Dear Project of the Month Club,
It's already March and it looks like Spring is just around the corner! We've turned our clocks ahead, and we're looking forward to shedding our winter parkas, getting more sun, and playing March Madness. But we're most excited to share good news that we hope will bring you some March gladness:
Last month, 155 of you gave a combined total of $5,434 to "Pediatric Services In Remote Areas Of Argentina," a project run by our partners at Sumando Manos Foundation. With your gift, Sumando Manos was able to provide basic needs for children in remote zones in Argentina and implement a safe drinking water project in another school in Chaco! That's nothing short of amazing.
We're also thrilled to share that, in March, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Send Joy to Seriously Ill Children" by our friends over at the Children's Cancer Association (CCA). This project brings joy to children diagnosed with serious illnesses by offering free award-winning programs and resources to their families. Your generous donations will help CCA to deepen their level of service and provide many more free service interactions of music, friendship, resources and support to children and families when they need it most.
We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our GlobalGivers, and we are so humbled to hear about the impact that your gifts are making. We hope you feel the same joy that we do when you read these updates from around the globe.
Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
"I'm thankful for the chance for kids in Fukushima to become independent."
Today, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, we invite you to see the faces and read stories from people, like Keiko, above, who have been affected by your donations: 3yearslater3-11.tumblr.com.
To date, you and other GlobalGiving donors have helped fund more than 35 organizations doing relief and recovery work. You helped Project YUI set up a nursery home in Ishinomaki, so that mothers will have time to look for jobs. You supported OISCA International with their re-forestation project in Natori City. You sent ETIC funds to send entrepreneurs to help revitalize small businesses in Tohoku. You should feel proud that you’ve helped contribute to the incredible accomplishments that these organizations have made toward re-building homes, lives, and communities in Japan.
Furthermore, because the work of recovery and community re-building in Tohoku continues, we are announcing one final matching campaign for Japan recovery organizations. GlobalGiving will match your donations to Japan projects at 100% from March 10th, 11am EDT (March 11th, 0am JST) until $100,000 matching funds last. Please consider supporting organizations that are doing amazing ongoing work in Japan.
If you would like to share a recovery story that you're thankful for, please join us in posting your #3yearslater story on Facebook, twitter, or instagram this week. Here's how: Step 1: Write on a piece of paper, "I'm thankful for...." (and fill-in the blank!) Step 2: Take an un-selfie of yourself holding the paper Step 3: Post to Facebook, twitter, or Instagram using the #3yearslater hashtag
Once again, we’d like to thank your very generous support over the last three years. Although this will be our last matching campaign for Japanese organizations, dollars raised through this fund will continue to be allocated to our partners in Tohoku, and the vital work will continue.
Mari Seto and the GlobalGiving Team
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently stated: "There can be no peace without development … no development without peace." With that in mind, each one of us should be hustling to promote development in Central Asia, where both Afghanistan and Pakistan remain among the least developed countries in the world. According to the United Nation’s Human Development Index using data from 2012, Pakistan ranks #146 and Afghanistan ranks #175 out of 187 countries in the Index.
The Safer World Fund supports a few hand-picked nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in health, education, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. As you can see from the list of nonprofits below, many girls are going to school, many women are being trained, and many people are receiving health care as the result of your contributions. Those investments in girls and boys, women and men, will help open opportunities for living in peace and fulfillment.
Sughar - Giving Women Wings in Pakistan
Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare
Help Educate 28,000+ Girls in Northern Afghanistan
Vocational Training for 1,000 Women in Pakistan
Send 30 Girls in Pakistan to School
Educate 1,500 Children in Pakistan's Northern Area
30 Rural Afghan Girls To Teacher Training
Even though the matching funds are now depleted, there remains much important work to be done. Please consider a donation to The Safer World Fund or a gift card for your best friend’s birthday, your niece’s graduation from college, or some other special occasion this spring. And please find an opportunity to talk with your family, neighbors, and friends about the key role of development in promoting peace.