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Sep 11, 2010

1-for-1 Match for the Safer World Fund!

We are thrilled to offer a 1-for-1 match for all donations up to $2500 starting on September 11, 2010, until the matching funds are gone. Donations to the Safer World Fund or any of the projects it comprises will be matched. In addition, we have decided to focus on projects that specifically target education and/or healthcare for women and girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After reading Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, we are even more convinced that providing opportunities for women and girls to acquire education and receive healthcare will lead to a brighter future for people in those two countries.

We have also included a couple of projects that provide support to people suffering from the aftermath of the floods in Pakistan because we believe that the response to that disaster has not been as strong as the responses to other recent natural disasters.

Please help us support the highly effective projects in the Safer World Fund, and take advantage of the 1-for-1 match while it lasts.

Sep 1, 2010

Project of the Month Update: September 2010

A Cataract Patient Immediately After Operation
A Cataract Patient Immediately After Operation

Dear Project of the Month Club Members, Thank you all for another amazing month! During the month of August, we raised $710 from 30 members to support a project called "Restore Eye Sights To 500 Bangladeshis." We were able to provide screening for fifty cataract patients and fund cataract surgery for ten people. The picture above is of one woman whose eyesight was restored during GlobalGiving-funded surgery this past month. Your donation has given her the miraculous gift of sight!

During the month of September, your donation will support a Back-to-School project called "Provide Technology For Haitian Students." This project was started by Jeff, a Pennsylvania middle school teacher, who wanted to find a new way to engage his students. Together, they found a school in Haiti to partner with and have set up a wiki where the students create lessons for each other. They have regular Skype video conferences between the two classrooms where they provide video instruction on topics ranging from English to electrical circuit design.

Since none of the Haitian students have computers at home - and the school only has limited resources - this project is also working to build a new computer lab for the school in Haiti. As one of their recent project reports shows, they have completed building the room, including installing new desks and chairs, but don't yet have it equipped with computers. That's where we come in.

With your generous monthly donation, this September we expect to be able to purchase a computer for the computer lab in Haiti, as well as provide an internet connection for that computer for the first semester of the school year, and training for the teachers on how to utilize technology effectively to improve the quality of education for their students. What an incredible accomplishment you are supporting!

As always, if you know of someone who you think would enjoy belonging to the project of the month club we encourage you to spread the word. Although the impact we are able to make is a great one, if just 14 more people join with a $25 donation during the month of September it would enable us to purchase a second computer for the Haitian students' computer lab.

We'll be in touch next month to cover the impact we've made together and tell you about our next exciting Project of the Month.

Sincerely, Mari

Provide Technology for Haitian Students
Provide Technology for Haitian Students


Aug 27, 2010

Your donation is having an impact in Haiti!

CHF is providing shelter to displaced families.
CHF is providing shelter to displaced families.

More than seven months after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, rubble still fills the streets and 1 million people or more people are still homeless. GlobalGiving donors like you have supported close to 20 organizations working on the ground to provide food, shelter, medical equipment, and long-term reconstruction for Haiti’s earthquake survivors. Below is a short update the organizations your dollars have helped to support and the impact that have already had. Thank you!

- The Lambi Fund of Haiti has provided emergency cash disbursements to 43 grassroots organization throughout Haiti. These local organizations have used the emergency grants to purchase clothes, food, medical supplies and other necessary supplies for earthquake survivors.

- VIDA has already airlifted two containers carrying $2 million in medical emergency relief into Haiti. VIDA is sending only the highest quality medical equipment and supplies, from bandages to surgical suites, to get the hospitals up and running and will then resupply the hospital over a three year period to ensure that the clinics have the resources to serve people in need.

- RedR has trained 871 relief workers from 46 organizations in essential humanitarian and reconstruction skills and techniques - 92% of those trained are Haitian nationals

- Partners in Health’s local staff of nearly 5,000 people have provided emergency critical care and surgical services; helped seriously injured patients regain mobility; resettled abandoned and disabled children into a safe group home; and provided strategic planning assistance to Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital and the Haitian Ministry of Health.

- CHF has registered more than 2,200 shelter beneficiaries and is currently in the process of completing 600 shelters in Port-au-Prince and Leogane. Over 60 shelters have been constructed in Leogane as part of a pilot project using steel materials that are pre-fabricated by trained workers at the local CHF warehouse.

Thank you again for your support!

Lambi Fund gives necessary emergency funds.
Lambi Fund gives necessary emergency funds.
RedR carries out trainings for disaster workers.
RedR carries out trainings for disaster workers.
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