Good news about girls’ education has come from Afghanistan recently. First, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi received the WISE Prize for Education at the seventh World Innovation Summit for Education this month. Dr. Yacoobi is the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, one of the project sponsors in The Safer World Fund. AIL brings education and health services to rural and marginalized areas of Afghanistan.
Second, the Gawhar Khatoon school in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, opened recently to serve 3,000 girls. It has been called "both a local success and a national symbol,” that “acts as a model and inspiration for further initiatives to flourish." Designed by two Seattle architects with a vision for beautiful and sustainable design, it features handmade windows, breezeways that encourage natural ventilation and a private courtyard for girls to play sports. Sahar was a major partner in the project and also sponsors projects in The Safer World Fund.
Thank you for supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan through The Safer World Fund. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines, causing catastrophic damage and affecting more than 12 million people. Initial relief efforts were focused on providing essential supplies like food and water, and delivering medical care for survivors.
Two years later, GlobalGiving partners continue to support communities still recovering from Haiyan. Our partners are making sure students are back in school, clinics are rebuilt, and communities are stronger than before in the face of future storms. The people in these communities live in one of the world's most disaster-prone areas, with an average of 20 tropical storms and typhoons making landfall each year. Since 2013, your generous support on GlobalGiving has fully funded 11 recovery projects, however, there are still over 20 projects on the ground in the Philippines working with these communities to recover and rebuild.
That’s why on November 5, 2015, starting at 8 pm EST, donations will be matched 100% for Typhoon Haiyan recovery projects on GlobalGiving US and on GlobalGiving UK!
In the aftermath of Haiyan, women had to give birth in tents because clinics were swept away and destroyed. Mercy In Action Vineyard was able to rebuild a clinic allowing safe and comfortable births and continues to support the clinic and community.
Disasters can cause trauma which can create long term problems if not treated. International Medical Corps continues to provide mental health and psychosocial support through “community-based awareness activities… to educate community members about a variety of mental health-related topics and the importance of seeking appropriate interventions, as well as increasing sensitivity towards such issues.”
Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation continues to implement safe sanitation and access to water for schools and communities – access that was all-but destroyed after the typhoon and two years later is still an ongoing rebuilding process.
To strengthen communities that could face future disasters and typhoons, De La Salle University (DLSU) is conducting a series of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) activities.
For two years now, GlobalGiving has been committed to supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts from the typhoon, because the effects of natural disasters don’t end when the news coverage stops. According to University of Colorado at Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center, “...it is during the long-term recovery period that most changes in pre-existing conditions can and do occur. Changes that include sustained efforts to reduce loss of life and property from the next disaster, such as changes to building codes and land use designations are examples of mitigation.”
Mark your calendars and set your alarms for November 5, 2015 at 8 pm EST, so you can double your donation before funds run out. Check out the campaigns running on GlobalGiving US and GlobalGiving UK
Thank you for continuing to support ongoing rebuilding efforts in the Philippines. GlobalGiving is committed to standing by our nonprofit partners in the months and years after a major disaster, and together with you, we are letting the Filipino communities still recovering from Haiyan know they are not alone.
Dear Project of the Month Club,
The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and it is officially autumn in DC! At GlobalGiving, we’re gearing up for our busiest, most exciting (and generous) time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, #GivingTuesday is coming up, and we just might be unveiling new gift card designs right in time for the holidays, so keep an eye out!
Speaking of unveiling exciting news: let’s see the extraordinary impact the Project of the Month club had this month.
In October, 226 of you gave a total of $7,259 to Puerta Abierta’s Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico project.Your donations will provide girls in Mexico with the quality education and skills they need to become successful, financially independent adults.
This November, your monthly donation will support Educate the Children’s Better Schools in Rural Nepal project, which has been committed to improving and rebuilding schools in Nepal for over 25 years! Since the 2015 earthquakes, the need to provide a safe space for children in Nepal to attend school is needed now more than ever.
Lisa Lyons, the U.S. Director of Educate the Children, has this message for you:“Educate the Children (ETC) is very pleased to have been chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for 2015! We are very grateful to GlobalGiving and to all Project of the Month participants for your support. ETC has more than a quarter century of experience in improving the quality of education available to marginalized and impoverished children in Nepal. In addition to the improvement of physical facilities and the provision of useful supplies and classroom materials, ETC provides training and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, as well as financial support to cover school-related expenses for children from very poor families.”
So what can your donation do for Educate the Children? When we asked Lisa, she knew exactly how it will help:
“Every school in our current project area (a portion of Dolakha District of east central Nepal, with a population of some 12,000 people) was either destroyed or damaged to the point of being unsafe by the severe earthquakes of spring 2015. ETC supported the construction of temporary classrooms so that the children could return to school as quickly as possible. Rebuilding of permanent, quake-resistant facilities will take a long time. In the meanwhile, the temporary classrooms – many of which have no windows or even walls, much less sufficient supplies – will need to be improved so that they are suitable for use during all seasons. Support from the Project of the Month members will enable ETC to improve three temporary classrooms at primary schools in Dolakha villages, by making them more weatherproof and comfortable, and by providing each with additional classroom supplies and educational and recreational materials.”
We’re so proud to partner with earth-changing organizations like Educate the Children, who are committed to providing long-term support for years to come. Thank you so much for generosity and we cannot wait to share the positive change your donation will create next month!
Kevin + the GlobalGiving Team