Thank you so much for your continued support to help provide food security relief to the people of the Sahel region. While the good news is that estimates have dropped 44% for the number of Sahelians at risk of going hungry this year, the bad news is that aid agencies are asking for the same amount of relief as last year - $1.6 billion. This may come as a shock, but in dealing with this emergency situation many things come into play. In 2012 when the crisis first became apparent, focus was placed on emergency relief such as high-energy foods like Plumpy’Nut from Edesia, Inc. Medicine and equipment were given to the most vulnerable populations, particularly children, from Merlin to help try and stabilize the area.
Now efforts are being diverted into alleviating human suffering and building resilience and safety nets. Even though the figures are similar for 2012 and 2013, their make ups are very different. The crisis in Mali has been added to the situation along with carry-overs from last year: farmers’ debts from depleted granaries, unsanitary water, poor healthcare, and severe malnutrition. RAIN has been focused on providing reduced-cost food and subsidized sales of grain to not only relieve the physical pain and discomfort of starvation, but to also try and prevent a relapse in this disaster.
Aside from mitigating human suffering, action is underway to provide endurance and resilience to the Sahel region. This is crucial in order to avoid future famines and catastrophes. Allegra Baiocchi, head of the UN’s West Africa Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) explains that “It’s not just about malnutrition and food. These are multi-dimensional problems with multi-dimensional solutions.” Water, hygiene and sanitation are being taught to children, nutrition and feeding practices to adults and pastoralists are learning about irrigation, diversifying their crops and vaccination programs.
Cyprien Fabre, head of the European Union funding body ECHO’s West African stresses “What we are sure of is that funding should remain high in 2013, which is not a crisis year in the same way as last, but is still a crisis year. The poorest went into debt, reached breaking point, but did not suddenly bounce back because of the good harvest this year. Many are again starting the year with nothing. Extreme poverty is not a trap you get out of in one year.”
Thank you again for your generous support GlobalGivers. Please remember that it is because of you that relief in the Sahel is possible. With every donation, we are one step closer to ending hunger and disaster in this region of Africa.
This is a personal message from Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving.
To the generous donors of GlobalGiving's Japan Relief Fund,
This coming March 11th will mark the two-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. A year ago, Britt and I visited our partners' project sites. While we were happy to see that the projects were making remarkable progress, we were also overwhelmed by the sight of the damage that the earthquake and tsunami brought to Tohoku.
Japan still has a long way to recover, and our partners on the ground are working hard to help rebuild the communities affected by the disaster. With your donations, children in Fukushima can go to summer camps and play outside without worrying about radiation. We supported our partner who ran special career sessions for junior high school students in Tohoku, so that they will continue to be motivated about their future. We sent young entrepreneurs like Naoko to Tohoku so that they can start businesses to revitalize local economic growth. I believe that the youth that you have helped through our fund will become the next generation of leaders.
I personally would like to thank you for supporting the recovery effort. I am touched how you continuously contributed to the fund throughout these past two years. Today, I'd like to ask you to consider giving again. To honor the two-year anniversary, GlobalGiving is running a special matching campaign for projects that are working in Tohoku. We are matching your donations 100% from March 1st to the 15th, and on March 11th, we are matching the donations 200%.
I appreciate you standing with us for supporting the Japanese people. On this day, I hope that you will join me reflecting on the loss the people have gone through and the ongoing recovery efforts.
Dear Project of the Month Club,
We are so glad to let you know that last month, you and 148 other Project of the Month Club members raised $4,690 for "Gift Learning Kits to Rural Girls," offering activities and games to primary grade student. The kits help them learn English, Hindi, and Math, and include fun learning tools like games, posters, and art materials.
Nooreen Dossa, Project Leader, shared with us the impact your gift will have:
"The sum of $4,000 will provide learning kits to approximately 115 schools which will help us reach out to over 5,000 girls living in gender discriminate districts in Rajasthan, India."
For March's Project of the Month, we'd like to introduce you to a project called "Atlas Corps: Invest In Global Nonprofit Leaders," led by Atlas Corps, a longtime GlobalGiving partner. Through their leadership development program for nonprofit leaders, individuals from around the world volunteer in the U.S., learn new skills, share their perspectives, and then return home empowered to address critical issues. To overcome the lack of training in the nonprofit sector, Atlas Corps pioneered a multilateral exchange model that empowers individuals while building the capacity of organizations in the USA and abroad.Project Leader, Abby Flottemesch, wanted to share with you her message of thanks upon learning that they were selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
"AWESOME! We are inspired that "Atlas Corps: Invest in Global Leaders" was selected as the project of the month. When you invest in these leaders, you support a global movement. You support the individuals improving our schools, community health, youth development, and more at home and abroad."
Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion, and we hope that you are proud to develop a generation of nonprofit leaders empowered with the skills and networks to tackle the world's biggest challenges. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.
Warm regards,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team