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Sep 20, 2019

Your donation is fueling long-term recovery after Typhoon Mangkhut

Global Peace Foundation Philippines
Global Peace Foundation Philippines

As the final assessments of the damage caused by Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong) have come in, the picture they paint of the full impact of the storm is staggering. 

More than 210,000 homes were damaged, and more than 14,000 were completely destroyed by the typhoon's winds, rains, and flooding. More than three million people were affected in total, one million of which were forced to evacuate their homes, and 14,000 people remained in shelters through December. The Philippine government reported that Mangkhut injured 130 people and claimed 70 lives.

With support from generous GlobalGivers like you, our nonprofit partners in the Philippines have made significant progress helping affected communities on the road to recovery.

The Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern Mindanao has been working with storm-affected families in the municipality of Baggao to reduce incidences of food insecurity by providing them with vegetable seed packets, organic fertilizer, garden tools, and peri-urban gardening training. Last month they reported introducing families to quickly-maturing vegetables like water spinach that can be harvested in less than two weeks, providing 132 households with much-needed nutrition and income. 

The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) , a pioneer in the field of community-based disaster management, is delivering early recovery assistance to vulnerable farming communities with the least coping capacities to withstand the protracted impacts of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. The CDRC team is providing food security, livelihood and agricultural support, access to water and disaster preparedness training to 150 families. 

The Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition, and Development Foundation (WAND) has also been helping communities across Luzon combat food insecurity. So far they've provided 720 farmers with vegetable seed packets and organic fertilizer and supplied training and materials for 210 households to plant container gardens. Their teams have also completed repairs on 110 storm-damaged latrines. 

Preparing communities impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut for the next natural disaster they'll face is vital in a country as prone to tropical cyclones as the Philippines, and Global Peace Foundation Philippines is committed to improving the disaster resiliency of families from Sanchez Mira in the Cagayan Valley. To date, the organization's team has distributed disaster preparedness kits, solar lighting systems, and water purifiers to 150 families affected by the typhoon. 

Your donation has helped communities build back stronger after the devastation they experienced last year. As we have now disbursed all donated funds, we will be closing this relief fund at this time. We're incredibly grateful for your decision to support community-led disaster response efforts after Typhoon Mangkhut 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,

Nicole + the GlobalGiving Team

Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern
Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern
Sep 19, 2019

How GlobalGiving Partners Mobilized For Hurricane Dorian

Photo: Fishing For Families In Need
Photo: Fishing For Families In Need

In the two and a half weeks since Hurricane Dorian parked itself over the Northwestern Islands of the Bahamas and then roared across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the GlobalGiving community has responded with determination and generosity.

More than 10,000 donors from across the globe have contributed nearly $1.5 million to the GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and the dozen projects posted by our amazing nonprofit partners. 

The devastation on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas has been catastrophic. Tens of thousands of families have been displaced and are in need of basic services, shelter, medical and psycho-social support. Many pets were left behind, and animal support professionals struggled to ensure the animals’ safety as shelters on the two islands were ravaged by the storm. 

“My island is devastated,” said Errol Thurston, a native of Abaco who was fortunate to be off-island during the storm. “At the end of the day, we have to help people rebuild a community and that's where the money is going to come in. Because there is nothing left.”

International and regional humanitarian organizations swiftly arrived to bolster the capabilities of the region’s limited nonprofit sector and emergency response infrastructure. These groups are working alongside local organizations and residents to provide crucial relief and life-saving assistance. As with many localized crises, members of the community have organized, mobilized, and altered their work plans to respond to neighbors in need.

Life-altering devastation also impacted Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks where homes, clinics, marinas, and roads were floodedmany beyond repair.

We’re gratified to share that GlobalGiving began sending crucial emergency funds within five days of the Dorian strike on the Bahamas. As of this report, GlobalGiving has disbursed approximately $150,000, representing contributions made by donors to both our general Relief Fund and to our partners’ specific projects on GlobalGiving.org.

Here are several examples of how the GlobalGiving community is responding:

Bringing medical and health services to the most vulnerable - The psychological impact of a traumatic event often takes a disproportionate toll on the most vulnerable members of a community, including the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, and infants. We are grateful for the quick response of our friends at International Medical Corps, who are providing life-saving medical treatment as well as psycho-social support, both in the Bahamas and on Ocracoke Island. Working in coordination with International Medical Corps and a number of other first responders, Jake’s Diapers is ensuring that the tiniest among the survivors receive basic products for healthy living. 

