Thank you for supporting the Project of the Month Club on GlobalGiving! This report marks our first full year of the Project of the Month Club. We've raised over $20,290 for 12 amazing projects. Incredible! We are humbled by your generosity and are proud to have helped 12 amazing grassroots projects get much needed support this past year.
This past month your donation supported Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers.
Through the generosity of 90 donors were able to raise $2,362 for Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers run by Seva Mandir. This project organizes camps to provide immunization to pregnant women and children under two years old. Together, we provided enough funds to provide 12 rounds of immunizations for 6 deadly diseases to 85 children and mothers.
This month, we're pleased to announce that Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books is the project of the month for June 2011.
Many Afghan boys want schooling but are too old or must work. Many young boys have been soldiers or lived as refugees, working long hours selling newspapers or candy in the streets in order to feed themselves and their families. Many are hopeless. Without direction for the future, they turn to violence, disrupting their families and communities.
This project funds Educational Learning Centers supported by the Afghan Learning Institute and Creating Hope International in Kabul and Herat. These community-based centers give boys the opportunity to study and earn grade certificates on a fast-track basis.
Your donation will help boys like Mohammad.
Mohammad, one of the English students in the learning centers, said, "One of my great wishes was to speak English. This wish of mine has been accomplished with the help of my hardworking teachers. I hope that Afghan Learning Institute continues to support teachers in different parts of Afghanistan in order to totally eliminate illiteracy, and that our country could compete with other countries across the world."
We have seen the impact that the Afghan Learning Institute has made and are proud to support their effort of educating the youth of Afghanistan and providing them with clear alternatives to violence.
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We'll be in touch next month to report on the impact we've made together and tell you about our next exciting Project of the Month. Until then, we welcome your feedback about the Project of the Month and this monthly report.
Thank you again for your support, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
Thank you so much for supporting Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica this past month!
Through the generosity of 94 people, we were able to raise $2,384 that will go to support Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica run by La Reserva Forest Foundation.
These funds received from the “Project of the Month Club” will be used, starting at the end of May, to begin buying the trees from the landowners, preparing the lands and planting the first 16,000 trees on the banks of the Rio Sol in Costa Rica. Additionally, these funds will be matched by one of La Reserva’s corporate sponsors!
In a recent update, Roberta Ward Smiley, the founder and President of La Reserva Forest Foundation said:
“La Reserva Forest Foundation was busy at the Maleku Reserve looking at all of the landowner’s nurseries, counting trees and identifying the different species. We now have a tree list started with over 50 species so far and over 25 other species that we will be concentrating on in the next few months. That brings the species count to 75, more that the 70 different species we plant per hectare on all of our reforestation projects.
We have been working exclusively on the eastern bank of the Rio Sol but [last month] signed on the first non-indigenous landowner on the western bank. He has one kilometer of river frontage and will be reforesting a ten-meter swath along the entire length. His neighbor to the north has an even longer frontage of pasture along the river and he may be interested in participating in the project as well. This biological corridor project is becoming a reality. There will be a beautiful native forest for many kilometers on both sides of the Rio Sol where before there was only cow pastures and much erosion.”
We are thrilled to hear about the incredible work La Reserva Forest Foundation is doing and are proud to support their efforts through the Project of the Month Club.
This month in honor of mothers around the world, we're pleased to announce that Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers is the project of the month for May 2011.
Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers, run by Seva Mandir, organizes camps to provide immunization to pregnant women and children under two years old. Seva Mandir started running reliable immunization camps in this area as the complete immunization rates here were as low as 2.6%. Seeing the stupendous success of the intervention, they have enlarged the coverage of this project to the 200 rural pre schools that Seva Mandir runs. These pre-schools reach out to about 5,000 very young, malnourished children who are provided safe, loving day care, nutritious food and pre-school learning. The complete immunization rates of the children attending the Balwadis is only 19%, hence the need for this immunization. These immunization camps are run in remote areas of India where government health facilities don’t reach and target six diseases: tuberculosis, tetanus, measles, diphtheria, polio, and pertusis. Pregnant women also get pre-natal care and advice to boost their health during pregnancy.
These programs have helped women like Daku Bai. Daku Bai came to Seva Mandir’s immunization camp, held in the early childhood education center in her village, for the first time in 2010. She was several months pregnant with her first child and came to receive her tetanus vaccination and get a health check-up. After receiving her vaccination, she had her weight checked, her hemoglobin level tested, and her blood pressure taken. She was found to be anemic and was counseled by the nurse to eat dark green vegetables and eggs and to take iron-folic supplements from the local government health center. She continued to receive healthcare throughout her pregnancy.
Thank you for supporting the immunization for hundreds of children and women in these villages.
Thank you so much for supporting 100 Elementary Scholarships for Liberian Children this past month.
Through the generosity of 94 people, we were able to raise $2,504 to help children get off the streets of Liberia and into school. In a recent project update, Stephanie Hood presented a great chart illustrating why it's especially important to keep girls in school. In Liberia, only 39% of primary school-aged girls are actually enrolled in school. Girls who go to school for 7 or more years have fewer children than other girls - especially critical because pregnancy is the leading cause of death in Liberia for teenage girls.
This month, we're pleased to announce that Rio Sol Bio Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica is the project of the month for April, 2011.
