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Jan 7, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: January 2020

Photo from PSYDEH A.C.
Photo from PSYDEH A.C.

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great December and a happy new year! GlobalGiving had an exciting Year-End Campaign, with 15,768 donors raising nearly $2 million to support our nonprofit partners’ causes around the world!

On top of that, you and 647 other club members collectively raised $32,421 for our nonprofit partner The Ideas Partnership and its project, Get a Kosovan Kid to School, which is holistically addressing inequalities facing children in Kosovo. Your donations are helping The Ideas Partnership provide many more young people with a quality education through their new learning center!

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner, PSYDEH A.C., and its project, NGO & Indigenous Women Sustaining Impact in Mexico. PSYDEH works “to empower indigenous women (and men) to lead the bottom-up, sustainable development of their own self-reliant communities in Mexico.” 

Senior Advisor Damon Taylor expresses his gratitude to you and the other Project of the Month Club members for supporting their efforts:

“Muchísimas gracias for investing in the Mexican grassroots non-profit Psicología y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C. Your investment is timely and scales impact. It is timely because the government has cut nearly all public funds for non-profits like PSYDEH in 2020. It scales impact because the project in which you invest is designed to as much as triple the value of your donation through subsequent fund-generating work, money which, in turn, will strengthen our organizational capacity to make more impact in our needed bottom-up oriented work with marginalized women to confront their own social and economic inequities.”

PSYDEH’s project is specifically geared toward its fund-generating work that will help them have a greater impact empowering indigenous women across the region—95 percent of which report unlivable wages, violence, and average just a 3rd-grade level education.

Project Leader Damon is excited to share how your gift will supplement PSYDEH’s work over the next year:

“Sustained impact lies at the heart of PSYDEH's work strategy and spending. This donation will help PSYDEH to hire a Coordinator of Sustainability and maybe even a Coordinator of Social Impact–who help us leverage your investment into successfully diversifying funding streams in 2020-2021, finally securing our tax-deductible status in Mexico, and creating the social impact data points we need to improve as an organization and attract win-win collaborations.”

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 February’s Project of the Month with you.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from The Ideas Partnership
Photo from The Ideas Partnership
Jan 7, 2020

New Decade, New Community-led Relief Efforts

Photo from BRAC USA
Photo from BRAC USA

As we enter a new decade, we are reflecting on all the ways that donors like you chose to act with empathy, kindness, and solidarity in support of people affected by humanitarian crises. Through your donations to the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund, local nonprofit organizations received the resources required to address the long-term needs of roughly 900,000 refugees driven from their homes by violence and conflict. 

While it remains uncertain how long this displacement crisis will last, the GlobalGiving community is continuing to respond to the new set of challenges through a recent round of grants in support of relief efforts:

Empowering Medical Response from Within the Community

The goal of OBAT Helpers Inc is to improve the health outcomes of Rohingya refugees by harnessing the capacity that lies within the Rohingya community itself. OBAT Helpers is achieving this by developing a network of Community Health Workers comprised of Rohingya volunteers, empowering the very community the health organization works to benefit. 

The health workers make regular “home visits” within the camps and work to raise awareness of the clinic’s available services within the Rohingya community. Thanks to your generous support, the health workers distribute medical supplies based on the needs they observe during visits. 

The Right to Education 

Losing everything after being forced to flee from Myanmar is difficult enough, but especially heartbreaking is the erosion of educational opportunities available to displaced Rohingya children living in the Bangladeshi camps. Tensions over which country’s curriculum to permit has limited access to formalized education, a critical necessity to avoid a “lost generation.”

JAAGO Foundation, a local nonprofit partner based in Bangladesh, aims to provide the very best in holistic care and protection for children ages 4-15 through its Safe Haven Project. Through the creation of three different learning zones within the camps, JAAGO builds an environment of social and emotional development for students, complete with experts in trauma therapy. 

Progress in the Fight Against Gender-based Violence

BRAC USA is coordinating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in launching a new initiative against gender-based violence.

Over 100 men are stepping into the role of fighting sexual and gender-based violence, speaking weekly about a variety of topics including positive masculinity, child marriage, and polygamy. Utilizing this community-based model, community members are given the skills and knowledge they need to become role models equipped to confront abuse and offer pathways of support to victims. 

In 2020, enabled by your generous support of this fund, GlobalGiving is working to establish new partnerships with Rohingya-led organizations and host community leaders to ensure the well-being of both young and old affected by this conflict. Inspired by a fresh start, we join together in hoping for a resolution to this ongoing crisis. 

Photo from Jaago Foundation
Photo from Jaago Foundation
Dec 11, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: December 2019

Photo from The Ideas Partnership
Photo from The Ideas Partnership

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great month of November! We were feeling especially grateful for you as we prepare for the holidays and reflect on your impact in the world throughout 2019. 

You and 563 other club members collectively raised $23,428 for the month of November in support of Pieta House, a GlobalGiving partner based in Ireland, and its Save a Life - Counselling for People in Crisis project. Your generosity supported the expansion of its free, evidence-based, emotional and psychological support to individuals in crisis living in disadvantaged communities.

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner The Ideas Partnership and its project, Get a Kosovan Kid to School. The Ideas Partnership is a volunteer-run organization that tackles the inequalities and challenges in education, cultural heritage, and the environment in Kosovothe poorest country in Europe. 

The project is focused on helping children from disadvantaged communities, specifically Kosovo's Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, complete compulsory education. Only 4% of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian adults have completed compulsory education. The Idea Partnership is taking a holistic approach to empowering its youngest citizens. It works with a team of volunteers from the community in addressing healthcare, school equipment, academic support, transport, and mediation to ensure children are equipped to enjoy a fruitful education.

Project Leader Elizabeth Gowing wanted to express her immense gratitude to you for helping her and her team empower young members of their community. Here is what she told us after we notified of her this month’s Project of the Month selection:

“It felt like Santa had just climbed down the chimney! To get your message and know all the things it makes possible was an extraordinary bonus for our work. In particular, we know that it will help us get many more kids in Kosovo to school through the ambitious new center that we are building to offer a fit-for-purpose space where learning can happen. This space will be where 60 pre-schoolers can learn in appropriate conditions, and get ready for school; it's where we'll hold our classes for children who are out of school; it's where we'll offer extra academic support to hundreds of children every month; it's where mothers will learn literacy skills so they can help their children.”

Elizabeth is excited to reach even more children and their families in the new center with the help of your monthly gift:

“Our physiotherapy classes for children with physical disabilities can take place without the challenges of children having to negotiate the steps of our current rented accommodation. The new center offers services for 300 people every week and is the base for our mediators who are the key connection between child, parent, and school and have made such a success of Getting Kosovan Kids to School. Now we believe that we can keep these services going, and do so in a space that will make them most effective..”

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

Thank you very much for your support and generosity. I look forward to sharing January’s Project of the Month with you in the new year!

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Pieta House
Photo from Pieta House
 
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