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Mar 13, 2015

Project of the Month Update: March 2015

Isha Vidhya
Isha Vidhya

Dear Project of the Month Club,

March is here and we’re finally beginning to thaw out from an icy winter here in Washington, D.C. In addition to the warmer weather, we’re also excited to see the amazing impact your donations are having for earth-changing nonprofits around the world!

In February, 193 of you gave a total of $6,210 to Isha Vidhya’s “Gift An Education...Make A Life!” project, which operates English-medium schools for children in rural India. Your support will help them meet urgent infrastructure needs for the coming school year.

This month your donations will 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.

Romania Animal Rescue’s Nancy Janes had this to say when she found out her organization project had been been chosen as March’s Project of the Month:

“Thank you with all my heart and from all our vets, techs and project coordinators. I am so very pleased and thrilled. Donations will go to further our ongoing commitments for more spay/neuter surgeries to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, to treat injuries, provide tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests.”

Thank you so much for your continued support of incredible projects like this one and I look forward to sharing even more news of the positive change your donations create next month.

Warmly,
Mari and the team at GlobalGiving

Romania Animal Rescue
Romania Animal Rescue
Mar 11, 2015

Progress on Flood Relief

The new greenhouse helps to ensure food security!
The new greenhouse helps to ensure food security!

As the world's most disaster-affected country, the Philippines has been consistently subjected to calamity. Thanks to generous donors like you, our partner organizations have been able to alleviate the suffering of local communities by providing on the ground support.  Here is a glance at all of the great activities happening in the Philippines. International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is committed to investing in communities before disaster strikes. They hope that by helping communities prepare, they will lessen the impact of these disasters and guarantee that communities can recover as quickly as possible, without total dependence on outside aid.

Recently, they have teamed up with their partner Buklod Tao to improve the Banaba Livelihood and Evacuation Center which is located just outside of Manila.  The center is intended to provide shelter for sixty evacuated families during typhoons. Thanks to donor support, IDV and Buklod Tao have been able to make substantial progress beginning renovations. The second floor of the center is watertight and secure while both the second and third floor are now equipped with functioning bathrooms.  Additionally, cooking facilities that are being used to provide more hot meals to evacuees and a rainwater harvesting system and pump have also been installed. This harvesting system can store over 650 gallons of sterilized water. All of  these efforts have doubled the amount of usable space in the center.  And, the center is home to a community development project that's focus is on  vegetable gardening for families. Not only does this provide better nutrition but also ensures food security. IDV has supported this initiative through the construction of a greenhouse at the center for seedlings.

As you can see, your donations have a direct impact on countless Filipinos. GlobalGiving and IDV are infinitely appreciative of your generosity and urge you to continue working with us in the quest to support the Philippines in a time of need. Thank you!

 

* All photos courtesy of IDV 

One affected community
One affected community
The second floor is now fully functioning!
The second floor is now fully functioning!
Mar 11, 2015

Relief for Japan's Tsunami Victims

Gymnastics Exercises. Courtesy of JEN
Gymnastics Exercises. Courtesy of JEN

Dear GlobalGivers,

Thank you so much for your continued support for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund! Your generous contributions have been crucial to help many communities rebuild after the earthquake and prepare for the upcoming fishing season.

The Peace Winds America team has been hard at work building fishing sheds for tsunami victims. They have already completed over 100 sheds, which give local fisherman, who are still living in temporary housing needing to generate income, a place to work and store their equipment. The recipients of the sheds had a fantastic oyster season where they caught many large, plump oysters and were able to sell them at high prices, supporting their rebuilding and recovery. Peace Winds America is currently working on building 14 new fishing shelters which will be completed in time for the upcoming seaweed harvest and spring fishing season.

On the Road has continued its construction of the Multi-Purpose Recovery Base in the Japanese city of Ishinomaki. Over the past three months, volunteers have finished the electrical work, completed the drainage system, and painted many interior rooms. Once it is completed, the base will host community events and workshops to rebuild and strengthen community ties that were broken following the tsunami.

The Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) has sponsored many community events to help the people of Ishinomaki recover. In December, they held their “Handicrafts Market” where local artisans congregated to sell their products. Each year, this fair empowers local women to become self-sustaining and to turn their hobby into lasting businesses. JEN also built two new parks to give children an outdoors space to congregate and play. The kids’ response towards these parks will help JEN tailor an additional 70 parks tailored specifically to the wants of the children and parents. In November, JEN hosted a match-making event to help men and women find partners and learn about life in the fishing village. Congratulations to the 5 happy new couples who met during the event!


None of this would have been possible without you! Thank you for your continued support for Japan’s recovering communities.

Volunteers Working Outdoors. Courtesy of JEN
Volunteers Working Outdoors. Courtesy of JEN
A new fishing shed. Courtesy of Peace Winds
A new fishing shed. Courtesy of Peace Winds
Disaster Recovery Base. Courtesy of On the Road
Disaster Recovery Base. Courtesy of On the Road

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