It has been three months since the 7.8M earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal. There have been hundreds of aftershocks since then, and more than 600,000 homes were destroyed. Your donation is already helping to provide relief to millions people still in need of humanitarian assistance, as well as helping countless others to begin to rebuild after the earthquake.
In the last two months, an additional 28 organizations have received relief or recovery funds from GlobalGiving donors. A description of these organizations and how you’re supporting their efforts are below:
GlobalGiving staff will be on the ground next month to check on the progress of these grants and bring you stories from those your donation is impacting. We’d love to hear from you what questions you’d like us to ask while we’re there. And, as always, thank you for your generosity.
Each summer Thailand experiences flooding brought on by seasonal monsoons. In the summer of 2011 those floods became particularly damaging as the already heavy rainfall collided with tropical storm Nock-ten to create one of Thailand’s worst cases of flooding in terms of the amount of water and number of people affected.
GlobalGiving provides support in the wake of the 2011 flooding through the Thailand Flood Relief Fund, which has enabled a number of local nonprofits to address the immediate needs of survivors and begin the process of rebuilding. GlobalGiving donors like you have already contributed to several projects such as Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centre put on by the DARE Network which helped to get their addiction treatment centres back up and running as well as A Global Friendship’s Help Bring Our Thai Artisans to Safety which was able to aid 12 artisan families in reopening their businesses.
Though all but one of the projects receiving support from GlobalGiving’s Thailand Flood Relief Fund have reached their funding goals and/or completed their projects, flooding continues to affect Thailand’s climate each year. GlobalGiving also continues to support those relief efforts. As the summer months press on, Thailand enters yet another season of monsoons that will continue to cause setbacks for residents, businesses and infrastructure.
Foundation for Life addresses these year to year challenges through one of the Thailand Flood Relief Fund’s ongoing projects. Their Blanket Them with Love project has evolved since 2011 from its original objective of supplying emergency packs. The project now provides clothing and blankets for those in Thailand affected by the cold weather that follows the monsoon season. Well into 2015, the Blanket Them with Love project still serves over 1,500 families in preparation for cold weather and 10 families in repairs to homes damaged back in 2011.
As relief efforts in Thailand picked up after the 2011 monsoon season, the Foundation for Life team realized they could fill a gap in relief efforts by providing knitted items of clothing and blankets to families facing cold weather. With over $30,000 in donations since its inception, the Blanket Them with Love project has learned to identify local needs and evolve to support those demands, building a global network of donors and knitters in the process. Most recently, the Blanket Them With Love Project has begun efforts to teach knitting classes using locally sourced materials. Their current knitters, near and far, hope to increase the production of knitwear and tap into a larger network of supporters for Foundation for Life through knitting instruction.
Foundation for Life is just $9,000 away from their overall fundraising goal of $40,000! Your support has been essential in helping their families recover from the 2011 floods, and can continue to provide assistance today! Consider making a donation to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund or the Blanket Them with Love Project!
Dear Project of the Month Club,
It’s officially summer, so it’s no surprise that things are heating up around these parts. We just welcomed more than 70 brand-new, high-impact nonprofits — working on everything from education for children with autism in Venezuela to providing solar lamps to bring indoor lighting to villages in Liberia — to the GlobalGiving community through last month’s Open Challenge. Today, though, I’m most interested in sharing the story of an organization working to break the cycle of poverty for girls in Kenya.
Before I share that story, let’s look at what you and fellow Project of the Month Club members accomplished in June: 202 of you gave a total of $6,450 to support Awamaki’s Empowering Women Through Design In Rural Peru project. Your donation will be helping Awamaki provide further training and support to their artisans so that they can expand the markets for their products.
In July, your monthly donation will support Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project, which rescues destitute girls and offers counseling and training in lifeskills, vocational skills and business, in order to equip girls to improve standards of living for them, their families, and communities. Fittingly, they call this program “Seed of Hope”.
Vision Africa’s project leader Kirsty McLullich had this to say when she was informed about her project’s selection this month:
"We are excited to be nominated as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for July 2015. Having partnered with GlobalGiving since 2009 we have seen the real difference that donations from this site can make to the disadvantaged girls who benefit from our training centres. On behalf of the staff and students at Seed of Hope, thank you to every member of The Project of the Month Club for supporting our work to empower girls for an independent future."
"At Vision Africa we believe in Value For Money. We ensure that every donation is wisely spent to make the maximum impact. A donation of $6,500 to Seed of Hope could be used in many ways. One example is that it could fund a feeding programme for 140 students for a full academic year. The feeding programme provides students with a nutritious meal each day they are in school. In a recent poll of 116 students:
This underlines the importance of the feeding programme as part of our holistic training programme for disadvantaged young people."
Feeding 140 students for an entire year? That’s the kind of life-changing impact you’re able to make each month, and I’m just as thankful as Kirsty and Vision Africa are for your continued support of the Project of the Month Club.
Warmly, Mari + the GlobalGiving Team