Jun 24, 2020

Solidarity With Survivors: Hurricane Florence + COVID-19

Photo: Disaster Recovery Group of Duplin County
Photo: Disaster Recovery Group of Duplin County

At GlobalGiving, we’ve been working around the clock throughout the COVID-19 crisis to most effectively serve our nonprofit community across 170 countries. We have launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund, piloted a Hardship Microgrant Initiative, and doubled down on trusting our partners with how to best serve their communities during this emergency.

Nearly two years since Hurricane Florence made landfall along the eastern coast of the U.S., we have now made our final grants from our Hurricane Florence Relief Fund to support recovery and resilience-building. Thanks to your generous support over the past two years, we have made flexible grants to eight local, community-led nonprofits dedicated to holistic recovery within their communities

Take a look at one of our most recent grants to Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte (AMEXCAN) as well as a review of past grants to see the continued impact of your donation:

AMEXCAN is helping Hurricane Florence survivors weather the storm of COVID-19 by…

  • Sponsoring direct cash payments to landlords and utility companies on behalf of financially vulnerable constituents
  • Sending gift cards directly families that have been severely impacted by both Hurricane Florence and COVID-19
  • Helping with staff costs so AMEXCAN can continue the work of listening to and serving the most vulnerable in its community

Looking back: a brief highlight of your donation’s impact

These are just a few of the many ways your generosity has made a difference in the lives of those impacted by Hurricane Florence. To see more ways that your donation has helped, see the reports directly on our various nonprofit partners’ project pages.

Though we are now closing the Hurricane Florence Relief Fund, local nonprofits still need support to promote a full recovery in affected communities, especially now in the face of COVID-19. To support further relief and recovery efforts, I kindly ask that you consider giving here to any of our vetted nonprofit partners.

Thank you for your generous support of recovery in the Carolinas.

With Gratitude, 

Claire + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
Photo: Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
Jun 16, 2020

In It For The Long Haul: CA Wildfire Response

Photo from IsraAid
Photo from IsraAid

While the worldwide pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have drastically impacted the entire GlobalGiving community, we’ve been hard at work listening to the needs of our partners and donors. The GlobalGiving Disaster Recovery Network recognizes that for communities already hard-hit by previous disasters and fighting to recover from damaged homes, lost wages, and ongoing trauma, the effects of the COVID-19 virus lockdown have been especially difficult. 

We reached out to our trusted nonprofit partners in California who have been attuned to the voices in their community long before the 2019 wildfires and are continuing to respond to the current crisis. Across the state, they are providing for vulnerable populations, filling the gaps in state funding, and preparing Californians for the upcoming 2020 wildfire season.

Your generous support of the 2019 California Wildfire Relief Fund enabled rapid response grants in support of community-led relief efforts immediately following the fires and extending to the ongoing pandemic. Take a closer look:

Protecting Our First Responders

LA firefighters work around the clock to keep Los Angelenos safe, risking their lives to fight back blazes threatening homes and showing up whenever their help is needed. Interacting daily with community members in dangerous situations, and in a line of work where practicing social distancing is difficult, these frontline responders need protection in order to continue protecting others. Thanks to your generous donation, we were able to distribute an emergency grant to the LA Fire Department Foundation to fill critical shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), access new supplies, and upgrade equipment in fire departments across the city. 

Standing with Students 

The California Community Foundation (CCF) understands that, for many families, schools often provide meals for children whose parents are struggling to put food on the table. Since students no longer receive free school meals as a result of campus closures, CCF is helping meet families’ needs with critical food assistance. CCF is also ensuring access to remote learning resources and technology upgrades to keep students from falling behind in their learning and to help both students and parents navigate virtual education.  

Helping Hospitals

In addition to supporting students and increasing the resources directed towards homeless shelters, CCF is helping community clinics and hospitals respond to increased patient flows. These health centers are treating sick patients, triaging those who have been exposed or in need of testing, and providing much needed emotional support to patients in quarantine.

These rapid response grants were made possible by the GlobalGiving community’s generous show of solidarity with California wildfire survivors, and this last round of funding marks the close of the 2019 California Wildfire Fund. While this is the final donor update you’ll be receiving, this is by no means the end of our work responding to the annual wildfires in California. In fact, our team is continuing to strengthen relationships with our on-the-ground partners as they prepare to respond to disasters, be it a wildfire or pandemic, while creating stronger, more resilient communities. 

From a native Californian, thank you! 

With Gratitude,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team 

Jun 8, 2020

Staying Safe, Far from Home

Courtesy of JAAGO's Safe Haven project report
Courtesy of JAAGO's Safe Haven project report

The COVID-19 crisis has presented monumental challenges to communities across the world. For some of us, these challenges include working from home while juggling child care, caring for sick relatives, and coping with social isolation. 

For others, like Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh, surviving a pandemic presents even greater challenges.  Since social distancing is nearly impossible, respiratory illness is common, and day-wages are most individuals’ only source of income, overcoming the pandemic will require an enormous show of solidarity from the international community. Hundreds of individuals have been stranded in boats at sea for two months, as Malaysia and Bangladesh closed their ports to the migrants seeking to escape the difficult conditions. 

Populations already hard-hit by recent natural disasters or in the midst of ongoing humanitarian crises are disproportionately impacted by the virus. That’s why GlobalGiving launched a round of emergency grants from your generous donations to the Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund. These flexible grants reinforced local nonprofits’ ability to act quickly in delivering personal protective equipment (PPE), essential medical supplies, and food to the most vulnerable. 

Here’s a snapshot of how your contribution is keeping refugees safe while far from home:

Mending the gap in food aid

  • OBAT Helpers: As the local economy remains shut down, the daily wages Rohingya refugees earn through jobs outside of the camp have dried up. Since workers can no longer depend on these low earnings to feed their families, organizations like OBAT Helpers have delivered food packages to over 1,600 families in an effort to mend the gap. 

Spreading hope through tiny miracles

  • HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh: HOPE Foundation’s expertly-trained midwives are working around the clock to ensure the health of mothers and newborn babies in Cox’s Bazar, while also distributing PPE and masks to the wider community. Previous grants to this organization have contributed to the construction of a field hospital, which is now being activated to effectively treat residents who test positive for the coronavirus.

Sharing life-saving information

  • Internews: Access to accurate, timely, and life-saving information is half of the battle in the fight against COVID-19. Faced with unreliable internet and cell service availability, Rohingya refugees are often at a disadvantage when it comes to staying informed. With the emergency grant, Internews is strengthening its efforts to deliver current news in the local language to thousands of refugees, through both radio and educational entertainment programs. 

These rapid-response grants reflect just one component of GlobalGiving’s overall response to COVID-19. Our community of donors has supported local relief efforts in more than 30 countries through our Coronavirus Relief Fund, and we have also activated a Hardship Microgrants Program to help nonprofits across the world keep the lights on during a time of great uncertainty. 

We are keeping you and the entire community of GlobalGivers in our thoughts these days, as you stay safe and keep the hope alive with your generosity. As always, thank you for contributing to a local, human-centered response to the Rohingya displacement crisis. 

In solidarity,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team 

HOPE Foundation's Midwifery training program
HOPE Foundation's Midwifery training program
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