In October 2013, Cyclone Phailin was the second-strongest storm ever to hit India. Cyclone Phailin took the lives of 45 people and displaced 1.1 million, while also destroying 230,000 homes. Natural disasters are an unfortunate and uncontrollable part of life, but it is with your generosity that we are alleviating the suffering that they cause. Thanks to GlobalGiving donors we have been able to raise almost $10,000! We provide this money directly to our partners Save the Children and International Medical Corps. In the time since the disaster, relief work has been focused on providing clean water, preventing malnutrition, and fighting disease.
Here is just a brief part of what our great partners are doing:
Save The Children
The Indian state Odisha was in the direct path of Phailin and the most heavily damaged.
In the small village K Badapur getting clean water before the storm was a hassle, after it is nearly impossible. The villagers take a two-mile walk to their neighboring village 2-3 times a day just to get the few gallons of water they need a day to survive. The village head, Basu Das, 50, lost his home and cropland due to the devastating 125 mph winds and flooding. Thankfully, he, his wife, and two sons remain unharmed but are still displaced in a community center with other families in the same position. Save the Children distributed essential supplies to Basu Das’s family and thousands more children and families affected by Cyclone Phailin. Hygiene items, household supplies and food baskets have been distributed to stave off malnutrition and disease.
Because of the funds raised through GlobalGiving, Save the Children will provide 100 disaster relief kits to children in need!
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps was among the first responders after Phailin, with field workers in the affected areas within 24 hours. In partnership with the Chief District Medical Officers and local health authorities, International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team deployed mobile medical units to more than 38 villages marooned by the cyclone in Balasore and Mayurbhanj and provided more than 10,500 critically-needed primary healthcare consultations. International Medical Corps also distributed hygiene kits that included sanitary items, such as soap, laundry detergent, mosquito nets and water containers, in local communities to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Currently International Medical Corps, and its local partner Unnayan, are focusing on reducing future disaster risks by fixing destroyed water sources, constructing hygiene facilities, and stockpiling hygiene supplies and hygiene education.
The impact you have already made on many lives is huge, but their are still hundreds displaced, living in unhealthy conditions with little drinkable water. Your amazing support helps alleviate hardships caused by such an unpreventable disaster. Thank you, GlobalGivers for your continued support!
As we welcome the new year, we have exciting updates from two of our partners that received grants from GlobalGiving’s Tsunami and Earthquake Relief!
Association for Aid and Relief Japan (awarded $500,000)
Since 3.11, AAR Japan has continuously been providing support for people with disabilities in Fukushima. AAR Japan set up many facilities where they provide working opportunities for persons with disabilities. Some of the funds contributed to repairing and reconstructing these facilities, so that workers can work comfortably.
Another major focus for AAR Japan has been to create an environment to maintain mental and physical health of the people living in temporary housing complexes and subsidized housing. They have organized social events for towns and communities, and overnight field trips for children. As days that the evacuees spend in the temporary housing complexes become longer, it is important to reduce the stress among the communities. Creating an opportunity where people can bond will help the community grow bigger and stronger.
With the funds you helped provide, AAR Japan also installed playground equipment and delivered bottled water to nurseries and kindergartens in Fukushima. For more updates, learn from here!
ETIC. (awarded $500,000)
Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC.) is an organization that sends young aspiring leaders to Tohoku, where they can help the local leaders to grow their business or organizations. As of June 2013, they selected and sent 157 fellows to work in Tohoku.
Fellows are recruited through an online website, and ETIC. received 454 applications to date. After the Fellows are selected, they go through an intensive training process, and later they are sent to projects where the Fellows are matched based on their past experiences and skills.
Fellows are placed in various locations throughout Tohoku. For example, Akane is placed in Kesennuma, where she manages the logistics for a regional energy development project. Shiro is located in Onagawa, where he helps to revitalize local businesses like hotels through his past experiences of sales and marketing. Yuya is managing the tourism projects in the city of Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture. Fellows’ work have been widely popular among the local communities, and the demands for their work are increasing in Tohoku.
ETIC.’s work is widely popular in Tohoku, and they plan on continuing this program for the coming years. Responding to the needs from the local community, they are expanding their plan from “200 Fellows in 3 years” to “300 fellows in 5 years.” They are also planning on focusing on “innovative” projects that can be expandable to other areas, to revitalize Tohoku local businesses and communities. To read more about their updates in the future, learn from here!
We’d like to thank you again for your overwhelming support for the past two years and 10 months. Although there is less news coverage about the aftermath of earthquake and tsunami, there are still people who struggle every day to recover what they had before 3.11. GlobalGiving is committed to supporting long-term recovery of the Tohoku area, and we are thankful that you are too.
Dear Project of the Month Club, Happy New Year! With the generosity of you and all our GlobalGivers, organizations were able to raise $22 million on GlobalGiving for fantastic causes in 2013. Amazing!
Here to accompany that great news is a Project of the Month Club update: In December, 182 Club members gave a combined total of $5,779 to a project by our partners at Friends of Burkina Faso called "Rainwater Catchments: A Solution to Water Scarcity ." Your gift allowed the residents of Ramongo in Burkina Faso to engage in focus groups and discuss strategy around having rainwater catchment basins (RCBs). These RCBs help bring water to areas where it is scarce, ensuring the people of Burkina Faso have water year round. They’ve begun research into how the landscape, current weather conditions, and water-flow will influence where they place the basins. They are also exploring how to divide the water collected among the community's needs.
This month, your January donations will be combined to support a project called “Help Rescue 500 Battered Women and Their Children” by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
Here’s what the Project Leader, Paula Lucas, had to say when we shared the good news with her:
“Wow! Thank you so much for choosing “Help Rescue 500 Battered Women and Their Children” as Global Giving’s Project of the Month for January 2014! We are all doing a happy dance in our office! With these funds we will be able to rescue five American mothers and their children from domestic violence overseas and bring them back home to the USA. Thank you for believing in our life-saving mission and for giving these vulnerable women and children a fresh start back in the USA, away from violence.”
Looks like 2014 is starting off right! We look forward to sharing another update about an earth-changing project again in February!
Happy New Year, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team