Dear Project of the Month Club,
It's that time again where we get to tell you about the impact of your generous donation to a high-performing project on GlobalGiving.
Last month, 148 of you gave a combined $4,685 to Empowering Guatemalan Youth To Promote Literacy. Here's what Kassia, the project leader, wanted to share with you about your gift:
"On behalf of Reading Village, I want to thank you for selecting our organization as your April 2013 Project of the Month. Your recognition and investment could not come at a better time! After six years in operation, Reading Village’s program is beginning to foster broad social transformation in rural Guatemala. In 2012, past and present scholars took the initiative to collaborate on small-scale development projects... including the opening of Concepcion’s very first library – a venture conceived of and implemented by program participants, the library stands as an emblem of our scholars’ newly discovered ability to organize local resources and individuals for social change.
"In this way, Reading Village has refined a model of change that starts with students and ripples out across entire communities. By investing in human capacity rather than in infrastructure, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and creating change from the inside out. Thank you for joining us in that effort!
"It is a testament to the local credibility and impact of our program that we have been invited to expand into neighboring communities. This June, Reading Village will begin selecting two new towns to work in, reaching 20 more scholars in 2014. At just $500 per scholarship, your gift will help reach half of those new students, empowering them with the education, leadership skills, and literacy promotion experience to transform the lives of thousands more children. Thank you for investing in global literacy!"
We're also pleased to share that this month, your donations will be pooled to benefit a project in Russia called, Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment. Former Soviet Union countries often lack adequate facilities, medications, and trained oncologists to serve children with cancer, and as a result, families have to travel abroad to nearby countries, such as Israel or Germany, to bring their children for treatment. As non-residents, they pay full costs of treatment, which is lengthy and very expensive. You'll be helping to support a family facing large out-of-pocket medical expenses to save their child.
Upon hearing that this project is May's Project of the Month, Sasha from Advita Fund said, "I was elated to find out we were chosen - It is an honor to be selected from a large pool of great projects. I am very happy and grateful for your generous support for our patients."
We look forward to providing you further updates about this project next month.
Thank you so much for your generosity. It makes us so proud to hear about the impact that your gifts are making - we hope you feel the same joy that we do when you read these updates from around the world.
Warmly, Mari and the GlobalGiving team
Happy Spring GlobalGivers!
As we get ready to trade in our sweaters and snow boots for shorts and sandals, so too does the preparation begin for people living in the Eastern part of the United States and Canada as well as the Caribbean. However, this is a different type of preparation: hurricane season begins on June 1st, yet this year preparations will be twice as difficult because these regions are still trying to recover from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. This hurricane was the most destructive and deadly of the 2012 hurricane season, and it was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. Thousands are still displaced and have been unable to return to their homes and neighborhoods. A sense of normalcy is hard to come by even though it is 6 months later. This is why funding for organizations that have been and are helping in the aftermath is so critical.
Thanks to your support The River Fund New York provided food to more than 87,000 people, and by the end of December over 323 TONS of product had been distributed to families and seniors in the affected areas. This is in addition to the 282 tons that was in their regular distribution areas. Aid workers also established a fixed site in Coney Island whereas before the storm The River Fund only had a mobile presence. Now they have switched their efforts from immediate emergency assistance to long-term systemic issues such as hunger which was already a huge problem in New York City decades before Sandy hit. As a result, they have created a project “Confront Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty” to address the continuous needs in the Sandy flood zones.
You have also helped support Global Reach International, an organization helping New Jersey residents by cleaning debris carried by the storm as well as by donating funds for rebuilding and emergency response supplies. Global Reach International has donated $5,000 to Union Country EMS, Union Beach New Jersey to rebuild their EMS station; both Suffern Rotary Club and Great Neck Rotary Club received $500 each for relief supplies and distribution; and local communities were given Home Depot cards ranging from $150-$400 to start rebuilding
When disaster strikes, so much emphasis is placed on survival and relief that often times kids lose the chance to “be kids.” Pitch in for Baseball, another organization your donation helped to support, gives children and their families a chance to return to kid-friendly activities by providing new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to the youth leagues devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This is crucial to the kids’ long-term development because sports such as baseball help them grow physically, socially and emotionally. Over 23 little leagues have received deliveries of baseball and softball materials which has given 9,000-10,000 children the chance to be kids again.
Without your continuous generosity and support, these organizations would not be able to provide relief to the tens of thousands of people whose lives were drastically altered by Hurricane Sandy. From baseball mitts to homelessness, your donations have made a difference. Thank you so much!
We're thrilled to tell you that this club of generous givers has grown to include 153 people! Thank you so much for being part of this movement - we love to share how your donations unite each month to have one big impact on a high-performing project.
Last month you gave a combined $4,760 to "Atlas Corps: Invest In Global Nonprofit Leaders." Atlas Corps will use those funds to equip 60 leaders from around the world to learn from nonprofit organizations in North America and to then return to their home countries to address critical issues. The impact of this gift will only be amplified as these leaders grow and excel!
This month your funds will go to an excellent project called Empowering Guatemalan Youth To Promote Literacy. We're so excited about this project! Similar to last month's project, it's also about empowering young leaders to give back. But this project funds scholarships and leadership development training to a younger cohort: rural Guatemalan teens. In return for their free schooling and training, the scholarship recipients will give back to their community by leading reading activities with younger children.
We estimate that your combined efforts will provide scholarships for at least nine students for an entire year! Your donations will help transform a village! You can read the project's previous updates to get an idea of how other scholarship recipients have gone on to build libraries, to become teachers, entrepreneurs, and community health workers.
Thank you so much for your generosity - we hope you're as excited to learn about the impact of your efforts as we are to tell project leaders that they've been chosen. The Project of the Month Club may feel like just about a monthly email from GlobalGiving - but in reality, it's about changing lives and transforming communities both now and in the future! (There are young kids in Guatemala who will only have a chance to study and grow because of YOU and your gift this month!)