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."
It is projects and stories like these which inspired the creation of the Project of the Month Club.
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
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."
Please spread the word about the Project of the Month Club.
Thank you again for your support,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
Thank you so much for helping Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read this past month!
Through the generosity of 88 people, we were able to raise $2,319 that will go to Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read run by Women's Global Empowerment Fund. Eagle eyed readers will notice that when we picked this project last month it was named "Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read". Thanks to your generosity, we've provided enough funds to educate 50 women and prompted the project to increase their capacity to help even more women!
When we told Karen Sugar, the project leader, about the generous donations from the Club, she said that these funds will enable 50 women to "participate in our literacy program two times per week for 8 months. Giving women the opportunity to learn to read and write allows them to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families."
As the New Year starts, we're pleased to announce that Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women is the project of the month for January 2011.
Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women is run by Hagar USA and serves trafficked and abused women in Cambodia and Vietnam by providing holistic recovery services, such as residential care, trauma counseling, legal support, literacy education, and employment.
Increasing numbers of women in Vietnam and Cambodia are trafficked for sex or labor or suffer domestic abuse. These women typically come from poor families, with little or no education. They have few opportunities for safe and dignified employment. Sadly, the children of these women also become increasingly vulnerable and susceptible to abuse, themselves.
This project provides rehabilitation services, job readiness, and vocational training. Then, survivors will be supported as they reintegrate to society, hold their first jobs, and move from transitional housing to independent living.
Your donation will provide support to women like Trang.
Trang, a Vietnamese trafficking survivor, received assistance from this project. As a result, she says, "I feel more self-confident and strong now. And, I possess a value that is respected by others. I have the right to decide for myself what I can do, and what I want to do... to live a life without fear."
The funds raised this month will help women like Trang start the New Year with new opportunities for freedom, safety, and employment.
Thank you so much for helping Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers this past month!
Through the generosity of 50 people, we were able to raise $1,257 that will go to Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers run by Agros International. The Project of the Month funds will support the rural poor in the village of Villa Linda with loans and capital to expand their businesses, grow more crops, and work towards owning their own land.
We're pleased to announce that Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is the project of the month for December 2010.
Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is run by Women's Global Empowerment Fund and provides microloans and literacy training to women in Uganda.
The people of northern Uganda are recovering from a 20+ year brutal insurgency, where for over a decade 1.5+ million people lived in IDP camps, facing violence, poverty and hopelessness. This project provides microcredit loans and an eight month literacy training program to 95 women, many of whom are formerly abducted persons, child soldiers, sex slaves. All of the women in the program have suffered unimaginable violence and many missed the opportunity to receive a basic education.
Your donation will provide literacy training and microloans to women like Grace.
Grace was abducted and forced to live in the bush for over 8 years where she was repeatedly raped. She has three children. When she escaped two years ago, she returned only to be abandoned by her family and ostracized by her tribe. This is not uncommon for women who have been sexually assaulted; they not only carry the physical and emotional scars of their experience, but are then shunned and turned away from their family. Grace was invited to join an existing loan group, which provided her the necessary support and safety. Today, she is on her 4th loan cycle, her business as a fruit and produce vendor provides her the opportunity to send her children to school, experience increased economic activity, and food security.
If you give $50 or more this month, you'll get free handmade bead necklace.
As a part of our new Gifts for Good program, any donation of $50 or more to the Project of the Month Club during December 2010 is eligible to get a free handmade bead necklace.
Thank you so much for supporting Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua this past month!
Through the generosity of 43 people, we were able to raise $1069 that will go to support Healthcare For Pregnant Women In Nicaragua run by Susan Dix Lyons at Clinica Verde. This project is building a clinic for 1,500 high-risk pregnant women. They have started construction of the clinic and are now looking to raise the funds to purchase medical supplies and equipment. Susan has told us that our Project of the Month funds will allow her to purchase two fetal heart monitors for the clinic. On behalf of the hundreds of patients and babies that will benefit from having these, thank you!
We're pleased to announce that Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers is the project of the month for November 2010.
Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers is run by Agros International and supports the economic development of the village of Villa Linda, Guatemala.
Ten million Guatemalans live below the poverty line, earning less than $1 or $2 a day. Nine out of ten in Guatemalan farmers do not own enough land to feed their families. Trapped in a cycle of basic survival, they pay exorbitant rent for poor quality land or work for desperately low wages as migrant laborers. Agros restores hope for such families by helping the villages like Villa Linda purchase farmland, provide agricultural training, and much more. Families pay back the cost of the land, proudly earning right to its title.
Agros offers families the opportunity to earn land over time through the fruits of their own labor. This year they plan to start gardens, small animal husbandry projects, a community bank for small businesses, and training in natural medicine. The Agros model works to ensure economic, environmental, organizational, and social sustainability. Sustainability is not only key for the villagers, but for the long-term and integrated approach to address these issues in Guatemala.
Your donation will go to support the people of Villa Linda like Rosa.
Rosa is an enthusiastic member of the Agros Guatemalan community of Villa Linda, and has been a member of the Community Bank since it first began three years ago. Rosa has participated in many workshops and trainings to support her business endeavors and has especially benefited from meeting with members from other community banks in the region. Looking at the success of her two businesses raising chickens and pigs, one would not imagine that Rosa's first project resulted in thirty-five chickens that died of sickness. Now, Rosa is able to vaccinate her animals every three months and is proud to share that she has $134 in savings as a result of her hard work and dedication.
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..
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