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May 5, 2015

Your support is making a difference in Nepal

Ten days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, your donations are already making a difference on the ground.  While more than 7,000 people are confirmed dead and close to 15,000 people are injured, you are making life a little easier for the millions more affected by this earthquake.  

GlobalGiving has already sent funds to 26 organizations working tirelessly to provide relief to the people of Nepal.  Your donation has contributed to the following efforts:

  • Accountability Lab is setting up three citizen helpdesks to provide information to citizens related to the earthquake and relief efforts, as well as feeding information back up to aid providers to ensure they are more accountable to Nepali citizens.
  • ActionAid International is providing food packages, hygiene kits, materials for shelter, and medical supplies, as well as assisting with family reunification and psychosocial support for survivors.
  • The Binaytara Foundation is providing water, blankets, tents, and food to survivors in and Sindhupalchok and Dhading districts.
  • BRAC has sent a team of doctors, emergency response specialists, and public health experts from Bangladesh to assist survivors, provide medical treatment, and distribute blankets, food, and medical supplies.
  • Care Nepal aims to initially reach 100,000 people with emergency shelter, clean water, family kits, and hygiene items.
  • Creating Hope International is providing food, medicine, and rebuilding funds to the Bon communities in Kathmandu and northern Nepal.
  • Educate the Children is rebuilding and repairing schools in 11 areas hard-hit by the earthquake.
  • Empower Dalit Women of Nepal is providing emergency relief to five communities in Gorkha, including rebuilding funds to women’s groups to replace homes, livestock, and harvests lost during the earthquake.
  • Global Links is providing medical supplies and surgical equipment to organizations and hospitals in Kathmandu.
  • The Himalayan Cataract Project is distributing food, medical supplies, and relief items, as well as providing treatment to survivors suffering from eye trauma and other injuries.
  • International Disaster Volunteers is providing shelter relief to the 500 residents of Arukharka, in Nuwakot district.
  • The Jean Houston Foundation is providing food, clean water, fuel, shelter, hygiene products, and other relief supplies to more than 3,500 alter-abled people, plus their families and neighbors.
  • MADRE is using its methodology of women-centered disaster relief to support four local organizations on the ground as they send relief supplies to seven districts, create safe spaces in Kathmandu for women to receive aid, and work with local hospitals to provide health kits targeted to women's needs, including special supplies for pregnant women and mothers with newborns.
  • The Mountain Fund is providing supplies for temporary shelter to nearly every family needing it in the villages of Mankhu and Goganpani. Tarps and tin roofing are being provided, as well as sacks of rice, beans, soya and other foodstuffs.
  • The Nepal Trust is working with medical volunteers from the Nidan Hospital, providing medical and logistics support, and distributing tents, food, clean water, and other relief supplies in Sindalpulchowk.
  • The Nepal Youth Foundation is providing emergency supplies to hospitals, sheltering and caring for people discharged from hospitals who cannot return home, particularly women and children.
  • NIDAN is an Indian organization providing relief supplies in partnership with NEST Nepal in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and affected areas in Bihar, India.
  • Our Sansar is providing relief supplies, including tents and blankets, in 6 Village Development Committees: Phulkharka, Mulpani, Gumdi, Slyankot, Jyamrung, and Tripureshwor.
  • Peace Winds is delivering water, food, shelter, and hygiene kits in Sankh and remote areas in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Raksha Nepal is providing food, medicine, clean water, and other necessary relief supplies to exploited women and children, many of whom are denied from receiving government aid.
  • UNICEF has mobilized to meet the needs of children affected by this devastating earthquake, supporting the supply of clean water, providing tents for medical facilities, providing supplies to reduce the risk of disease, providing emergency health kits, providing temporary learning spaces, and providing child-friendly spaces for psychosocial care.
  • Village Volunteers is purchasing materials to rebuild the Mountain View Eco Farm, a sustainable and organic demonstration farm, in Pokhara.
  • Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation (WAND) is an award-winning Filipino organization that is providing local sanitation solutions, along with vegetable seed packets and garden tools to improve food security in the disaster recovery zone.
  • Women LEAD is working with community leaders to distribute blankets and sanitary pads to those who need them, as well as providing necessary study materials, such as books and stationery, to 11th and 12th grade students. They have also been trekking to remote villages to deliver supplies, and are often the first responders on the scene.
  • World Concern is distributing locally sourced survival kits, which include water purification tablets, tarps, blankets, food, medical, and more.
  • World Vision is working in coordination with the Government of Nepal to provide emergency relief for 100,000 people, including shelter, non-food items, establishing child-friendly spaces, education, and water sanitation and hygiene.

You can click on the link to any of the individual projects to see the updates they’ll post about how they are using the funds.

