The earthquake may have passed and structures have been rebuilt, but our amazing partner organizations for this GlobalGiving disaster fund appreciate the need for a sustainable haitian future. The flow of recovery has shifted to a need to develop! Our partners recognize this disaster not only as a horrific event but also an opportunity to build a better tomorrow for the Haitian people.
International Medical Corps (IMC) is tackling Haiti’s ongoing cholera outbreaks. They were also there in October 2010 when the outbreaks began right after the quake. Since the earthquake they have been actively seeking out individuals with cholera in Haiti via their mobile medical units. When IMC discovers a patient in need they promptly deploy their mobile units along with their professional medical staff. The northern, rural areas have been most affected by cholera, so logically IMC focuses on this region. Once staff reach the patient they immediately provide care to the ill. Since cholera causes severe dehydration the treatments include Oral Rehydration Salts, aquatabs, and general hygiene improvement. Once the patient is stable, International Medical Corps turns to the individual’s household. They provide sanitation tools to clean the house and they teach proper clean water practices. After the house has been sanitized, IMC turns their attention to the entire community! They rally advocacy networks to spread awareness about cholera and spread campaigns of clean water practices. Obviously IMC is dedicated to providing not just life-saving care but also lasting and sustainable care throughout the entire community!
Big things are happening at Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA)! Quite literally! Recently, thanks to your awesome donations through this GlobalGiving fund, VIDA has been able to ship massive amounts of medical supplies to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital! This children’s hospital in Port-au-Prince provides free health services to the most impoverished youth of the tiny island nation. This hospital gives children life-saving care that their family would otherwise not have been able to afford, this includes surgery costs and cancer treatments. Thanks to your generous donations VIDA could send 12 pallets worth of medical supply! A special thanks to their shipping partner Otis McAllister! Things that your donations directly funded: patient gowns, surgical gowns, exam gloves, diapers, Stanford Hospital donated exam tables, and CVS donated 50,000 face masks! Like I said, they are doing big things and creating lasting impact! Thanks for making that possible!
While our first two partners focused on healthcare, our third partner, Lambi Fund of Haiti, is making sure citizens stay fed, employed, and sustainable! Lambi has a wide breadth of organizational focus, they span many fields in their work and overall promote social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. The end of 2013 brought five nursery management trainings, three capacity building and accounting trainings, and two credit fund management trainings. This means that by the end of 2013 at least 150 community members will have participated in a Lambi training or presentation. These people now have skills in community organization, democratic principles, gender equity, reforestation techniques, animal husbandry and many more beneficial practices. These small steps forward are measured in leaps and bounds for the community! This empowerment and teaching strategy will create a brave and lasting Haiti!
While Haiti is still rebuilding, there has been a conscious shift from recovery to sustainable future. Our partners for this fund, with obvious different strategies, all have the same goal of creating a future for the haitian people. These organizations are standout because of their utter dedication to regrowth and forward strides. Once again we thank you for your amazing donations, you are adding to a better world!
Amazing news from Save the Children! Their cyclone Phailin relief project on GlobalGiving has been fully funded! This is a direct result of funds raised on this GlobalGiving fund! We would like to thank you for your dedication to this amazing effort! Though their project may be funded the struggle to recover is never over! Our other partner benefitting from this fund is International Medical Corps and their recovery project is still in full swing. In their latest report they discuss their movement towards long-term solutions.
In November 2013 International Medical Corps switched their focus to building community resilience through creating clean water infrastructure. Their goal is to create a system for affected communities where future harm caused by cyclones (or any disasters) will be greatly mitigated. In doing so they hope to create a community of first responders. They have implemented a few strategies for doing so, including local trainings on disease prevention, and improved clean water infrastructure.
In January of this year IMC implemented an awareness campaign across affected communities and in ten schools! They encouraged good hygiene practices and provided some clean water suggestions. At the same time of this campaign IMC was also handing out hygiene kits that included water purification tabs, shampoo, soap, other basic necessities and jerry cans to store clean water. These concurrent programs emphasize the importance of good health practices immediately following a disaster, after all disease is the number one cause of death following disasters.
