The main troubles faced by disaster relief efforts is bolstering support after immediate issues are alleviated. That is why this GlobalGiving fund exists! To make sure that relief efforts extend to be sustainable and lasting! The need in Thailand arose after a particularly bad rainy season in 2011. Our partners at Foundation for Life are dedicated to not only supplying relief efforts after a disaster but also extending resources to make people self-sufficient. In their most recent report they emphasize the need for funds and more importantly the need for education.
In the Bangkok Childrens Hospital Foundation for life distributed blankets and gave kids toys during the holiday seasons! These simple gestures help so much with moral and is a great way to help people grow and move forward. Involvement in the childrens hospital is only one way that Foundation for Life bolsters growth and encourages sustainability. In the hilltribes of Thailand, people living in the Samerng Forest were lucky to get some hands on training from the Foundation.
Typically, in this particular area, Foundation for Life would typically donate winter caps to thwart the winter cold. This year, instead, they offered training sessions on how to craft the caps themselves. The response was outrageously positive and the Foundation launched a three-day intensive knitting class for local communities. The needles and yarn were donated by Foundation for life! One particular learner, named Chako had this to say about her experience, “Thank you, Foundation for Life, for teaching me how to knit. I can now put this new skill to good use!” Chako intends to use her new skills to earn a little extra income to help with the expense of her ailing grandfather!
Foundation for Life works to create sustainable and self-sufficient populace after a disaster situation. This effort creates community members not focused on outside resources but instead focused on how they can sustain their future independently. With added skillsets and learning, community members ensure their survival when the next disaster or flood inevitably hits. Thank you, from GlobalGiving for investing in a sustainable future for Thai communities and a sustainable future for us all!
Greetings GlobalGivers! Amazing news! One of our partner projects for this disaster fund has completed their project! Our partners over at Kids In Distressed Situations (KIDS) has finished up their relief efforts after raising some $20 million in relief funds! Congratulations and amazing work! Our other incredible partner, Architecture for Humanity, is utterly dedicated to rebuilding! They are still striving in needy areas to help any in need that they can!
As you may or may not remember from our past updates, Architecture for Humanity is building a school! They are repairing a heavily damaged school in Ocean City, New Jersey. Toms River Regional School North is the largest of three high schools in the area serving 2,400 children. The majority of students at Tom River North participate in some kind of inter or intramural sport. This shows why rebuilding sports facilities and school grounds is so important. Both students and administration emphasized their desire to get all school back to normal! However, Architecture for Humanity strives to make things BETTER than they were before!
Recently the Architecture for Humanity hosted their second community meeting at Tom River North to discuss the new ideas and plans and receive feedback from community members. Their pro-bono architect, Craig Brearley, presented on his updated stadium entrance design. He was met with enthusiastic and constructive advice from attending students and community members. Also present was the school districts very own TV-21 crew! This is a television station and radio station which is run by journalist and broadcast students in the school district. The TV-21 crew spent the day interviewing the design team and they recorded their results in a short video, which has been attached here!
The fact that there is still a need to rebuild even simple infrastructure projects shows that your help is still needed! Your neighbors on the East coast were deeply affected by the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The most lasting damages are obviously the mental and emotional drains caused by loss of life and property. But there is so much hope! One of our partners raised millions in supportive funds, the other promises to strive on until all is not repaired AND better than before. GlobalGiving thanks you so much for your generous donations to these awesome organizations!
Dear Project of the Month Club,
Now that the cherry blossoms have fallen and left their beautiful mark on Washington, DC, I’d like to take the time to update you on the lives and projects your generous contributions allow to bloom.
In April, the 180 members of this club raised $5,874 for “Hope For Begging Talibé Children, St-Louis Senegal” run by Maison de La Gare. Your incredible donation was the catalyst for the expansion of Maison de La Gare’s dormitory which provides a safe home for boys begging on the street. Project Leader, Rod LeRoy, told us, “we were thrilled with your news of the Project of the Month; this extra money is just what we need to kick-start our project for a home for talibé children in crisis and in transition.” In addition to the construction project, these funds will clothe, feed, educate and give hope to over 350 Senegalese talibé children.
May’s project is “Help Save Victimized Wildlife” run by Wildlife Alliance. This project runs a world class rehabilitation center for injured or malnourished animals in Cambodia. Wildlife Alliance’s past successes include: fitting the first ever pachyderm prosthetic on Chhouk, a baby elephant, educating hundreds of Cambodian school children about their fragile ecosystem and how to protect it, and helping bring the indigenous slow loris back from the brink of extinction. We can’t wait to hear how Wildlife Alliance will use your gift.
We are consistently impressed to see the impact a few, dedicated individuals can make from across the globe. Thank you for your continued generosity and compassion; we couldn’t do it without you. Keep an eye out for another club update in June!
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team