Dear Supporters of Village Earth,
We at Village Earth believe the most effective and efficient way to support the empowerment of marginalized peoples around the globe is to support and strengthen their own local and indigenous-run organizations. This approach not only helps enhance local self-reliance but also ensures greater cultural and political self-determination. Our project on Globalgiving.org titled "Training and Support for Grassroots Organizations" is focused on growing this program within Village Earth (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization). Currently, the Global Affiliate Program provides fiscal sponsorship, networking, technical support and training to 17 different grassroots organizations in 11 different countries. Since our last report in March of 2014, a lot has happend for Village Earth's Global Affiliate Program, most significantly we approved a new organization to join our Global Affiliate Program "The Human and Hope Association". (http://www.villageearth.org/global-affiliates/human-and-hope-association).
The Human and Hope Association is a registered NGO in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Initially set up as a grassroots association by a group of motivated Khmers to teach English to the community, they now provide English, Morality and Preschool class, library time and weekend Movie Club and Art Class. Their Vocational Sewing program targets the poorest members of the community with a sustainable skill, their Microfinance and Family Farm program aims to provide finances and support to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive it, and their Community Support focuses on promoting the benefits of education through community visits and scholarships.
Also, since our last report in March, we have helped our Affiliates raise nearly $10,000 to support programs that were 100% designed and carried-out by local grassroots organizations working on issues such as cultural self-determination on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, global climate change on the Cheyenne River Reservation, youth empowerment in Cambodia, and ending violence against women and girls in South Sudan.
By supporting this project on Globalgiving.org you are helping us to grow our Global Affiliate Program to achieve the critical mass necessary to become self-sufficient - serving as a permanent support structure for innovative and impactful grassroots organizations around the globe.
Thank you for your support!
David BartecchiExecutive Director, Village Earth
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