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Jul 2, 2014

Project of the Month Update: July 2014

Photo: Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.
Photo: Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Now that it is officially summer, a hot one at that, we are happy to serve you this cool glass of gratitude from the organizations you support with your Project of the Month Club gifts.

In June, the 178 members of this club raised $5,828 for “Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda” run by Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH). AAH scores in the top 1% of schools nationwide, and has a 100% graduation rate. AAH’s project leader, Maureen Dugan, was thrilled to hear the news of your donations, “We are humbled and honored to be selected as the Project of the Month! A donation of $5800 or so would be a lifesaver - literally.  It would cover a year's education for 16 children, several girls mentoring activities to keep girls in school, and medicine for malaria and respiratory infections at the clinic.”  Maureen and all the children of Arlington Academy of Hope thank you for your generous gift.

This month, you will be contributing to “Ensure Excellent Education for 105 Kids in India” run by Teach for India. Your donations this month will ensure that 35 students in Hyderabad get access to a hands-on education full of leadership activities to broaden their horizons.  In the long run, Teach for India hopes to create a powerful network of alumni who, influenced by their experiences in the classroom, will work towards effecting multi-sector solutions to India's most difficult problems.

As the mercury rises, we hope you find a way to beat the heat and feel good about making a difference in the lives of others at the same time. We look forward to passing along more good news from the field in August!

Warmly (both figuratively and literally),

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Teach for India
Photo: Teach for India
Jun 27, 2014

Updates from GG Partners

Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

Hello GlobalGivers,

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity over the past year. The Chinese Sichuan province has had to recover from a tragic earthquake not once, but twice. Lushan county, at  the center of the earthquake, lost 120 townspeople, and all cities and towns within the township suffered from serious damages. Our partner organizations, including on-the-ground, local organizations, have helped improve the hygiene of affected children, assisted local NGOs dedicated to cause recovery, and addressed physical and mental health needs of survivors. You, along with these partners, have allowed the Sichuan province to recover from a second tragedy. Here are some updates from these partners:

Mercy Corps has addressed the needs of recovering children through its project Response to Devastating Sichuan, China Earthquake. The program Comfort for Kids (C4K) provided children with art supplies and workbooks to help them work through the trauma. Since the beginning of the program, C4K and Mercy Corps have helped over 6,000 children recover from the disaster in a positive and creative way. To further enhance the lives of the affected children, Mercy Corps has also delivered basic supplies to help them return to a normal life of learning and playing. Emergency preparations have been put in place in schools by trained staff to ensure both teachers and children are prepared for anything in the future. Both children and teachers are thankful for these new programs put in place. One teacher, named Xubin, said “my colleagues have also expressed to me that in helping their students face the difficulties of dealing with this loss, they too have worked through a great deal of their own trauma.” Thanks to Mercy Corps, children of the Sichuan province can return to a normal life once again.

Shanghai United Foundation has allowed local NGOs to help out the cause right in their backyard. This past October, four projects were voted on to receive funding from SUF. The first program provided items such as tables, chairs, and beds to kindergarteners in Lushan county. Project number two focused on motivating the youth of Sichuan province to meet their full potential. The project consisted of developing an innovative program centered around tourism for the youth to take part in. The third project went to funding to improve preschool education in Ya’an county, and the final project set up a social work station in the Ya’an Shuangshi primary school. Without the help and generosity of SUF, these NGOs may not have had the chance to make such a difference in their communities.

Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, SH’s project Helps Community Rebuilding in Quake-Affected Ya’an has strived to promote mental health awareness ever since the earthquake struck. This past March, Xintu Center held a workshop to develop strategies to promote mental health. There were 46 participants who took part in workshops to help come up with these strategies along with Xintu staff. The participants from local communities, hospitals, and governments learned about stakeholders, measuring processes, developing visions and objectives, along with many more project-related topics. After the event, the five strategies were reviewed by other members of the communities and members of foundations. Xintu Center hopes that these proposals will receive government funding in order to improve the mental health of disaster survivors.

