Dear Project of the Month Club,
Fall is almost here — though I’d forgive you for not believing it if you’ve been enduring a heat wave like the one we’ve had here in Washington, D.C. this past week. But kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and it’s once again time for me to share the incredible impact you all are having.
In August, the 183 members of this club raised $6,199 for “Education & Support for 500 Children in Uganda”, a project run by Tributaries International. Your donation covered the cost of tuition, meals and supplies of 80 students returning to class at Calvary Primary School, just outside the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
This month, your donation is supporting “Educate a Mexico Girl-Child From The Barrios”, run by Christel House, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty for the girls they serve in Mexico City.
“It’s our goal to give our students the opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their background. We provide impoverished children with education, nutrition, healthcare, transportation, clothing, social services and the resources they need to succeed,” writes Aubrey Merki of Christel House. “We appreciate your support and belief in our girls!”
Aubrey also shared that your support this month could provide complete medical support to 40 girls for a full year at Christel House.
Thank you for being part of this community and generously supporting life-changing projects like Christel House every month. See you in October!
Mari and the team at GlobalGiving
Ebola continues to spread across West Africa, with the number of those affected continuing to rise dramatically. The latest report from the World Health Organization counts 3,069 cases of Ebola in the region and 1,552 deaths from the disease so far.
The region’s entire health system is under strain. Clinics across West Africa are closing their doors, and the numbers of available trained workers is dwindling as health workers contract Ebola themselves or return to their home countries. Liberia recently enacted a curfew and a quarantine that affected tens of thousands of people. Livelihoods are collapsing as people cannot go to work or collect food or water for their families. Misinformation continues to be a major factor in the spread of Ebola, with many people still refusing to believe that Ebola even exists.
Our hard-working, locally-driven partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are engaging in a wide range of proven tactics to counteract this outbreak. Some are providing direct care to those already infected with Ebola, while others are providing personal protective equipment to keep aid workers safe. A number of our partners are executing public education campaigns and distributing sanitary products in order to stop the spread of the disease in their communities.
Your donation to our Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund is already hard at work fighting the outbreak. We made our first grants to partner organizations within one week of opening this fund and have continued to get money to the ground quickly so that it can be used by those most in need. When deciding how to allocate these funds, we looked at the individual activities, budgets, and other donations received by our partner organizations. Below is the full list of grants made to date:
As always, we will continue to update you on how your funds are being used, and invite you to see the full list of partner nonprofits currently seeking funds for Ebola relief work. Thank you for being part of the effort to put a stop to this terrible epidemic.
Political unrest in both Afghanistan and Pakistan has been in the news lately. Who will be the next president of Afghanistan remains unresolved several months after the election, and young people involved in uprisings in Pakistan express deep unhappiness with that country’s leaders. We want the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan to resolve their political disputes, but how can they best prepare to be open to compromise and appreciate different political views?
As you know, The Safer World Fund supports a number of nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in education, health care, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. Investing in girls will help open opportunities for communities to live in peace with possibilities for all. An educated woman teaches her family to respect different points of view. Check out these amazing stories and updates from the nonprofits benefiting from your generous donations:
Education may seem like a simple action in a nation ravaged by war for the last several decades, but we have seen tremendous change in the status of girls and women. Providing quality education experiences is about more than just getting more girls into the classroom; it is about empowering them to be free, creative thinkers who can engage in the public discussion of their country’s culture and politics and be respected and heard.
Every day your support is allowing the Afghan Institute of Learning to make a huge impact on the lives of the women and girls who come to our learning centers. Every student is unique, and skills that students have before starting classes vary greatly, as do the goals of each woman. Some come to the center to learn to read, write or sew. Others come to learn math, computers, physics, or chemistry.
Thank you for being a supporter of the promising opportunities an education provides for girls and boys around the world. And starting September 1st, all contributions to The Safer World Fund, and the projects that comprise it, are matched 50 percent, giving an extra boost to the impact your contributions will have.
With best wishes,Joyce Manchester