be adopted soon!
  • Villalobos Rescue Center is in the process of building a separate kennel for dogs that have heartworm to try to limit the potential spread of the disease.  Heartworm is not a communicable disease amongst humans or dogs but can be spread by mosquitos.  They are continuing to help dogs overcome this disease. 

Thank you again for your help in making these accomplishments possible!  And don’t forget to take advantage of the 2014 R.O.A.R. matching funds between September 8th and October 7th!

Aug 5, 2014

Quick updates since launching our emergency fund

Imani House clinic, Liberia (credit: Imani House)
Imani House clinic, Liberia (credit: Imani House)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has worsened over the past week. More than 1,600 people are reported to be infected with the virus and 887 have died from the disease, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

The Associated Press is reporting the second confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria. A doctor in Lagos, Africa's most populous city, contracted the virus after treating an Ebola victim who had traveled there from Liberia.

Britt Lake, our Director of Programs, joined Devin Thorpe from and Sylvester Renner of Develop Africa in a Google Hangout last Thursday to discuss Ebola and crowdfunding efforts to support aid organizations fighting the outbreak.

GlobalGiving is currently partnering with a range of aid groups on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. They urgently need your support to fund medical supplies for Ebola patients, protective equipment for doctors and educational campaigns to dispel myths surrounding the outbreak that are making it difficult to deliver care and stop transmission of the virus.

You can learn more about our nonprofit partners being supported through this fund at

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