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May 21, 2012

May Update: Grants to Organizations in Van

Hello Globalgivers!

Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund. Since the earthquake in October 2011, your donations have supported long-term disaster relief and economic recovery for families in Van, Turkey. This month, funds from the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund went to Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which has been actively distributing grants to projects providing assistance in Van. Those grants are decided based on the following criteria: implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength, and transparency.

Kizilay, the Turkish Red Crescent Society, is one organization that has been able to extend its services further as a result of these donations. With grants from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, Kizilay was able to provide 15 container houses for victims in Van, Turkey. These container houses are complete with electricity, running water, and cooking facilities.

ACEV (Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi) provides childhood and adult education programs in Turkey. With support from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, ACEV is building a Family Rehabilitation Center in Hüsrevpaa Container City, which has about 6,000 inhabitants currently living in prefabricated buildings. The Family Rehabilitation Center is a prefabricated building that will have counseling rooms, two group rooms, a psychiatrist room, and one kids’ room. The Center will provide mobile outreach services as well.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds has approved grants to KA-MER Vakfi (Women Center Foundation) and to Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi, (Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work). These projects support women’s realization of their full human and economic rights by supporting the mental health of women and by providing education and job training programs to support economic stimulation in Van following the earthquake. KA-MER will establish a prefabricated women’s center that will provide sewing workshops, daycare, and counseling services. Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi will establish an additional women’s center with the support of a grant from Turkish Philanthropy Funds and your donations.

As you know, disaster recovery efforts linger long after an earthquake’s aftershocks have faded away. The organizations described above have demonstrated a lasting dedication to the physical, emotional, and economic recovery of the population of Van, Turkey. Thank you again for your generous donation in support of the people of Van through the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund.

Warmly,

Mattie & the GlobalGiving Team

May 16, 2012

May Update: Profile of the Lambi Fund of Haiti

Banana plants and seedlings - GG visits Lambi Fund
Banana plants and seedlings - GG visits Lambi Fund

Hello GlobalGivers!

For this month’s project report for the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, we would like to feature one of the organizations that the fund supports: Lambi Fund of Haiti. Established in 1994, the Lambi Fund has offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and in Washington, DC, USA, and supports “peasant-led community organizations” working in the fields of sustainable development, non-violence, and gender equality. Many of the Lambi Fund’s projects provide capital for community associations to plant seedlings, establish coffee, sugarcane, or livestock farms, invest in more efficient farming technology, and purchase or restore grain mills to produce high quality ground corn and millet.

One of the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s new projects will be supporting the Youth Association of Sel (AJS) as it builds a grain storage facility and starts a microcredit fund. These twin efforts are designed to respond to two needs within the community of Sel, Haiti. The first need is for affordable high-quality grain and seeds for farmers. The second need is for access to credit at a low interest rate so that local farmers can purchase the seeds and equipment necessary for self-sustaining farms. The Lambi Fund will provide training for the community members in project management and grain storage so that participants can manage their resources themselves. As farmers gain access to better farming supplies, their businesses will become stronger. Loan repayments will be reinvested in the community, providing wider access to credit for the residents of Sel. Ultimately, improved access to credit and resources should revitalize agriculture and generate employment in the area, so that the residents of Sel can kickstart their own businesses and build a stronger Haiti.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti has many projects, of which this partnership is only one. Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, which supports the people of Haiti and the work of GlobalGiving partner organizations such as The Lambi Fund of Haiti.

May 16, 2012

It's Still Mother's Day

Mothers in Lesotho, courtesy of mothers2mothers
Mothers in Lesotho, courtesy of mothers2mothers

Mother’s Day  in the U.S. was this past Sunday.  The weekend was dedicated to celebrating all the amazing women in our lives, and we got flowers, went to brunch, and reveled in our families' health and well-being.  Because you supported the Million Moms Challenge Fund, you know that for many mothers around the world, days like Mother's Day just don't happen.  But progress is being made.  Just today the UN announced that maternal mortality in developing countries is down.

So let’s take a look at how the Million Moms Challenge has been impacting mothers in the developing world.   

In rural Africa, mothers walk for miles to meet with health workers who can provide them with essential health care services, including prenatal visits and vaccinations for their children. It is heartbreaking when the health workers don’t show up.  In the past year, Riders for Health established a new professional driving school in Kenya.  The school offers training courses that equip health workers with necessary skills in riding and driving to ensure that they have the capacity to reach more mothers, more often.  When barriers due to distance and a lack of transportation are removed, health workers are mobilized to identify potential problems early and to provide women with the information and resources needed to have a healthy pregnancy. 

Nokodwa lives in South Africa in a township outside Cape Town called Khayelitsha.  She is HIV-positive.  For Nokodwa, Mother’s Day isn’t just about flowers or candy, it’s about life—hers and her children’s.  The organization mothers2mothers trains and hires mothers to be Mentor Mothers.  Mentor Mothers provide knowledge, guidance, and support to HIV-positive mothers, all of which are integral to helping mothers just like Nokoda to have healthy babies and to stay alive to raise them.  Nokodwa is now a Mentor Mother herself and strives to bring the gift of life and hope to other women. 

Every day is Mother’s Day.

We invite you to join us in honoring the incredible moms around the world who strive selflessly to have a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who will survive and thrive.  You can learn more about being a part of the global community of moms here!

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