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Apr 17, 2015

Girl Effect Fund Project Report

Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !
Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !

Your generous support has enabled The Girl Effect Fund to continue empowering girls all around the world. Check out what some of the projects in the fund have been up to below..

The SOLD Project managed to achieve a 95% retention rate of students staying in school in a village where more than half of the children are expected to drop out of grade school and are at high risk of sex trafficking. Moreover 84 of the 129 children in their scholarship program are now pursuing higher education. Faa, one of the students, shared her story about the  impact of The SOLD Project's work in Thailand.

Girl Determined in Burma facilitated a group of 70 girls, half of which were buddhist nuns, in a campaign to bring awareness to the taboo issue of domestic violence. This campaign was the foundation for an ongoing conversation that could hopefully change attitudes in homes and communities. Additionally, by late 2014, Girl Determined managed to attract 2000 girls in their weekly leadership circles that strive to address the issues of trafficking, dangerous labor, and other forms of violence that young girls face in Burma.

The Zimkids Orphan Trust continues to challenge traditional gender roles by training 100 orphan Zimbabwean girls in personal and vocational skills typically characterized as male. This includes courses in electrical wiring and tiling.  ZimKids is also in negotiations with a local motorcycle manufacturing company to train girls to build component parts.

Days For Girls International provided information about washable menstrual hygiene kits to approximately 30,000 girls and  9,040 girls received the necessary materials to make a shield, a liner and a bag. Furthermore, all target schools have been trained in reproductive health and many of the trained womens groups are now selling kits. Days for Girls recently organized a training session in Nansana. Not only were eight secondary school teachers trained in kit making, but they were also prompted to engage in the very important conversation of reproductive health and gender equity.

The Mariposa DR Foundation offered therapeutic art classes to 120 girls. The girls participated in a variety of projects such as creating personal journals, wrap dolls, self-affirming cards, and self-care boxes. The various mediums of art tackled the crucial themes of self-care, body and consent, self-esteem, and self-empowerment among several others. Mariposa has also been busy building a teaching kitchen that will further develop cooking and hospitality skills. According to the Mariposa project leader, tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in the Dominican Republic. Thus cultivating these skills can be a great career option for many of the girls.

Once again, thank you for your invaluable support ! Without generous donors like you, none of this would be possible.

Girls welding in Zimbabwe !
Girls welding in Zimbabwe !
Apr 8, 2015

Lushan Earthquake Progress

Yaan Training Workshop
Yaan Training Workshop

The catastrophic Lushan earthquake claimed the lives of 196 Ya’an residents, injured 13,848, displaced 295,000, destroyed 186,3000 rural buildings, and damaged approximately 430,000 homes.  An entire community’s life was devastated in a matter of seconds. Fortunately, the Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S.H has been on the grounds addressing an often time overlooked but nevertheless key aspect of disaster, mental health.  

Recently, Dr Sun Yijang, a facilitator of China Red Maple Women Support Center in Beijing and a participant in one of Xintu Trainee in Yaan Mental Health workshops, received a national innovation award of RMB 100,000 for a charitable project development in 2014. This award is a direct outcome of a project developed through a Xintu workshop.  Thus,  Xintu capacity building workshops have undeniable long term impacts on local NGOs.


Although the Xintu Center has made great strides there is still work to be done. This project has a long term goal of supporting a minimum of 1,000 affected families in Ya’an as well as establishing a mechanism for community mental health promotion. Without the support of generous donors like you none of this will be possible. Xintu Center and the entire GlobalGiving team are extremely grateful for all of your kind donations. Thank you!

Project Development Workshop
Project Development Workshop
Apr 8, 2015

Project of the Month Update: April 2015

"Thank you for believing in us!" -Karla
"Thank you for believing in us!" -Karla

The cherry blossoms are blooming here in Washington, D.C. and we're as excited to welcome the refreshing, breezy weather as you are. But do you know what's even more beautiful than Washington's world-famous cherry blossoms? That's right: the impact your donations are making for powerful nonprofits.

In March, 207 of you gave a total of $6,724 to support “Homeless Animals Hospital”, a project by Romania Animal Rescue, which provides veterinary care to homeless animals as well as the pets of impoverished people in Romania. In fact, our in-the-field traveler Kelly Z. visited recently!

This month, your donations are going to "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", a project by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica! Neotropica supports community groups in Costa Rica working for mangrove tree conservation. 

From Karla, one of Neotropica's project leaders:

"We are very happy and honored for this opportunity! We work really hard every day to make a difference in our coasts, with local people. The Pacific part of our country, especially the south part in the Osa Peninsula, is one of the poorest (economically), but also, one of the richest (environmentally), and because of that we have devoted our work to it (for 30 years now!). Mangrove conservation can be a hard task, but it is very much needed to ensure nature conservation, climate change adaptation and human wellbeing."

Wondering how your donations will be used to support Neotropica this month? Karla didn't miss a beat when I asked her.

"With this donation we will be able to establish a new mangrove nursery in the Nicoya Gulf, and work a transfer process between fishermen from both sites, Osa Peninsula and Nicoya Gulf. This will allow us to start our conservation process in a completely new area and empower new local groups."

Thank you so much for your dedication and continued support of earth-changing projects like this Neotropica. Stay tuned to find out more about our next Project of the Month, drumming up change in Kenya!

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