Dear Project of the Month Club,
We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and 137 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,786 for "Plant 50,000 Walnut And Cherry Trees In Morocco," a project planting trees in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Hilary White, the leader of this project, wanted to let you know that your donations will plant 7,000 fruit and nut saplings in a community-managed tree nursery, as well as pay to train representatives of each village to learn all aspects of successfully raising trees while helping run the nursery. The newly-trained tree cultivators will then return to their villages to share these skills to others.
For September's Project of the Month, we're pleased to introduce to you a project called "Give Trafficked Girls a New Future in Cambodia."
Athena Pond, Project Leader, wanted to share with you her message of appreciation upon learning that she was selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club: "We are so honored to be selected as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month. It's an encouragement to our whole team to know you are joining with us in making dreams come true for some very deserving girls.
At Transitions we provide comprehensive restorative aftercare for girls rescued from sex trafficking. Each girl receives personalized care to heal her past and provide opportunities for her future. A girl who finds her home at Transitions finds a new beginning. She finds hope, and with holistic trauma therapy, life skills and sustainable career training; she finds a dream for her future. We help girls transition, through the power of a dream, from darkness to light, from victim to survivor, to world-changer."
We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you are proud to know that you are offering an opportunity for restoration and a safe, loving place to live for young survivors of sex trafficking.
Thank you again for your kindness and generosity. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.
Warm regards, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
On September 1, 2012, a fresh pool of matching funds was announced for the Safer World Fund and the programs it supports. In conjunction with the anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, we feel it is important to renew our support of these organizations in Pakistan and Afghanistan as they continue to provide education, vocational training, and health care. Like last year, donations to the participating projects will be matched at 50%. As we aim to knock down terrorism by providing more appealing alternatives, we are pleased to partner with organizations such as Afghan Institute of Learning, Ayni Education International, Girls Education International, Help the Afghan Children, Jhpiego, MADRE, Marie Stopes International, and Marshall Direct Fund. Each of these terrific groups offers tremendous hope for the future. We look forward to another successful year of supporting these organizations and would like to thank them – and you – for continuing to move toward a safer world!
Summer has come and gone in Tohoku, and our partners made a lot of progress in the field. Their activities included providing fishermen oars, running a summer camp for children in Fukushima, and rebuilding community houses. We'd like to thank you once again for your generosity in donating to the Tsunami Relief Fund that is supporting our partners to do incredible work in Tohoku. Here are some of the activities our partners accomplished over the summer: Peace Winds America Peace Winds is restoring livelihoods and accelerating economic recovery by supporting fishing cooperatives and their members. In 2012, Peace Winds and cooperatives in Minami-Sanriku are working to support the seasonal needs of fishermen. Most recently, Peace Winds and the cooperative leaders developed a plan to enable abalone and sea urchin fishermen to return to work. Peace Winds and the cooperatives are targeting fishing equipment support to 500 Minami-Sanriku abalone and sea urchin fishermen. To support Peace Winds’ activities, GlobalGiving awarded them an additional $150,000 to provide fishing sheds to families in Minami-Sanriku.
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) AAR Japan has been working in Tohoku area to support the disabled, rebuild communities, and provide medical services. Recently, GlobalGiving funded AAR with a grant of $500,000 to support these activities in the nuclear-affected area of Fukushima as well. In Fukushima, AAR Japan runs activities such as organizing community events at temporary housing complexes for young and old to get together and overcome isolation, preparing contamination-free playgrounds for children, and reconstructing social welfare facilities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly. To learn more about their project in Fukushima, please click here.
Safecast Safecast is a global project working to empower people with data, primarily by mapping radiation levels and building a sensor network, enabling people to both contribute and freely use the data collected. After the 3/11 earthquake and resulting nuclear situation at Fukushima Daiichi it became clear that people wanted more data than what was available. Safecast has been building a radiation sensor network comprised of static and mobile sensors actively being deployed around Japan. They installed 3 million data points so far, and planning on installing more. Safecast received an additional grant of $100,000 to help them scale the production of radiation monitoring devices.
ETIC ETIC is training and matching 200 young aspiring entrepreneurs (fellows) with 100 social business leaders that are heading reconstruction efforts to rebuild Tohoku through economic empowerment in three years (from Jun 2011 to Mar 2014). ETIC recently summarized fellows’ activities into a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q643Ls1Ti40&feature=youtu.be. GlobalGiving is continuing to support these young entrepreneurs for the next two years with an additional $500,000 from the fund. If you would like to read additional updates, please visit our Japan Relief and Recovery updates page. Thank you so much for your support and your continued interest!