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Nov 4, 2011

GlobalGiving makes first Turkey relief disbursement

All of us at GlobalGiving were saddened to wake up on October 23 to the news that an earthquake had hit Turkey’s Van province, causing extensive damage and injury.  Over the past two weeks, we have been heartened to see the generosity of over 2,000 individuals who have given their time and money to support GlobalGiving’s earthquake relief fund in Turkey.  We are committed to letting you know how your donations are being spent and the impact those funds are having on families in the affected area.

On Wednesday, November 2, ten days after an earthquake that killed close to 600 people and injured and displaced thousands more, GlobalGiving made its first disbursement of $72,000 to organizations working on the relief efforts in the affected areas.  You can see the exact allocation and how the funds will be used below.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds - $36,000: 100% of these funds will be used to support AKUT and Kizilay in their immediate relief efforts:

  • AKUT: AKUT supports search and rescue efforts in the immediate days after an earthquake or other disaster.  Your support will help to provide long-term investments in equipment so that AKUT can respond quickly in future disasters.
  • Kizilay: These funds are going to support building of container homes in Van as a longer-term solution to tents, where many survivors are currently housed.  These homes cost 8500TL (about $4500) each.

Save the Children - $18,000: These funds will help deliver thousands of winterized family tents, transitional shelter units, blankets, sleeping bags and other essential items to individuals in the earthquake-affected area.

Fuel Relief Fund - $18,000: This earthquake has left survivors without electricity or heating.  These funds will go entirely to provide free fuel for distribution to non-profits working in the area and families that must endure cold temperatures.

We will continue to send updates on how these funds are being used and how they are helping survivors in Turkey to rebuild their lives.  We welcome any comments and questions and thank you again for your support.

 

Kind wishes,

Britt and the GlobalGiving team

Nov 1, 2011

Help us decide next year's Girl Effect recipients!

Happy Halloween!

We wanted to drop by and thank you for your continued support of the Girl Effect! Thanks to your generous giving, nearly $700,000 has been mobilized for girls’ education, safety and empowerment around the world. Today, girls in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Paraguay and Tanzania have an opportunity like never before to break the poisonous cycle of intergenerational poverty and start the Girl Effect.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with you. Happening now though November 15, The Girl Effect movement has partnered with GlobalGiving to pioneer the first-annual Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge! There are thousands of wonderful, girl-focused organizations out there, and we wanted to find those doing the BEST work for girls so that we can fund and amplify their work. 

Hundreds of organizations have undergone several phases of the challenge, and we’re now in the final round with a phenomenal pool of about 50. But, to pick our 12 winners, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Check out the challenge leaderboard and explore the different projects happening around the world for girls. When you find your favorite, vote with your wallet or share the project with your social networks. The six projects with the most unique donors will automatically win a one-year spot on our fundraising page. An additional six organizations will be chosen by a girl expert panel for their innovative girls’ programming and unique approach to unleashing the Girl Effect.

We hope you’ll join us during this exciting time to choose our newest class of girl-champ orgs.

Best wishes,

The GlobalGiving team

Oct 13, 2011

Rebuilding efforts continue in Haiti

Susan Warner / Save the Children
Susan Warner / Save the Children

GlobalGiving’s partner organizations continue to make a positive impact for the long term construction of the country by continuing to provide medical care, food, and shelter, as well as engaging in the construction of schools.  Below is a short update of the activities of some of the organizations that your donations have helped support:

Architecture for Humanity continues to progress in the building of schools and community centers.  The Santo Community Development Plan, with Habitat for Humanity International, moves into its third phase of planning a fully-serviced development for 500 families. The school, École La Dignité, has completed foundation; slabs and walls are now going up.  Meanwhile, builders are being trained in safer building practices as foundations are being dug.

Deep Springs International has partnered with local leaders and health agents, as well as large-scale actors like UNICEF and DINEPA (the Haitian government’s Directorate of Water and Sanitation). The partnership with DINEPA aims to provide 260,000 families, or over 1.2 million individuals, with Gadyen Dlo, DSI’s locally produced chlorine product. 

VIDA has supported a medical team (headed by Haitian born physician, Alix J.Magloire, Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Veterans Administration Clinic) working at a healthcare center in Cayes Jacmal. They are treating people for infectious diseases such as malaria, gastrointestinal disease, cardiac, metabolic diseases and orthopedic issues. Infectious diseases continue to be widespread due to poor infrastructure and clean water.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti is engaged in eight new projects are starting throughout the country that will strengthen communities and create important means for sustainable incomes. One project is a sheep breeding project for which 44 sheep will be purchased to start breeding and workshops for training in sheep farming will be provided.

Save the Children has more staff in place, with an estimate of 430 national and international staff present in Haiti at the end of the year. Save the Children aims to take advantage of this opportunity to better coordinate programs and support services provided as part of the earthquake relief effort.

Thank you again for your continued support to Haiti’s rebuilding efforts.

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