Dear Project of the Month Club,
Happy New Year! In our first email of the year, we are excited to welcome 30 new people to the Project of the Month Club. These new members may have seen the Club featured over the holidays, or may have even received Club membership as a holiday gift. However you found out about the Club, we are thrilled to have you, and we are grateful for your generosity (and the generosity of those who gave to you!)
Then we have even more good news for you. Last month, you and the other Project of the Month Club members raised a record-breaking $4,594 for Education for Children in Ningxia Province, China. The Children of Ningxia organization provides scholarships to 95 children who would otherwise not have the money to attend school. Your combined donations provided year-long scholarships for five children. The families of these children will no longer have to worry about where the money for lunches or textbooks will come from in the new year. (Chinese New Year is on January 23 this year. How wonderful that five children can look forward to school rather than manual labor this year!)
January's featured high-impact project is called "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. "We want to be ready to act quickly as children arrive on the streets," says Anna, Retrak's project leader. "We will provide imediate care as well as offer them a real alternative to life on the streets. We will work to get these children back into a family environment." Your donations in January will be enough to put at least five homeless children into foster families in Ethiopia for a year. Thank you for giving these kids a fresh start for 2012.
We hope that you feel gratified seeing the impact of your giving on a regular basis. Thank you again, and we look forward to updating you on the high-impact project that you will support next month!
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
Thanks to everyone who has supported The Safer World Fund since our matching campaign began on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th.
As of January 2, 2012, a bit more than $14,000 remains in matching funds for The Safer World Fund! New donations of any size up to $2000 will be matched at 50 percent until those matching funds are gone. Now is a great time to support vocational training for women in Pakistan, expand and supply a school for Afghan girls, or invest in math education or reproductive health for women and girls in Afghanistan, to give a few examples. If it’s too difficult to choose just one project in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, your donation to The Safer World Fund will assist 7 different projects in that part of the world.
Because of its innovative, high-impact effects, The Safer World Fund was previously selected as the GlobalGiving Project of the Month. We work with terrific nonprofits to be sure that your dollars will be well spent. Nonprofits such as the Marshall Direct Fund, Ayni Education International, and the Afghan Institute of Learning work directly with local people to direct funds to the most effective uses. As the United States reduces its presence in the region, it’s even more important now to offer education, skills, and healthcare to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Healthy people who can make informed decisions have the best shot at making their lives and their governments better.
To help us make a bigger impact, share our cause on Facebook or Twitter to pass the word to your friends!
Dear Million Moms Supporters, The Million Moms Challenge is off to a great start!
So far you have contributed a total of $45,414 to help provide transportation to carry pregnant women to a safe delivery, protect women and their children from neonatal tetanus, prevent mother to child HIV transmission, assist and train rural health workers and midwives, and so much more! Thank you so much for your support! We have sent most of your generous donations to our wonderful partners on the ground to help them continue the amazing work they’re doing.
This Friday at 10 PM ET, don’t forget to tune in to “Making Life: A Risky Proposition,” the eye-opening 20/20 Special with Diane Sawyer. Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth – yet experts say that more than 80% of these deaths are totally preventable if only the mothers-to-be received proper medical care. This Special will wrap up a year’s worth of programming – and giving – to address Global Health issues. Join us and learn more about the challenges faced by mothers in developing countries, as well as the low-cost, low-tech solutions your contributions are supporting that will help save millions of lives.
Want to wear your support of the Million Moms Challenge? Donate $20 or more and receive a free t-shirt thank you gift!
If you haven’t yet taken the Million Moms Challenge Pledge, sign it here and then share it with a friend or two! Johnson & Johnson is donating $1 to the Million Moms Fund for every signature, up to the first 100,000!
Looking for even more ways to get involved? Check out the Million Moms Facebook page for updates and contests. Or follow @AMillionMoms on Twitter.
You don’t have to be a mom to help a mom. You just have to be one in a million.