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Dec 7, 2016

Project of the Month Club Update: December 2016

Uhambo
Uhambo

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We can't believe it's the last month of the year! November saw the biggest day in our history with #GivingTuesday, when we raised $2.4 million for 1,477 projects in 124 countries thanks to incredible donors like you and the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As always, we also have another inspiring project to share with you this month.

Last month, 263 of you gave a total of $8,787 to support Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s Mayan Power and Light project, which provides training and support to women in Guatemala so they can start their own solar power businesses.

This month, your donations are going to support Uhambo's Overcoming Stigma of Disabilities in South Africa which builds a network of inspired and engaged individuals who want to serve and transform the perception of people with disabilities. Lucinda Kerschensteiner, Founding Director for Uhambo, has this message for you:

"What a wonderful end-of-year gift for Uhambo! Thank you for participating and supporting Uhambo's work. Our team in South Africa works every day to not just fight stigma but provide inclusion opportunities for children with disabilities. Our wheelchairs get them out of their home to see the world outside of their walls, but it's our holistic training and community programs that allow them to develop and reach their potential while breaking down barriers for others with disabilities. Your support allows us to reach into more and more communities."

When we asked what nearly $9,000 could do for Uhambo, Lucinda knew exactly how your donation will make a difference:

"We have several projects right now that your support can be applied to:

1. Our award-winning signature Ndinogona "I Can" Stimulation Program trains the staff of child care centers on how to properly care for and enhance the development of children with disabilities. Through this program, we change the perceptions of those who interact with children with disabilities and empower them to be part of their growth and potential. We have several centers throughout South Africa that have requested this program. At one child care center, 30-50 children with disabilities, their families, 10-20 staff and the community at large are empowered to create a better future.

2. Uhambo is developing a First Aid Training program to include how to treat disabilities, an overlooked emergency medical component in southern Africa. Many people and children with disabilities are further harmed due to lack of skills by emergency workers."

Sounds like your donation will make a double impact! We can't wait to share their progress with you next month.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

ATC: Mayan Power and Light
ATC: Mayan Power and Light
Nov 16, 2016

Six months on, recovery efforts continue

IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class
IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class

It has been six months since a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, followed 48 hours later by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,700 aftershocks were felt across the region in the weeks that followed.

Thanks to the more than 2,700 donors who raised more than $800,000, people affected by the earthquake are rebuilding their lives. Our vetted, high-impact partners have been hard at work. Here are six ways your donations have helped the people of Japan.

IMCRA hosted a workshop so survivors and first responders could exchange stories and determine the needs of survivors going forward.

IsraAID  focused on psychological first aid to people living in Kumamoto. They hosted a support program with a specialist on post-disaster psychosocial care and a yoga instructor. They offered a yoga session to parents and children including those with special needs.

Ippan Shadan Hojin DSIA has shifted its strategy from providing food at emergency shelters to more extensive collaboration with diverse NGOs and local Social Welfare Councils (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) to serving food at temporary houses, building communities for disaster-stricken people, and continuing to offer psychological care.

Sweet Treat 311 is providing sustainable learning experiences and stress relief for children affected by the earthquake.

Peace Winds has been providing shelter, food, and counseling, targeting those with children, pets, and special needs. Peace Winds is now planning to move 2,000 families to the new homes and provide them with basic household supplies.

OISCA International dispatched agricultural experts and mobilized volunteers to optimize agricultural production for Nishihara Village for its fast recovery.

Be on the lookout for more stories from the impact of your donation. With your generous support, our nonprofit partners are making a difference in people’s lives, so thank you!

Britt Lake + The GlobalGiving Team

Nov 1, 2016

Project of the Month Update: November 2016

Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We are entering the winter months in D.C. and gearing up for the holiday giving season! Each day, new inspiring projects join our site, and we have one we are excited to share with you this month. 

Last month, 263 of you gave a total of $8,787 to support SIMA’s Bring Global Education to 100 Los Angeles Schools project, which exhibits award-winning documentaries to students in underserved schools, introducing them to a broader worldview.

This month, your donations are supporting Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s Mayan Power and Light project, which gives Guatemalan women skills and support necessary to start small businesses selling and installing affordable solar powerMonika Goforth, Programs Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, has this message for you:

Wow! This is great news! Thank you so much for selecting Mayan Power and Light for Project of the Month!  We've had a great year: first, we got listed as Sustainia's Top 100 Sustainable Solutions and now, GlobalGiving's Project of the Month! This is big.”

When we asked what nearly $9,000 could do for Appropriate Technology Collaborative, Monika knew how your donation would make an impact:

Your support comes just in time, as we plan for 2017's cohort of solar women for an inclusive, sustainable economy.  Now we can mobilize our recruitment for 24 new solar saleswomen who are committed to learning business skills and solar technology to sustainably develop their community while generating income for their families.”

Empowering women and promoting sustainability—sounds like a win-win! We can’t wait to share their progress with you next month.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

 

Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
 
   

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