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Oct 31, 2019

Celebrating the fruits of hard work

St. Thomas Recovery Team celebrates a new home
St. Thomas Recovery Team celebrates a new home

Our Island Spirit Fund partners have been hard at work! In the first half of this year, there were more than 39,496 labor and volunteer hours completed, 742 clients served, 87 homes or jobs completed, 75 community events held, and 414 trees planted.

Here’s what some of their hard work looks like:

  • Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands' partner We Grow Fund used grant funds to distributed trees to farmers on St. Thomas as part of a native tree restoration project. Thirty farmers received fruit trees to replace some of the thousands that were destroyed by hurricanes Maria and Irma. The trees will contribute to the farmers’ livelihoods and provide yummy fruit for the island with varieties including mango, soursop, avocado, guava, caimito, egg fruit, starfruit, dwarf coconut, lime, lemon, and three varieties of apple!
  • The St. Thomas Recovery Team has celebrated the completion of several home rebuild projects, complete with donated furniture and new home gardens for some of the families. In the image above, you can see the final ceremonial nail hammered into a rebuilt home by a new homeowner. These ceremonies are full of emotion: joy, relief, gratitude, and praise. The Island Spirit Fund has provided valuable funding for construction materials.

Our partners express that they often feel that their communities are isolated and their voices unheard. But through community and your support, they’re seeing lives throughout the islands are being impacted for the better and people’s wellbeing stabilized. In the words of Jay Rollins from the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, “We cannot express our gratitude enough and hope you will continue to stand with us in solidarity to build resilience!”

STRT celebrates a roof with a view
STRT celebrates a roof with a view
CFVI partner distributes fruit trees
CFVI partner distributes fruit trees
Oct 23, 2019

Two Months After Dorian, GlobalGiving Partners Are Still Hard At Work

Photo from Fishing for Families in Need, Inc
Photo from Fishing for Families in Need, Inc

Two months after Hurricane Dorian barrelled its way through the Bahamas and onto the banks of North Carolina, thousands of affected individuals are still living in shelters, with thousands of more evacuees displaced around the islands and the U.S. mainland. The GlobalGiving community has matched the storm’s intensity with a strong resolve for recoveryboth immediate and long-term.

We are extremely grateful for you and our community of more than 15,000 donors from 97 different countries. Between those who donated to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and those who donated directly to participating projects, you’ve contributed nearly $3 million in support of Hurricane Dorian relief! This week, we are disbursing grants to seven of our high-impact nonprofit partners who are working to address survivors’ needs in the aftermath of the most devastating storm to ever strike the Bahamas.

One of the greatest initial needs felt by victims was for basic supplies such as food, water, and health/hygiene items. Our partner Fishing for Families in Need, Inc. is addressing this issue, as well as stimulating the local market by purchasing all supplies from local vendors. They have already made deliveries to more than 2,000 individuals in Grand Bahama as well as to evacuees in Nassau. With additional funding, they will be working with Lend a Hand Bahamas, a local organization, to establish a long-term capacity to support impacted families.

Executive Director Nicholas C. Metropulos, shares their progress so far:

“We are truly inspired by the outpouring of generosity and we will be working tirelessly to further assist in this relief effort moving forward in these islands as well as with the thousands of evacuees currently in the capital city of Nassau. There is a long road ahead of us, but with your help, WE CAN make a substantial impact in the lives of thousands of Bahamians who have lost so much in the wake of this catastrophe.”

Additionally, our partner All Hands and Hearts has been hard at work ridding affected communities of debris, “mucking and gutting” homes and schools, and performing mold sanitation. During this time of recovery, they are serving up to 75 houses a month as well as working with local groups to clear and clean community spaces. In the following months, they will transition their work into making community structures more resilient.

Immediately following Dorian, first responders faced significant barriers in directing rescue and recovery efforts as a result of the lost communications and internet infrastructure. By installing and supporting internet connections, our partner NetHope, Inc. has enabled first responders to gather vital information on where the most crucial needs lie. With more funds we are issuing this week, NetHope, Inc. will be able to support connectivity to 41 sites, including clinics and other vital community service hubs, across the Bahamas for the next six months.

We are continuing to support our partners that are working tirelessly to offer continued support to the families and individuals that need it most. Thank you for being a part of the community of generous donors contributing to continued recovery and resilience-building.

Sincerely,

Donna + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Team Rubicon
Photo from Team Rubicon
Oct 10, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: October 2019

Photo from Women
Photo from Women's Technology Empowerment Centre

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great month of September! We had an exciting month welcoming 78 new nonprofits into the GlobalGiving community with the September Accelerator, a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that helps nonprofits take their fundraising to the next level.

On top of that, you and 544 other club members collectively raised $21,216 for the month of September in support of Fundacion Minga Valpo, a GlobalGiving partner based in Chile, and its Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood project. Your generosity allowed them to continue expanding their mission of promoting sustainable human development while providing support for vulnerable children and youth.

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) and its project created to Send 100 Girls to STEM Camp in Nigeria. W.TEC works to educate, to connect, and to empower Nigerian women through active engagement with information and communication technology via training, mentoring, and research.

Project Leader Oreoluwa Lesi wanted to express her gratitude to you and the other Project of the Month Club supporters for helping them empower young members of their community:

“When we received the email informing us that W.TEC's STEM Camp had been selected as Project of the Month, we honestly could not believe that such an honor had been bestowed on us. We want to thank the Club members for giving to W.TEC. This recognition has inspired us to do even more for the girls we work with, creating more opportunities for them to take their place as science and technology creators and leaders. 

This October, your donation is helping support W.TEC’s project aimed specifically at combating stereotypes and challenging the STEM gender divide by helping young women develop science, engineering, and technology skills as well as prepare for STEM careers. W.TEC achieves this goal by hosting two-week workshops that include a mixture of classes, workshops, presentations, and excursions all aimed at teaching 13-17-year-old girls how to develop useful technologies. 

Project Leader Oreoluwa is excited to reach even more young women with the help of your monthly gift:

“This year we launched a new STEM camp in Ilorin - Kwara State, which ran alongside three other existing camps. We found so many girls eager to learn more about science and technologymuch more than we could admit into the camps. Next year, this donation will enable us to accommodate even more girls to the camps.”

You can learn more about their work and achievements from their latest project report.

Thank you very much for your support and generosity. I look forward to sharing November’s Project of the Month with you.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
 
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