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
Violence against girls seeking an education has recently been brought to the world stage. Last month, more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from school by a terrorist organization called Boko Haram, and earlier this year Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school girl who was shot for pursuing an education, made the cover of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People of 2013" issue. It is becoming increasingly apparent to the western world that girls will overcome any obstacle to educate themselves if given the opportunity.
As you know, The Safer World Fund supports a number of nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in health, education, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. Investing in girls will help open opportunities for communities to live in peace and fulfillment. An educated woman teaches her sons to love educated girls. Check out these amazing stories and updates from the nonprofits benefiting from your generous donations:
“On a recent visit in the villages of Thatta where Sughar operates, it warmed my heart to see the way women interacted more freely, more powerfully and more joyously about their lives and their needs. The “man-free” space of this “Hub” has given them the liberty, for at least a few hours, to gossip, laugh, and whisper to each other about things they otherwise wouldn’t talk about.” -Khalida Brohi, Founder/Executive Director of Sughar.
Fariba is a 30-year old mother. She could not go to school as a child because she was a refugee during the war. She enrolled in one of the Afghan Institute of Learnning’s mobile literacy courses and is close to graduating from the class. She says, “I can read books and magazines now when I couldn’t a few months ago. I write some topics now, when before the class I couldn’t even write the alphabet’s letters. I know all of us are improving day by day. This is an excellent class.”
“I have some education now. I know how a young woman should live. I have dreams. Nothing stops me from wanting to be a doctor or teacher. I just want a building to go to school in. I am so happy it is coming. Right now we are in a temporary site. Forget all this talk about the Taliban coming back. Just focus on studying. We need female teachers and better study materials," said one brave girl going to school in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.
When Awatif was just 13, her marriage was arranged and her future, already written, until your generous donations created a scholarship for her to go to school. She worked hard, moved in with her grandparents so she could walk to class, and graduated college. Awatif is now 20 years old and just landed an impressive job teaching adult literacy with an NGO in her town.
Thank you for being a supporter of the endless possibilities an education provides for girls around the world.