Dear Project of the Month Club,
We're so close to summer here in Washington, D.C. and that can only mean one thing: bring on the heat. I'll tell you something pretty cool, though: your impactful donations to GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club are bringing meaningful change to powerful nonprofits around the world.
In April, 214 of you gave an astounding, $6,649 to support "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", run by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica. They support community groups working for mangrove tree conservation and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica.
This month, your donations are going to "Drama, Dance, Music, & Sport for Kisumu Youth", a project by Equip Manyatta in Kenya. Through this project, children growing up in slums in Kenya have the opportunity to explore avenues they wouldn't otherwise be able to, like music and sports.
From Keevan, co-chair at Equip Manyatta:
"We at Equip Manyatta and the Mayatta Youth Resource Center are so honored and humbled to be selected as a Project of the Month this May at GlobalGiving! Being chosn really gives us a much-needed boost and we thank you for your generosity in supporting organizations like ours across the globe."
So what does a youth resource center in the slums of Kenya do with about $6,500? Keevan's got an idea or two:
"These funds will ensure that the girls and boys who are relying on us for educational support this year will be able to stay in school for sure. Our senior team's provincial campaign will not be interrupted due to lack of funding, and our younger players will be able to participate in tournaments that provide the life experience of working cooperatively. Our recording studio can produce more music, creating employment. This will allow us the financial stability we have often struggled to achieve, and provide the cushion we need while we pursue grants and other long-term funding opportunities."
Your dedication to supporting grassroots, locally-driven nonprofits around the world is truly inspiring. Thank you so much for your decision to become a GlobalGiver!
Warmly, Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
The cherry blossoms are blooming here in Washington, D.C. and we're as excited to welcome the refreshing, breezy weather as you are. But do you know what's even more beautiful than Washington's world-famous cherry blossoms? That's right: the impact your donations are making for powerful nonprofits.
In March, 207 of you gave a total of $6,724 to support “Homeless Animals Hospital”, a project by Romania Animal Rescue, which provides veterinary care to homeless animals as well as the pets of impoverished people in Romania. In fact, our in-the-field traveler Kelly Z. visited recently!
This month, your donations are going to "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", a project by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica! Neotropica supports community groups in Costa Rica working for mangrove tree conservation.
From Karla, one of Neotropica's project leaders:
"We are very happy and honored for this opportunity! We work really hard every day to make a difference in our coasts, with local people. The Pacific part of our country, especially the south part in the Osa Peninsula, is one of the poorest (economically), but also, one of the richest (environmentally), and because of that we have devoted our work to it (for 30 years now!). Mangrove conservation can be a hard task, but it is very much needed to ensure nature conservation, climate change adaptation and human wellbeing."
Wondering how your donations will be used to support Neotropica this month? Karla didn't miss a beat when I asked her.
"With this donation we will be able to establish a new mangrove nursery in the Nicoya Gulf, and work a transfer process between fishermen from both sites, Osa Peninsula and Nicoya Gulf. This will allow us to start our conservation process in a completely new area and empower new local groups."
Thank you so much for your dedication and continued support of earth-changing projects like this Neotropica. Stay tuned to find out more about our next Project of the Month, drumming up change in Kenya!
March is here and we’re finally beginning to thaw out from an icy winter here in Washington, D.C. In addition to the warmer weather, we’re also excited to see the amazing impact your donations are having for earth-changing nonprofits around the world!
In February, 193 of you gave a total of $6,210 to Isha Vidhya’s “Gift An Education...Make A Life!” project, which operates English-medium schools for children in rural India. Your support will help them meet urgent infrastructure needs for the coming school year.
This month your donations will support “Homeless Animals Hospital”, a project by Romania Animal Rescue, which provides veterinary care to homeless animals as well as the pets of impoverished people in Romania.
Romania Animal Rescue’s Nancy Janes had this to say when she found out her organization project had been been chosen as March’s Project of the Month:
“Thank you with all my heart and from all our vets, techs and project coordinators. I am so very pleased and thrilled. Donations will go to further our ongoing commitments for more spay/neuter surgeries to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, to treat injuries, provide tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests.”
Thank you so much for your continued support of incredible projects like this one and I look forward to sharing even more news of the positive change your donations create next month.
Warmly, Mari and the team at GlobalGiving
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
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