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Sep 3, 2009

The Technology for Education Fund's First Project is Up and Running

Students Studying in Egypt
Students Studying in Egypt

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your generosity towards the Technology for Education Fund! The Fund has gotten off to a successful start, with the first $50,000 donated by Intel supporting a new program through CARE Egypt. CARE will be implementing computer carts with 500 Intel-powered classmate PCs in twenty schools, which will be used for classroom instruction and after school extra-curricular activities, reaching roughly 13,000 students in total, more than half of whom are girls. Additional funds raised will allow CARE to expand this project and launch similar efforts in other developing countries around the world.

And as of this week, donations to the Technology for Education Fund will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar by Intel up to $15,000 (through December 31, 2009 or until funds are depleted). Donations in this time period will benefit additional projects by CARE, the details of which are being finalized right now. The additional funds will be also be used to enhance the quality of education in developing countries with the use of technology. Stay tuned for further updates on how and in what location these funds will be used.

Thanks again for all your support!

The Technology for Education Fund

CARE Egypt Student
CARE Egypt Student
May 23, 2009

Girl Effect Updates from the Field, May 2009

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

Thank you for all of your help in making the Girl Effect the huge success that it has become! To date, the viral nature of this incredible topic and supporting video has helped raise more than $87,000 from more than 1,700 donations. Over the course of many months, the Girl Effect Fund has consistently received one of the largest numbers of unique donations of any project on the GlobalGiving site. We are proud to be a part of such an impactful and meaningful campaign, and want to thank you for your continued support.

With ten projects currently being supported by the Girl Effect Fund, there is a lot of great work to report on. The Fund is currently supporting projects run by BRAC USA, Carolina for Kibera, Inc., Equality Now, Fundacion Paraguaya, the Going to School Fund, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, and Technoserve. Here are some of the highlights from these projects’ most recent updates from the field:

• BRAC opened 4 adolescent clubs in Tanzania, where 100 girls can safely gather and discuss issues that are important to them with each other and with their mentors. • One woman near Nairobi was trained by TechnoServe and won a number of their competitions for seed funding. She lost her parents at a young age, and was working in a clothing factory to support her siblings and herself. Thanks to the training that she received, she now runs her own business in one of the local markets and has an employee. She now teaches other community members how to build their own businesses and do their own accounting. • Save the Children’s project staff will be working with a minimum of 5,000 girls and the financial sector in Bangladesh to develop safer savings and investment options for the girls. The project will explore both individual and group savings and investment mechanisms. • At the end of November, Carolina for Kibera, Inc. held its annual “CFK Day” in Kibera, with more than 5,000 youths in attendance. In a day of fun that went from 7am until 9pm, many of the youths participated in a community forum, a talent show, sports contests, and an award ceremony for emerging young leaders within the community. • The Going to School Fund is supporting a multimedia campaign - 13 movies, 50 books & 15 part radio series to inspire young people from underprivileged backgrounds to choose to become entrepreneurs to solve the social, economic and environmental problems they face in their lives. Attached here is one of the animation videos of the campaign.

Thank you for your support of all this wonderful work! We are very proud of the amazing work our partners on the ground are able to accomplish with the help of your continued, generous contributions.

Sincerely, The GlobalGiving Team


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Mar 26, 2008

Update on Cyclone Fund

Dear donors,

Thank you for your generous support for the victims of Cyclone Sidr. The funds raised by this project were given to the project, Send Disaster Relief to Bangladesh Cyclone Victims, run by project partner IDEX.

Below is the text of their March 2008 update. You can also view the project at www.globalgiving.com/1904

Again thanks for your support!

March 2008 Update

Cyclone floodwaters submerged more than fifty percent of the country under water in 2007. The high amount of rain in Bangladesh caused sudden over flow of water across all rivers, and specifically, paddy lands. Transport among cities also stopped in many part of the country.

In addition, water submerged all residential areas, slums and roads around Chittagong and entered in to many parts of the city including OWDEB’s office, training room etc.

OWDEB evaluated the immediate needs of their group members and provided them with food staples such as, dry food, potatoes, rice, pulses, salt, and cooking oil.

IDEX received more details from our partners in Bangladesh. The situation in Bangladesh is still dire with many people needing urgent assistance.

 
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