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Jan 27, 2016

New Grants to Support Nepal Rebuilding

Photo by GoodWeave International
Photo by GoodWeave International

We are pleased to announce that GlobalGiving and GlobalGiving UK awarded 36 grants to organizations working to rebuild Nepal after the April and May 2015 earthquakes. GlobalGiving prioritizes local nonprofits and those that work hand-in-hand with local community members.  Every organization that is supported through GlobalGiving’s Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund is fully vetted and nearly every project funded was visited by a GlobalGiving representative in 2015. Below is a list of the much needed efforts that your donations are supporting:

  • Aura Freedom International: To open and run five Female-Friendly Spaces in Kathmandu Valley, Rasuwa, and Dhading districts.
  • Build Change: To design and complete a mobile training unit to supplement the government of Nepal's standard builder training curriculum and deliver training via a mobile training unit in at least 12 villages averaging 500 families each.
  • Children's Medical Aid Foundation: To provide clean water, solar light fixtures, and refill eroded earth from six schools in Naya Gaon, Kavrepalanchowk District.
  • Concern Worldwide US: To help earthquake-affected farmer families build a better future through a targeted livelihood support approach.
  • DCWC Nepal: To repair and rebuild schools and temporary houses in Nagre Gagarche, Kavrepalanchok District.
  • Edge of Seven: To rebuild four permanent schools (Kalika and Pawe Secondary Schools, and Tsinga Kedi and Dudkosika Lower Secondary Schools) in Solukhumba District, serving 800 students.
  • Educate the Children: To build five classrooms in temporary learning centers in three primary schools in Lapiland, Lamidanda, and Babare VDCs in Dolakha District.
  • Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness: To support earthquake-affected communities in Kavrepalanchowk and Lalitpur districts for better education, health, and economic opportunities.
  • Esther Benjamin Trust: To rebuild schools, provide community training in education management, advocacy and school participation and install the first lending library in each new school.
  • Friends of UNFPA: To run three Female-Friendly Spaces with a case manager, psychosocial counselor, and linkages with health and legal services in Ramechhap, Dolakha, and Rasuwa districts for six months.
  • Global Family Village: To provide housing medical care, psychosocial and education support for earthquake survivors in nine earthquake-affected districts.
  • Global Reach International: To construct one primary school in Kavreplanchouk and one 23-room high school in Dhading District.
  • GoodWeave International: To build permanent homes for 40 weaving families in Hagam VDC, Fulpungkot VDC, and Dupachour VDC in Sindhupalchowk District.
  • Green Tara Nepal/Karuna Trust: To conduct a post-disaster health promotion project targeting 10,000 people in three VDCs in Dhading.
  • Himalayan HealthCare: To rebuild five schools in northern Dhading.
  • International Disaster Volunteers (IDV): To construct, furnish, and provide supplies to six schools in Sindhupalchowk and providing training and support to local partner NGOs
  • IsraAID: To provide psychosocial support, launch a 'life stories' program, and expand the 'honeyAID' livelihoods program.
  • Journey Home Foundation: To provide clean drinking water to more than 4,000 people in Laprak village in Gorkha District.
  • MADRE: To reconstruct 30 houses and conduct income-generating activities for 90 people in Sundrawati VDC, Dolakha District.
  • Nepal Youth Foundation: To build three schools in Sipakhori VDC, Sindhupalchowk District.
  • One Heart World-Wide: To build one maternity waiting home in Dhading District and one in Sindhupalchok District.
  • Our Sansar: To support 200 families with training, animals, and small-business training and 400 children with education support in Dhading District.
  • Partnership for Sustainable Development: To support the reconstruction of ten schools and two orphanages in five districts.
  • Peace Winds America: To construct three community centers in Khokana.
  • PHASE Nepal: To rebuild and support teachers and students at Siddhartha Primary School and Kalidevi Primary School in Hagam VDC in Sindhupalchowk and to support the retention of high-quality staff and provide some compensation for those who worked during the aftermath of the earthquake.
  • Real Medicine Foundation: To construct four prefabricated houses for orphans cared for by the Nepal Children's Organization.
  • Room to Read: To construct 10 classrooms in Nuwakot District.
  • Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE): To support the repair or reconstruction of homes for 187 SASANE paralegals.
  • Tewa: To support 25 long-term local volunteers in six earthquake affected districts in Nepal.
  • The Advocacy Project: To support Care Women Nepal to organize health camps for earthquake survivors in Dhankuta District.
  • The Global Fund for Children: To support three grassroots Nepali organizations rebuild earthquake-affected communities.
  • The Mountain Fund: To provide new sources or water, restore housing, repair volunteer housing, and make homes earthquake-resistant in Mankhu and Goganpani villages in Dhading District.
  • The Nepal Trust: To rebuild a six-room and provide all furniture and equipment at Shree Gorkhanath Primary School in Helambu VDC, Sindhupalchowk District.
  • The Santi School Project: To provide specially designed classroom furniture and read-aloud training for 30 teachers in classrooms damaged in the April 2015 earthquake.
  • Tributaries International, Inc.: To build 23 houses for families in Gorkha and Nuwakat Districts.
  • Women LEAD: To rebuild the Women LEAD training hall, which was damaged in the earthquake.

