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!
In July and August 2012, the Philippines experienced torrential rainstorms. The flooding that resulted in the capital city, Manila, has affected more than 2 million people, forced at least 20,000 to flee their homes and more than 60 people lost their lives. Manila was completely covered in water at the peak of the floods, shutting down shops, schools, and stores. Food is currently in short supply as the rice fields were turned into useless mush.
Here is the good news: Your donations have already provided $4000 to the Asia America Initiative, who has used this money to provide water purification systems, fever reducing medicine and warm blankets. Asia America’s long term impact will help to prevent disease from spreading and at risk persons from exposure to the now harsh environment. To learn more about their project, click here.
Our other partners are also helping the people of the Philippines get back on their feet.
Architecture for Humanity is supporting long-term recovery and disaster mitigation efforts by identifying reconstruction projects for those most in need. Their project’s link can be found here.
Merlin USA is working to deliver hygiene kits and emergency health care supplies to over 300 families. Merlin is also working to raise awareness about the spread of disease through evacuation shelters. To find out more, click on their project’s link here.
The United States Fund for UNICEF has assessed the need in the Philippines and is requesting donations for portable toilets, temporary shelter, child registration and child counseling services. You can visit their project page here.
De La Salle University is currently engaged with student volunteers preparing food packages and basic necessities to be shipped to priority areas. Their project can be found by clicking on this link here.
If you would like to donate to the GlobalGiving fund, the donations given to the fund will be divided according to the need of each of the organizations listed above. You can access our Philippines Flood Relief Fund here.
GlobalGiving and our partners have begun to respond, and will continue to respond to this immediate need for basic necessities such as food, clean water, and shelter. When a disaster hits, people’s daily lives are knocked off balance. You have the ability to restore that balance, both in the short term and in the long term. Small items, such as a fever reducing pill, have a huge impact. The city of Manila will eventually need to be re-built by experienced architects, and they cannot do it alone. Please visit all of our Philippines Flood Relief Projects here.
Thank you once again for your generous support!