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Oct 10, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: October 2019

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Photo from Women's Technology Empowerment Centre

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great month of September! We had an exciting month welcoming 78 new nonprofits into the GlobalGiving community with the September Accelerator, a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that helps nonprofits take their fundraising to the next level.

On top of that, you and 544 other club members collectively raised $21,216 for the month of September in support of Fundacion Minga Valpo, a GlobalGiving partner based in Chile, and its Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood project. Your generosity allowed them to continue expanding their mission of promoting sustainable human development while providing support for vulnerable children and youth.

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) and its project created to Send 100 Girls to STEM Camp in Nigeria. W.TEC works to educate, to connect, and to empower Nigerian women through active engagement with information and communication technology via training, mentoring, and research.

Project Leader Oreoluwa Lesi wanted to express her gratitude to you and the other Project of the Month Club supporters for helping them empower young members of their community:

“When we received the email informing us that W.TEC's STEM Camp had been selected as Project of the Month, we honestly could not believe that such an honor had been bestowed on us. We want to thank the Club members for giving to W.TEC. This recognition has inspired us to do even more for the girls we work with, creating more opportunities for them to take their place as science and technology creators and leaders. 

This October, your donation is helping support W.TEC’s project aimed specifically at combating stereotypes and challenging the STEM gender divide by helping young women develop science, engineering, and technology skills as well as prepare for STEM careers. W.TEC achieves this goal by hosting two-week workshops that include a mixture of classes, workshops, presentations, and excursions all aimed at teaching 13-17-year-old girls how to develop useful technologies. 

Project Leader Oreoluwa is excited to reach even more young women with the help of your monthly gift:

“This year we launched a new STEM camp in Ilorin - Kwara State, which ran alongside three other existing camps. We found so many girls eager to learn more about science and technologymuch more than we could admit into the camps. Next year, this donation will enable us to accommodate even more girls to the camps.”

You can learn more about their work and achievements from their latest project report.

Thank you very much for your support and generosity. I look forward to sharing November’s Project of the Month with you.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Sep 25, 2019

Strengthening community resilience in New Orleans

This past July, families in Louisiana braced for another potentially-deadly storm. We are relieved that Hurricane Barry proved not to be as severe and damaging as initially predicted. Briefly touching down in Louisiana as a category 1 Hurricane, it quickly transitioned to a tropical storm. Although Hurricane Barry brought heavy rains to New Orleans, the local community, with support from GlobalGiving partners, was well prepared to respond to its impact.   


With generous support from GlobalGivers like you, the Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) will continue implementing the New Orleans Community Participation Program, a permanent, accessible, community-based structure for civic engagement. The Hurricane Katrina recovery process revealed stark inequities in neighborhood representation as well as a lack of tools by city officials to collect community feedback. The Committee for a Better New Orleans is creating frameworks and formal structures for civic engagement and mutual collaboration between residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and government. 


Strengthening disaster preparedness, mitigation and resilience is key for New Orleans- an area vulnerable to disasters and where communities are still recovering 14 years after Hurricane Katrina. Your donation is helping to ensure that everyone in New Orleans has a voice and that every voice is heard. 


We're incredibly grateful for your decision to support building community resilience with your cash donation—the smart way to give after a disaster. 

With gratitude,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team 

Sep 24, 2019

Your donation helps respond to urgent needs after Cyclone Idai

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Photo From IsraAID

Six months after Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, nearly one million people are facing food shortages and hundreds of thousands of families are still living in tents or damaged homes. Cyclone Idai is one of the worst weather-related storms to hit the southern hemisphere, taking the lives of more than 1,000 people and damaging health centers, schools, and agriculture yields and disrupting people’s livelihoods.

Unfortunately, the international community did not comprehend the magnitude of Cyclone Idai and the storm quickly faded from the news headlines. The same robust support for emergency relief has not been sustained for the much needed recovery phase. Hundreds of thousands of families have been left in a precarious state as the region enters its next rainy and cyclone season.

However, with the generous support of GlobalGivers like you, our nonprofit partners in the affected area have been able to continue providing urgently needed assistance while laying the foundation for the long recovery that lies ahead.

Associação Esmabama is working to restore dignity to vulnerable communities living amid such challenging conditions. From the very beginning, Esmabama has been providing life-saving assistance to some of the worst affected areas in Mozambique. The tremendous impact from Cyclone Idai continues to be revealed. Esmaba teams are supplying health centers with medical supplies, while continuing to deliver food, sanitation and hygiene products to marginalized groups.

Following the emergency response phase, IsraAID is working on long-term, sustainable resilience and supporting communities in their transition back to normalcy. IsraAID’s protection specialists are working in evacuation centers, offering trauma prevention activities, resilience-buildingresilience building workshops, and Psychological First Aid. In addition, IsraAID teams are responding to psychosocial needs in the Mozambican education system, aiming to bolster community resilience and emergency preparedness.

Fundação MICAIA  is now focusing on longer-term recovery by working with close to 4,000 forest-dependent families in Chimanimani where torrential rains left lasting damage and destruction. These biodiversity-rich forests are on the Mozambique border with Zimbabwe. MICAIA is working with village leaders and community members on agroforestry to replant a mix of native tree species and economically valuable fruit trees in areas identified as restoration priorities by affected communities. MICAIA is helping to restore livelihoods, as well as damaged and destroyed natural resources crucial for mitigating the negative impact from future storms.

We are reluctantly closing this Fund at this time as GlobalGiving has disbursed all Cyclone Idai donations. Thanks to your donation, families have accessed urgent, life-saving care, children are receiving trauma and psychological support, and communities are redesigning their future.

We're grateful for your decision to support community-led disaster response efforts following Cyclone Idai with your cash donation—the smart way to give after a disaster. You can continue to follow the progress of our partners as they help their communities fully recover by visiting our website

With gratitude,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team 

Photo From MICAIA Foundation
Photo From MICAIA Foundation
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