Thank you very much for your generous donation to the Bricks for Good Fund. Since our last report we've helped raise thousands of dollars to support clean water, education, and reforestation projects around the world.Build a WellThe purchase of the "Well" kit has helped fund a clean water system in China (pictured) that is getting clean, safe water to kids that previous lacked it.
Build a SchoolThe purchase of the "School" kit has helped a school in Kenya add a new library and is now helping them buy books to fill their shelves.
Build a TreeThe purchase of the "Tree" kit has helped a community in Madagascar buy seedlings to plant. As you can see from the photo below, it's a team effort to get them planted.
Thank YouThank you again for your generous support. We hope that you've enjoy building your sets and seeing the good you've helped build in the world. Please let us know if you have any feedback on the sets or this project in the comment.
Happy building,Kevin ConroyDirector of User Experiencewww.globalgiving.org
The Sahel region has been on the brink of disaster for many months now. There has been little rainfall, extreme temperatures and horrific violence throughout the region. The people of this region are resilient, but they require basic necessities like you and me. Because of unstable weather the people have not been able to maintain their livelihoods, selling crops and growing livestock. Because of a war that the world is turning a blind eye to, thousands upon thousands are fleeing their homes and have lost their lives.
Luckily, many organizations around the world are answering the call for help in the Sahel. GlobalGiving has created the Sahel Relief Fund, partnering with organizations on our site that are already doing outstanding work with refugees, children, addressing needs of water, sanitation, and food.
The US Association for UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) is helping Malian refugees, Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, which is providing hunger relief to Sahel Nomads, and Merlin USA is addressing the immediate health needs of severely malnourished people. Edesia, Inc. is also feeding malnourished children with their innovative product Plumpy’Nut, the Near East Foundation (NEF) is supporting vulnerable livestock and crop farmers in Mali, Mercy Corps focuses on the long term needs of the people by strengthening communities and providing vocational training.
Organizations like Edesia, Inc. are taking measures to prevent famines from becoming a pandemic. Edesia, Inc. distributes Plumpy’Nut in the Sahel to reverse malnutrition, help children to recover, grow, and prosper. Plumpy’Nut is a vitamin enhanced peanut paste. When children are given Plumpy’Nut in the Sahel, parents learn about the importance of nutrition.
The Near East Foundation (NEF) is supporting crop farmers and livestock at risk in Northern Mali. There are a number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mali as a result of the political instability in the nation. The IDPs do not have a stable place to create a new lifestyle, which is where NEF comes in to provide farming supplies, improved seed, fertilizer and animal feed. The NEF said that warehouses in Madiama, Sira Koro/Soufouroulaye, and Mopti received 2,528 bags, or 182,100 kg of rice seeds.
The lingering famine and continuing violence in the Sahel region are a source of instability in the region. The serious issues at hand are being addressed by GlobalGiving’s partners through the Sahel Relief Fund.
Thank you for your continuous support through GlobalGiving this holiday season!
In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Since that time, GlobalGiving’s Philippine Flood Relief Fund has been able to facilitate emergency relief as well as rebuilding efforts. Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative have been instrumental in the relief efforts since this tremendous disaster.
Peace Winds America has partnered with a local organization, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) to allocate relief supplies to families who have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the torrential tropical storms in the Philippines. The immediate need is great, as families are beginning to return to their homes and require basic necessities which PWA and CDRC are able to provide.
Looking ahead, PWA has begun to support CDRC in long term “community-based disaster management programs, necessary to lessen the impact of future disasters in this vulnerable nation.” While there is an immediate need to distribute basic supplies for people to survive, the ultimate goal of Peace Winds America is to implement disaster management programs so communities in areas that experience consistent tropical rain storms are well prepared with stable shelter, escape routes and food so their safety will not be compromised.
Asia America Initiative is also assisting with immediate relief efforts in the Philippines. AAI has helped to sustain communities in Quezon City, Taquig, Marakina and Laguna. AAI has delivered clean water, clothing, blankets and hygiene materials for evacuees in these regions. The program that AAI has applied has drastically reduced the spread of infectious diseases throughout temporary camps for displaced people. AAI has observed waterborne tropical diseases like dengue fever and leptospirosis spreading in dam water overflows and hopes to prevent epidemics from occurring through water filtering systems and distributing medicines.
Peace Winds America and Asia America Initiative are the newest additions to the GlobalGiving Philippine Flood Relief Fund. Check out their project pages to learn more about how they are making a positive impact in the Philippines. Thank you for your generous contributions this holiday season!