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Nov 10, 2018

Drought conditions persist across East Africa

Photo from Child Rescue Kenya
Photo from Child Rescue Kenya

It's been 20 months since we launched this relief fund in response to acute famine and drought conditions across East Africa, and significant challenges to food security persist throughout the region, including lower than expected rainfall and internal conflicts. USAID's Famine Early Warning Systems Network projects that substantial portions of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan will experience either "crisis" or "emergency" levels of food insecurity over the next four months, while the majority of Kenya's territory will continue to be classified as "stressed."

Thanks to 3,005 donors like you who've raised more than $186,000 to support our Africa Drought and Famine Relief Fund, our vetted nonprofit partners remain committed to helping communities across the region combat acute food insecurity and build the resilience of local food systems. Here are three updates from projects that your donation has supported:

  • Due to inconsistent rainfall in Kenya’s arid north, Child Rescue Kenya has seen an influx of families and homeless children arriving in the rift valley city of Kitale. They’re continuing their two-pronged approach to assisting those migrating because of drought: helping families become more self-sufficient through education about modern, effective farming practices, and providing support for children living on the streets through their Street Smart drop-in center, street-level outreach by social workers, and providing safe temporary housing at their Birunda Rescue Centre.
  • Seed Programs International has been strengthening their partnerships with local NGOs in Ethiopia and Kenya. Working with Seed Savers Network Kenya, they’ve helped a school in Gilgil serving children with disabilities, many of whom require special, closely-monitored diets, start their own vegetable garden, adding fresh tomatoes, carrots, hot peppers, kale, and cabbage to the menu and allowing them to sell the excess and purchase fresh fruit. In coordination with their lead partner in Ethiopia, GrowEastAfrica, they’ve provided grain rations and direct financial assistance to purchase medicine and housing for families who’ve been internally displaced by conflict.
  • In South Sudan’s northern Bahr el Ghazal region, Concern Worldwide US has supported 49 health facilities treating moderate acute malnutrition in children under five and nursing mothers, and treated young children with severe malnutrition as inpatients at Concern Stabilization Centers.

In the months to come we’ll continue to keep you updated on the ongoing work of our partners in East Africa. And thank you again, not just for donating to our Africa Drought and Famine Relief Fund, but for how you gave—you made the wise decision to donate money, rather than physical goods to support community-led relief work. Giving money after a disaster allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and supports, rather than disrupts, local economies.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team



Photo from Seed Programs International
Photo from Seed Programs International
Photo from Concern Worldwide US
Photo from Concern Worldwide US
Nov 9, 2018

The recovery continues in Guatemala

Photo: Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala
Photo: Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala

It's been five months since Guatemala's deadliest volcanic event in nearly 90 years, and our nonprofit partners remain hard at work assisting survivors of Volcán de Fuego's violent eruption.  

Thanks to 980 generous donors like you who've raised more than $113,000 for community-led relief and recovery efforts, we've continued to receive encouraging reports of progress being made toward recovery:

  • Fundacion Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala’s team spent several weeks after the eruption identifying and supporting 165 sheltered families living with 58 host families, as this population was being missed by other NGOs and government bodies. They’ve distributed 52 water filters and 50 wood-burning smokeless stoves to the host homes, helping both the sheltered families and their hosts have access to clean water and healthy kitchens. They’re also working with 16 families from areas now deemed uninhabitable by the Guatemalan government to build new homes on newly purchased land in a residential area called Valle de la Flores.
  • Asociación Generando (ASOGEN), in coordination with their partners at the Global Fund for Children, opened a shelter for families who fled El Rodeo village in Chimaltenango, and provided the evacuees with food, clothing, and medicine. They also launched a psychosocial care program to support children coping with trauma after the volcanic eruption.

Thank you again for your generosity, and for making the wise decision to donate cash to fund relief and recovery work after a natural disaster—it allows responders to quickly access the resources they need to address the most urgent needs of survivors while potentially helping revitalize local economies rather than disrupting them.  

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months about the continued impact your donation is making on recovery efforts in Guatemala.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Nov 8, 2018

Your donation's impact after Hurricane Michael

Photo: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Photo: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

The strongest storm to make landfall in this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, torrential rains, and massive storm surges that devastated coastal communities. The record-setting storm knocked out power for 1.2 million customers across the region, caused billions of dollars worth of property damage, and claimed 60 lives. Communities directly Michael’s path, like Mexico Beach and Panama City, suffered catastrophic damage that will likely take years to recover from.

In response to the devastation, more than 1,600 GlobalGivers like yourself generously donated more than $225,000 to fund community-led relief and recovery efforts. And thanks to that support, our vetted nonprofit partners have been working hard to assist affected communities:

  • In the days leading up to Michael’s landfall, volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando began piecing together disaster relief boxes of canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable milk that could meet the needs of a family of four for a week. In the storm’s aftermath, they’ve trucked these boxes across the storm-devastated region, making sure that families have steady access to food while supermarkets are largely unavailable.
  • Fuel Relief Fund brought their expertise in distributing vital free fuel supplies to ensure that first responders, hospitals, local police and fire departments, nursing homes, and everyday residents in communities recovering from Hurricane Michael’s destruction were able to fuel their vehicles and generators.
  • Teams of veteran volunteers from the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame traveled from their home state, where they’ve been assisting residents recovering from Hurricane Florence just weeks prior, to the Florida Panhandle to help some of the communities hardest hit by Michael, like Mexico Beach and Panama City. They’ve been distributing essentials like food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene supplies to residents in affected areas, as well as helping clear debris and salvage possessions for homeowners so that repairs can get underway.

As immediate relief efforts transition into long-term recovery work, we’ll continue to update you on the progress of our nonprofit partners and the communities where they work and the impact of your donation. And we’d like to especially thank you, not just for the fact that you’ve generously supported our Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, but for how you’ve supported it—by making the smart decision to give cash. Donating money after a disaster allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and supports, rather than disrupts, local economies.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: N. Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame
Photo: N. Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame
 
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