The 2012 Global Diaspora Forum, powered by the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), is focusing on how new technology can empower and increase diaspora philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation. In honor of this event, IdEA launched a partnership with GlobalGiving as a way to promote philanthropy among diaspora communities. The projects below reflect diaspora-led initiatives that are making a difference in their countries of origin or ancestry. If you have a project you would like to be featured on the IdEA landing page, please nominate your organization for the next GlobalGiving Open Challenge. Your diaspora organization is also invited to become a member organization of IdEA.

Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls
Provide literacy and fast-track education to thousands of women and girls who were deprived of learning and are now eager to become literate and learn skills at an accelerated pace to catch up. project reportread updates from the field
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Help Children with Cancer Access Treatment
Former Soviet Union countries often lack adequate facilities, medications, and trained oncologists to serve children with cancer. 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. Our project will raise funds to support families facing large out-of-pocket medical expenses. project reportread updates from the field
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Micro-finance Project in Egypt-Empower 200 women
Our B' edaya (pronounced Beh-uh-day-uh) "With My Own Hands" microfinance initiative provides interest-free loans to female-heads of households, who are particularly disadvantaged in rural Egypt, to start income-generating projects. Upon the successful setup and operation of the project, each woman will repay the original loan which will then go to a revolving fund. project reportread updates from the field
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Help Sustainable Farm Community for Malian Orphans
This project provides 100 vulnerable Malian children with homes, home cooked meals, health care, education, a 15-square-foot home, and a 2-acres farm that will produce their food. project reportread updates from the field
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Send a Child to High School in Jamaica
The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) helps brilliant, poor children gain meaningful access to education in Jamaica and remaining Caribbean. Public High Schools ARE NOT FREE in Jamaica! CEF awards Scholarships to brilliant children in financial need so they can attend high school. Our Paul Bogle Scholarships pays school fees, text books, school supplies, transportation and lunch. Student Scholarships are renewable each year if the criteria are met of good grades and regular attendance. project reportread updates from the field
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Bringing Technology to Rural schools in Zimbabwe
This project will deliver Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions to Rimbi primary and high schools (located in underserved rural areas of Chipinge district, Zimbabwe), through the establishment of innovative computer and internet based learning programs in the school curriculum. As a result, 500 students will improve their math and science skills and 20 school teachers will gain skills and knowledge in computer literacy and internet usage. project reportread updates from the field
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Provide School Meals to Children in India
Everyday, Akshaya Patra provides hot, nutritious school meals to 1.4 million under-served children in more than 10,600 government schools across India from 23 kitchen facilities. For many children this is their only meal of the day, and it gives them the essential nutrients growing children need to develop cognitive abilities that enable them to excel in school. project reportread updates from the field
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Provide computers for high-risk children in India
We teach children of women trafficked for sex computer skills through our institutes and find them jobs through partner organizations to prevent them from also being trafficked and contracting AIDS. project reportread updates from the field
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Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
African Community Health Initiative provides health screenings, chronic disease health education, and health maintenance programs for rural villagers in eastern Nigeria where health care is limited. project reportread updates from the field
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Baby formula for HIV+ teen mothers in Lima, Peru
VIDA ships baby formula and many, many other necessary medical supplies and equipment to a variety of clinics such as Hogar San Camilo a clinic in Lima, Peru. In addition to taking medical care of the impoverished, there is a wing devoted to caring for late term HIV positive teenagers. The goal being to deliver the babies HIV free by cesarean and to feed the newborns so that they have a greater chance at living healthier lives. This is just one of the hundreds of clinics supplied with your gift. project reportread updates from the field
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Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
United for Colombia will provide artificial limbs, orthopedic rehabilitation and psychological counseling to 35 maimed Colombian civilians who were injured due to landmines and/or unexploded devices. project reportread updates from the field
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Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
New Light is a night shelter/creche (care center) that protects young girls, children and women at high risk in one of the oldest red light districts of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. This area houses sex workers from the city and neighboring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh. New Light also operates a home where girls are safe from potential danger. Providing education, health care, legal aid and shelter from the harsh reality of the streets is crucial in changing the course of their lives. project reportread updates from the field
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Education & Safety for Rural Girls in Uganda
This project will build a floor for a Girls' Dormitory at St. Andrews Matale Secondary School in Rakai, Southern Uganda. Annually, the dorm will house 300 secondary school girls - some of whom are orphans - and help to create a safer and more nurturing school environment to enhance girls' chances of academic success. project reportread updates from the field
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Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare
This project provides affordable healthcare to needy Filipinos through the establishment of a charity hospital that performs free cataract surgery, cleft palate surgery, prosthetic limbs, distributes free eye glasses. It also provides free mother child family clinics, midwiferey training, and satellite birthing centers project reportread updates from the field
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