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Jun 2, 2010

Project of the Month Update: June 2010

Thank you for joining GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month Club. You’re part of a special group of founding members of the club and we appreciate your commitment to this exciting new initiative!

Together, as the club grows, you—along with the club’s other members—will be creating a windfall donation each month to a high-impact project chosen because of its ability to make a real difference with the funds generated.

Here’s how you made a difference last month…

Last month’s Project of the Month: Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation—Sierra Leone Last month, The Project of the Month Club’s 15 members provided $350 in funding for Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation—Sierra Leone.

That gift provided enough funds for 3 girls to go to school for one year, and to throw in school supplies for 30 more girls.

This is an exceptionally high impact gift, because in Sierra Leone, school is far from a certainty for all children, but it’s especially uncertain for girls. By secondary school, girls’ attendance rates drop to only 19 percent.

And yet, educating a girl is one of the best investments you can make for the economic stability of families, communities and countries.

It is estimated that each year of secondary schooling a woman has prevents two maternal deaths per 1,000 women and increases the likelihood that her children will remain in school for up to half a year.

This month, your Project of the Month gift helped contribute to increasing the odds for at least 3 girls in Sierra Leone, the impact of which will continue for generations.

But don’t take our word for it. Below is a link to a video by Thomasia Smith, a Sierra Leonian girl helped by the Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation project, explaining in her own words what access to education has meant to her.

Thank you, Project of the Month Club, for helping change the lives of young women in Sierra Leone!

And now, for the next little earth changing idea you’re supporting…

This months’ Project of the Month: A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal. This is an exciting, new, innovative project that is using an environmental intervention—replacing kerosene lamps with solar lighting—to positively impact not only the environment, but health, safety, and economic growth on the community and national level.

Read more about this project at the link below, and we’ll let you know next month more about how you and your fellow members of Project of the Month made a difference!

Thank you for your ongoing support and membership in Project of the Month, where you are truly making a world of difference.

Sincerely, Mari

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Mar 15, 2010

Progress in Haiti and rebuilding projects

Two months after the earthquake that killed as many as 200,000 people in Haiti, GlobalGiving’s 17 partner organizations continue to make a meaningful impact on the ground. - The Lambi Fund has already sent cash disbursements to 43 different community organizations throughout rural Haiti to purchase food, clothing, medicine, and other essential supplies for the thousands of displaced persons who returned to the rural communities following the earthquake, also helping to fuel the local economy. - RedR is providing vital training to aid workers, particularly focusing on effective distribution and warehousing, as well as courses on how to manage people and projects in emergency situations. - Comprehensive Disaster Response Services is seeing between 300 to 800 patients daily and is assisting in the establishment of a new tent village for families with small children. - Within three weeks of the earthquake, Partners in Health sent 66 planeloads to Haiti with more than 235 medical volunteers – orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses and other medical professionals – and roughly 100,000 lbs of medical supplies to support the large network of local health care providers already working in the country. As the focus of the work in Haiti begins to shift from relief to recovery, you can support some of the long-term rebuilding efforts that GlobalGiving’s partners are carrying out at: http://www.globalgiving.org/haiti-recovery/. As an added bonus, GlobalGiving is MATCHING at 30% online donations up to $1000 per person made to any of these projects on TUESDAY, MARCH 16. Thank you again for your amazing support for these relief efforts on the ground.

Feb 1, 2010

Implementation Going well in Egypt

Dear Supporters,

Thanks to your generosity, the Technology for Education Fund has helped CARE Egypt deploy 500 classmate PCs by purchasing 20 mobile charging carts, 20 teacher laptops, and providing technology training for over 100 teachers across 20 schools. Five Intel volunteers, working as part of the Intel Education Service Corps, traveled to Egypt in December 2009 to help install the PCs and provide the teacher training. Susan Faulkner wrote about it in a recent blog post, the link for which you can see below:

"I got to know the positive spirit of Egyptians working as part of a team of five Intel Education Service Corps volunteers. We have completed the field work phase in Egypt of a two-month service program. Max Alt, Dina Ghobashy, Ali Rabbani, Leroy Tripette and I worked with our partner NGO (non-governmental organization), CARE Egypt, for a little over two weeks in rural villages deploying 500 Intel-powered classmate PCs in 20 schools. The Intel-powered classmate PCs had been donated to Egypt’s Ministry of Education, and the Ministry generously allocated them to CARE for this program. These classmate PCs (CMPCs) will benefit 13,000 students, over 56% of whom are girls. CARE places special emphasis on investing in girls because their empowerment benefits whole communities."

With your continued support, CARE is preparing to launch a similar project in India, where it will be able to further promote the effective use of technology in education.

Thanks, as always, and we'll be back in touch with an update on India in the months ahead.

Best regards,

The Technology for Education Fund

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