We cannot express enough how grateful we are for your kind support. These organizations would not have been able to make such an impact over the past year without your help. The people of the Sichuan province can now have a second chance, and it is thanks to you. Keep up the great work!

Photo courtesy of Shanghai United Foundation
Photo courtesy of Shanghai United Foundation
Photo courtesy of Xintu Center
Photo courtesy of Xintu Center
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps

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Jun 23, 2014

Great Strides in Syria Three Years Later

Photo courtesy of Relief International
Photo courtesy of Relief International

Hi GlobalGivers,

Over three years later, there is still work to be for the refugees in Syria. GlobalGiving has had the pleasure of distributing funds to some amazing partner organizations including Mercy Corps, World Food Program, and Relief International. Our partners, along with on-the-ground, local organizations, have provided emergency relief and recovery to the Syrian refugees. We would like to thank our partner organizations, as well as our donors, for all of your help and passion for this cause these past three years. Here are some updates from our partners:

Through its project Provide Relief for Syrian Refugees, Mercy Corps is working to better the lives of the youth affected by the Syrian Civil War. Since the beginning of the project, Mercy Corps has helped 2.5 million individuals recover from the trauma. In their latest report, Mercy Corps thanked donors for providing funds to purchase food, clothing, water, and other necessities to the refugees. Currently, this project is working with the youth to help them escape the normal life and thoughts of a victim of war and tragedy. These youth are taking part in different projects and activities through the community in order to develop different social and life skills. As a result of the Syrian Crisis, 68% of child refugees were taken out of school, and they are missing opportunities to develop mentally and socially. Through the different programs Mercy Corps provides, these children are given a second chance, and that second chance is all because of donors like you!

Many local organizations are working with our partners to fight the cause as well. World Food Program is working with 23 Syrian organizations, as well as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), to provide food necessities to refugees. Already, World Food Program and its partners have fed over three million Syrian refugees, and they predict they will feed upwards of four million by October of this year! All this work is inspired and taken on by actual victims of the crisis in Syria. One woman in particular, named Rawda, is one of 155 World Food Program aid workers in Syria, who stayed in her war-torn country to help her family and other refugees. She is in the front line of aid workers, delivering food directly to those in need. It takes her three hours to commute, with countless checkpoints along the way. Without Rawda, half of the Syrian population that is food insecure would not receive the help they need. Rawda brings a unique perspective to this work, since she is a survivor herself. Rawda, and the other 155 World Food Program staff in Syria, help deliver 40,000 tons of food every month. You, along with Rawda, are changing the lives of Syrian refugees without food.

Lastly, Relief International took part in a global vigil in March to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the Syrian crisis. This vigil, a part of the #WithSyria campaign, consisted of people from all around the world standing together to shine a light in honor of Syrian victims and survivors. Unfortunately, Relief International was sad to report that in April, Lebanon registered its one millionth Syrian refugee. Currently, according to RI’s report, roughly 25% of Lebanon’s population is made up of these refugees. To help all those affected, RI is working with displaced families and children to provide them with new homes and opportunities. One of these opportunities includes RI’s Accelerated Learning Program, which is now operating in 24 schools and five learning centers for 7,000 children. RI’s latest report highlighted one of the many beneficiaries of the Accelerated Learning Program. Zeinab, a victim of the Syrian crisis, used to be a star student prior to the civil war. While her studies may have been affected as a result of the trauma she endured, RI is not giving up on her. With your help, RI’s Accelerated Learning Program will put Zeinab and many more children back on track to a brighter future.

None of these great efforts from these organizations would be possible without the help of our donors. GlobalGiving sends our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you who has taken the time to learn about the Syrian Crisis and give back to the cause. Three years later, more and more individuals and families are receiving the help they need in order to recover from such tragedy. It is up to us to give these people the new homes and futures they deserve.

Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of World Food Program USA
Photo courtesy of World Food Program USA
Photo courtesy of Relief International
Photo courtesy of Relief International

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