On behalf of all of our nonprofit partners and communities in the Philippines we would like to send a big thank you for supporting the relief and recovery effort after Super Typhoon Haiyan. As we enter the new year, millions of people remain displaced, but GlobalGiving partners and donors like you are making a difference in these lives.
More than 25 organizations working in the Philippines have already benefited from recovery funds through GlobalGiving, and we recently sent 20 additional grants to our partners! This recent round of funding is supporting groups that are shifting their work from immediate relief to long-term recovery. At the bottom of this email you’ll see a full list of all the organizations included in our most recent grant round, but we wanted to highlight three specific organizations so you can better see the impact of your dollars:
Children’s Joy Foundation ($80,000) has seven Children’s Residential Centers in the Philippines that provide food, shelter, clothing, and education to poor children throughout the country. Since Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, Children’s Joy Foundation distributed relief food and provided hot meals to evacuees, provided a generator that gave light to more than 500 families, distributed fishing boats to families along the coast, constructed a day care center, and held a holiday party for hundreds of children between 3-14 years old. In this long-term recovery phase, they will continue to support the livelihood of small fishermen in Leyte Province, including distributing fishing boats to coastal communities.
Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation ($50,000) is a local organization that has been carrying out relief efforts in the municipalities of Albuera, Dulag, Palo, Capoocan, and Kangasince the typhoon hit in November. WAND has provided safe sanitation through low-cost toilets and hygiene kits, vegetable seeds and other planting materials, emergency food packs in hard-to-reach areas, and provided local building materials to build Filipino-style homes. They will continue the food security and hygiene-related relief activities they have been conducting, but will also add a coconut and banana replanting program to provide additional economic and food security for farmers in the areas who lost their crops in the typhoon.
Mercy in Action Vineyard, Inc ($30,000) is a nonprofit that has been providing free maternal and childcare since 1992. They are based outside the disaster area in Olongapo, Philippines, but after the typhoon, they loaded their ambulance with medical and birth supplies and drove and ferried 36 hours to Leyte Island to set up a mobile birth tent and emergency medical center. Within just a few weeks, 203 pregnant women and 250 breastfeeding women were benefitting from their daily feeding program, 295 women received prenatal exams, they delivered 42 babies, conducted 68 postpartum visits, and distributed 391 boxes of high protein supplements and 427 vitamin packets. This support from GlobalGiving is helping them fulfill their commitment to feed and care for every woman they encounter who was pregnant when Typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte through their delivery and postpartum recovery period.
Dear Project of the Month Club,
Happy February! There's a lot of reasons to be excited this month— like longer hours of daylight, the winter Olympics, and Valentine's Day— and here's another reason for excitement:
Last month, 182 of you gave a combined total of $5,859 to "Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children," a project run by our partners over at Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC). With your gift, AODVC was able to rescue five mothers and their children from domestic violence overseas and bring them back home to the US. That's pretty amazing.
We're also thrilled to share that, in February, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Pediatric Services In Remote Areas Of Argentina" by our friends over at Sumando Manos Foundation.
Here's what the Project Leader Guillermo Donaire had to say when we shared the good news with him:
"Thanks everyone for trusting in our foundation to be the liaison between underprivileged children who need our help and yourselves. As the poet Maya Angelou has said, 'People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.' And this is our mission— to make underprivileged children in remote zones feel that they are important and have access to opportunity."
Thank you so much for your generosity. We are so humbled to hear about the impact that your gifts are making, and we hope you feel the same joy that we do when you read these updates from around the globe.
Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team