We are sending funds to additional organizations this week and, as always, will keep you informed as to how your donations will be used. We have also posted a link to frequently asked questions on the page.  For now, these funds are supporting the immediate needs of the relief efforts.  In the coming weeks and months, your donations will support longer-term recovery efforts as people try to regain normalcy in their lives.  Thank you for helping the Nepali people in the aftermath of this earthquake.

Apr 28, 2015

Update on Nepal

A woman views house in Taklung (photo by EDWON)
A woman views house in Taklung (photo by EDWON)

On the morning of Saturday, April 25 we woke to the sad news of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.  We immediately launched a relief fund and began reaching out to our partners in Nepal.  The news we heard from the ground was devastating, but the outpouring of generosity by thousands of donors like you from 100 countries around the world has been extraordinary.

We have been in touch with more than 70 of our long-term partners on the ground and are talking with them constantly to determine the biggest needs in each community.  Our first disbursement will be sent this week, and we are committed to letting you know exactly how those funds are spent as soon as possible.

Your donation will initially support a mix of partners that have a specific expertise in emergency first response after disasters, such as International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps.

Your donation will also support local organizations doing community-based work that is vital - but often overlooked - after a disaster, such as:

  • Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness, an award-winning Nepali organization founded in 1987 that is providing safe clean water to earthquake survivors.  
  • Ama Ghar, a home for orphaned and abandoned children just outside of Kathmandu.  It was founded by Shrawan Nepali, who spent part of his childhood at the Paropokar orphanage in Kathmandu and later went on to complete his education in the United States.  Your funds will be used to repair the damage to the home and provide emergency supplies for the children.
  • Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization that has provided cataracts surgery in Nepal since 1994 and is currently providing treatment to earthquake victims suffering from eye trauma and other injuries.
  • Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, a group that has worked with Dalit women in Nepal for more than 15 years, will provide rebuilding funds to women’s groups in rural Gorkha communities to replace homes, livestock, and harvests lost during the earthquake.

Many of our other local Nepali partners are themselves recovering and dealing with aftershocks. We will continue to work with them as they coordinate their response in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, you can read about what each of these partners are doing on the ground in real time on this page.

Thank you once again for being a part of this global community of support for the survivors of this earthquake.  We look forward to sharing more stories from the ground in the coming days and weeks.

Local school destruction (photo by Ama Foundation)
Local school destruction (photo by Ama Foundation)
Survivors line up for clean drinking water (ECCA)
Survivors line up for clean drinking water (ECCA)
Apr 17, 2015

Girl Effect Fund Project Report

Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !
Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !

Your generous support has enabled The Girl Effect Fund to continue empowering girls all around the world. Check out what some of the projects in the fund have been up to below..

The SOLD Project managed to achieve a 95% retention rate of students staying in school in a village where more than half of the children are expected to drop out of grade school and are at high risk of sex trafficking. Moreover 84 of the 129 children in their scholarship program are now pursuing higher education. Faa, one of the students, shared her story about the  impact of The SOLD Project's work in Thailand.

Girl Determined in Burma facilitated a group of 70 girls, half of which were buddhist nuns, in a campaign to bring awareness to the taboo issue of domestic violence. This campaign was the foundation for an ongoing conversation that could hopefully change attitudes in homes and communities. Additionally, by late 2014, Girl Determined managed to attract 2000 girls in their weekly leadership circles that strive to address the issues of trafficking, dangerous labor, and other forms of violence that young girls face in Burma.

The Zimkids Orphan Trust continues to challenge traditional gender roles by training 100 orphan Zimbabwean girls in personal and vocational skills typically characterized as male. This includes courses in electrical wiring and tiling.  ZimKids is also in negotiations with a local motorcycle manufacturing company to train girls to build component parts.

Days For Girls International provided information about washable menstrual hygiene kits to approximately 30,000 girls and  9,040 girls received the necessary materials to make a shield, a liner and a bag. Furthermore, all target schools have been trained in reproductive health and many of the trained womens groups are now selling kits. Days for Girls recently organized a training session in Nansana. Not only were eight secondary school teachers trained in kit making, but they were also prompted to engage in the very important conversation of reproductive health and gender equity.

The Mariposa DR Foundation offered therapeutic art classes to 120 girls. The girls participated in a variety of projects such as creating personal journals, wrap dolls, self-affirming cards, and self-care boxes. The various mediums of art tackled the crucial themes of self-care, body and consent, self-esteem, and self-empowerment among several others. Mariposa has also been busy building a teaching kitchen that will further develop cooking and hospitality skills. According to the Mariposa project leader, tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in the Dominican Republic. Thus cultivating these skills can be a great career option for many of the girls.

Once again, thank you for your invaluable support ! Without generous donors like you, none of this would be possible.

Girls welding in Zimbabwe !
Girls welding in Zimbabwe !

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