Dear Project of the Month Club,
This past month, GlobalGiving has gone through some major changes! We gave our entire website a brand new look (and let our old mascot, Elliot the bird spread her wings and leave the nest). We also launched one of our most ambitious projects yet, GG Rewards, which will help us reward the nonprofits with the greatest commitment to continuous learning and improvement.
Our new updates aren’t the only thing helping our partners become more effective; your donations to the Project of the Month Club are also making a huge impact!
In July, 216 of you gave a total of $6,800 to Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project. Thanks to your donation, their “Seed of Hope” program will be able to transform the lives of women through counseling and training that will improve their living standards and help them gain financial independence.
This August, your monthly donation will support The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Provide Education To AIDS Orphans In Rural Uganda project, which frees children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS from the cycle of poverty by providing them with high-quality, free education.
Daniele Reisbig, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project’s Development and Grants Manager, has this message for you:
“Thank you on behalf of the 697 students who will benefit from your generosity this month. Every one of the students YOU will help this month have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS—most have lost both parents. Because of you, these children can hope for a better life out of poverty. When they grow up, they will be able to use the education you have provided them to send their own children to school and to give back to their communities. Your gift will make sure that generations of children in Uganda will have better lives.”
So what can your donation do for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project? When we asked Daniele, she knew exactly how it will help:
“[The support] you will provide this month will provide 20 HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda with free primary education, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, textbooks, healthcare, and two hot meals every day for an entire school year.”
An entire year of school for twenty children? You’re ensuring a brighter future not just for them, but for their entire community. We are always awed by the tremendous impact Project of the Month Club members like you make each and every month. Thank you for your continued support!
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
It’s officially summer, so it’s no surprise that things are heating up around these parts. We just welcomed more than 70 brand-new, high-impact nonprofits — working on everything from education for children with autism in Venezuela to providing solar lamps to bring indoor lighting to villages in Liberia — to the GlobalGiving community through last month’s Open Challenge. Today, though, I’m most interested in sharing the story of an organization working to break the cycle of poverty for girls in Kenya.
Before I share that story, let’s look at what you and fellow Project of the Month Club members accomplished in June: 202 of you gave a total of $6,450 to support Awamaki’s Empowering Women Through Design In Rural Peru project. Your donation will be helping Awamaki provide further training and support to their artisans so that they can expand the markets for their products.
In July, your monthly donation will support Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project, which rescues destitute girls and offers counseling and training in lifeskills, vocational skills and business, in order to equip girls to improve standards of living for them, their families, and communities. Fittingly, they call this program “Seed of Hope”.
Vision Africa’s project leader Kirsty McLullich had this to say when she was informed about her project’s selection this month:
"We are excited to be nominated as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for July 2015. Having partnered with GlobalGiving since 2009 we have seen the real difference that donations from this site can make to the disadvantaged girls who benefit from our training centres. On behalf of the staff and students at Seed of Hope, thank you to every member of The Project of the Month Club for supporting our work to empower girls for an independent future."
"At Vision Africa we believe in Value For Money. We ensure that every donation is wisely spent to make the maximum impact. A donation of $6,500 to Seed of Hope could be used in many ways. One example is that it could fund a feeding programme for 140 students for a full academic year. The feeding programme provides students with a nutritious meal each day they are in school. In a recent poll of 116 students:
This underlines the importance of the feeding programme as part of our holistic training programme for disadvantaged young people."
Feeding 140 students for an entire year? That’s the kind of life-changing impact you’re able to make each month, and I’m just as thankful as Kirsty and Vision Africa are for your continued support of the Project of the Month Club.
Warmly, Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
The last few months have been an incredibly busy time here in Washington, D.C. We’ve been working tirelessly with more than 70 of our partners responding to the Nepal earthquake, and more than 37,000 GlobalGivers in 111 countries have raised more than $4.2 million for relief efforts. More than 260 organizations are getting their start on GlobalGiving through our latest Open Challenge. And of course, we’ve got a brand-new earth-changing project to share with you this month!
Last month, 207 of you raised $6,664 to support Equip Manyatta’s Drama, Dance, Music, & Sport for Kisumu Youth project in Kenya. Thanks to your support, their project will have the financial stability to keep more girls and boys in school for the upcoming year.
This month your donations will support Empowering Women Through Design In Rural Peru, a project by Awamaki that trains and supports more than 100 rural women artisans, and helps connect them to international markets.
