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Aug 1, 2016

Project of the Month Update: August 2016

Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya
Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya

Dear Project of the Month Club,

As usual, July was a sweltering month here in D.C., and it’s hard to believe we’re already headed into August! Last month we welcomed four new staff members to bolster our program, business development, and technology teams, and held our 2016 Photo Contest where thousands of people from all over the world voted for their favorite image from a GlobalGiving project! And of course, we’ve got an awe-inspiring project to share with you this month.

Last month, 262 of you gave a total of $8,652 to support Aumazo, Inc.’s Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School project, where your donation is helping underprivileged girls stay in school and providing them with private bathroom facilities.

This August, your donations will support Big Life Foundation USA’s Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya project, which, at the request of Maasai leaders, puts on their version of the Olympics in place of their traditional lion hunts as a rite of passage into manhood.

Kim McCoy, executive director of Big Life Foundation USA, said being selected as Project of the Month felt like Christmas in July!

Asante sana, Club members!! We at Big Life are thrilled and honored to have been selected as GlobalGiving's next Project of the Month. Your support will help to save the lives of countless lions in direct collaboration with local Maasai communities in Kenya. With the 2016 Maasai Olympics rapidly approaching and the costs soaring like a javelin throw, this unexpected gift feels like Christmas has come early!”

“The manyattas (warrior villages) have selected their best star athletes for their teams, and regional competitions will be in full swing from now through October, culminating with the Olympic Finals on December 10. It means the world to us to have the support of the GlobalGiving community for this important initiative!”

When we asked Kim what $8,700 could do for Big Life Foundation, she could think of more than just a few ways your donations will help:

“A gift of $8,700 is incredibly meaningful for Big Life, and would help us to pay for all of the following: one regional competition between two manyattas; six wildlife conservation educational meetings at group ranches; the participation of forty girls from local girls' schools in the final Olympics Day; first place cash prizes for each of the six events (rungu throwing, javelin throwing, high jump, 200m run, 800m run, 5,000m run) at finals; and Olympics Day uniforms and shoes for four warriors.”

“Already this year, Big Life has engaged over 4,000 Maasai on the importance of wildlife conservation, including more than 1,800 warriors, 390 elders, nearly 1,000 women, and over 800 children. To give you an idea of how very important these conservation-oriented meetings are, Big Life took a survey last year of warriors across the ecosystem to assess the impact of the Maasai Olympics. 93% of warriors polled said they felt that the Maasai Olympics offer a good alternative to traditional lion hunts as a competition establishing bravery and recognizing manhood. 91% said they believe it is important to protect lions and that the Olympics result in an increased willingness to support lion conservation.”

“As a result of this huge cultural shift, in conjunction with other elements of our predator protection program, there are now more than 200 lions in the ecosystem we protect, making it one of the only populations of lions in all of Africa that is growing, rather than declining. Considering that the lions in our area of operation were in crisis and almost completely extinct in 2003, this is a victory worth celebrating! Thank you again, from all of us, for being a part of it.”

The games are on, thanks to donors like you. We cannot wait to see the ways your donation makes a difference next month!

Warmly,
Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School
Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School
Jul 29, 2016

See how your donation is supporting Afghanistan's earthquake recovery!

Photo by Afghan Institute of Learning
Photo by Afghan Institute of Learning

Nine months after the disastrous 7.5 earthquake that impacted eastern regions of Afghanistan and northern areas of Pakistan in October 2015, there is still ongoing work to rebuild and provide support to local communities. The aftermath of the earthquake killed nearly 400 people and left more than 2,000 injured. Families lost their homes and were displaced from their communities. The occurrence of natural disasters isn't new to this region. Afghanistan and Pakistan have faced earthquakes, flooding, and landslides for decades and now organizations are mobilized to supply goods and provide natural disaster preparedness courses in local communities.

Since our last update, several organizations that participated in the Afghanistan Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund were able to reach their funding goals thanks to your generous donations!

  • Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) disbursed all the donations to families in the Khash district of Badakhshan province, located in northeastern Afghanistan.
  • The Afghan Institute of Learning provided aid to 100 families who lost everything and were displaced during the earthquake by supplying coolers, floor coverings, and blankets. In addition, the staff gave 500 books and notebooks to children and parents to assist them during the school year. This distribution of supplies concluded the Afghan Institute of Learning’s earthquake relief work.
  • Sahar Education successfully repaired schools in Afghanistan that were affected by the earthquake. They are no longer accepting donations for the earthquake relief fund but have now shifted their focus to providing education to countless young women in Afghanistan.
  • RedR is exclusively focusing on natural disaster preparedness in Pakistan. Going forward, they’ve set a goal in 2016 to help local communities become more knowledgeable on how to prepare for a disaster by delivering training to over 50 school teachers and conduct disaster-aware sessions. In return, teachers, parents, and children will be able to minimize the impact natural disasters place on communities.
  • Before Concern Worldwide US fully funded their project, Afghanistan Earthquake: Concern's Response, they trained communities on basic construction techniques to make houses earthquake-resistant. The improvements were made by adding wooden braces to each corner of the house and by supporting the roof with a wooden plate.
  • Though the International Medical Corps’ speedy emergency response to the October earthquake has ended in Afghanistan and Pakistan, teams remain in both areas to provide primary health care, reproductive health, gender-based violence prevention and treatment, and so much more, to improve the quality of life and health status of local men, women, and children.
  • In February 2016, Dawood Global Foundation completed their project by distributing 875 blankets, 700 bottles of water and 42 boxes of biscuits to earthquake relief areas.

We are so fortunate to report a couple of organizations who are still accepting donations for local communities impacted by the earthquake.

Again, thanks to your support, these organizations were able to respond immediately to so many displaced women, men, and children and will be able to continue working toward full recovery from the earthquake in these regions. To continue giving to these organizations, please see the GlobalGiving Afghanistan Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.

 

Warmly,

Ashlee Cox + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo by RedR
Photo by RedR
Photo by RedR
Photo by RedR
Photo by Sahar Education
Photo by Sahar Education
Jul 29, 2016

YOU are helping educate children in Nepal!

Photo by Educate The Children
Photo by Educate The Children

In the past 15 months, your donations to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund and funds raised through our matching campaign have reached nonprofits that are giving out sanitary pads, rebuilding homes, providing health care, trauma training, and more. Today, we want to share how your generosity has provided relief through education, ensuring that Nepal’s future generation of leaders are able to go to school, learn, and grow.

Educate The Children has been partnering with Nepal schools since 2014. When all of the 30 schools they worked with were destroyed, they were there to help them rebuild. Since the earthquake, they‘ve built temporary learning centers and brought students back to school. They are determined to give their constant support.

GlobalGiving supporters like you are helping Educate The Children achieve their mission to repair, rebuild and re-supply Nepal Schools. Your donations enabled them to support all 30 schools and begin the rebuilding process. They recently completed their first school structure and more is to come!

“We know that an improved school benefits its entire community, and given our extensive organizational expertise in this area, it really makes sense all around for us to put a lot of emphasis on schools in terms of our ongoing quake rebuilding efforts,” says Lisa Lyons, ETC Project Leader.

Educate The Children is not alone in this goal.

International Disaster Volunteers is also committed to ensuring a strong future for the communities and students. On June 15th 2016, they announced that they will be breaking ground on five permanent classrooms. This progress is a result of your kindness! More importantly, your donations will have a long term impact.     

“To tackle these underlying issues at their root, children need to be in school and receiving a quality education. Otherwise, communities will remain incredibly vulnerable to future catastrophes when they inevitably strike again, and the Nepali people will remain trapped in a cycle of poverty,” says Andy Chaggar, IDV Chief Executive.

Your support over the past year and three months has not just impacted those working in education. You have done so much more! We are so proud to be partners with all the nonprofits participating in the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, and look forward to seeing what your donations allow them to do next!

As always, thank you for your continued support and generosity!

Photo by International Disaster Volunteers
Photo by International Disaster Volunteers
 
   

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