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Dec 8, 2011

13 Projects Completed, More Work Still To Be Done

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has now funded 13 initiatives, with more to be announced shortly. Funded projects include support to quake-hit businesses, video conferencing facilities for students, sports fields and playgrounds for children, and more. You can see a full list of the projects funded on our website (http://christchurchappealtrust.org.nz/Projects-funded).

The Trust’s focus is on large scale, multi-beneficiary projects that will have the widest possible benefit in Canterbury. There are many funders in New Zealand helping community groups, businesses and individuals to recover. Our role is to fill the gap and to fund projects that would not otherwise be possible

The Trustees have adopted a portfolio approach to the fund. The portfolio allocation has been made across the Trust’s seven funding categories. It provides a framework the Trustees will use to ensure there is a balance between the wishes of donors and the needs of the city.

Dec 1, 2011

Project of the Month Club Update: December 2011

Increase Food Security in Oregon
Increase Food Security in Oregon

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Last month, the Project of the Month Club raised $3,124 from 98 donors to Increase Food Security in Oregonraising the supply of nutrient-rich foods for over 923 relief agencies throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network.

Your november donations supplied 7,200 meals to low-income individuals - freeing up scarce resources to cover more of life's basic necessities. The USDA ranks Oregon third in the nation for "very low food security"—the term used to describe those households that skipped meals or reduced their food intake to make ends meet.  We hope you are proud to know that your donations are helping men and women improve their living conditions for themselves and their families.

When the Oregon Food Bank Network’s Corporate Gifts Developer, Sarah, heard about your support, she said,

“It is an honor to be supported by GlobalGiving and its donors.  We are so grateful for support in our effort to help those in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.  The holidays are extremely busy for the Oregon Food Bank Network and the additional funds will allow us to distribute an additional 7,200 meals to those in need.” 

This December, your donations will go to 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. Ningxia is an impoverished rural province in Northwest China with the 3rd smallest GDP in China (thanks Wikipedia). Many girls are illiterate and married off early, and both boys and girls drop out of school because their families cannot afford it. Even though primary and middle school are free in China, the associated costs—accommodation, food, school supplies etc.—end up costing families a large portion of their annual income. A donation of only $35 keeps a child in school for a month—a month without worrying about where the money for lunches or textbooks will come from.

Again, thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we are so grateful for your regular contributions. It’s not too late to give the Project of the Month club as a present this holiday season. (Don't forget that a new subscription comes with a $25 GlobalGiving gift card!) 2011 is coming to a close, and your monthly support has unleashed a world of good for so many projects. We can’t wait to see the impact of your donations in 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 amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Education for children in Ningxia province, China
Education for children in Ningxia province, China
Nov 9, 2011

Project of the Month Update: November 2011

Microfinance for marginalized communities, Mexico
Microfinance for marginalized communities, Mexico

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Last month, the Project of the Month Club raised $2,529 from 100 donors to go toward Microfinance For Marginalized Communities, Mexico, a project sponsored by IMIFAP. In addition to funding microloans of $50 each to 25 entrepreneurs, your generous donations will also provide these individuals with necessary equipment for their microenterprises. When IMIFAP’s project leader Claire heard about your contribution, she said,

"We are so grateful to have been chosen as the project of the month for October. The additional funds that our microfinance programs will receive will allow us to purchase much needed equipment for microenterprises in rural Mexico. The funds may be used to purchase a dehydrator for fruits and vegetables, computers for internet cafes, tables and chairs for party rental businesses, sewing machines for sewing clothing and uniforms, or other equipment participants in our Yo quiero, yo puedo programs need for their microenterprises. Again, we express our deepest gratitude for this additional support."

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, your November donations will go to Increase Food Security in Oregon, raising the supply of nutrient-rich foods for over 923 relief agencies throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network. According to the USDA, Oregon is ranked third in the nation for "very low food security"—the term used to describe those households that skipped meals or reduced their food intake to make ends meet.

The funds you raise this month will supply 7,200 meals to low-income individuals - freeing up scarce resources to cover more of life's basic necessities. We hope you are proud to know that your donations are helping men and women improve their living conditions for themselves and their families.

Thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we are so grateful for your regular contributions. There are now 100 Club members – yay! – and collectively we can improve this season of thanksgiving for numerous needy families in Oregon. You can also give the Project of the Month club as a present this holiday season.

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 amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Increase Food Security in Oregon
Increase Food Security in Oregon
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