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From The Front Lines
GlobalGiving Disaster Response Panel


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Join GlobalGiving for an exclusive event: “From The Front Lines: GlobalGiving Disaster Response Panel,” featuring nonprofits responding to the Japan, Ecuador, and Nepal earthquakes, the Ebola outbreak, and the Syrian refugee crisis with stories and images from the ground in a unique style and format that you won't want to miss. 

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm EDT (Find this time in your city).
Location: You can join in person at GlobalGiving’s DC office, or watch online.

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GlobalGiving created this event to provide an opportunity for you, our strongest supporters, to connect directly with some of our top nonprofit partners on the ground. Panelists will each present a story in a unique format from their recovery and relief work, and then the floor will be open for you to ask questions directly to our panelists.
Panelists have a limited amount of time to deliver a presentation - 20 images, each with 20 seconds to speak. 


Britt Lake, Senior Director of Programs, GlobalGiving

As Director of Programs, Britt oversees relationships with over 2,000 nonprofits, including managing all of GlobalGiving's impact measurement, capacity building work, and disaster relief grantmaking. In addition to her six years at GlobalGiving, Britt has worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of non-profits in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.


Accountability Lab: Nepal Earthquake

Immediately after the Nepal earthquake, Accountability Lab saw a critical information gap between the people in need and the government/humanitarian agencies who sought to help them.

The Accountability Lab catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. It is an incubator for accountability change-makers to develop and implement innovative ideas for integrity in their communities. They train, mentor, and resource citizens to strengthen systems of accountability to unleash positive social and economic change. They also strive to set an example of transparency, creativity, collaboration, and learning within the nonprofit sector. We are based in the Washington DC, with local offices in Liberia, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Anne Sophie Ranjbar is the Associate Director for Accountability Lab. She also spent six months managing the Lab’s projects in Nepal out of the OpenGov Hub in Kathmandu. Her former work includes research on trends in democracy across the world at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and work with the KaeMe Foundation in Ghana, and the development team at Global Fund for Children. 

IsraAID: The refugee crisis in the middle east and Europe

IsraAID offers a holistic innovative approach to support refugees in Europe providing medical, psycho social and educational programs in 5 countries, using culturally sensitive methods.

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long-term support. For the last 15 years, our teams of professional medics, search and rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century. Our mission is to efficiently support and meet the changing needs of populations as they strive to move from crisis to reconstruction/rehabilitation, and eventually, to sustainable living.

Yotam Polizer is currently acting as the global partnership director and the Psycho Social Support (PSS) Coordinator of IsraAID’s Aid & Development projects in Asia and West Africa. As IsraAID's Emergency Coordinator, Yotam is in charge of developing programs in crisis zones around the world, as well as managing the deployment of IsraAID's PSS roster of 135 international experienced therapists and academics. Yotam Polizer has over 10 years of experience in education, humanitarian aid and international development.

Kidsave: Tracing the placement and status of Sierra Leone’s Ebola orphans through mobile technology

Kidsave works in Sierra Leone to place children without parents into families. The number of children without parents skyrocketed during the Ebola Crisis. Now Kidsave is working to help those children find families. 

Kidsave is a global organization that advocates for and supports the adoption of older children in orphanages and foster care. Kidsave develops model programs and creates policy to help children forgotten in foster care and orphanages meet adoptive families. Through Kidsave’s family visit programs, host families welcome a Kidsave child into their home and then work with Kidsave to use their networks, circles of influence, and the local media to introduce that child to a family that will adopt them. Our programs are currently operating in the US, Russia, Colombia and Sierra Leone.

Kristoff Kohlhagen manages Kidsave's timely project to help transition Sierra Leonean children orphaned by the Ebola epidemic out of institutions and into safe and thriving households. Kristoff worked with Invest in Children Africa in Uganda and Rwanda helping to create and facilitate art therapy camps for former child soldiers and war affected youth. He also helped to teach and write curriculum for local Ugandan, Rwandan, and Ethiopian teacher and youth mentor training workshops focused on trauma and the brain. Prior to his work in Africa, Kristoff created and ran his own historic tour company in Charleston, South Carolina where he honed his research and public speaking skills. 

International Disaster Volunteers: Nepal earthquake

Andy Chaggar is CEO of International Disaster Volunteers and has over ten years experience in eight disaster zones.  As a former Project and Operations Manager he has managed thousands of volunteers and is also a survivor of the 2004 Asian tsunami. In 2008 Andy was awarded the Andrew Lochhead Prize for International Development after gaining a distinction in his Masters degree.  The next year he co-founded IDV and has been running the charity ever since.

IDV is an England and Wales registered charity that works with communities worldwide which have been affected by, or are vulnerable, to disaster.  We provide immediate relief and also help survivors to achieve sustainable recovery by building more resilient communities both before and after disasters strike.  IDV is currently working in Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal and to date have directly changed the lives of almost 22,000 people.

Japan Emergency NGO: Kumamoto earthquake

JEN began its assistance activities for refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons), and since has been conducting precise assistance after man-made and natural disasters. JEN has kept true to the motto of “Support the Power to Live”, by involving local capacity to achieve the Self-Reliance. In 2011, JEN was awarded “Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2011” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Miyako Hamasaka is the Manager of External Relations at JEN, and is primarily responsible for establishing partnerships with global stakeholders. Starting in April 2011, Hamasaka led the Tōhoku relief efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Currently, her work at JEN supports humanitarian efforts in 6 countries including Kumamoto, Tohoku and Jordan supporting Syrian refugees. She is a trustee for Tokamachi Regional Development Committee and a trustee for JANIC.

Additional details

The GlobalGiving community is made up of large and small nonprofits from more than 165 countries. When disasters and humanitarian crises strike, GlobalGiving is committed to connecting people and companies to vetted, locally-driven organizations that are immediately responding to needs in their communities. Our priority is always to support the work that the affected community believes to be most important.

GlobalGiving listens carefully to find out which needs our nonprofit partners deem to be most critical after disasters. With the support of donors, corporate partners, and funders, GlobalGiving can get funds directly to first-responders within days of a crisis, allowing local organizations to address the most pressing issues quickly and efficiently.

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving, a top-rated charity on Charity Navigator, is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has helped raise more than $200 million from 500,000+ donors for more than 14,000 projects. Because GlobalGiving works with nonprofit organizations in more than 165 countries, when natural and humanitarian crises occur, GlobalGiving can quickly deliver funds to locally-driven organizations that are best-suited to provide relief in their own communities.

See + support the panelists' disaster response efforts below:

Kidsave Sierra Leone Ebola Orphan Relief
Kidsave's program gives children who have lost their parents to the Ebola outbreak an opportunity to once again find a home. Since Kidsave began its programs in Sierra Leone in 2010, 470 forgotten children have been placed in homes. While most of the children were reunited with their biological family members, some were placed with host and foster care families. Furthermore, Kidsave is planning to launch a program for working moms who have reunified with children, would receive a loan.
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