The project is run by La Reserva Forest Foundation in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It's mission is to restore and preserve forests. La Reserva has received a generous donation to pay for 35,000 trees, but the donation is contingent on La Reserva raising funds for the fencing, land preparation, and maintenance costs necessary to plant and nurture the trees, which needs to begin in June, when the rains begin. The funds from the Project of the Month Club will be used to begin building the fences and paying the wages necessary to prepare and plant the lands. This will begin in May and the planting to follow in June.
Pictured above is La Reserva's main office, and Roberta, who leads this project.
It is projects and stories like these which inspired the creation of the Project of the Month Club.
Thank you again for your support, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
Thank you so much for supporting Education for Children in Port Au Prince this past month!
Through the generosity of 82 people, we were able to raise $2,119 that will go to Education for Children in Port Au Prince run by European Disaster Volunteers. Together, we provided enough funds to build a transitional classroom which will serve orphans and children from the local community in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
In a recent update, Emma Taylor noted that the project has "recently completed a transitional classroom at the Mix de Sabauth School and will soon be making further improvements to the school's infrastructure. These classroom builds provide safe space [for] children to attend school - a critical need in post-earthquake Port au Prince. In addition... our volunteers have also begun another build at another local school. Together, the classroom construction and school improvements at these two schools will provide a safe place for more than 100 children to attend class. And that's just the beginning. We've recently also provided our first 25 scholarships to children." We are thrilled to hear about the incredible work European Disaster Volunteers is doing and are proud to support their efforts through the Project of the Month Club.
This month, we're pleased to announce that 100 Elementary Scholarships For Liberian Children is the project of the month for March 2011.
100 Elementary Scholarships For Liberian Children is run by More than Me Foundation and helps children get off the streets of Liberia and into school. More than Me provides children with scholarships to attend school as well as with uniforms, books, supplies, and a matched mentor. At school children learn proper nutrition, are provided with immunizations, and learn about disease transmission prevention.
Stephanie Hood, the Executive Director of More Than Me Foundation, says, "The collective power of GlobalGiving astounds our all volunteer nonprofit, More than Me Foundation, everyday. The donations made through the Project of the Month Club this month means 10 more years of financial support for education including tuition, uniforms, books, supplies, maxipads, and gym shoes-anything our girls in the West Point area of Monrovia, Liberia need to get to school, and stay there."
"Featured in the top photo are two girls, Agnes (left), a More than Me scholarship program recipient, and Winnie (right), one of the girls on our waitlist for next year. What can 10 years of education mean to these girls? Agnes lives in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, a disadvantaged neighborhood of one of the poorest countries in the world, Liberia. Agnes' family brings in only $150 a month which does not leave enough money after food and rent for Agnes to attend school. Agnes is playful, she has a HUGE personality and she loves to play school. Though only 5 years old she pretends she can read and loves holding books. When asked why she wants to go to school Agnes told us she wants to 'write books about the ABCs.'"
"Fast forward 10 years. At 15 Agnes will be at high risk in her neighborhood of West Point. High risk for prostitution, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, early pregnancy, disease, and rape. Education will decrease the likelihood that Agnes will be stuck in an inescapable cycle of poverty. Agnes will be empowered and in turn empower her children."
"Your donations are changing a life which in return will change lives. Agnes is one girl, there are so many more, like Winnie, that are on our waitlist and who we are working tirelessly to find funds to put into school."
"Thank you GlobalGiving donors for supporting our work in Liberia-getting girls off the streets and into classrooms."
Thank you so much for supporting Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women this past month!
Through the generosity of 90 people, we were able to raise $2,364 that will go to Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women run by Hagar USA. Together, we provided enough funds to provide job training to 50 abused and trafficked women in 2011. Next month, these funds will help Hagar Vietnam to offer its fourth job training in the past year and a half!
The job training includes personal development, soft skills training, and vocational training. The personal development training uses art and group therapy. After completion, soft skills training and vocational training begins. This training includes effective communication, ethical behavior, dealing with conflict in the work place, positive thinking, and how to perform well at work. The six-month vocational training teaches the women specific skills such as hospitality, cooking, and housekeeping.
Through this increase in job training and employment services, many of the women are now employed through Hagar's enterprise partner, Joma Bakery and Café. Click on the video link below to see some of these women working with the skills they've learned.
As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, we're pleased to announce that Education for Children in Port Au Prince is the project of the month for February 2011.
Education for Children in Port Au Prince is run by European Disaster Volunteers and aims to give earthquake-affected children in Port au Prince the chance to attend school by providing scholarships and constructing classrooms.
School in Haiti is not free. The earthquake has destroyed schools and robbed many parents of their livelihoods leaving them without means to pay school fees. The combination of fewer classrooms and fewer jobs has resulted in many children being unable to access education. Lack of education locks these children in a cycle of poverty. Ensuring access to school not only improves children's lives, but Haiti's long-term ability to recover from the earthquake.
EDV can build a transitional classroom in an orphanage or community for as little as $2,000. Emma Taylor, the project leader on the ground, tell us she has a list "longer than my arm!" of requests for these classrooms.
While the situation in Haiti continues to seem dire even a year later, Emma says that survivors continue to make progress step by step. "Teachers form classes for children who can’t afford school fees, teach literacy to teens who have never been able to go to school, and parents make sacrifices to make sure their children can learn," she says. "They’ve not lost hope, and neither should we. With our support, more children in our community will attend school in 2011. Positive change is possible and is happening every day."
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Thank you again for your support,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
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