Dear Project of the Month Club,
After a very rainy May, we’re excited that things in June are heating up here in D.C.! We’ll be having our Current Partner Bonus Day on June 15th with $110,000 available in matching funds and we welcomed our newest class of GlobalGiving Fellows. And of course, we’ve got a brand-new earth-changing project to share with you this month!
Last month, 262 of you gave a total of $8,695 to support the Sumatran Orangutan Society’s Orangutan Rescue: On the frontlines in Sumatra project, where your donation is going to help fund rescue and veterinary equipment for SOS’s newest rescue team!
This month your donations are supporting Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's FundCommunity Music Program for Poor Vietnamese Youth, which provides a weekly music and string ensemble after school for students in Vietnam! On weekends, this group of talented students come together to perform as a community ensemble.
Sara Nerone, the Founder of Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund, has this message for you:
“We cannot express how excited our board, staff, and students in Vietnam all are! It is often very difficult to raise money for music programs, nonetheless expand them. With this generous gift we will be able to allow more students to participate in our creative programs. In addition to all of the wonderful benefits that one-on-one and group music lessons provide to the kids, our small schools have become a place for mentoring, friendship, peer sharing and bonding. Amidst the struggle of living in poverty, our music students are inspired to always be curious, continue learning and continue their education. Thank you again!”
When we asked Sara what $8,700 could do for Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund, she knew exactly how your donations would be put to use:
“A donation of $8700 will allow us to purchase violins for an additional 20 students and provide them with weekly lessons for one year! We have been hoping to expand our music program to the kids of Ngoc Anh Village, Thua Thien Hue Province. We currently hold art classes there for 32 kids, and have a very successful program. This gift will allow us to expand the program to include music! Also, $2000 of your gift will help to support our summer music camps in two ethnic minority villages. Each summer we provide day camps where volunteers play and teach musical games and activities and at the same time we provide meals and school supplies to the kids. Last summer we hosted 400 children at our camps. Thank you again for your generosity!”
An entire year of violin classes for twenty students? Now that’s music to our ears! Thank you so much for your generosity and we cannot wait to share the positive change your donation will create next month!
Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team
We’ve had quite the busy few weeks here at GlobalGiving. We commemorated the Nepal earthquake with a 100% matching campaign, welcomed a number of new organizations to the community, and even celebrated earth-changing moms for Mother’s Day! It wasn’t just a busy month for the team in D.C., though. Let's see how your let’s see how your donations were hard at work in April.
Last month, 265 of you gave a total of $8,717 to support Chef Ann Foundation’s The Lunch Box Expansion Project. The Chef Ann Foundation is going to use your generous donations to create nine brand-new recipes for lunchrooms and families across 49 states!
This month your donations are traveling halfway around the world from our office in Washington, D.C. to support the Sumatran Orangutan Society’s Orangutan Rescue: On the frontlines in Sumatra project. This unique effort works with farmers and plantation workers on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia to protect and rehabilitate critically endangered orangutans.
Helen Buckland, the director of Sumatran Orangutan Society, has this message for you:
“Sumatran Orangutan Society is a small organisation with a big impact, and even bigger ambitions. We want to not only halt the decline in orangutan numbers and the destruction of their precious rainforests, we want to reverse these trends. Our vision is a thriving and growing orangutan population, living safe, wild, and free in the Sumatran jungle. The rescue team work at the frontline of orangutan protection, and for this project to be chosen to receive the GlobalGiving Project of the Month support for May is an incredible boost - they are so grateful to know that you are standing alongside them.”
What can $8,700 do for the Sumatran Orangutan Society? Helen had a few ideas:
“A donation of $8,700 will go a long way on the ground. We are in the process of establishing a second branch of the rescue team so that we are able to reach even more orangutans in danger, as currently there is only one team of five people covering the whole of northern Sumatra. The funds donated this month will equip the new team with the veterinary and rescue supplies they need to safely evacuate orangutans from condemned forests and transport them to safety. A heartfelt thank you on behalf of the whole team.”
Let me echo Sumatran Orangutan Society’s heartfelt “thank you” for the impact you are making each month. Your dedication to supporting earth-changing organizations around the world is such an inspiration!
In the month since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, more than 1,300 donors like you have stepped forward to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts through this fund.
Thanks to that generous support, we’re pleased to share how seven vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners are responding to the earthquake. Here’s how your donation is already making an impact in Ecuador:
YACHANA Foundation is training youth ages 18-24 in masonry, carpentry, wiring, and welding to provide job skills to the community and assist in rebuilding infrastructure damaged in the earthquake.
MAP International is distributing emergency health kits with enough supplies to treat 10,000 people for three months; delivering water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs; building latrines; and providing counseling to earthquake survivors.
IsraAID is conducting community psychosocial support, operating child-friendly spaces, and providing clean water solutions in earthquake-affected communities.
Fuel Relief Fund is distributing fuel so that earthquake-affected families can have safe water and the capacity to cook and care for household needs.
All Hands Volunteers is constructing temporary latrines and public washing areas in camps for earthquake survivors, as well as designing, purchasing, and building emergency shelters for displaced families.
Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center is providing immediate relief to earthquake survivors, including food, bottled water, hygiene supplies, blankets, and clothes.
Volunteers for Interamerican Development Assistance (VIDA) is shipping emergency supplies and equipment to the central hospital in Guayaquil and clinics in smaller earthquake-affected towns.
Stay tuned for stories in the coming months about the progress and impact of these and other organizations on the ground. Thank you once again for your generous support on behalf of earthquake survivors in Ecuador.
Warmly, Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team