Aug 2, 2010

Project of the Month Update: August 2010

Dear Project of the Month-ers,

Here’s what you’ve been up to:

July 2010 donations: $720 from 31 members Where it went: Support Amputee Soccer in Sierra Leone

In just one month, you provided the following for amputee soccer players: • One set of forearm crutches; • Education or a micro credit loan for two amputees; • Three uniforms; • Two soccer balls; and, • Two pairs of protective gloves to use with the forearm crutches.

This means that you have: • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem of amputees; • Improved the health of amputees; • Provided opportunities for economic self-sufficiency for amputees; • Fostered peace and rebuilding in Sierra Leone following years of devastating war; and, • Helped increase the acceptance of amputees in their society.

Thanks for making all that possible!

And what until you see what’s in store for August, when you support: Restore Eye Sights to 500 Bangladeshis

Blindness is widespread in Gaibandha district in Bangladesh, where people are very poor. Karmirhath endeavors to provide surgery to correct cataracts and has already completed 40 operations and hope to do many more.

The impact is immense. The people who regain their eyesight become immediately productive, with one man reporting, “I am now able to go back to my profession of tailoring and earn livelihood for my family.” Then there are the psychological gains for the patients and their families. One patient saw his two-years-old grandson for the first time thanks to the surgery,

Great!

We’ll be in touch next month to let you know how your participation in Project of the Month made a difference in Bangladesh.

Sincerely, Mari

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Jul 1, 2010

Project of the Month Update: July 2010

Dear Project of the Month-ers,

Here’s what Project of the Month has been up to:

June 2010 donations: $700 from 29 members Where it went: A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

In just one month, you provided more than: • Three solar lighting units for a student to study during evening hours; • Training for three people on repair and maintenance of solar units and three sets of tools for local repair and maintenance service centers; and, • Three households with a set (2 lamps and 1 solar panel) of solar lighting.

This means that you have: • Reduced fire hazards and environmental pollution-->improvement in quality of life and health (especially of children and women). • Provided better studying conditions and an increase in evening economic activity, not to mention a reduction in dependence on imported kerosene-->economic growth; and, • Helped reduce global warming-->a healthier earth.

Awesome. Thanks for being a part of this.

Next month's project:

Got World Cup fever? So do we! That’s why in July, Project of the Month will be supporting the project: Support Amputee Soccer in Sierra Leone.

The use of amputations as a weapon of fear and intimidation was a common practice during the 10 year civil war in Sierra Leone. Amputees live alarmingly below the poverty line and are forced to live as outcasts.

Amputee soccer is reversing the negative perception of amputee victims. Their success as athletes has transformed them from social outcasts to victors.

Score!

We’ll be in touch next month to let you know how Project of the Month made a difference for amputee athletes in Sierra Leone.

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Jun 11, 2010

June 2010 Update for the Safer World Fund

Thanks to the 247 Safer World Fund donors who have helped girls in Afghanistan go to school, women in Afghanistan learn new skills, people in the earthquake regions of Pakistan receive much-needed medical care, and much more. More than 3500 additional donors made contributions to individual funds within the Safer World Fund. The matching funds are gone for now, but those dollars are now just where we want them -- helping the children and adults of Afghanistan and Pakistan obtain education, health care, and opportunities to live their lives with dignity. What a terrific investment!

 
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