Mar 15, 2021

Continued Uncertainty for the Rohingya

Photo: OBAT Helpers
Photo: OBAT Helpers

After spending more than three years in refugee camps far from home, the Rohingya people will likely need to wait even longer to return to Myanmar after the recent military coup. Nurual Amin, a Rohingya refugee living in Bangladesh, told the Associated Press, Even if they try to repatriate us, we will not agree to go back under the current situation.” Thankfully, GlobalGiving’s partners in Bangladesh can continue supporting the Rohingya people thanks to generous donors like you. 

Preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • In Bangladesh, the HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh has given pregnant women, newborns, and fistula survivors—some of the most high-risk groups for COVID-19— plenty of masks, water purification tablets, and soap.
  • With the rise in COVID-19 cases, Friends of UNFPA quickly realized that many women living in the refugee camps were giving birth without doctors or the proper tools. They began a community transport system which brings women in labor to UNFPA health facilities so they can receive the treatment they need, without worrying about the coronavirus.  

Prioritizing refugees’ needs:

  • The  JAAGO Foundation is training teachers on how to keep students engaged with virtual learning to help students succeed as they dive into online education amid school closures.
  • OBAT Helpers is supporting students through caregivers as schools remain closed due to the pandemic. The childrens’ caregivers engage them in daily educational activities at home to keep them learning, even while they are out of school. OBAT also trained more than 600 caregivers on identifying and managing the symptoms of COVID-19! 

With the instability of the past month in Myanmar and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking a toll on the Rohingya people, your support is so appreciated. 

Thank you.

With gratitude, 

Shannon + the GlobalGiving team

Mar 15, 2021

Your donation is having a ripple effect

Photo from VOICE Trust
Photo from VOICE Trust

Your donation fueled direct relief in the days and weeks after the 2020 monsoon season, and it will continue to for years to come. And that’s not an exaggeration! Don’t believe us? Here’s just one example of how your donation could have multiplied its impact:

  1. You compassionately donated to GlobalGiving's South Asia Flood Relief Fund. 
  2. Your donation made it to nonprofits across South Asia, including VOICE Trust. This India-based nonprofit helps groups including children, farmers, women, and people with disabilities access vital resources. 
  3. VOICE Trust purchased goats for 35 women in some of the areas hit hardest by Cyclone Nivar. Purchasing goats for widows is one of the most effective ways to support economic recovery in storm-affected areas. “The sale of one goat can provide enough income for a year’s worth of groceries and healthcare,” Jill Hinckley of VOICE Trust said.
  4. Pappammal, a 52-year old widow, was among the women who received a goat. Pappammal was unable to find work after the floods because most of the local businesses shut down. Pappammal also received a relief package and mosquito coils to use in the evacuation shelters after the floods.
  5. Pappammal’s goat will give birth in six months. Pappammal can sell the baby goats for around $300 each to support her for the next year. Even better, her income will continue to grow as she breeds her new goats for years to come! 

“As the number of goats increases, and Pappammal’s income with it, she will be seen not as an object of charity, but as a strong and respected member of the community, and the community, in turn, will benefit from the money she has to spend,” Jill said. 

This is only one example of how your donation can make a real difference for people like Pappammal across South Asia. Thank you for making this work possible

But despite the success of programs like VOICE Trust, there’s still so much work to be done. Countries across South Asia are struggling to cope with both the COVID-19 crisis and another devastating monsoon season. By signing up for a monthly donation, you can help us continue supporting recovery efforts that last. 

I can’t wait to share where your generosity takes us next!

Sami + the GlobalGiving Team

Mar 11, 2021

Renewal after the fires

Photo: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
Photo: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

It has been more than a year since the world watched the 2019-20 Black Summer fires scorch vast swaths of land across Australia, resulting in the tragic deaths of dozens of people and billions of animals being killed or displaced. Wildfires are a stark reminder of the current climate crisis, but they can also force ecosystems to adapt and grow in the harshest conditions. Today, new life is emerging, and communities are rebuilding in Australian states hit hardest by the fires. 

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), a trusted GlobalGiving partner, is providing flexible funding to rural, regional, and remote areas affected by the fires across Australia. Like GlobalGiving, FRRR believes in community-led disaster recovery and supports community organizations on the hyper-local level. Over the past year, FRRR has invested more than $3 million in support of nearly 200 small, grassroots groups based in communities across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia. 

Through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, FRRR is an essential lifeline to organizations supporting communities in bushfire-affected areas across Australia. For example, the organization has invested in a local farmers and artisans market on Kangaroo Island, an area devastated by the fires, to stimulate local economic recovery. With support from GlobalGiving, and thanks to your donation, FRRR’s bushfire recovery program is providing flexible funding to an additional 24 nonprofit organizations across Australia working to help their communities recover from the fires. Based on 20 years of disaster response experience, FRRR expects the funding will support a range of efforts from rebuilding community assets destroyed in the fires to providing ongoing psychosocial care for survivors.

The program supports medium- to long-term community recovery—the work that follows immediate disaster relief and is critical for lasting recovery but is often underfunded—and will ensure support for at least the next four years

In that time, FRRR will stay closely connected to community needs and provide targeted support throughout the entire journey to recovery. FRRR aims to work closely with community-led organizations to better understand their changing needs. You can read more about FRRR’s plans here.

Thank you for your generosity. At GlobalGiving, we are committed to working closely with local Australian organizations for multiple years through the phases of recovery. We look forward to sharing another update about how you are helping us do that in the months ahead. We also invite you to review GlobalGiving’s 2020 Impact Report to read more about how your donation has supported community-led disaster recovery after the devastating Australia bushfires. 

With gratitude,

Mikaela + the GlobalGiving Team

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