Oct 14, 2013

What have our new partners been up to in Japan?

Women volunteering at OISCA's project in Miyagi
Women volunteering at OISCA's project in Miyagi

In the last report, we shared with you a new exciting group of grantees from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  Let us share what the new partners have been up to today!

Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ)

 We awarded Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ), an organization that provides musical education and opportunities for students in Fukushima, $100,000.  With those funds, FESJ invited instructors from Venezuela and inspired students like Marina.  Marina joined a summer orchestra class, and by the end, she led a 90-person orchestra as a violinist.  

Here is Marina's comment after the concert; "I've never had this kind of learning opportunity. Teachers from Venezuela were so helpful to making me understand how to solve the problems which I had encountered. I really feel I am better at playing violin than ever before. Well, I am surely different from what I used to be and I am now proud of myself…” For more updates from FESJ, click here to learn more!

On the Road

We awarded On the Road $100,000 to build a “Long Beach House” in Ishinomaki.  On the Road started to build a space for the community members to bond, and many commercial space including a guesthouse, where tourists and volunteers from outside the prefecture can stay cheaply.  We hope this facility will energize the local community!  For more updates from On the Road, learn from here.

OISCA International

Finally, we awarded OISCA International $150,000 for a reforestation project in Natori City located in Miyagi Prefecture. When tsunami hit, 100 hectares of forest was lost - but with the help from the local community and the government, OISCA International is restoring the damaged area in the next ten years.  They have recently received a new 4WD from their corporate partner that allows the team to make trips to the field more frequently.  We hope this will boost their activities to plant the black pine seedlings.  For more updates from OISCA International, learn from here.

We at GlobalGiving really appreciate your long-term interest in the recovery efforts in Japan.  We have awarded grants to 19 organizations to date, and we are supporting many more through fundraising activities on GlobalGiving.  Your contribution to this fund is making all this possible.  Thank you very, very much!



A future violinist at FESJ!
A future violinist at FESJ!
On the Road is going to build 'Long Beach House'
On the Road is going to build 'Long Beach House'
Oct 3, 2013

Project of the Month Update: October 2013

Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds
Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Happy October! So many things to be thankful for this month--sweater weather, all things pumpkin, and of course, an update on the impact of your generous donations last month!

In September, 153 of you gave a combined total of $4,665 to a project by our friends at Mickaboo called "Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds" Here's what the Project Leader Pamela Lee wanted to share with you about your gift:

"With these increased numbers has come increased costs for avian veterinary care. Summer has ended, and Mickaboo has stretched itself to the limit to rescue the summer crop of pet birds that humans have left behind. Contributions by GlobalGiving donors have helped us to provide the care needed to save these innocent refugees and find them their forever homes."

We're also thrilled to share that, in October, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines" by Mercy In Action. This gift could not come at a better time, as they are all digging out of a terrible flood that affected 90% of their city. Since the flood, more women than ever are coming in to deliver in their birth center. They're also staying longer afterward so they can keep dry and warm after childbirth!

Here’s what Project Leader Vicki Penwell had to say when we told her we decided to feature her project this month:

“As the only medical facility in our region of the Philippines to provide maternity care at no cost, Mercy In Action is honored to be featured as the Project of the Month. We reach out to poor and disenfranchised pregnant women and provide a place for them to have respectful, culturally sensitive and safe care during childbirth in our modern yet home-like birthing center.”

We look forward to more good news from the field in November! Thank you for your continued support. You’re what makes GlobalGiving so special.

Warmly,

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Sep 30, 2013

A step in the right direction,with the right shoes

Hello GlobalGivers!

It has been almost one year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the coasts of Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, leaving in its path numerous deaths, huge economic losses, and the shattered dreams of those who were deeply affected by it. The storm had a devastating effect on the Northeastern coast of the United States, especially in New York, where it caused the closure of the New York Stock Exchange, loss of electricity, and the destruction of homes and businesses by fire.

However, thanks to your generosity and kindness, numerous organizations are able to continue to provide a beacon of hope and another chance to start again. Baby Buggy was able to provide over 600 backpacks and 600 early education school supply kits to children who lived in the Sandy affected areas of Rockaways, Brighton Beach, and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. As a result, programs in Far Rockaway experienced full cubbies filled with new school supplies and other educational toys. Parents were relieved to see their children going back to school, and children were very happy to start school with new supplies, since their old ones were completely ruined due to the flooding caused by Sandy. Aside from the beautiful backpacks and lunchboxes, paper, notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, and markers were also distributed so that elementary schools can begin the year ready to thrive and learn. These indispensable school supplies for learning couldn’t have been bought without your generous contribution!

Another program that was able to provide quick relief to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy was K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations). In a successful attempt to team up with SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Queens Library, they were able to stage two distribution events in which new winter apparel and sneakers were delivered by the generous member companies of the SIA. May was also a great month for charity, as the Far Rockaway Community Library hosted a donation event of thousands of winter apparel items to the residents affected by the super storm. Also, the Queens Library for Teens distributed Vans sneakers to approximately 300 youth. Many teenagers and children were ecstatic, as some never owned more than a pair of sneakers in their lives or hadn’t been able to purchase a new pair of shoes since the disaster. A 16 year old Hurricane Sandy survivor said: “This is the first pair of sneakers that I got since the Hurricane”.

Thanks to your donation, hundreds of children and teenagers are now able to walk on the streets with a smile in their face. It is because of your contribution that these organizations were able to team up and deliver not only shoes, but hope to the many survivors of one of the deadliest and most destructive calamities to affect our nation in recent years. Your contribution continues to make a difference in the lives of those were affected.  We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below.

Thank you.

Queens, New York, Baby Buggy, Project #827
Queens, New York, Baby Buggy, Project #827
Photo from Baby Buggy, Project #827
Photo from Baby Buggy, Project #827
K.I.D.S Project in Brooklyn, New York
K.I.D.S Project in Brooklyn, New York
 
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