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Jan 30, 2013

Your donations are creating amazing changes!

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

First of all, we are happy to announce that the matching campaign for Tohoku relief-related projects in November was a great success!  20 organizations raised more than $70,000. We thank you again for your generous contributions!  We are planning on holding a similar campaign in March, and we will keep you updated as we confirm the specifics.
Today, we would like to share the achievements that one of our partners, AAR Japan, has made with your donations. AAR Japan received $500,000 from Tsunami Relief Fund for their activities in Tohoku.  Here are the highlights:
  • Reconstructing workshop facilities so that displaced people with disabilities could start earning income again -  In the first half of the project period, AAR Japan rebuilt the lighting system for Keyaki Workshop, an employment supporting center for persons with disabilities, which provide working opportunities for 112 persons with disabilities.  Their works include food delivery to the elders, making and delivery of lunchboxes.  
  • Organizing community events at the temporary housing complexes in Fukushima - AAR Japan have been organizing community gatherings events and overnight field trips for elementary school.  Since July,about 560 people participated in the events.
  • Providing radiation detectors so that people can check radiation levels of food they are consuming - As soon as the dosimeters arrive to the venue, AAR Japan plans on distributing the equipment to workshops that produce organic vegetables.
  • Building playgrounds in temporary housing units - AAR Japan installed equipments for playgrounds located in temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture since September.  They are now used by 640 children in Fukushima, and because of the equipments, they are exercising a lot more!
  • Providing bottle water to nurseries and kindergartens - There is a high demand from nurseris and kindergartens for safe drinking water in Fukushima.  AAR Japan has been providing safe bottled water for 4 kindergartens and children in temporary housing.
 
Thank you for your wonderful support!  These achievements were not possible without your contributions!
Workers from Keyaki Workshop
Workers from Keyaki Workshop
Children having fun at an overnight camp
Children having fun at an overnight camp
This equipment was built with YOUR contributions!
This equipment was built with YOUR contributions!
Playing with the new swing
Playing with the new swing
Safe water for the kids
Safe water for the kids
Jan 10, 2013

Project of the Month Update: January 2013

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We are thrilled to let you know that last month, you and 157 other Project of the Month Club members raised an amazing $5,953 for "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru," providing women economic stablility while still encouraging creativity and education.

Annie Millican, Project Leader, shared with us their plans for spending your donations:

"With [these funds] we will give our three seamstresses training in computer and administrative skills so they can increasingly manage their own orders and sales. We will also provide further trainings in pattern-making so they can truly take the lead in designing quality, fashion-forward items. We will provide hard-skills training to our new spinning cooperative, a group of 11 young women, to teach them to create felt out of leftover fleece; we will teach the seamstress-designers to use this felt as another raw material that supports local women.

Finally, we will invest in sales and marketing to enable all our cooperatives to access a wider market and immediately improve their income. This will allows us to increase the skills, autonomy, responsibility and income of all the 95 women with whom Awamaki works, so that they may continue to invest in their communities and create a better life for themselves and their families."

For January's Project of the Month, we're glad to tell you about a project called "I Am A JewelGirl. What Kind Of Girl Are You?led by one of our partners, FAIR Girls. This project empowers orphaned and formerly trafficked Russian girls aged 11 to 18 with the skills, knowledge, and community networks they need to overcome their own exploitation and lead other girls toward freedom and independence.

Their Project Leader, Andrea Powell, wanted to share with you her message of thanks upon learning that they were selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:

"FAIR Girls is excited and honored to be a part of the Project of the Month Club!  Every day, we empower girl victims of sex trafficking and labor exploitation to become strong survivors.  In our JewelGirls program, we  provide 100 girls in Moscow and St. Petersburg with the opportunity to empower themselves through job preparedness workshops, knowledge on how to stay safe from sexual violence and exploitation, art therapy, and access to professional counselors and a support network of peers.

What's more, the money they earn through the sale of jewelry created in art therapy, together with the skills they learn, give them the self confidence and income generation they need to become strong survivors."

Thank you so much for your support and kindness this holiday season, and we hope that you are proud to know that you are empowering girls rescued from sex slavery to achieve their goals. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Jan 8, 2013

Inspiration for the New Year

Women getting help from AIL
Women getting help from AIL

Last month I spent an evening with Sakena Yacoobi, the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). The Institute manages “Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls,” one of the projects in the Safer World Fund.  In just a couple of hours, my admiration for educators in that part of the world quadrupled.

Sakena is a remarkable woman who has offered learning opportunities to countless women and girls in Afghanistan for several decades. She understands well the setback caused by many years of Taliban rule in her country when girls and women were forbidden from going to school. But today she is optimistic about her country’s future as she sees a keen hunger for education amidst all the challenges. The schools provided by the government have lower standards than she would like, so she works tirelessly to train teachers, develop curriculum, provide learning materials and build schools through AIL. 

The Afghan Institute of Learning is just one example of the terrific work of the nine organizations in the Safer World Fund. Please tell your friends and family to be inspired and take advantage of the remaining matching funds today. Thank you so much for your support of education, training, and health care--especially for women and girls--in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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