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Dec 11, 2014

Knitting for a Cause

Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life
Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life

A warm GlobalGiving thank you for your support of the Thailand flood relief victims! In this holiday season, we wanted to make it a point to remember to thank those who have supported this fund in the past year. We are happy to share the success of one of our partner organizations that is continuing its great work in Thailand.

Foundation for Life has shared a unique story pertaining to a global knitting frenzy. In continuing the efforts with their Blanket them with Love project, they targeted receiving 2,000 winter caps to provide for the underprivileged in Thailand during the cold season. At a July International Conference in Perth, they made the announcement to all of the participants that there was a global call for everyone to help with providing these winter caps. They received an overwhelming response from the participants, with some of them knitting their own hats to provide, spreading the word to their local communities,  and even setting up their own knitting groups in their communities to band together and knit caps!

Thus far, the Foundation has collected 637 winter caps. They are very encouraged that they will be able to meet their 2000 caps goal with the positive response that they have received from all the volunteers around the world.

Here are some responses they got via email from people who heard about their call for winter caps:

"Hi

We met in Perth.
At that time I asked if I could request the help of friends and colleagues in New Zealand to knit beanies for your project. I am pleased to let you know that I had a great response and I now have 80 beanies to send to you.

Lorna (New Zealand)"

"Hi

Let me share how this Project has been such a blessing to my church. We have about 200 knitters & more signing up every Sunday. We did a workshop for about 20 + people & we are doing another workshop in Oct!      
                     
Sally (Singapore)"

"Hi Vena,

I have finished 15 caps and they are wrapped and headed for Thailand.... so it might still be 10 or so days before you get it. I have also included 6 small koala toys. Let me know when the parcel arrives. If I can get more made I will .....           From Jenny (Melbourne, Australia)"

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Thank you for continuing to support the work that is still being done to help the Thailand flood victims! Your contributions continue to provide hope, warmth and smiles to the people of Thailand.

Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life
Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life
Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life
Photo courtesy of Foundation for Life
Dec 11, 2014

End of the year Hurricane Sandy rebuilding

Photo courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Photo courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Two years ago on October 29, Hurricane Sandy struck parts of the United States and the Caribbean.  While some have been able to recover and return to their normal lives, many are still trying to piece back what used to be of their lives. GlobalGiving, as well as our partner organizations working to help these Hurricane Sandy victims, would like to send our warmest gratitude for your continued support over these years!

Architecture for Humanity has been on the recovery scene for the Tri-State area two years out from Hurricane Sandy. They have been able to support and provide resources to more property owners, organizations, and municipalities to create sustainable, adapted, resilient, and timeless homes, businesses, and communities.  Architecture for Humanity has been able to collaborate with new partner organizations to work towards their common goal: assist the people who live and work around New York City and the Tri-State area to create a more resilient network of communities for generations to come.

Prior to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Baby Buggy was primarily focused on providing essential items for impoverished families in the New York City area. With Hurricane Sandy affecting many of the families in their programs, Baby Buggy was able to shift some of their gears to tremendously help those already vulnerable families to rebuild their lives. They have been able to provide air purifiers and air mattresses to families whose homes were flooded and covered in mold,  provide school supplies and clothing to children in Early Head Start programs who were finally able to return to new classrooms after years of rebuilding, and supply diapers to newborns whose first time moms lost everything in the storm. Baby Buggy has made a conscious effort to remind the communities that they work in that the survivors of the storm will not be forgotten as they take time to recover from the disaster.

Global Links has been working in Santiago, Cuba in order to provide additional support and funding to improve the healthcare infrastructure as the town continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Their focus has been on supplying the operating rooms with anesthesia machines and surgical beds, providing patient wards with beds and mattresses and bringing microscopes and testing equipment to their labs. They have already made plans to continue this improvement process in order to have a long term, sustainable solution for healthcare.

The holiday season is not only the season of giving, but also a time to give thanks. We thank you for your generous donations as we support the recovery work that continues in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Happy Holidays!

Photo courtesy of Baby Buggy
Photo courtesy of Baby Buggy
Photo courtesy of Global Links
Photo courtesy of Global Links
Dec 11, 2014

Continuing support in Haiti!

Photo courtesy of Lambi Fund of Haiti
Photo courtesy of Lambi Fund of Haiti

As the cold weather sets in and we begin to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season, we want to take the time out to thank you for your support for those living in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Our partner organizations are still committed to rebuilding a stronger Haiti, and it is thanks to you that they can continue to perform their great work!

As the Lambi Fund of Haiti celebrates their 20th year of working closely with organizations in rural Haiti, they continue with their rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the earthquake. The executive director of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, Marie Marthe Saint Cyr, shares her experience and acknowledgement of the incredible work that has been done thus far to rebuild their community. “I walked the streets of Port-Au-Prince and there were many signs indicating a movement towards rebuilding Haiti physically;  especially the addition of 700 kilometers of roads, some paved,  some unpaved, spilling a rising cloud of dust for miles and muds when the rain falls.” They are working hard to continue with long term, stable results in the communities so they can withstand major crises.

Since the earthquake in 2010 and in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, Partners in Health has been able to work diligently towards the construction of University Hospital in Mirebalais. The University Hospital has been able to provide advanced health care while training Haiti’s next generation of health professionals, as well as drive economic growth for the region. The economic activity that the hospital has cultivated has sparked new businesses to not only further develop the economic development in the community, but bolster spirits of the people.

We send our deepest appreciation to you during this holiday season for your continued support for the people of Haiti who continue to rebuild their community after the earthquake.

Photo courtesy of Partners in Health
Photo courtesy of Partners in Health

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