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Jul 5, 2011

Project of Month Update: July 2011

Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011

Thank you for supporting Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books this past month!

This past month we raised $2,412 from 92 donors. When we told Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of Afghan Institute of Learning, about the Club's generosity she had this to say:

We are so thrilled that our project, Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books, has been chosen as the project of the month for June 2011. This is such an important cause.

As you have read in many news stories, young men in Afghanistan who are uneducated are sometimes recruited by various groups with less than good intentions, and, with no other hope or prospects, they follow down the wrong path. The Afghan Institute of Learning hopes to change this by providing opportunities for young men, who might otherwise have no chance for education, to attend our learning centers where they can study literacy, English, computers, a skilled trade, etc.

Thanks to your donations at least 40 young men will receive education for one year. Our intention with this funding is to direct it to the Hazrat Bilal Learning Center in Herat, Afghanistan. As of last month, there were 106 young men and boys attending this Center. One student told this story:

"I hoped to go to school but, when I asked my mother to let me go, she answered that we don't have enough money and your father is dead. One of my brothers cleans shoes and the other sells flowers on the street. My mother works in a neighbor's house. I really suffered because my brothers and I could not go to school. I want to be a good teacher in the future and teach the poor students. My mother got information about Hazrat Bilal Center and she was so happy. When I asked why she was happy, she told me that there was a Center open near my house that teaches students for free and that an Afghan woman, Miss Professor Yacoobi, helps the poor families obtain an education. My brothers and I went to the Center and registered and we are now students of the Center."

In this case, three young boys are now studying because of your help!

Thanks for your help in sending 40 young men in Afghanistan to school for a year!

This month, we're pleased to announce that Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters is the project of the month for July 2011.

This project provides military daughters with self-esteem and leadership skills during a week-long soccer academy. Scholarships are provided to girls from all over the country. Girls participate in soccer and leadership activities focused on positive life lessons. They're challenged to develop a service project to implement back at home, and the Academy staff and mentors follow up to help with project completion.

The teen years can be hard, and military daughters have the added stress of prolonged absence of a parent. The leadership academy provides these teens with a supportive community where they are challenged, build skills, and grow into confident, strong young women, who are eager to be leaders of positive change. As one past participant said: "This camp has influenced my life by helping me realize that there is nothing stopping me from reaching my dreams but my own doubts, and that if I work hard enough, I can achieve anything."

This year, the Academy has set of goal of doubling the number of military daughters on full scholarship at this summer's JFSLA sessions. This project has demonstrated it has a high impact and we are pleased to support their efforts by selecting them as the July Project of the Month. Your donations will provide full scholarships for at least two military daughters.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters
Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters
Jun 20, 2011

Rebuilding Japan

AAR JAPAN staff search for a welfare facility
AAR JAPAN staff search for a welfare facility

In areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, thousands of people continue to live in evacuation centers.  With so much rebuilding to do, the government still hasn’t reached places like the small seaside village of Yubigahama, where debris sits uncleared and roads remain impassable.  The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), supported by your donation to the GlobalGiving Japan Relief Fund, recently set up six container houses in an area where 80% of the surrounding town was devastated by the tsunami.

As volunteers and residents helped to set up the container houses, Ms. Suzuki, one of the new residents told AAR: “Right now, four families are living in this evacuation center. I never thought I would care about the lack of privacy, because we have known each other for so long.”

Ms. Suzuki moved into her new container house after two months of living in the evacuation center with four family members.  “Living together for two months has been mentally exhausting. We don’t have any space to discuss family matters privately. I’m really thankful just to have a space for our families to sleep on our own.”

AAR plans to set up another 24 container houses in the area, and has had requests to set up additional container homes in Minami-Sanriku and Ishinomaki.

Architecture for Humanity is also working to rebuild communities destroyed by the tsunami and earthquake with support from your donation to the GlobalGiving Japan Relief Fund.  In Motoyoshi, Miyagi, Architecture for Humanity is completing a covered wooden deck made of timber salvaged from the tsunami to serve as the center of a future marketplace.  Several local businesses that lost their storefront have already signed up for spots at this market.

Click on the video link below to see the construction site and hear from the team carrying out the project.

Thank you again for your support to people like Ms. Suzuki, who now has a home for her family.  Stay tuned for our next update, where we will announce some important new rebuilding activities that are being supported through your donations. And you can always read additional updates directly from our partners in Japan on GlobalGiving's "Updates from Japan" page.

Timber salvaged from the tsunami
Timber salvaged from the tsunami
Jun 8, 2011

The Safer World Fund Update, June 2011

Be sure to take advantage of Bonus Day, the Ides of June! The second Bonus Day of the year is coming up quickly. On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be matching all donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project while funds last. There will be $75,000 available in matching funds. Plan to donate online to The Safer World Fund early in the day, as the matching funds may be gone well before sunset.

Next week I will meet with the leader of Ayni Education International to talk about her efforts to build and equip a new school for 3700 girls in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. She was recently in Mazar to check in with several of her other schools and their teachers, students, and communities. I always become reinvigorated about promoting The Safer World Fund when she talks about how important it is to offer education, skills and healthcare to people, and especially women and girls, in Afghanistan. Healthy people who can make informed decisions have the best shot at making their lives and their government better. That's why the Safer World Fund supports six projects that focus on schools, training facilities, and medical clinics in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please help provide opportunities so that women and girls as well as men and boys can look forward to a brighter future.

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