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Jun 10, 2010

Girl Effect Update, June 2010

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

Thanks to your continued generosity, The Girl Effect Fund has raised more than $230,000 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’s a few ways that your investments in the world’s girls are paying off:

From mentoring to monetary stability in Bangladesh and Tanzania... In Bangladesh, BRAC’s girls’ clubs provide classes on topics from financial literacy to job training, are fueling girls’ futures by creating pathways to financial stability. So far, • 50 adolescent girls clubs are up and running; • 50 teenage leaders have been trained to mentor the girls; and, • about 2,000 girls have become active members in the program’s classes.

All 20 of BRAC’s clubs in Tanzania are in operation, serving about 580 girls. Starting in February 2010, the program began offering income generation courses which provide financial lessons the girls use when they take out microcredit loans to start their own businesses.

From facing abuse alone to standing with others in Pakistan... The Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund is a program of Equality Now that supports and publicizes strategically selected legal cases that represent the most common and significant human rights abuses of adolescent girls.

The campaign is currently assisting a girl in Pakistan with court proceedings related to brutal incest by her father. Encouraged by her mother and her mother’s family, the case began despite police attempts to discourage it. Despite a long, slow trial ahead of her, the girl is now living with her mother and her mother’s siblings and has just finished her 9th grade board exams. Equality Now plans to visit Pakistan to help provide support.

Turning basic science supplies to science stars in Uganda... At the end of 2009, the Harambee Center outfitted the St. Andrew’s Secondary School’s physics lab—which serves 200 girls—with 25 tables, 50 stools, and chemicals and tools required for studies related to the Uganda National Examinations.

Two of the students, Margret and Prossy, explain that this equipment has meant getting “more practice…more confidence, and…more morale.” Overall, the girls say, “We thank our generous donors for their continued support!”

Thank you for investing in The Girl Effect. We’ll be in touch soon with more updates on how you are helping change the world by changing the lives of girls.

Sincerely, The GlobalGiving Team

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.

 
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