Kennedy Leavens, Awamaki’s executive director, has this message for you:
“Wow! This is amazing news! Thank you so much for choosing Awamaki for your project this month. I deeply admire your commitment to participate in the Club and regularly give to small projects like ours. By pooling your funds you make a huge difference, and I hope that knowing this brings you great joy. Please, if you ever find yourself in Peru, come visit! We are right on the way to Machu Picchu and we would love to show you our work and say thank you in person.”
And she has a great plan for putting your support to use:
“I know exactly how the sum of $6600 can help our project! We work with eight women's cooperatives, and our goal is to use our income-generating programs to give the women the skills they need to run their own businesses. Our most advanced cooperative is a group of knitters. We are preparing them to graduate from our training program so that they can sell their work to any knitwear client, and not just to our local store.
“We have never graduated a group before, and so we don't know exactly what trainings and costs will be required to get them started as an independent business. Costs could range from paying a lawyer to help them register with the national tax authority, to giving them extra trainings on color trends and product design so that they can make marketable products to sell.
“We often write grants to pay for training costs, but since we have never graduated a group before, and we don't know what will be required, we haven't been able to secure funds to help them with this final part of the program. These funds will give us the flexibility to pay for whatever we discover that the group needs and most importantly, to make mistakes and experiment so that we can learn the best way to launch a women's group as an independent business, so that we can replicate this with other women's groups in the region.”
We’re proud to partner with innovative organizations like Awamaki who are committed not only to improving the lives of the people they seek to help, but to improving how they do it. And we’re just as proud that generous, compassionate people like you have decided to back them each month.
We're so close to summer here in Washington, D.C. and that can only mean one thing: bring on the heat. I'll tell you something pretty cool, though: your impactful donations to GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club are bringing meaningful change to powerful nonprofits around the world.
In April, 214 of you gave an astounding, $6,649 to support "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", run by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica. They support community groups working for mangrove tree conservation and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica.
This month, your donations are going to "Drama, Dance, Music, & Sport for Kisumu Youth", a project by Equip Manyatta in Kenya. Through this project, children growing up in slums in Kenya have the opportunity to explore avenues they wouldn't otherwise be able to, like music and sports.
From Keevan, co-chair at Equip Manyatta:
"We at Equip Manyatta and the Mayatta Youth Resource Center are so honored and humbled to be selected as a Project of the Month this May at GlobalGiving! Being chosn really gives us a much-needed boost and we thank you for your generosity in supporting organizations like ours across the globe."
So what does a youth resource center in the slums of Kenya do with about $6,500? Keevan's got an idea or two:
"These funds will ensure that the girls and boys who are relying on us for educational support this year will be able to stay in school for sure. Our senior team's provincial campaign will not be interrupted due to lack of funding, and our younger players will be able to participate in tournaments that provide the life experience of working cooperatively. Our recording studio can produce more music, creating employment. This will allow us the financial stability we have often struggled to achieve, and provide the cushion we need while we pursue grants and other long-term funding opportunities."
Your dedication to supporting grassroots, locally-driven nonprofits around the world is truly inspiring. Thank you so much for your decision to become a GlobalGiver!
Warmly, Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
The cherry blossoms are blooming here in Washington, D.C. and we're as excited to welcome the refreshing, breezy weather as you are. But do you know what's even more beautiful than Washington's world-famous cherry blossoms? That's right: the impact your donations are making for powerful nonprofits.
In March, 207 of you gave a total of $6,724 to support “Homeless Animals Hospital”, a project by Romania Animal Rescue, which provides veterinary care to homeless animals as well as the pets of impoverished people in Romania. In fact, our in-the-field traveler Kelly Z. visited recently!
This month, your donations are going to "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", a project by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica! Neotropica supports community groups in Costa Rica working for mangrove tree conservation.
From Karla, one of Neotropica's project leaders:
"We are very happy and honored for this opportunity! We work really hard every day to make a difference in our coasts, with local people. The Pacific part of our country, especially the south part in the Osa Peninsula, is one of the poorest (economically), but also, one of the richest (environmentally), and because of that we have devoted our work to it (for 30 years now!). Mangrove conservation can be a hard task, but it is very much needed to ensure nature conservation, climate change adaptation and human wellbeing."
Wondering how your donations will be used to support Neotropica this month? Karla didn't miss a beat when I asked her.
"With this donation we will be able to establish a new mangrove nursery in the Nicoya Gulf, and work a transfer process between fishermen from both sites, Osa Peninsula and Nicoya Gulf. This will allow us to start our conservation process in a completely new area and empower new local groups."
Thank you so much for your dedication and continued support of earth-changing projects like this Neotropica. Stay tuned to find out more about our next Project of the Month, drumming up change in Kenya!
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