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Jul 9, 2014

Continuous Work in the Philippines

Photo courtesy of Asia America Initiative
Photo courtesy of Asia America Initiative

Hi GlobalGivers,

In the Philippines, communities may never know when disaster will strike again. On average, eight to nine typhoons hit the Philippines each year, causing massive amounts of flooding and damage. Individuals must constantly recover from tragedy and are in need of more and more relief efforts. Luckily, there are passionate organizations more than willing to help. Thanks to your donations, GlobalGiving has been able to give funds to projects focused on rebuilding communities, distributing supplies to children and families, and preparing for future disasters. Here are some updates from these organizations:

De La Salle University, a university in the Philippines, prides itself on using local experts to lead recovery efforts (hence its project name, “Philippines Recovery Efforts Led By Local Experts”). Recently, De La Salle University worked to construct new projects based on consultations from both their internal and external partners at the center in emergency relief operations. After the consultations, the university found that instead of having projects focus on recovery relief, they should focus more on disaster preparation and management. After thorough research and discussion, this approach was found to be more effective. In the latest project report, the university announced some future plans for this project. These plans include continued capacity building, including building an emergency response team for the area. This team will include rescue swimmers and divers, as well as a mountain rescue team. We hope you are all looking forward to their future efforts as much as we are!

Asia America Initiative’s project “Provide Relief to 5000 Families In Typhoon Bopha” is working with local groups to provide relief for survivors of the on-going disasters sparked by climate change in this region. Recently, Asia America Initiative distributed school books and readers to middle schools and high schools, in order for the students to continue having a “basic education” during these disasters. To date, the organization has been able to provide nearly 100,000 books! Unfortunately, the new typhoon season sprung again in mid-May, and students started school the first week of June. Asia America Initiative is working tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the students, but there is still more work to be done.

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) highlighted, in their latest report, one of the IDV rescue team volunteers named Maria. She, like many of the other volunteers, needed to learn basic first aid in order to help her community when disaster strikes again. Through IDV’s project “Help Filipino Communities Prepare for Disasters”, Maria and the other volunteers received an intense two day course in first aid. Through this course, led by army personnel, attendees practiced and learned CPR, how to respond to spinal cord injuries and broken bones, how to navigate through smoke, etc. Thanks to your generous donations, IDV on-the-ground volunteers are better prepared to deal with health issues in the face of tragedy. IDV hopes to train even more volunteers in first aid and even supply first aid kits and life vests in the future. All of this cannot be done without your support.

Because of the on-going nature of natural disasters in the Philippines, your continued support is more important than ever before. We may never know when a disaster is about to strike, and these organizations must always be prepared to face future typhoons, flooding, and more. We may not know what lies ahead in the Philippines, but all of the progress so far would not have been possible without you. Thank you for your continued passion and support!

Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of De La Salle University
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV
Photo courtesy of IDV

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Jul 2, 2014

Project of the Month Update: July 2014

Photo: Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.
Photo: Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Now that it is officially summer, a hot one at that, we are happy to serve you this cool glass of gratitude from the organizations you support with your Project of the Month Club gifts.

In June, the 178 members of this club raised $5,828 for “Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda” run by Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH). AAH scores in the top 1% of schools nationwide, and has a 100% graduation rate. AAH’s project leader, Maureen Dugan, was thrilled to hear the news of your donations, “We are humbled and honored to be selected as the Project of the Month! A donation of $5800 or so would be a lifesaver - literally.  It would cover a year's education for 16 children, several girls mentoring activities to keep girls in school, and medicine for malaria and respiratory infections at the clinic.”  Maureen and all the children of Arlington Academy of Hope thank you for your generous gift.

This month, you will be contributing to “Ensure Excellent Education for 105 Kids in India” run by Teach for India. Your donations this month will ensure 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 alumni who, influenced by their experiences in the classroom, will work towards effecting multi-sector solutions to India's most difficult problems.

As the mercury rises, we hope you find a way to beat the heat and feel good about making a difference in the lives of others at the same time. We look forward to passing along more good news from the field in August!

Warmly (both figuratively and literally),

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Teach for India
Photo: Teach for India
Jun 27, 2014

Updates from GG Partners

Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

Hello GlobalGivers,

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity over the past year. The Chinese Sichuan province has had to recover from a tragic earthquake not once, but twice. Lushan county, at  the center of the earthquake, lost 120 townspeople, and all cities and towns within the township suffered from serious damages. Our partner organizations, including on-the-ground, local organizations, have helped improve the hygiene of affected children, assisted local NGOs dedicated to cause recovery, and addressed physical and mental health needs of survivors. You, along with these partners, have allowed the Sichuan province to recover from a second tragedy. Here are some updates from these partners:

Mercy Corps has addressed the needs of recovering children through its project Response to Devastating Sichuan, China Earthquake. The program Comfort for Kids (C4K) provided children with art supplies and workbooks to help them work through the trauma. Since the beginning of the program, C4K and Mercy Corps have helped over 6,000 children recover from the disaster in a positive and creative way. To further enhance the lives of the affected children, Mercy Corps has also delivered basic supplies to help them return to a normal life of learning and playing. Emergency preparations have been put in place in schools by trained staff to ensure both teachers and children are prepared for anything in the future. Both children and teachers are thankful for these new programs put in place. One teacher, named Xubin, said “my colleagues have also expressed to me that in helping their students face the difficulties of dealing with this loss, they too have worked through a great deal of their own trauma.” Thanks to Mercy Corps, children of the Sichuan province can return to a normal life once again.

Shanghai United Foundation has allowed local NGOs to help out the cause right in their backyard. This past October, four projects were voted on to receive funding from SUF. The first program provided items such as tables, chairs, and beds to kindergarteners in Lushan county. Project number two focused on motivating the youth of Sichuan province to meet their full potential. The project consisted of developing an innovative program centered around tourism for the youth to take part in. The third project went to funding to improve preschool education in Ya’an county, and the final project set up a social work station in the Ya’an Shuangshi primary school. Without the help and generosity of SUF, these NGOs may not have had the chance to make such a difference in their communities.

Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, SH’s project Helps Community Rebuilding in Quake-Affected Ya’an has strived to promote mental health awareness ever since the earthquake struck. This past March, Xintu Center held a workshop to develop strategies to promote mental health. There were 46 participants who took part in workshops to help come up with these strategies along with Xintu staff. The participants from local communities, hospitals, and governments learned about stakeholders, measuring processes, developing visions and objectives, along with many more project-related topics. After the event, the five strategies were reviewed by other members of the communities and members of foundations. Xintu Center hopes that these proposals will receive government funding in order to improve the mental health of disaster survivors.

We cannot express enough how grateful we are for your kind support. These organizations would not have been able to make such an impact over the past year without your help. The people of the Sichuan province can now have a second chance, and it is thanks to you. Keep up the great work!

Photo courtesy of Shanghai United Foundation
Photo courtesy of Shanghai United Foundation
Photo courtesy of Xintu Center
Photo courtesy of Xintu Center
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

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