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Sep 18, 2012

Sahel Crisis Fund: September Update

Curing malnutrition with Plumpy
Curing malnutrition with Plumpy'Nut. Photo: Edesia

Thank you for your contribution to the Sahel Relief Fund.  As conditions of severe drought, high food prices, and instability continue, more than 15 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region are struggling under one of the worst humanitarian crises in half a century. But thanks to your generosity, GlobalGiving’s partners have been able to carry out efforts to fight malnutrition and poverty, support farmers and herders, and assist refugees. We are so grateful for your support in these efforts. Together we have raised almost $40,000 to help people in Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Senegal, and the rest of the region. Although many challenges still remain, your dollars are making a positive impact.  We are committed to letting you know exactly how your donations are helping the organizations working on the ground:

Near East Foundation (NEF) is delivering fast-growing, drought resistant seeds and training farmers on water-saving agricultural practices, so they can quickly regenerate their crop supply.

Edesia is shipping thousands of boxes of Plumpy’Nut, a miracle nutritional supplement that can save a child from malnutrition in only a few weeks, from their factory in Rhode Island to children in Chad.

Mercy Corps is helping drought-affected communities become resilient to disaster through emergency food and cash distribution, income generation programs, and nutritional screening programs.

Merlin USA is running an emergency health and nutrition initiative, including providing screenings and supplements for pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five, and conducting health and nutrition education sessions.

US Association for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) is working to improve conditions in camps for refugees who have fled from their drought-ravaged homes, supplying critical aid such as tents, food, water, and health care.

Oxfam America is distributing cash transfers to families across the Sahel, which allows them to purchase food, health care, and other needed goods all while supporting local food markets and economies.

Rain for the Sahel and the Sahara is helping rural nomadic peoples to maintain their livelihoods—their herds—by stocking an animal feed bank, providing them with both food and economic support.

Action Against Hunger UK already received enough donations to fully fund their project, establishing a therapeutic feeding center and outpatient program and helping thousands of children be cured of malnutrition and receive vaccinations.

Because of these and other projects, life is better for some people in the Sahel. But, there is still far to go in bringing relief and creating a more secure future. We will continue to update you about how your donations are being used and how they are impacting those affected by the crisis. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Thank you again for your support!

Beginning to plant. Photo: NEF
Beginning to plant. Photo: NEF
Protecting herds & livelihoods. Photo: Mercy Corps
Protecting herds & livelihoods. Photo: Mercy Corps

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Sep 13, 2012

Project of the Month Update: September 2012

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and 137 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,786 for "Plant 50,000 Walnut And Cherry Trees In Morocco," a project planting trees in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Hilary White, the leader of this project, wanted to let you know that your donations will plant 7,000 fruit and nut saplings in a community-managed tree nursery, as well as pay to train representatives of each village to learn all aspects of successfully raising trees while helping run the nursery. The newly-trained tree cultivators will then return to their villages to share these skills to others.

For September's Project of the Month, we're pleased to introduce to you a project called "Give Trafficked Girls a New Future in Cambodia. 

Athena Pond, Project Leader, wanted to share with you her message of appreciation upon learning that she was selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
"We are so honored to be selected as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month. It's an encouragement to our whole team to know you are joining with us in making dreams come true for some very deserving girls.

At Transitions we provide comprehensive restorative aftercare for girls rescued from sex trafficking. Each girl  receives personalized care to heal her past and provide opportunities for her future. A girl who finds her home at Transitions finds a new beginning. She finds hope, and with holistic trauma therapy, life skills and sustainable career training; she finds a dream for her future.  We help girls transition, through the power of a dream, from darkness to light, from victim to survivor, to world-changer."

We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you are proud to know that you are offering an opportunity for restoration and a safe, loving place to live for young survivors of sex trafficking.

Thank you again for your kindness and generosity. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Sep 12, 2012

New Matching Funds for the Safer World Fund!

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!

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