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Feb 15, 2012

Strengthening Haiti - February 2012 Update

Photo Courtesy of Internews Network
Photo Courtesy of Internews Network

Hello GlobalGivers!

You are receiving this email because you donated to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, and we want to update you on what our partner organizations have been implementing with your help. As you might expect, disaster relief doesn’t last forever. Our partners have refocused their efforts on rebuilding and strengthening local capacity in areas such as health and information so that Haitians can continue rebuilding their homes, their communities, and their country long after disaster funds move on.

It has been over two years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. According to UN OCHA, the earthquake killed over 200,000 and displaced approximately 2.3 million people. The GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake was established with your donations immediately following news of the quake.

International Medical Corps deployed an emergency team to Haiti immediately following the earthquake and is still active in Haiti today. They have been training local health workers to respond to medical needs in Haiti, including supporting existing cholera treatment centers by providing supplies and additional training. Another example of training provided by International Medical Corps: courses in emergency medicine for Haitian doctors. One such doctor, Dr. Hervé, was able to save the life of a patient by draining fluid from around his heart using what he’d learned after just one week of the course.

In partnership with Zanmi Lasante, a Haitian organization, Partners in Health runs hospitals and medical clinics and facilitates medical training programs, including a residency program that teaches doctors how to become family care physicians. In another important endeavor, Partners in Health is working with Haiti’s Ministry of Health to build a new hospital, Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital (see video here). The teaching hospital will be equipped with up-to-date technology and equipment for Haitian medical students and patients, preparing the next generation of Haiti’s medical practitioners to save lives every day.

In the months following the earthquake, the Internews Network found that its program, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (ENDK), meaning “News You Can Use,” was in extremely high demand. After producing over 450 programs, Internews is partnering with over 15 media organizations to exchange training and to build capacity so that its successful news format can be replicated by local organizations. In addition, Internews is supporting 19 Haitian researchers to create an independent research firm called BRESI, which provides bi-monthly research briefs to other non-governmental organizations and the Haitian government. 

Haiti is rebuilding, but life is still difficult for many people. Over 500,000 people are still displaced from their homes and living in temporary camps. Cholera, a highly contagious disease, emerged in late 2010 and continues to threaten the health and lives of Haitians, with over 492,000 cases and 6,700 deaths associated with the disease as of November 2011.

Would you like to give to Haiti again? If you do decide to donate, you will be supporting the work of International Medical Corps, Partners in Health, Internews Network, and other GlobalGiving partners engaged in re-building a strong and healthy Haiti from the ground up.  

Click to donate to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake.

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Feb 8, 2012

Technology for Education Fund 2011 Round-up

Happy New Year, Technology for Education Supporters!

We hope 2012 is off to a great start for all of you. We’re writing to provide an update all the great work helped by the Technology for Education Fund in 2011. 

In 2011, the Fund continued to support three projects: CARE’s work in India and Egypt, and the Mortel Family Foundation’s work in Haiti. 

In Egypt, CARE continued to work with PCs in classrooms, providing safe spaces for girls to learn, share ideas, and socialize.  The program has increased computer literacy among its students, providing them with better skills for future studies and/or employment; it has strengthened teachers’ and other staff’s capacity to integrate technology into the school’s curriculum and instructional design; and it has created positive and active social networks for the girls participating in the program.

In Haiti, the Mortel Family Foundation was able to build a computer room for grades K-6 at Les Bons Samaritans school and the recently opened James Stine College, both in St. Marc.  These computer rooms provide internet access and interactive white boards to students who previously had little, if any, experience with technology.  The increased connectivity has helped expand their worldview and, combined with the schools’ talented teaching staff, will help prepare the students for graduate school, technical programs, or employment after graduation.

In India, Intel employees visited CARE’s work to help deploy Intel classmate PCs in various schools.  At the Udaan school, designed to help girls catch up from a gap in their schooling, Intel volunteers taught students practical skills like navigating a desktop, using a mouse, opening, saving, and formatting but always ended class with a fun activity like using the computers’ cameras.

Your continued generosity and support have made this progress possible – we can’t thank you enough!

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team

Feb 2, 2012

Project of the Month Update: February 2012

Help These Children Avoid Further Suffering
Help These Children Avoid Further Suffering

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and the 133 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,794 for  “Help These Children Avoid Further Suffering," a project by Retrak that meets the needs of children who have fled the famine-stricken areas in the Horn of Africa and are now living on the street in urban slums.

Anna, Retrak's project leader, had this to say when she found out about your donations: “Thanks to your generosity, fifteen children will be able to gain the care and protection of a family this month, and 67 children will be treated for conditions like colds, worms, infected wounds, dog bites, malaria and tuberculosis reflecting the harsh nature of life on the streets. Furthermore, 38 children will receive education and catch-up lessons allowing them to join schools again. Thank you for believing that every child is a unique and valuable gift to be loved and cared for as an individual; your donations make this happen.”

This month, your donations will go to support a project called Snehalaya, Meaning The Home With Love, in Hindi,” a care home in India where disabled children, homeless women and the elderly all work and live together as a family. This is a project of Gwailor Childrens Hospital Charity.

We are excited to share with you the great news that, according to Dr. Sharma, your donations this month will be used “to pay the salaries of Snehalaya’s special need teachers for an entire year; helping them educate and vocationally train people in the home, helping to rehabilitate them and make them independent.” What an incredible impact you’ll have for this unique community.

Thank you again, and we look forward to updating you on the high-impact project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Snehalaya; meaning the "Home With Love" in Hindi
Snehalaya; meaning the "Home With Love" in Hindi
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