When a 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010 it was apparent that the recovery process would be an extensive one. The number of affected individuals was unimaginable. Initial estimates calculated death tolls to be anywhere between 230,000 and 316,000, and it was determined that about 300,000 people were injured and over 1.5 million individuals were displaced following the disaster. Those numbers have not been easy to recover from, even more than five years later.
GlobalGiving responded by creating our Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake, which served to get much needed dollars to projects on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and aftershocks. As of today, 3 projects are still active and contributing to the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Because of support from donors like you, GlobalGiving’s Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake has received over 14,800 donations since 2010, resulting in $926,841 for projects on the ground. In the 5 years since the earthquake struck, relief work is still being done to aid those still without permanent homes or livelihoods, and GlobalGiving’s project leaders continue to work tirelessly to support those recovery efforts.
One of those projects is the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti which supports sustainable agriculture in rural Haiti by providing resources to build up local food production. The project also facilitates locally managed credit funds that are accessible to community members. Already, the Lambi Fund has worked with 14 rural farming organizations to work towards these goals. Having evolved from providing emergency food supplies in 2010, the project now strives to boost commerce in an effort to combat unemployment and create self-sustainable communities.
Partners In Health (PIH) first dove into relief efforts in Haiti by providing medical care in the areas of Central Plateau, Artibonite Department and Port-au-Prince in coordination with the Haiti’s Ministry of Health through their Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery project. At first, PIH set up 4 clinics in Port-au-Prince and 12 clinics and hospitals in rural Haiti and in the years since the earthquake struck, Partners in Health have provided long-term healthcare. In 2013 PIH even established the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a national teaching hospital in Mirebalais dedicated to providing quality care for patients and training for future health professionals.
International Medical Corps also continues to support recovery efforts in Haiti through their project Provide Medical Care to Haiti, which currently operates in northern departments of the country. In the wake of the earthquake, International Medical Corps provided medical care and was an essential part of the fight against subsequent outbreaks of cholera. In their most recent report, International Medical Corps detailed their approach to cholera case management and the launch of their new program that provides cervical cancer screenings. Thus far, the project has trained 22 doctors and nurses in conducting screenings and has since begun servicing the community by conducting health workshops for local women.
Haiti is still working to overcome the damage done by the 2010 earthquake. With your support, the GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Haiti Earthquake and these local projects can continue to service communities with the vital resources and services that they need to recover and thrive. Thank you for your support!
Dear Project of the Month Club,
September has been quite the busy month for GlobalGiving. We welcomed 53 brand-new nonprofit partners in the last month's Open Challenge and launched the GlobalGiving for Global Goals initiative, which not only raises awareness for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, but also features incredible projects that align with each goal. And that’s not all: we have a new earth-changing project to share with you this month!
But first, let's recap what you accomplished last month. In September, 215 of you gave a total of $6,991 to The Kasiisi Project’s Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School project. Your donations will help young women in Uganda become powerful peer leaders in their schools and expand their learning of reproductive health education.
This October, your monthly donation will support Puerta Abierta’s Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico project, which gives girls in Mexico the quality education and skills they need to become successful, financially independent adults. The school also helps abandoned girls overcome past abuse with psychosocial support.
Connie Duran Robertson, the president of Puerta Abierta, has this message for you:“Thank you all for your generosity and for caring for our girls. As soon as we got the news we began imagining the best way to apply this donation on building a brighter future for them. We all, staff and board members, are very grateful to hear the news and excited to have been selected as project of the month, this motivates us to work harder!”
So what can your donation do for Puerta Abierta? Connie had some pretty wonderful ideas:
“Your generosity will support uniforms, school shoes, sports shoes, sports gear, books, and school materials for all the girls. We just received 2 new girls who need emotional and cognitive evaluations, emotional therapies, learning therapies, and medical evaluation so they can reach their full potential. We will be transparent and responsible with your donation, thanks again.”
We here at GlobalGiving share Puerta Abierta’s appreciation of your continuous generosity. Your commitment to changing lives around the world is truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see the impact you'll make next month!
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
Summer is winding down here in DC and that means a few things: kids are back to school, our September Open Challenge is in full swing, and the temperature is finally beginning to drop. While I do love the cool weather, I’ve got something much cooler to share: the impact your donations are making for nonprofits around the globe!
In August, 215 of you gave a total of $6,985 to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Provide Education To AIDS Orphans In Rural Uganda project. Thanks to your donations, 20 HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda will be able to not only attend school for an entire year, but also have supplies, healthcare, and two hot meals each day!
This September, your monthly donation will support The Kasiisi Project’s Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School project, which has three main initiatives: keeping girls in school, helping girls stay informed about their reproductive health, and eventually giving students the opportunity to be economically independent.
Caroline Riss, an advisor and board member of The Kasiisi Project, has this message for you:“Thank you on behalf of the “Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School” Kasiisi Project for your generosity this month! Our staff in Uganda was immediately relayed the exciting news and their reactions were priceless! Everyone had great ideas on how we could use the gift to further our programs related to sanitary pad distribution and sexual health education.”
So what can your donation do for The Kasiisi Project? Caroline and her team had a few ideas:
“The support you will provide this month will allow for extra materials and trainings for our peer education program, which trains young women to be peer educators in their schools and inform other girls (and refute myths) about reproductive health, menstruation, puberty and relationships with boys. The peer educators are taught by our community health worker who circulates between the primary schools giving lessons and handing out sanitary pads.”
We are continuously blown away by the amazing impact Project of the Month Club members like you make each and every month. Thank you for your continued support!