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Jun 20, 2012

Exciting Update!

Fukushima Kids-https://www.globalgiving.org/10634
Fukushima Kids-https://www.globalgiving.org/10634

We would like to thank you for your continued support; grants are still going strong! Because of donors like you we are excited to announce the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund’s recent allocation of $425,000 to 3 projects working to reconstruct and strengthen communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  

Here are some project highlights:

Fukushima Kids Executive Committee

Due to the dangers caused by the damaging of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant children in the area are unable to play outside. The Fukushima Kids Executive Committee is working towards restoring playtime by hosting summer camps in Hokkaido for children in the Fukushima area. Getting kids outside during their vacation time and restoring play lightens the children’s spirits in a time of uncertainty. Having opened in 2011, Fukushima Kids’ Summer Camp is excited to open again for the summer of 2012 and is hoping to reach 1,000 kids. Thanks to your generous support Fukushima Kids Executive Committee is receiving $200,000 in funding!

IsraAid

After the events of March 2011 persons living in danger areas were forced to move to temporary housing communities (kasetsu-jutaku). IsraAid continues to work with people of all ages living in temporary housing areas and is launching an exciting new youth leadership project, Rebuilding Lives-Investing in the Future, in Tohoku, Japan. The project aims to empower participants and build leadership, social innovation and social responsibility through a series of trainings, seminars and workshops, which focus on areas such as, leadership training, social program structuring and mentoring. We are excited to announce that IsraAid is receiving $100,000 in funding!

Telecom for Basic Human Needs 

During times of disaster radio often becomes an integral communication tool. Radio stations provide vital information to communities and lessen feelings of isolation. Though reconstruction of Japan’s devastated areas is under way the support and information radio provides is still valued in many communities. Having seen the effectiveness of radio stations and the important role they play in the recovery and rebuilding process of communities, Telecom for Basic Human Needs is working to turn disaster stations into permanent community-based radio stations. Thanks to your support Telecom for Basic Human Needs is receiving $125,000 in funding!

 

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!

Fukushima Kids-https://www.globalgiving.org/10634
Fukushima Kids-https://www.globalgiving.org/10634
Telecom for BHN-http://www.globalgiving.org/10457
Telecom for BHN-http://www.globalgiving.org/10457
Telecom for BHN-http://www.globalgiving.org/10457
Telecom for BHN-http://www.globalgiving.org/10457
Jun 1, 2012

Project of the Month Update: June 2012

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’re pleased to share with you that last month, you and 126 other Project of the Month Club members raised $3,355 for Improving Maternal-Infant Health for Mayan Women," a project providing access to vital prenatal and postnatal care for indigenous women, newborns, and children. 

Rosemary Trent, project leader, wanted to share with you that your generous donations are helping 70 women learn valuable family planning skills and support the children they already have.

In honor of Father's Day, we are also very happy to introduce to you June's Project of the Month, “Supplies For Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative.” This New York-based project project provides clothing, gear and products for children of low-income, non-custodial fathers enrolled in Baby Buggy fathering initiatives. It helps fathers feel empowered to embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany it, as well as provide impoverished dads the tools they need to keep their children safe and healthy. 

Nura Poursharif, project leader for "Supplies For Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative," wanted to share with you her message of excitement upon learning that she was selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
"We are very honored to have been selected as the GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club’s high-impact Project for June! It seems so fitting to be honoring fathers who are making a commitment to their children in the month of Father’s Day.  Sadly, nearly 1 out of 3 children in America live in father-absent homes and children in father-absent homes are 5 times more likely to be poor.  Baby Buggy’s Fatherhood Initiative aims to provide fathers who are struggling to get by with the tools they need to play an active role in their children’s lives, and ensure that their child’s mother isn’t the only provider for the family.  By pairing donations of cribs, diapers, etc. with programs that provide job training and other skills, we can help dads to provide for their children now while they work to become self-sufficient over the long-term."

We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you are proud to know that you are equipping low-income fathers with the tools and training to provide for their families and support their children.

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

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

May 21, 2012

May Update: Grants to Organizations in Van

Hello Globalgivers!

Thank you again for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund. Since the earthquake in October 2011, your donations have supported long-term disaster relief and economic recovery for families in Van, Turkey. This month, funds from the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund went to Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which has been actively distributing grants to projects providing assistance in Van. Those grants are decided based on the following criteria: implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength, and transparency.

Kizilay, the Turkish Red Crescent Society, is one organization that has been able to extend its services further as a result of these donations. With grants from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, Kizilay was able to provide 15 container houses for victims in Van, Turkey. These container houses are complete with electricity, running water, and cooking facilities.

ACEV (Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi) provides childhood and adult education programs in Turkey. With support from Turkish Philanthropy Funds, ACEV is building a Family Rehabilitation Center in Hüsrevpaa Container City, which has about 6,000 inhabitants currently living in prefabricated buildings. The Family Rehabilitation Center is a prefabricated building that will have counseling rooms, two group rooms, a psychiatrist room, and one kids’ room. The Center will provide mobile outreach services as well.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds has approved grants to KA-MER Vakfi (Women Center Foundation) and to Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi, (Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work). These projects support women’s realization of their full human and economic rights by supporting the mental health of women and by providing education and job training programs to support economic stimulation in Van following the earthquake. KA-MER will establish a prefabricated women’s center that will provide sewing workshops, daycare, and counseling services. Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi will establish an additional women’s center with the support of a grant from Turkish Philanthropy Funds and your donations.

As you know, disaster recovery efforts linger long after an earthquake’s aftershocks have faded away. The organizations described above have demonstrated a lasting dedication to the physical, emotional, and economic recovery of the population of Van, Turkey. Thank you again for your generous donation in support of the people of Van through the GlobalGiving Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund.

Warmly,

Mattie & the GlobalGiving Team

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