After the rains subsided there was the obvious problem of flooding to deal with. International Medical Corps has approached this huge problem too! The flooding fully submerged handpumps in rural areas. This caused floodwaters, which harbor cholera and other water-born illnesses, to mix with groundwater contaminating the drinking supply. IMC identified eight contaminated wells. They responded by building elevated platforms for the pumping stations to eliminate the issue of flooding. But they did not stop there, get ready for the most impressive part! International Medical Corps also constructed extra bathing cubicles attached to the platforms, these are intended to provide women and girls with a safe, hygienic, and private bathing area. This extra step is not only saving lives, but also empowering a generation and a gender to unleash their boundless potential.
International Medical Corps and Save the Children Foundation are both amazing organizations which directly benefited from this GlobalGiving fund and from your amazing donations! But those that matter most are the people whose lives you are saving. Rural India triumphantly rose above this disaster and it was because of not only the individuals in the community for being so resilient but also thanks to your pure generosity and care. Thank you from GlobalGiving and especially thank you from those so deeply impacted by this crisis!
Dear friends of GlobalGiving,
Thank you for your generous donation to help make GlobalGiving mobile! As you probably know, one of our core values is, “Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.”. We’ve been listening to what donors and nonprofit leaders say about their experience using GlobalGiving from their phones, and we’re well aware of the research by peers and experts that says it’s time for us to adapt! So thanks to you, we’ve been hard at work improving both the donor and project leader experience accessing GlobalGiving from mobile devices.
Now you can view projects and make donations easily from your smartphone or tablet. Initially, one donor described his experience as, “Very troublesome. It took me 5 attempts to make the contribution. If it had not been for my desire to help the person raising the money, I would not have persisted. You need to make this application work flawlessly on mobile devices.” You can bet we heard this feedback, and thanks to your gift we’ve been able to act. Our Product Team has launched a mobile-friendly checkout process and mobile-friendly project pages for our site!
Try it out for yourself! You’ll now have a smoother experience donating to a project without sacrificing any of the security you’ve come to expect on GlobalGiving. Here’s what Nick Violi, one of our Software Engineers for Good, has to say about these improvements:
“GlobalGiving is all about leveraging the power of technology to connect donors and doers through our online platform, so it only makes sense to extend this goal by simplifying the process on our new handheld devices.
To accomplish this, first, I narrowed the width of the content to one more at home on a mobile interface, a reduction of about 65%. Next, I had to determine which information was most crucial and try to fit that information on the smaller canvas, all while making sure the text was big enough to read and the controls were touchscreen-friendly. Finally, I tried to lay out the information in a logical way so it maintained the intuitive, inviting design of its desktop ancestor.
While there's still much more to do, these first steps applied to the checkout flow and project pages are a huge improvement, and make the GlobalGiving experience almost as much of a pleasure on a mobile device as it is on your desktop or laptop.”
Project Leaders can now update supporters without even accessing a computer. The mobile re-design is not just about the donor experience, but also our nonprofit project leaders’ interactions on the platform. We’re starting to experiment with making GlobalGiving mobile-friendly in the field, for the benefit of project leaders who can’t regularly access a computer. The first step is complete: it’s now possible for project leaders to submit project reports simply by sending an email! The email automatically converts into a project report that’s submitted to GlobalGiving for approval.
Finally, you better believe we’re testing to see how we can improve our mobile pages! The “Learn” part of ”Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.” means testing and measuring our work! So we’re keeping a close eye on the data surrounding our donation rates and user bounce rates to gauge effectiveness and help us decide whether to persevere in the same direction or to pivot and try something new.
We’re off to a good start, but the work isn’t complete! What’s next for mobile GlobalGiving? We’re still raising funds in order to streamline the rest of the mobile experience, making our homepage as well as our search features mobile-friendly. We’ll continue to refine the site so that more mobile users will complete their transactions, eventually getting more dollars to the doers in an even more efficient way.
All the best,
Shannon Cassidy and the GlobalGiving Product Team