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Dec 7, 2010

December 2010 Update for the Safer World Fund

Thanks to everyone who participated in the matching campaign for the Safer World Fund this fall! The matching funds disappeared in record time, and your contributions are now improving the lives of women, men and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A new nonprofit joined Global Giving in October, and we are pleased to include Ayni Education International in the Safer World Fund. Ayni's project involves building a school for 3,700 Afghan girls and providing educational supplies for those students and teachers. Through Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, funds from the matching campaign are providing food and medical services to flood victims in Pakistan. Funds from the matching campaign will also support several projects under the Afghan Institute of Learning as well as a project that offers training in job skills for women in Afghanistan under Women for Women International.

Looking forward, we see many additional opportunities to invest in the lives of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please keep our projects in mind as you enjoy the holiday season and the new year ahead.

Dec 2, 2010

Project of the Month Update: December 2010

Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read
Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read

Thank you so much for helping Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers this past month!

Through the generosity of 50 people, we were able to raise $1,257 that will go to Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers run by Agros International. The Project of the Month funds will support the rural poor in the village of Villa Linda with loans and capital to expand their businesses, grow more crops, and work towards owning their own land.

We're pleased to announce that Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is the project of the month for December 2010.

Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is run by Women's Global Empowerment Fund and provides microloans and literacy training to women in Uganda.

The people of northern Uganda are recovering from a 20+ year brutal insurgency, where for over a decade 1.5+ million people lived in IDP camps, facing violence, poverty and hopelessness. This project provides microcredit loans and an eight month literacy training program to 95 women, many of whom are formerly abducted persons, child soldiers, sex slaves. All of the women in the program have suffered unimaginable violence and many missed the opportunity to receive a basic education.

Your donation will provide literacy training and microloans to women like Grace.

Grace was abducted and forced to live in the bush for over 8 years where she was repeatedly raped. She has three children. When she escaped two years ago, she returned only to be abandoned by her family and ostracized by her tribe. This is not uncommon for women who have been sexually assaulted; they not only carry the physical and emotional scars of their experience, but are then shunned and turned away from their family. Grace was invited to join an existing loan group, which provided her the necessary support and safety. Today, she is on her 4th loan cycle, her business as a fruit and produce vendor provides her the opportunity to send her children to school, experience increased economic activity, and food security.

If you give $50 or more this month, you'll get free handmade bead necklace.

As a part of our new Gifts for Good program, any donation of $50 or more to the Project of the Month Club during December 2010 is eligible to get a free handmade bead necklace.

Please spread the word about the Project of the Month Club.

If you know of someone who you think would enjoy joining the project of the month club, we encourage you to send them an email or share it on Facebook.

We'll be in touch next month to report on the impact we've made together and tell you about our next exciting Project of the Month. Until then, we welcome your feedback about the Project of the Month and this monthly report.

Thank you again for your support,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers
Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers

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Oct 31, 2010

Project of the Month Update: November 2010

Healthcare For Pregnant Women In Nicaragua
Healthcare For Pregnant Women In Nicaragua

Thank you so much for supporting Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua this past month!

Through the generosity of 43 people, we were able to raise $1069 that will go to support Healthcare For Pregnant Women In Nicaragua run by Susan Dix Lyons at Clinica Verde. This project is building a clinic for 1,500 high-risk pregnant women. They have started construction of the clinic and are now looking to raise the funds to purchase medical supplies and equipment. Susan has told us that our Project of the Month funds will allow her to purchase two fetal heart monitors for the clinic. On behalf of the hundreds of patients and babies that will benefit from having these, thank you!

We're pleased to announce that Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers is the project of the month for November 2010.

Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers is run by Agros International and supports the economic development of the village of Villa Linda, Guatemala.

Ten million Guatemalans live below the poverty line, earning less than $1 or $2 a day. Nine out of ten in Guatemalan farmers do not own enough land to feed their families. Trapped in a cycle of basic survival, they pay exorbitant rent for poor quality land or work for desperately low wages as migrant laborers. Agros restores hope for such families by helping the villages like Villa Linda purchase farmland, provide agricultural training, and much more. Families pay back the cost of the land, proudly earning right to its title.

Agros offers families the opportunity to earn land over time through the fruits of their own labor. This year they plan to start gardens, small animal husbandry projects, a community bank for small businesses, and training in natural medicine. The Agros model works to ensure economic, environmental, organizational, and social sustainability. Sustainability is not only key for the villagers, but for the long-term and integrated approach to address these issues in Guatemala.

Your donation will go to support the people of Villa Linda like Rosa.

Rosa is an enthusiastic member of the Agros Guatemalan community of Villa Linda, and has been a member of the Community Bank since it first began three years ago. Rosa has participated in many workshops and trainings to support her business endeavors and has especially benefited from meeting with members from other community banks in the region. Looking at the success of her two businesses raising chickens and pigs, one would not imagine that Rosa's first project resulted in thirty-five chickens that died of sickness. Now, Rosa is able to vaccinate her animals every three months and is proud to share that she has $134 in savings as a result of her hard work and dedication.

Please spread the word about the Project of the Month Club.

If you know of someone who you think would enjoy joining the project of the month club, we encourage you to send them an email or share it on Facebook.

We'll be in touch next month to report on the impact we've made together and tell you about our next exciting Project of the Month. Until then, we welcome your feedback about the Project of the Month and this monthly report..

Thank you again for your support,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Support Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers
Support Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

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