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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.
Aug 11, 2010

Girl Effect Update, August 2010

A sample from Be!
A sample from Be!'s graphic novel

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

Thanks to your continued generosity, The Girl Effect Fund has raised almost $250,000 on GlobalGiving for its beneficiary organizations.

The Girl Effect tells us that if we invest in a girl, she will do the rest.

The following project updates demonstrate this very principle. Here are a few ways that your investments in the world’s girls are paying off:

Inspiring Girls to Become Entrepreneurs In India, Be! uses multimedia to inspire girls to choose to become entrepreneurs and to solve the social, economic & environmental problems they face in their lives.

With your support, Be! is creating a graphic novel that features the character of Tara, a young girl who starts her own enterprise by renting solar lanterns to street vendors and residents in her community—and changes her life and her whole community in the process!

Life and Livelihood Skills for Young Women In Tanzania, BRAC will be hosting a life skills training course to help adolescent girls acquire skills like critical thinking, self awareness and negotiation and to learn about early pregnancy, early marriage, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. To prepare for these trainings, the life skills training course has been provided to mentors who will work with the adolescent girls.

In addition, BRAC has been hosting livelihood trainings that empower adolescents economically in fields such as tailoring, photography, food processing, computers, and agriculture.

BRAC is getting the parents and wider community involved in supporting the girls as well. Community involvement is occurring through forums with the girls’ mothers, parent meetings and workshops with community leaders.

Microfinance Groups Build Girls’ Savings In Bangladesh, BRAC is operating 50 girls’ groups being led by trained teenage leaders and mentors. In addition, microfinance groups are running and all of the members are saving with the program. Approximately 40% of members between the ages of 15 and 21 have borrowed from the program to invest in an income-generating activity.

As these projects show, when you invest in a girl, she will do the rest. Thank you for supporting girls through The Girl Effect.

Sincerely, The GlobalGiving Team

Girls at a Safe Space meeting in Bangladesh
Girls at a Safe Space meeting in Bangladesh
Women at a microfinance meeting in Tanzania
Women at a microfinance meeting in Tanzania
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