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Jan 3, 2011

Technology for Education Fund 2010 Summary

Dear Technology for Education Supporters,

2010 was a successful year for the Technology for Education Fund, with more than $12,000 raised via GlobalGiving to improve the quality of education for the Fund’s current beneficiaries.

Currently, there are three projects being supported by the Technology for Education Fund: one to provide mobile PC carts and their corresponding equipment to students in Egypt, being implemented by CARE; another that connects Haitian and US students via a wiki for unique learning and collaboration opportunities, run by the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation; and a third to provide PCs to students in India via CARE.

While the aggregate numbers and information are impressive, they don’t necessarily take enough notice of the people benefitting from these efforts.  So we’d like to share a portion of a recent update from the Mortel Family Charitable Trust’s work in Haiti.

In October 2010, when the Haitian school year began, the students of Palmyra Area School District in Pennsylvania began planning their wiki collaborative with the Les Bons Samaritains school in Haiti.  At their first meeting, a student member suggested using the Young Artists For Haiti song, “Wavin’ Flag” as the group’s theme song for the year. They felt the song captured the pride and perseverance of the Haitian students with which they’d interacted despite continued adversity in Haiti.  The refrain of the song summarizes the message far more succinctly:

When I get older, I will be stronger.

They’ll call me freedom just like a wavin’ flag.

Thanks to your continued support, students in Egypt, Haiti, and India will all be stronger when they get older because of the education they are able to receive today.

Happy New Year!

The GlobalGiving Team

Dec 31, 2010

Project of the Month Update: January 2011

Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read
Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read

Thank you so much for helping Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read this past month!

Through the generosity of 88 people, we were able to raise $2,319 that will go to Help 190 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read run by Women's Global Empowerment Fund. Eagle eyed readers will notice that when we picked this project last month it was named "Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read". Thanks to your generosity, we've provided enough funds to educate 50 women and prompted the project to increase their capacity to help even more women!

When we told Karen Sugar, the project leader, about the generous donations from the Club, she said that these funds will enable 50 women to "participate in our literacy program two times per week for 8 months. Giving women the opportunity to learn to read and write allows them to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families."

As the New Year starts, we're pleased to announce that Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women is the project of the month for January 2011.

Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women is run by Hagar USA and serves trafficked and abused women in Cambodia and Vietnam by providing holistic recovery services, such as residential care, trauma counseling, legal support, literacy education, and employment.

Increasing numbers of women in Vietnam and Cambodia are trafficked for sex or labor or suffer domestic abuse. These women typically come from poor families, with little or no education. They have few opportunities for safe and dignified employment. Sadly, the children of these women also become increasingly vulnerable and susceptible to abuse, themselves.

This project provides rehabilitation services, job readiness, and vocational training. Then, survivors will be supported as they reintegrate to society, hold their first jobs, and move from transitional housing to independent living.

Your donation will provide support to women like Trang.

Trang, a Vietnamese trafficking survivor, received assistance from this project. As a result, she says, "I feel more self-confident and strong now. And, I possess a value that is respected by others. I have the right to decide for myself what I can do, and what I want to do... to live a life without fear."

The funds raised this month will help women like Trang start the New Year with new opportunities for freedom, safety, and employment.

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

Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women
Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women


Dec 23, 2010

Girl Effect Update, December 2010

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

Since we began facilitating the Girl Effect’s online fundraising, more than 8,500 donors like you have directed nearly $500,000 of much-needed funding to girls around the world. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to share one girl’s story with you.

Meet Linet Nyanchama. At the age of 14, she began visiting a safe space in Nairobi, Kenya, thanks to the vital support of Carolina for Kibera. While many of her peers were at risk of being married at a young age, suffering early pregnancy complications, or contracting HIV/AIDS, Linet stayed in school and continued her education. Now 21, she works as a peer educator who facilitates girl-led discussion groups about reproductive health in her community.

According to Linet, “This project has seen me through school and is paying for my college education. And they have offered me a job.” She proudly earns a salary of 9,000 Kenya shillings – a dream to most Kibera residents. “I wish that the world could encourage more girls to realize their dreams.”

On behalf of girls like Linet, we’d like to thank you for your donation and support. The clock is ticking for 600 million girls in the developing world, and thanks to girl champions like you more girls are breaking the cycle of poverty and reaching their full potential. 

If you’ve got any last-minute holiday gifts to purchase, there’s still time to make a donation to the Girl Effect in honor of your friends and loved ones using our print-at-home and email tribute cards.

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team

PS - If you haven’t seen the newest addition to the Girl Effect video family, be sure to check out The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking.

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