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.
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!
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
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:
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.