GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club

 
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Oct 12, 2011

Project of the Month Update: October 2011

The Safer World Fund - Afghan girls
The Safer World Fund - Afghan girls

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Last month, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Project of the Month Club raised $2544 from 99 donors to go toward the various projects supported by the  Safer World FundWe're pleased to tell you that the Fund's founders, Joyce, David, and Gene--three Americans who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks--matched your donations at 50%, so you actually sent $3816 to be split between "Shelters for Women in Iraq and Afghanistan" and several other important projects supported by the Safer World Fund.

When Joyce and the founders heard about your contribution, they said, “thanks so much for your support -- what a great tribute to compassionate people everywhere. We appreciate your help in fostering positive change in the aftermath of 9/11.”

Your October donations will go to Microfinance For Marginalized Communities, Mexico, funding microloans to 25 entrepreneurs working to lift themselves out of poverty. The loans will be distributed by IMIFAP, and entrepreneurs will undergo comprehensive financial and life skills training as part of the loan process. The training program, called " Yo quiero,  yo puedo“ (I want to, I can), was recently awarded for excellence by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  We hope you are proud knowing that your donations are helping men and women improve their living conditions for themselves and their families. 

Thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we are so grateful for your regular contributions.  There are now 99 Club members - can you please spread the word to help us surpass 100 in October? We hope that you feel proud seeing the impact of your giving on a regular basis. 

Thank you again, and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards, 
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

A IMIFAP microfinance borrower
A IMIFAP microfinance borrower
Sep 6, 2011

Project of the Month Update: September 2011

August 2011: Solar Cookers for the School In Fiada
August 2011: Solar Cookers for the School In Fiada

Thank you for supporting Solar Cookers for the School In Fiadanana this past month!

Together we raised $2,347 from 94 donors in August to provide ten solar cookers to the Madegascar village of Fiadanana. This is what Dr. Ihanta, founder of Zahana had to say:

"We feel honored to be part of the project of the month club at GlobalGiving. it is wonderful and very encouraging that our solar cooker project in rural Madagascar can inspire people so far away."

It’s incredible to think about the impact of your combined efforts for this small village! Thank you!

This month we're pleased to announce that the September Project of the Month club funds will go to support the Safer World Fund in honor of the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.

The Safer World Fund was created by Joyce Manchester, David Stapleton, and Gene Steuerle, three Americans who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.

Gene, whose wife Norma was in the plane that hit the Pentagon, has reached out to numerous families and friends who also lost loved ones to terrorism. He, Joyce, and David created the Safer World Fund with the belief that education, health care, and economic opportunity in Afghanistan and Pakistan can counter the influence of extremists by weakening their base of community support.  

Your September donations will be split amongst several projects working to build a world in which the appeal of lives lived in dignity, opportunity, and hope triumphs over the allure of extremism and its use of terrorist tactics. You can find a full list of the projects supported by the Safer World Fund here.

If you’d like to give to this fund beyond your monthly Club donation, the Fund’s founders will be matching all donations at 50% starting on September 11, 2011. Please visit the project next Sunday or later to take advantage of the matching opportunity in honor of those whose lives were lost in the 9/11 attacks.

Thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we continue to be humbled by the generosity of this group of donors.  We hope that you feel proud seeing the impact of your giving on a regular basis. If you feel connected to this cause and others like it, would you consider spreading the word about the Club with your friends?

We are grateful for your generosity, and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards, 
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

September 2011: The Safer World Fund
September 2011: The Safer World Fund
Aug 2, 2011

Project of the Month Update: August 2011

Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters
Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters

Thank you for supporting Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters this past month!

We raised $2,192 from 90 donors in July to support military daughters. This means that you helped provide two full scholarships for daughters of military servicemen to attend the Judy Foudy Sports Leadership Academy last week. Alan, the father of one of the scholarship recipients had this to say:

"I'm writing to say thank-you ... it’s nice to know my 20 years of military service is still appreciated. Without your scholarship, my daughter's dream of attending the Leadership Academy would have remained just that and I would have been denied her endless smile as she reminisces about all her Chicago experiences. Thank you, again, for being such a positive influence on my daughter."

This month, we're pleased to announce that Solar Cookers for the School In Fiadanana is the project of the month for August 2011.