Thank you again for funding this important work.  You are making a difference in the lives of so many in Nepal. 

Photo by Build Change
Photo by Build Change
Photo by Our Sansar
Photo by Our Sansar
Jan 15, 2016

How Youth are Rebuilding their Communities

Photo Courtesy of IsraAID
Photo Courtesy of IsraAID

When the country of Nepal suffered not one, but two devastating earthquakes in April and May of 2015, the world responded. Immediately, relief efforts began and people across the world mobilized to support organizations on the ground. One group quick to respond was a handful of teens from Tohoku, Japan.

Following the tsunami that devastated Japan in March of 2011, these teens have been working to rebuild their communities in the Tohoku region. As a part of the Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP), they have been participating in a youth leadership program focused on building their skills in community engagement and directing social projects as well as equipping them with the tools they will need to be successful community leaders. In understanding what recovering from disaster feels like, these youth leaders were motivated to share their skills with their peers in Nepal.

By the end of May 2015, just weeks after the earthquakes struck in Nepal, the group of JISP youth had begun collecting funds to be used for disaster relief. After raising just over $1,000 to be sent to a partner high school in Nepal, JISP's teens felt compelled to do more. Soon a Pen Pal program was started that enabled the Tohoku youth to correspond with their Nepali peers. But they didn’t stop there.

In the months since the Nepal Earthquakes, the Youth Leadership Project has developed and launched an exchange program with Nepali high school students. JISP’s Country Director, Mayumi Yoshida, pointed out that the idea of creating an exchange program originated from the teens themselves; “the concept of exchange program with the Nepalese students arose from one of our Tohoku youth, after joining our shelter building volunteer activities in Nepal and meeting one of the most inspirational female high school students.”

After arriving in Japan on December 23, 2015, the students from Nepal and Tohoku were able to learn, in-person, from each other’s experiences. With the support from JISP’s staff, the youth were able to connect through their shared experiences and discuss their plans to rebuild their respective communities.

“The 10 Tohoku/Nepalese youths spent time together whole through the 8 days program,  and built such a strong bond that they now consider themselves, "a family.” They discussed potential projects to support the community in their respective situations, and confirmed the importance of education and training to cope with future disasters that repeatedly assaulted both countries over history.” - Mayumi Yoshida, Country Director JISP

Thanks to donors like you, GlobalGiving has been able to support programs working on long-term disaster recovery projects through the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. With your support, project’s like JISP’s Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership can continue to develop initiatives that shape community leaders and recovery efforts, even years after a disaster.

Photo Courtesy of IsraAID
Photo Courtesy of IsraAID
Photo Courtesy of IsraAID
Photo Courtesy of IsraAID

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Jan 14, 2016

Project of the Month Update: January 2016

MindLeaps
MindLeaps

Dear Project of the Month Club,

It’s a new year, which means new traditions, beginnings, and best of all? A brand-new Project of the Month selection for January 2016!

Before we get to that though, I’d like to share with you our 2015 Year In Review, where we’ve compiled 15 of the best stories from the GlobalGiving community from the past year. I think you’ll be as inspired as we were after reading it.

Speaking of inspiring, let’s recap what you and your fellow Project of the Month Club members accomplished in December.

Last month, 279 of you gave a total of $8,739 to support Rainforest Rescue’s Adopt Vulnerable Rainforest in Australia project, which will go towards supporting the essential work at Rainforest Rescue’s native plant nursery in Daintree, Australia!

In January, your monthly donation will support MindLeaps’ Leap Ahead: Empowering Street Youth Through Dance project, which helps children living on the streets in Rwanda reintegrate into society through a three-phased approach: dance, vocational training, and youth advancement!

Rebecca Davis, the founder and executive director of MindLeaps, has this message for you:

“When I received this email from GlobalGiving, I was just looking at our budget for 2016 and wondering how we will manage to accept 25 new girls into our program in January.  We have girls lining up in Kigali, Rwanda, asking to participate in our dance classes that help them build the self-esteem they need to make good decisions while living in difficult conditions.  It was like a huge holiday gift to MindLeaps and all of these girls to know that they will have access to classes – and safety – in just a few more weeks.“

And she already has a pretty good idea of how to put your support to good use:

“If MindLeaps received a donation of approximately $8,000 today, the funds would be used to accept 28 new street children into our program in Kigali, Rwanda. Upon entrance into our program, these children take 6 hours of dance classes each week that focus on essential learning skills: memorization, language acquisition, self-esteem, and teamwork and collaboration.  They also receive a rice meal and porridge to supplement their lack of access to food while living on the streets or in dangerous slums around the capital city.  The cost of these services – along with medical insurance – is $280 per child per year.  For every $280, we can take one more child off the street.  For $8,000, we will be able to take 28 children into safety and begin their transition to a stable life.”

We’re so proud to partner with organizations like MindLeaps that are committed to developing innovative programs that help children create a brighter future for themselves. And we’re just as proud of you for continuing to support these brilliant projects each month.

Warmly,

Kevin Conroy + the GlobalGiving Team

Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue

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