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.

Dec 7, 2010

December 2010 Update for the Safer World Fund

Thanks to everyone who participated in the matching campaign for the Safer World Fund this fall! The matching funds disappeared in record time, and your contributions are now improving the lives of women, men and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A new nonprofit joined Global Giving in October, and we are pleased to include Ayni Education International in the Safer World Fund. Ayni's project involves building a school for 3,700 Afghan girls and providing educational supplies for those students and teachers. Through Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, funds from the matching campaign are providing food and medical services to flood victims in Pakistan. Funds from the matching campaign will also support several projects under the Afghan Institute of Learning as well as a project that offers training in job skills for women in Afghanistan under Women for Women International.

Looking forward, we see many additional opportunities to invest in the lives of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Please keep our projects in mind as you enjoy the holiday season and the new year ahead.

Dec 2, 2010

Project of the Month Update: December 2010

Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read
Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read

Thank you so much for helping Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers this past month!

Through the generosity of 50 people, we were able to raise $1,257 that will go to Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers run by Agros International. The Project of the Month funds will support the rural poor in the village of Villa Linda with loans and capital to expand their businesses, grow more crops, and work towards owning their own land.

We're pleased to announce that Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is the project of the month for December 2010.

Help 95 Women In Northern Uganda Learn To Read is run by Women's Global Empowerment Fund and provides microloans and literacy training to women in Uganda.

The people of northern Uganda are recovering from a 20+ year brutal insurgency, where for over a decade 1.5+ million people lived in IDP camps, facing violence, poverty and hopelessness. This project provides microcredit loans and an eight month literacy training program to 95 women, many of whom are formerly abducted persons, child soldiers, sex slaves. All of the women in the program have suffered unimaginable violence and many missed the opportunity to receive a basic education.

Your donation will provide literacy training and microloans to women like Grace.

Grace was abducted and forced to live in the bush for over 8 years where she was repeatedly raped. She has three children. When she escaped two years ago, she returned only to be abandoned by her family and ostracized by her tribe. This is not uncommon for women who have been sexually assaulted; they not only carry the physical and emotional scars of their experience, but are then shunned and turned away from their family. Grace was invited to join an existing loan group, which provided her the necessary support and safety. Today, she is on her 4th loan cycle, her business as a fruit and produce vendor provides her the opportunity to send her children to school, experience increased economic activity, and food security.

If you give $50 or more this month, you'll get free handmade bead necklace.

As a part of our new Gifts for Good program, any donation of $50 or more to the Project of the Month Club during December 2010 is eligible to get a free handmade bead necklace.

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

Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers
Support Sustainability For Guatemalan Farmers

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