Here in D.C. we had our first snow last week, and our office has just been decorated for the holidays! There’s no denying: it’s now December. We are in the final month of 2014, and it really has been a great year. As the Project of the Month Club, you’ve come together to give more than $65,720 this year! This is truly remarkable!
Last month, you and 190 other club members donated $6,427 to Move For Hunger to“Help Us Fight Hunger in America.” Your support helped to coordinate food drives, enhance collection capacity and add new partners!
This month your donations will go to Dream A Dream’s project, “Empowering Vulnerable Young People with Life Skills.” This project reaches out to 4,000 youth in Bangalore, India to provide quality educational programming, including sports, arts, and mentoring.
Vishal from Dream a Dream was so excited to learn that his project was chosen. “Thank you very much indeed,” he said. “This is absolutely fantastic news. We are delighted to be selected. The universe has mysterious ways to demonstrate its support and encourage us to go on in our work and your support comes at a time when we most needed it. The support will help 100 young people from the most vulnerable communities in Bangalore, India to attend a 4-day experiential camp that will help them develop the critical Life Skills needed to overcome adversities in their life and learn to make healthy life choices as they enter adolescence. It is a strong validation for our work and we are deeply grateful for your support.”
From us and from all of the people you have helped this year, thank you! See you in 2015!
Mari and the team at GlobalGiving
During this season of giving, why not give a gift that changes lives? Aid Afghanistan for Education has 13 schools in 9 provinces that provide a 12-month, accelerated curriculum for over 3000 students who cannot enter the state-supported school system, perhaps because they are older than traditional school children. Many of the students are mothers who will educate their sons and daughters and strengthen their communities. Educated, healthy mothers are more likely to raise sons and daughters who will build rather than destroy.
Aid Afghanistan for Education is one example of the 8 projects that comprise The Safer World Fund. Lives will be changed through education, health care, and training for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You can enhance the power of your giving by taking advantage of matching funds now. Your $100 donation will be matched with $50 to support a teacher for a month. For that special person who has everything, consider a gift card, offering the recipient the choice of which cause they want to support. Suggestions of The Safer World Fund or any of its 8 projects are encouraged!
Best wishes for a life-changing December,
As we approach the end of this year, heavy rains continue to come down upon the Philippine Islands, causing flooding in many areas. Flooding, unfortunately, is not a matter of whether it will happen or not for some of these areas, but a matter of when. Your generous contributions are not only helping those affected in providing them with food, but opportunities for the communities to prepare for flooding disasters.
In an effort to streamline the relief assistance process, De La Salle University has been working to implement the delivery of relief items in bulk to their local development partners. They have encouraged their local NGO partners to create robust systems to distribute these items to beneficiaries so that these local partners can strengthen their own systems. All the while, through an intense monitoring process, De La Salle University continues to provide relief items to those most in need.
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) struck the Philippine island of Luzon in September. The storm caused flooding that forced almost 130,000 people from their homes. Fortunately, International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) was able to provide hot meals for these evacuees. They worked with a local partner, Buklod Tao, to start a mobile community kitchen that prepared hot food to distribute to people, which served to really bring happiness to the communities.
A tremendous thank you for your donations to these projects that are continuously working to provide relief to the Philippines flood victims! Your contributions have provided relief items and meals to evacuees in times of need. As mentioned before, we know that floods can be an ongoing disaster in the Philippines, but your ongoing support can help people to overcome such disaster obstacles.