Dear Project of the Month Club,
It's that time again where we get to tell you about the impact of your generous donation to a high-performing project on GlobalGiving.
Last month, 148 of you gave a combined $4,685 to Empowering Guatemalan Youth To Promote Literacy. Here's what Kassia, the project leader, wanted to share with you about your gift:
"On behalf of Reading Village, I want to thank you for selecting our organization as your April 2013 Project of the Month. Your recognition and investment could not come at a better time! After six years in operation, Reading Village’s program is beginning to foster broad social transformation in rural Guatemala. In 2012, past and present scholars took the initiative to collaborate on small-scale development projects... including the opening of Concepcion’s very first library – a venture conceived of and implemented by program participants, the library stands as an emblem of our scholars’ newly discovered ability to organize local resources and individuals for social change.
"In this way, Reading Village has refined a model of change that starts with students and ripples out across entire communities. By investing in human capacity rather than in infrastructure, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and creating change from the inside out. Thank you for joining us in that effort!
"It is a testament to the local credibility and impact of our program that we have been invited to expand into neighboring communities. This June, Reading Village will begin selecting two new towns to work in, reaching 20 more scholars in 2014. At just $500 per scholarship, your gift will help reach half of those new students, empowering them with the education, leadership skills, and literacy promotion experience to transform the lives of thousands more children. Thank you for investing in global literacy!"
We're also pleased to share that this month, your donations will be pooled to benefit a project in Russia called, Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment. Former Soviet Union countries often lack adequate facilities, medications, and trained oncologists to serve children with cancer, and as a result, families have to travel abroad to nearby countries, such as Israel or Germany, to bring their children for treatment. As non-residents, they pay full costs of treatment, which is lengthy and very expensive. You'll be helping to support a family facing large out-of-pocket medical expenses to save their child.
Upon hearing that this project is May's Project of the Month, Sasha from Advita Fund said, "I was elated to find out we were chosen - It is an honor to be selected from a large pool of great projects. I am very happy and grateful for your generous support for our patients."
We look forward to providing you further updates about this project next month.
Thank you so much for your generosity. It makes us so proud 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 world.
Warmly, Mari and the GlobalGiving team
We're thrilled to tell you that this club of generous givers has grown to include 153 people! Thank you so much for being part of this movement - we love to share how your donations unite each month to have one big impact on a high-performing project.
Last month you gave a combined $4,760 to "Atlas Corps: Invest In Global Nonprofit Leaders." Atlas Corps will use those funds to equip 60 leaders from around the world to learn from nonprofit organizations in North America and to then return to their home countries to address critical issues. The impact of this gift will only be amplified as these leaders grow and excel!
This month your funds will go to an excellent project called Empowering Guatemalan Youth To Promote Literacy. We're so excited about this project! Similar to last month's project, it's also about empowering young leaders to give back. But this project funds scholarships and leadership development training to a younger cohort: rural Guatemalan teens. In return for their free schooling and training, the scholarship recipients will give back to their community by leading reading activities with younger children.
We estimate that your combined efforts will provide scholarships for at least nine students for an entire year! Your donations will help transform a village! You can read the project's previous updates to get an idea of how other scholarship recipients have gone on to build libraries, to become teachers, entrepreneurs, and community health workers.
Thank you so much for your generosity - we hope you're as excited to learn about the impact of your efforts as we are to tell project leaders that they've been chosen. The Project of the Month Club may feel like just about a monthly email from GlobalGiving - but in reality, it's about changing lives and transforming communities both now and in the future! (There are young kids in Guatemala who will only have a chance to study and grow because of YOU and your gift this month!)
We are so glad to let you know that last month, you and 148 other Project of the Month Club members raised $4,690 for "Gift Learning Kits to Rural Girls," offering activities and games to primary grade student. The kits help them learn English, Hindi, and Math, and include fun learning tools like games, posters, and art materials.
Nooreen Dossa, Project Leader, shared with us the impact your gift will have:
"The sum of $4,000 will provide learning kits to approximately 115 schools which will help us reach out to over 5,000 girls living in gender discriminate districts in Rajasthan, India."
