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Mar 2, 2012

Repair, Rebuild, Restart: Thailand Flood Relief

Foundation for Life - preparing sandbags
Foundation for Life - preparing sandbags

 In 2011, the monsoon season brought floods to much of Thailand. Flooding began in Northern Thailand during the end of July and gradually spread into the Southern part of the country, eventually submerging parts of Bangkok. Farms, villages, and industrial plants were all affected, causing at least US $45.7 billion in damage as of December 2011.

As flood waters recede, GlobalGiving partners have begun the transition from immediate disaster relief to long-term recovery and rebuilding. Our partners are rebuilding drug recovery and education centers, repairing damaged schools, and helping artisans restart their businesses.

Thanks to your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Thailand Flood Relief Fund, GlobalGiving has been able to support the following flood relief efforts:

Foundation for Life packed and distributed over 2,000 emergency lifepacks during the floods.  As part of the “Blanket Them With Love” project, volunteers packed food kits for distribution throughout Bangkok, created portable toilets to help flood victims maintain a more sanitary environment, and stuffed sandbags. Foundation for Life also distributed drinking water, milk powder, medication, and more.

Global Vision International Charitable Trust partnered with local volunteers to provide emergency supplies to flood victims, including food items, basic medical supplies, and sanitary products. Since the waters have receded, efforts have turned to cleaning up schools and colleges affected by flooding throughout the country. Making schools student-ready has become a top priority because many students have already missed months of classes.  

DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network) works in Burmese refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border and has been providing community-based prevention education and addiction treatment in Thailand for 10 years. The Rebuild Flooded Refugee Camp Recovery Centre project has been raising funds in order to rebuild and repair DARE Network recovery centers that were damaged during the floods. 

A Global Friendship sent two people to Thailand to support their network of 12 artisan families. They used your donation in order to procure supplies and enable the lead artisan to re-establish the supply chain of raw materials for crafts, a source of income for families.

World Vision was able to support over 76,000 people throughout the floods through the provision of kits. Relief supplies included life jackets, water filters, food packs and hygiene packs. Beginning in December, World Vision’s relief work transitioned to rehabilitation. These efforts included education kits and facility repair, cash for work programs for adults, water and sanitation support, and disaster risk reduction training and the preparation of evacuation sites for future use.

On behalf of our GlobalGiving partners in Thailand, we would like to thank you again for your generous donation.

Foundation for Life - preparing emergency packs
Foundation for Life - preparing emergency packs
DARE Network - Flooded house
DARE Network - Flooded house
DARE Network - Walking bridge during floods
DARE Network - Walking bridge during floods
Global Vision Int
Global Vision Int'l Charitable Trust - Smiling Man
Global Vision Int
Global Vision Int'l Charitable Trust - Playground
A Global Friendship - Restarting businesses
A Global Friendship - Restarting businesses

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Mar 1, 2012

Project of the Month Update: March 2012

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

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and the 128 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,414 for 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. 

Dr. B.K. Sharma of  Gwailor Childrens Hospital Charity asked us to share this message with you:

"Thanks a lot to all the members of this recurrent donors GlobalGiving club. There are 83 children including 77 girls in the school at present. Your gifts will pay the salaries of special need teachers for an entire year. In addition to education in school, most of the children are provided with books, uniform, mid day meals, and vocational training."

It's also our pleasure to introduce March's project Prevent Youth Involvement In Drug Traffickingwhich offers 50 young people alternative activities out of school hours to prevent their involvement with gang culture in the low income communities (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thais Corral, the project leader, had this to say upon learning that this project had been chosen to benefit from your March 2012 donations:

"Thank you so much for this opportunity. The donations you will be giving will help to create 50 gardens in the roofs as well as in the walls [of the buildings] of the favela. It will help doing 12 communal gatherings in which we cook and eat healthy food. We want to create fun ways in which our 50 children are agents of education for healthy eating at the favela. We intend to do small videos with statements, plays in which healthy eating is promoted. We are envisioning it as a campaign in which several visual skills that children have learned can be part of." 

We hope that you are proud to know that you're helping these 50 children grow and eat healty food, helping them learn and become productive members of their community rather than falling into the gang and drug culture in their neighborhood.

Thank you again for your generosity. We assure you it is changing lives! 

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking
Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking
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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