Its been over a year since the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado rocked the lives of hundreds and took the lives of 25. The strong people of Moore have united together to fight adversity and challenges from the aftermath of this disaster and have been able to do so with your help! Over the past year, some of our partner organizations have worked tirelessly to provide relief efforts and a helping hand in this time of need. Here are a few projects your donations have been able to fund:
Architecture for Humanity’s project Rebuild Moore - Oklahoma Tornado Reconstruction has worked for the past year to rebuild resources in Moore, including community centers, youth centers, public sports facilities, and centers for the elderly. Recently, Architecture for Humanity worked with a program developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program consisted of several sessions for training architects, engineers, and other professionals in order to better prepare schools in the area for future disasters. One participant, Tommy Stewart, spoke positively of the program and said “rather than what happened, we were taught to think about what could happen”. This forward thinking will allow more Oklahoma schools to find and/or create refuge areas.
Another hard-working organization over the past year has been Do Your Part, Inc. They have worked to provide fencing, an uninsured item, and personal needs to all the people and animals affected by the tornado. In their latest report, Do Your Part introduced the Hillian family’s goat farm, which lost all of its fencing and support a year ago. As a result of all of your generous donations, the farm is up and running again. The goats are secured because of new fencing, and the family can begin to live a normal life. Do Your Part wanted donors to know the Hillian family personally thanks each and every one of you! Do Your Part continues to replace and repair lost items of survivors, and residents are beginning to move into new homes with these items.
Lastly, Save the Children was one of the first responders to the disaster, jumping in to help just twenty hours after the tornado struck! With your help, Save the Children was able to fund Child-Friendly Spaces, providing affected children with safe places to play in again. Through this project, Save the Children supported 26 child-care programs and partnered with four YMCA camps. One example of this work included sending five-year-old Colton and ten-year-old Codey to a YMCA summer camp. With your help, Save the Children reached over 5,200 individuals and 2,073 children!
Even a year later, there is still more work to be done to undo the damages of the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado. The community, however, has come so far with the help of your generosity and care. Hope is being restored in Moore, and we have you to thank. Keep up the great work!
Hello Technology for Education supporters,Thanks for your continued interest in helping us improve the quality of education with the use of technology! Funding to the Technology for Education Fund is currently supporting the Mortel Family Foundation’s work in Haiti. The Foundation supports a partnership between Palmyra Middle School in Pennsylvania with classrooms in Haiti, connecting the students and sharing learnings via a wiki.The Mortel Family Foundation has now been raising funds on GlobalGiving for five years, and we recently had the opportunity to host some of the students from Palmyra at our office in Washington, DC. The students first visited the Embassy of Haiti, where they were given a tour complete with displays of art, culture, history, and education. The students had the opportunity to present the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project to embassy staff as well, and visited with His Excellency Paul Altidor, ambassador to Haiti, before they left.The students then visited GlobalGiving’s office to learn more about the operations behind the source of their Technology for Education funds. It was a great opportunity to be the recipient of site visitors since GlobalGiving staff is typically used to visiting the organizations and projects on our site instead. It provides interesting perspective to be asked a lot of the questions we often ask our grantees, especially when those questions came from the constituents from one of those grantees. It was quite the virtuous circle.We look forward to updating you on the educational connections that continue to develop between these student groups in Haiti and the US with the aid of technology.Sincerely,The GlobalGiving Team
Dear Project of the Month Club,
Summer is fast approaching and, in America, schools are letting out, pools are being uncovered and the backyard grills are firing up. As you make plans for playing at the beach or for visiting with family, your Project of the Month donations are still hard at work.
In May, the 177 members of this club raised $5,824 for “Help Save Victimized Wildlife” run by Wildlife Alliance. This project runs a world class rehabilitation center for injured or malnourished animals in Cambodia. Last year, 112 animals were born at the center and are being cared for by Wildlife Alliance staff but the majority of your Project of the Month gift will go toward caring for the center’s newest rescues as they often require round the clock care. The most recent arrivals include a leopard cat kitten that was rescued last month, and an infant pygmy slow loris that was brought to the center last week. (The infant pygmy slow loris is only 3.5 inches tall!)
June’s project is “Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda” run by Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH). AAH’s primary school for girls scores in the top 1% of schools nationwide, and has a 100% graduation rate. AAH also runs two health clinics that serve over 20,000 Ugandan’s per year. Your generous donations will go to advancing AAH’s goal of ending the crushing cycle of extreme poverty by funding girls mentoring projects, buying school books, providing tutoring opportunities, and supplying internships to teach job skills.
So, as you take some time for yourself this summer, remember the impact your gifts continue to do all around the world and we hope you feel good about making a difference in the lives of others. Be on the look out for another club update in July!
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team