Dear Project of the Month Club,
I hope this update finds you in a warm, cozy place as winter here in the U.S. has been especially frigid. One thing that’s been keeping our spirits high amidst the freezing temperatures has been the generosity shown by donors like you, who are the reason we had our best year ever in 2014, raising more than $32 million for earth-changing projects around the globe.
In January, 217 of you gave a total of $7,365 to “Bridge To Self Reliance 2000 Refugees San Diego CA,” a project run by the Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego. Your donations will be helping them implement a new program to boost adult literacy rates among the city’s refugee community.
This month your donations will be funding Isha Vidhya’s “Gift An Education...Make A Life!” project, which runs English-medium schools for children in rural India who could not otherwise access or afford such an education. When we informed project leader Venkat Ramakrishnan of the good news, he had this to say:
“We deeply appreciate and value your gesture, which is timely and significant. The donations we get as a result will help us meet our urgent infrastructure requirements for the coming academic year, and have a positive impact on our ability to deliver quality education to underprivileged rural children.”
We here at GlobalGiving share in Venkat’s appreciation of your generosity. We’re always inspired by the impact your donations have to change lives around the world, and can’t wait to see the change you’ll create next month.
Warmly, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
It’s a new year and that means many new beginnings. I’m excited to share with you our first Project of the Month selection for 2015, an organization that’s helping refugee families lay a strong foundation in their new home country.
But first, let me tell you about what you accomplished last month! You and 220 other Club members gave a total of $7,228 to support Dream a Dream's “Empowering Vulnerable Young People with Life Skills” project in India. Your generosity is helping 100 youth from the Bangalore area attend a camp program focused on building their self-confidence, interpersonal skills and critical thinking.
This month your donation will fund “Bridge To Self Reliance 2000 Refugees San Diego CA”, a project from the Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego. Project leader Elaine McLevie was thrilled to hear about her project’s selection, and told us that the timing couldn’t be better. She explains:
“Not only are January and February months in which we frequently receive very few donations, but we usually receive an influx of new families in those months. This year is no exception. Many of the families are large, and supplies of donated bedding and household goods are in high demand. So is transportation to medical and other offices and translation at those visits, because, more often than not, the family does not speak, read or write English. What a boost to our morale it was to have this show of confidence in the value of what we do.”
Elaine also added that your funds could help them start a new program to boost adult literacy rates in San Diego’s refugee community, which would help improve their job prospects. Not a bad start to the new year!
Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
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
Between the colorful piles of leaves on the ground in the U.S. and the unmistakable start of holiday cheer, it’s clear: we have entered November! In the spirit of Thanksgiving we are giving thanks this month for what we have and are reminded of the importance of giving back. You don’t need the reminder though, because you’re all a step ahead of the giving season with your generous support of the Project Of the Month Club! As always, we at GlobalGiving and the nonprofits you support are thankful for you.
Last month, 182 of you came together to give over $6,000 to Prajwala’s “Therapeutic Community for 600 Sex Trafficked Victims” in Hyderabad, India. They are grateful for your support, which helped bring medical and psychological care as well as academic opportunity to these young survivors of abuse.
This month your donations will go to Move For Hunger’s project, “Help Us Fight Hunger in America,” which brings nonperishable foods to local food banks.
When told they had been chosen for Project of the Month Club, Project Leader Kristy Redford shared that, “Move For Hunger is honored to be selected…with 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal, there is still so much work to be done in the fight against hunger. This additional funding will enable the Move For Hunger team to grow our food collection program and deliver additional food to community food banks across North America and to those most in need. With the support of our amazing donors and projects like this, we have been able to deliver over 3,700,000 pounds of food to date. We are incredibly grateful for this project to help us increase our impact.”
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Project of the Month Club. And a reminder: during this month of thanksgiving, remember how many people give thanks for your generosity.
The air is crisp, sweaters are making their way out of summer storage and a trip to the pumpkin patch is in store. As it becomes time to warm your hands around a mug of apple cider, here is a quick reminder of the impact you are making around the world.
In September, 195 of you came together to send $6,497 to Christel House’s project to “Educate a Mexico Girl Child From the Barrios.” You helped cover an entire year’s worth of medical care for 40 girls in Mexico City , and helped put them on the path to success!
This month your donation will go towards Prajwala’s “Therapeutic Community for 600 Sex Trafficked Victims” project in Hyderabad, India. You’ll be helping Prajwala provide a safe haven for victims of sex trafficking so that they can receive necessary psychological and medical care while engaging once again in school or work.
Prajwala’s Sunitha Krishnan responded to being chosen as the Project of the Month by saying, “this global recognition of our cause and the support it is mobilizing is a great sense of strength. Million Thanks!”
Let me echo Sunitha: a million thanks to you for your commitment to this community and for the good that you do around the world. See you in November!
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