Supplying fuel to first responders - Fuel Relief Fund fills a critical need in the immediate aftermath of disasters. Thanks to the generosity of donors who gave to the Dorian Relief Fund, Fuel Relief Fund was able to quickly provide much-needed fuel, powering first responders’ generators and vehicles and helping residents in remote areas. 

Getting Families’ Best Friends to Safety - A GlobalGiving community nonprofit since 2012, BAARK! Bahamas has raised more than $25,000 and received a grant from the GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to evacuate as well as to provide temporary shelter, fresh water, and food to animals impacted by the storm. With support from funds provided by GlobalGiving donors, as of last weekend, Baark! had successfully supported and relocated more than 100 dogs and cats and constructed a temporary shelter in Nassau.

Demonstrating all shapes and sizes of generosity - Donors of all types have responded quickly. Companies are matching employee donations, individuals are reaching into their pockets, and small businesses are hosting fundraisers. We have been heartened to see many survivors of 2017’s Hurricane Irma “pay it forward” to support this relief effort. Cruzan Rum’s Island Spirit Fund has supported Team Rubicon’s emergency response efforts in the hardest to reach locations in the Bahamas and begin the cleanup process and preparation for rebuilding affected communities. 

We are committed to ensuring your funds are put to work in the most impactful way possible and will be making additional distributions to our nonprofit partners during the next few weeks. Large or small, from £5 to $25,000, every contribution makes a difference. 

Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: BAARK! Bahamas
Photo: BAARK! Bahamas
Photo: International Medical Corps
Photo: International Medical Corps
Sep 6, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: September 2019

Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great summer! We finished off our summer with our Little by Little Campaign, where we encourage all our nonprofit partners to activate their donor base and show that when everyone gives a little, it goes a long way! With $60,000 in matching and $8,000 in bonus prizes from GlobalGiving, our partners raised more than $260,000 to fund their innovative projects around the world.

Additionally, you and the other 549 club members collectively raised $21,141 for the month of August in support of Project Maji Foundation, a GlobalGiving partner based in sub-Saharan Africa, and their project Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana. Your support allowed them to continue combating the issue of water scarcity through sustainable efforts, as well as help improve local families’ economic situations by reducing the time needed for fetching water. 

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support Fundacion Minga Valpo, a Chilean organization whose goal is to promote sustainable human development as they link people, communities, and institutions to provide support for vulnerable children and youth, all the while protecting and preserving the environment.

Organization Director Carolina Moraes Zambrano wanted to pass along this message of gratitude to you and the rest of the Project of the Month Club supporters:

“We want to express our profound gratitude for the trust and confidence placed in our team. Thanks to your support, we have been able to improve this beautiful project and further our sincere commitment to developing better spaces for children in situations of social vulnerability. 

This September, your donation will support their Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood project. By giving to this project, you are supporting their children’s community center in Valparaiso, Chilethe Ludoteca Mercedas well as the supervised programming and workshops there in the areas of cooking, gardening, music, and more. The Ludoteca Merced is fulfilling a great need in Valparaiso, as children are oftentimes put at risk as a result of poverty, violence, and too much time on the streets. 

Supporting more than 50 different kids a year, Fundacion Minga Valpo takes a different approach than conventional behavior correction organizations and aims to mitigate potential risk behaviors before they start. They achieve this goal by creating a space for children to learn, play, and find love and belonging—with volunteers and professionals always there for support.

Director Zambrano shares how your gift will help them expand their mission in the future:

We are planning to recruit extra teachers and expand the availability of workshops, so we can reach more children. We would also like to renovate the Ludoteca with solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and a greenhouse for food production. We want to make it an example for the community and teach children from all around Valparaiso about how to care for our environment.

You can read all about their recent work in their latest project report. And if you want to see the ongoing impact of your donation this month, you can subscribe to their updates by visiting their GlobalGiving project page! 

Thank you again for your extraordinary support! We can’t wait to tell you where your generosity is heading in October.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Project Maji Foundation
Photo from Project Maji Foundation
 
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