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Oct 1, 2010

Project of the Month Update: October 2010

Provide Technology for Haitian Students
Provide Technology for Haitian Students

Hi Project of the Month Club Members,

Thank you for another amazing month. Together we raised $1,040 from 40 people to support Provide Technology For Haitian Students during the month of September. With these funds, they will be able to purchase a computer for the computer lab, provide an internet connection for that computer, and train the teachers on how to effectively utilize technology in their lesson plans. When we told Jeff, the project leader, about the good news he said, "My school year was off to a good start, but now it is off to a great start! Our kids in Haiti and Palmyra will be thrilled!."

During the month of October, your donation will be supporting Healthcare For Pregnant Women In Nicaragua run by Susan Dix Lyons at Clinica Verde. This is an amazing project that is working to build an environmentally sustainable health clinic that will provide healthcare to 1,500 high-risk pregnant women and 4,000 children in Nicaragua annually.

Susan has raised enough funds to complete construction of the clinic, but she still needs funds to outfit the clinic with supplies and medical equipment.

This is where we come in. The Project of the Month Club donations will purchase vital medical equipment and supplies that the clinic needs to provide healthcare to women and children in the area. Specifically, our donations will fund the purchase of two fetal heart monitors ($500 each). Susan tells us that they need to purchase a total of six heart monitors, so any additional funds that we can this month will go towards the four remaining fetal heart monitors.

She's noted that once completed, the clinic will collect rainwater in a cistern to assist with daily water needs. It seems appropriate that despite record rainfall during the month of August, they are on track to complete construction in November.

To celebrate and recognize the impact that you are making, Susan has told us that anyone who gives $100 or more this month can have their name etched onto a brick that will appear in the walkway to entrance of the clinic. If you are interested in taking advantage of this, you can make a one-time donation to the Project of the Month club to bring your monthly total up to $100 for this month.

As always, 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 cover the impact we've made together and tell you about our next exciting Project of the Month. Until then, please let us know what you think about this report and the Project of the Month.

Sincerely,
Mari

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

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Sep 11, 2010

1-for-1 Match for the Safer World Fund!

We are thrilled to offer a 1-for-1 match for all donations up to $2500 starting on September 11, 2010, until the matching funds are gone. Donations to the Safer World Fund or any of the projects it comprises will be matched. In addition, we have decided to focus on projects that specifically target education and/or healthcare for women and girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After reading Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, we are even more convinced that providing opportunities for women and girls to acquire education and receive healthcare will lead to a brighter future for people in those two countries.

We have also included a couple of projects that provide support to people suffering from the aftermath of the floods in Pakistan because we believe that the response to that disaster has not been as strong as the responses to other recent natural disasters.

Please help us support the highly effective projects in the Safer World Fund, and take advantage of the 1-for-1 match while it lasts.

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

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