For March's Project of the Month, we'd like to introduce you to a project called "Atlas Corps: Invest In Global Nonprofit Leaders," led by Atlas Corps, a longtime GlobalGiving partner. Through their leadership development program for nonprofit leaders, individuals from around the world volunteer in the U.S., learn new skills, share their perspectives, and then return home empowered to address critical issues. To overcome the lack of training in the nonprofit sector, Atlas Corps pioneered a multilateral exchange model that empowers individuals while building the capacity of organizations in the USA and abroad.Project Leader, Abby Flottemesch, wanted to share with you her message of thanks upon learning that they were selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
"AWESOME! We are inspired that "Atlas Corps: Invest in Global Leaders" was selected as the project of the month. When you invest in these leaders, you support a global movement. You support the individuals improving our schools, community health, youth development, and more at home and abroad."
Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion, and we hope that you are proud to develop a generation of nonprofit leaders empowered with the skills and networks to tackle the world's biggest challenges. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.
Warm regards,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
We are so glad to let you know that last month, you and 147 other Project of the Month Club members raised $4,615 for "I Am A JewelGirl. What Kind of Girl Are You?", providing women economic stablility while still encouraging creativity and education.
Andrea Powell, Project Leader, shared with us the impact your gift will have:"$4,000 will pay for 100 girl survivors at FAIR Girls to receive art therapy for six full months in our JewelGirls program! This means 8 hours a week times 100 girls. That is 8,000 hours!" For February's Project of the Month, we're happy to tell you about a project called "Gift Learning Kits to Rural Girls" led by our partner, Educate Girls. Their project provides learning kits to students in primary grade levels. Each kit emphasizes the use of activities and games to teach English, Hindi and Math, and it provides every school with child-centric teaching material and training. Kits include a box of posters, playing cards, crayons and much more to make learning fun for children.Project Leader, Nooreen Dossa, wanted to share with you her message of thanks upon learning that they were selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:
"It is very encouraging that our project, 'Gift learning kits to rural girls,' has been selected as the project of the month. This support has given an impetus to our project as we promote child centric learning in rural schools.”
Thank you so much for your support and kindness this holiday season, and we hope that you are proud to know that you are empowering girls rescued from sex slavery to achieve their goals. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.
Warm regards, Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
We are thrilled to let you know that last month, you and 157 other Project of the Month Club members raised an amazing $5,953 for "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru," providing women economic stablility while still encouraging creativity and education.
Annie Millican, Project Leader, shared with us their plans for spending your donations:
"With [these funds] we will give our three seamstresses training in computer and administrative skills so they can increasingly manage their own orders and sales. We will also provide further trainings in pattern-making so they can truly take the lead in designing quality, fashion-forward items. We will provide hard-skills training to our new spinning cooperative, a group of 11 young women, to teach them to create felt out of leftover fleece; we will teach the seamstress-designers to use this felt as another raw material that supports local women. Finally, we will invest in sales and marketing to enable all our cooperatives to access a wider market and immediately improve their income. This will allows us to increase the skills, autonomy, responsibility and income of all the 95 women with whom Awamaki works, so that they may continue to invest in their communities and create a better life for themselves and their families."
For January's Project of the Month, we're glad to tell you about a project called "I Am A JewelGirl. What Kind Of Girl Are You?" led by one of our partners, FAIR Girls. This project empowers orphaned and formerly trafficked Russian girls aged 11 to 18 with the skills, knowledge, and community networks they need to overcome their own exploitation and lead other girls toward freedom and independence.
Their Project Leader, Andrea Powell, wanted to share with you her message of thanks upon learning that they were selected to participate in the Project of the Month Club:"FAIR Girls is excited and honored to be a part of the Project of the Month Club! Every day, we empower girl victims of sex trafficking and labor exploitation to become strong survivors. In our JewelGirls program, we provide 100 girls in Moscow and St. Petersburg with the opportunity to empower themselves through job preparedness workshops, knowledge on how to stay safe from sexual violence and exploitation, art therapy, and access to professional counselors and a support network of peers. What's more, the money they earn through the sale of jewelry created in art therapy, together with the skills they learn, give them the self confidence and income generation they need to become strong survivors."Thank you so much for your support and kindness this holiday season, and we hope that you are proud to know that you are empowering girls rescued from sex slavery to achieve their goals. Your support is having an earth-changing impact around the world.
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