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Apr 3, 2012

Project of the Month Update: April 2012

Prevent Youth Involvement In Drug Trafficking
Prevent Youth Involvement In Drug Trafficking

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and the 125 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,999 for “Prevent Youth Involvement In Drug Trafficking” a project offering 50 young people after-school activities, like tutoring, arts, Capoeira, and dance, to prevent their involvement with gangs in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Thais Corral of CEMINA wanted to share with you that your generous donations have helped support fun, creative ways to promote healthy eating in the favelas. This will be accomplished by cultivating 50 roof gardens to grow fruits and vegetables, and by hosting 12 communal student gatherings to cook and eat healthy food. CEMINA will be promoting these nutritious diet changes by building a campaign through short videos and plays promoting healthy eating, produced by the young people involved in the program.

We are also very happy to introduce to you April’s Project of the Month,Action for Health: Empowering Communities in Mali.” This project provides health case for children in West African slums in exchange for their parent’s public service, contributing to programs like community clean up days and health festivals.

Anna Ninan, project leader, wanted to share with you her message of excitement upon learning that she was selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
“Across Mali 1 in 5 children die before celebrating their fifth birthday– and 90% of those deaths are from preventable and treatable illnesses. Your gift will help ensure that nearly 300 children in Sikoro receive the health care they need while empowering their families to address the underlying causes of disease, like poor water and sanitation, in their community. Thanks for joining our team in the fight for health change!”

We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you are proud to know that you are providing healthcare for hundreds of children and support for their families in Mali in a sustainable, community-driven way.

Thank you again for your generosity. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Apr 2, 2012

Meet the Girl Effect Challenge winners!

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope you’re enjoying 2012 so far.  Since we last wrote, there have been some exciting changes in the Girl Effect Fund, and we’re thrilled to tell you about them.

As of December 2011, the Girl Effect Fund is now supporting a great new group of girl-focused organizations!  As we mentioned in our last update, the first annual Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge took place in October and November of 2011, and of about 50 participating organizations, we have 12 amazing winners that will benefit evenly from the Girl Effect Fund through November 2012. The winners (in alphabetical order) are Afghan Institute of Learning, Asha Trust, Care for Vrindavan, Carr Educational Foundation, Girls & Football SA, Lotus Outreach, the Mariposa DR Foundation, the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Shining Hope for Communities, Soccer Without Borders, Solar Sister, and Vacha Charitable Trust.

With each of our Girl Effect Fund updates this year, we’ll plan to feature three of the winners.  This update’s highlights include:

Food for Life Vrindavan, which is preventing child marriage by sending 100 girls to school in Uttar Pradesh, India. The girls will receive free tuition, healthy meals, clothes, school supplies, healthcare, and family support services; and upon graduation, they will receive proceeds from a savings account to help give them a head-start after school.

Shining Hope for Communities, which is enabling adolescent girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi to become economically self-sufficient through a holistic program of entrepreneurship and vocational training, sexual health education, artistic opportunities, and more.

Solar Sister, which has a girls’ empowerment program that reaches out to girls in Uganda living without access to electricity and provides them with access to safe, clean solar light.  The girls form micro-enterprise clubs and sell solar lights to their communities to earn money for school fees and learn about technology and business opportunities in a hands-on program that brings light, hope, and opportunity to girls and their communities.

These are just some of the inspiring programs your contributions to the Girl Effect Fund will be enabling this year.  Thank you from us and them for all of your generous support!

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team

Apr 2, 2012

Welcoming Ayni's school project to the Safer World

Thanks for your continued generosity towards helping us make the world a safer place! With your help, we are continuing to support education, vocational training, and health care in Pakistan and Afghanistan with some amazing partners.

We recently added a new project to the list of Safer World beneficiaries: the expansion of a rural grade school outside of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, funded and led by Ayni. The Safer World Fund is helping to add four classrooms, a library and furnishings to the school, for which Ayni founder Julie Bolz led the initial build in 2003.  Since 2003, the local community has embraced the school and Ayni funded two additional classrooms in 2010. In 2011, enrollment grew to 1,440 school students attending in two daily shifts, yet additional space is still needed in order to serve all children in the community. The community has demonstrated a strong desire to educate its children to give them opportunities in life otherwise unavailable to them, but it needs our help to make that happen.

This school, along with the rest of the Safer World Fund projects, continues to benefit from the 50% matching funds available to them!  On their behalf and ours, we’d like to thank you for your continued support.

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