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Aug 4, 2014

Empowering Haiti

Courtesy of International Medical Corps
Courtesy of International Medical Corps

Hi GlobalGivers,

Despite the massive amounts of damage done in Haiti and obstacles thrown in the way, our partners continue to deliver. The aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has never been too much of a challenge for these organizations. Whether it be delivering supplies to local hospitals, assisting grassroots organizations in Haiti, or preventing further cholera outbreaks, our partners are working to empower Haiti once again. Here are just a few of the projects these organizations have recently implemented to further hope and development in Haiti:

Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA) responded to the tragedy in Haiti by supplying local hospitals with materials through its project “Medical Supplies for Hospitals in Haiti”. Even though VIDA struggled with customs recently to deliver supplies, they persevered and succeeded. Their continued dedication is showcased through their work in Cayes Jacmel, an area of Haiti recovering from the earthquake. One volunteer, Dr. Magloir, leads two visits each year with other physicians to deliver VIDA supplies to the area. The most recent trip delivered 25 suitcases with respiratory supplies and equipment for patients. In VIDA’s latest report, they announced that shipments of this magnitude will continue six times each year. This is all thanks to your support and generosity!

Lambi Fund of Haiti is also empowering Haiti through its project “Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti”. By helping local organizations build community-led enterprises, Lambi Fund hopes to implement long-term solutions and development strategies. COFECA is a perfect success story of a local organization working with Lambi Fund to implement their ideas into the community. This organization is working primarily with local entrepreneurs to develop and distribute their products. Some of these projects include turning peanuts into peanut butter, supporting women who make jelly to sell in local markets, and working with seamstresses who are creating clothing for local children and adults. COFECA aims to develop a credit to generate revenue for these projects in the Kavayon region. Surprisingly, this is only one of nine organizations Lambi Fund is supporting. With continued donations and support, the possibilities for the Lambi Fund and their partner organizations are endless.

International Medical Corps has helped Haiti recover from the earthquake since the beginning, 22-hours after tragedy struck to be exact. Its project “Provide Medical Care to Haiti” has worked tirelessly to address the cholera outbreak that sprung right around when the earthquake hit. To address this second disaster in Haiti, International Medical Corps set up cholera treatment centers (CTCs) in the Port-au-Prince region. Along with this network of centers, the organization set up mobile medical units in order for the most  remote parts of the country to receive treatment. This past year, there was unfortunately an increase in cholera cases beginning in June 2013. As a result, International Medical Corps provided immediate response and helped benefit over 1.5 million people. Despite this tireless effort, cholera still continues to have a presence in Haiti. With hurricane season approaching, it is more important than ever for International Medical Corps to receive your support.

Our partner organizations show how dedication and hard work can lead to overcoming challenges, such as the aftermath in Haiti. Of course, much of this is thanks to you, our donors. We will never stop appreciating your passion and generosity towards the cause. Remember, you are helping to empower Haiti. Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo courtesy of Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo courtesy of VIDA
Photo courtesy of VIDA
Photo courtesy of International Medical Corps
Photo courtesy of International Medical Corps

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Aug 4, 2014

What you've helped accomplish this summer!

Excitement at the opening of the new VNSNY Center!
Excitement at the opening of the new VNSNY Center!

As the skies darken and the wind picks up, those of us on the East Coast of the U.S. can’t help but have the unsettling feeling that hurricane season is setting in again. It’s been almost two years since Hurricane Sandy whipped along the Atlantic seaboard, leaving devastation and destruction in its wake, and even though most of the physical scars have healed, families are still trying to stitch together lives and livelihoods fragmented by the storm. But they aren’t alone, because they’ve had help from you. Some may have lost houses, others a family member, but throughout they’ve gotten support from a global community of friends they didn’t even know they had.

Thanks to the support of wonderful donors like you, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund at GlobalGiving has been able to support a variety of ongoing recovery and reconstruction projects.

Baby Buggy continues to provide clothing, food, school supplies, and furniture to support families that are still struggling with the loss of housing and employment in the wake of the storm. In their progress reports, Baby Buggy shared the story of the Davis family, who lost both their jobs and everything they owned when Sandy hit New York City. While searching for steady employment and housing, the Davis family stayed at a Brooklyn shelter for nearly two years, but commuted over an hour each way to bring their five children back to their old schools where the older kids could remain with their friends and their youngest could continue the special needs program he was enrolled in. While they were in the shelter, Baby Buggy was able to provide the Davis family with food, clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies, and helped them search for a new apartment – where they moved in this spring!

Baby Buggy has also helped a long-time partner, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), rebuild in the wake of the storm. VNSNY runs both an early head start program and a fatherhood program. When the VNSNY building was destroyed during the hurricane, teachers and administrators came to the site even in the loss of their own homes and goods to figure out how they could provide immediate relief to families in the area. With the help of Baby Buggy, VNSNY was able to provide essential goods to families in the area at the time, and now fifteen months later, open a new center where they can continue to provide social services.  The silver lining to those storm clouds? The new center has room for VNSNY to serve even more families than before, as the old center only had room for 75 children and the new center has room for 185! Even in the wake of this terrible storm, we can see the unifying power of natural disasters as communities and nonprofits work together to provide relief and rebuild.

Hurricane Sandy wrecked more than homes and amusement parks: it also caused a huge spike in the cases of cholera in communities struck by the hurricane, as well as destroying the hospitals and medicines that allow doctors to fight the disease. This relief fund also supported two projects outside the United States – one in Haiti, and the other in Cuba – that are still supplying critical medical supplies to physicians trying to lessen the spread of the disease and care for afflicted patients. The Vice-Director of Global Link’s project in Cuba said in a recent project report, “The health care kits you sent us were invaluable.” She explained that all the hospitals they visited highlighted the importance of these kits, which, complete with gloves and face masks, allow doctors to care for patients without getting infected themselves or exacerbating the spread of the disease. She shared a story of a visit she undertook with a doctor to educate a remote community on disease prevention techniques, when they were asked to examine an old man thought to be suffering from cholera. The Vice-Director and the young doctor were many miles away from a nearby hospital, and while cholera patients cannot spare hours, the two couldn’t care or even examine the man without protective material. As they “stood outside the house pondering possibilities that would allow the doctor to enter the house without putting her life at risk,” the Vice-Director realized that she had a healthcare kit in the back of the car – which allowed the doctor to give care to the patient without contracting the disease herself.

So even while our skies darken and the wind picks up again, we can’t help but feel hopeful and thankful for all that light that has poured through these clouds thanks to donors like you. Because of you, those with cholera in Haiti and Cuba continue to receive help, and a new and improved family center was able to rise from the ashes of the previous one. Please consider continuing to support these projects as they provide support for communities still reeling from the effects of the storm, and we wish you a wonderful, safe end to your summer!

Members of the Davis family pick up pillows
Members of the Davis family pick up pillows
Two years later, reconstruction continues in Cuba
Two years later, reconstruction continues in Cuba
Nurse uses healthcare kit to clean infected slides
Nurse uses healthcare kit to clean infected slides

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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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