This project provides solar cookers to a Madagascar village school. Villagers currently use charcoal or wood-fired cook stoves in the village of Fiadanana but unfortunately this has led to massive deforestation. Solar energy is an alternative to using trees for firewood, but the price of solar cookers in Madagascar has made wide adoption of alternative cookstoves nearly impossible.

The leaders behind this project are working to develop appropriate cooking technologies for the village of Fiadanana, which they intend to introduce to the community through classroom training with village children.  By using and testing this new technology in the school, children will learn first-hand about the benefits of solar energy and they can then teach their families.

An immediate benefit of introducing the cookers to the school will be the opportunity to feed the 140 students, most who come to school hungry.  In the long run, project leaders hope to see a great reduction in deforestation around the Fiadanana village.

With the money that we can raise together as a club, we can provide the school with seven solar cookers and pots. Any remaining funds will go towards food supplies to feed the children.

Thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club - it's exciting to know that together we can make a huge difference for generations of people living in this small village in Madagascar!  We look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards, 
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team


Solar Cookers For The School In Fiadanana
Solar Cookers For The School In Fiadanana
Jul 5, 2011

Project of Month Update: July 2011

Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011

Thank you for supporting Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books this past month!

This past month we raised $2,412 from 92 donors. When we told Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of Afghan Institute of Learning, about the Club's generosity she had this to say:

We are so thrilled that our project, Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns for Books, has been chosen as the project of the month for June 2011. This is such an important cause.

As you have read in many news stories, young men in Afghanistan who are uneducated are sometimes recruited by various groups with less than good intentions, and, with no other hope or prospects, they follow down the wrong path. The Afghan Institute of Learning hopes to change this by providing opportunities for young men, who might otherwise have no chance for education, to attend our learning centers where they can study literacy, English, computers, a skilled trade, etc.

Thanks to your donations at least 40 young men will receive education for one year. Our intention with this funding is to direct it to the Hazrat Bilal Learning Center in Herat, Afghanistan. As of last month, there were 106 young men and boys attending this Center. One student told this story:

"I hoped to go to school but, when I asked my mother to let me go, she answered that we don't have enough money and your father is dead. One of my brothers cleans shoes and the other sells flowers on the street. My mother works in a neighbor's house. I really suffered because my brothers and I could not go to school. I want to be a good teacher in the future and teach the poor students. My mother got information about Hazrat Bilal Center and she was so happy. When I asked why she was happy, she told me that there was a Center open near my house that teaches students for free and that an Afghan woman, Miss Professor Yacoobi, helps the poor families obtain an education. My brothers and I went to the Center and registered and we are now students of the Center."

In this case, three young boys are now studying because of your help!

Thanks for your help in sending 40 young men in Afghanistan to school for a year!

This month, we're pleased to announce that Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters is the project of the month for July 2011.

This project provides military daughters with self-esteem and leadership skills during a week-long soccer academy. Scholarships are provided to girls from all over the country. Girls participate in soccer and leadership activities focused on positive life lessons. They're challenged to develop a service project to implement back at home, and the Academy staff and mentors follow up to help with project completion.

The teen years can be hard, and military daughters have the added stress of prolonged absence of a parent. The leadership academy provides these teens with a supportive community where they are challenged, build skills, and grow into confident, strong young women, who are eager to be leaders of positive change. As one past participant said: "This camp has influenced my life by helping me realize that there is nothing stopping me from reaching my dreams but my own doubts, and that if I work hard enough, I can achieve anything."

This year, the Academy has set of goal of doubling the number of military daughters on full scholarship at this summer's JFSLA sessions. This project has demonstrated it has a high impact and we are pleased to support their efforts by selecting them as the July Project of the Month. Your donations will provide full scholarships for at least two military daughters.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters
Julie Foudy Scholarships For Military Daughters
Jun 2, 2011

Project of the Month Update: June 2011

Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011
Help Afghan Boys Trade Guns For Books - June 2011

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.

Please help us spread the word

If you know of someone who you think would enjoy joining the project of the month club, we encourage you to send them an email or share it on Facebook.

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

Immunization For Tribal Children And Young Mothers
Immunization For Tribal Children And Young Mothers

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