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Apr 3, 2014

One year later and community development!

Analyzing Root Causes
Analyzing Root Causes

Just one year ago a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook China. This GlobalGiving fund benefits those devastated by the disaster. The most devastating thing about this disaster are the numbers: 196 people were killed, 14,785 injured, 237,655 displaced and 2.1 million affected. 193,000 houses collapsed and 510,000 were severely damaged. This amount of damage, life-toll and devastation does not go away in just one year. These numbers should make it obvious why every donation you make is so impacting and so cherished! Thank you!

The organization that benefits from this GlobalGiving disaster relief fund is the Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S.H. and the funds are going to their project “Helps Community Rebuilding in Quake-Affected Ya’an” (13973). This project focuses on post-earthquake development, including psychological self-help and support services and building of community centers.

In their most recent report Xintu details the conference they held from March 1-3. The focus of the event was mental health of children, specifically after an earthquake. By the end of the workshop Xintu staff had facilitated five proposals for childhood mental health promotion. There were 46 participants from community organizations, government agencies, and local hospitals.

Discussions circled around analysing causes, future plans for promoting the importance of childhood mental health, and developing ways to measure the process. All the participants learned how to mobilize resources, find lasting solutions, and how to measure the success of the childhood mental health promotion. They also coordinated to define priorities with their stakeholders. The five proposals have been reviewed by local experts (hospital staff, governmental officials) and by Xintu staff who have mentioned potential to fund and implement the proposals in the next few months!

The need for directed community aid is pertinent to rebuilding after a disaster such as this one. Xintu does an amazing job reconstructing not just community centers but also the sense of community lost during a time of such destruction. Their input is fundamentally important to future community growth and development. Their work is saving lives both physically and mentally. Even though it is a year later the need to grow and build is still evident. It is through your donations that Ya’an is rebuilding! We would like to warmly thank you for your much needed help!

Rebuilt Ya
Rebuilt Ya'an at Night!
Collaboration at Xintu Workshop
Collaboration at Xintu Workshop
Presenter at the Workshop
Presenter at the Workshop
Mar 26, 2014

Thanks for helping Syria through the harsh winter!

Syrian kids back to their studies thanks to you!
Syrian kids back to their studies thanks to you!

Syria is wrapped up in a complicated, multifaceted, and often misunderstood conflict. While the situation currently appears relentless, we cannot forget about the thousands that are fleeing their homes in search of safety for their children and their families. It is your donations to this Syrian Refugee fund that get people the safety they need and deserve. Your generosity helps with building and upkeep of the life-saving refugee camps. Unfortunately, Syria and the whole region is facing a very cold and harsh winter, our partners have focused all their efforts on getting the refugees through the season and providing the basic necessities of life; like food, shelter, healthcare and education.

The organization Relief International, is trying to cover all areas with the donations they receive from this GlobalGiving fund. Throughout the conflict, RI has prioritized education and getting refugee children back in school. Through their accelerated learning program in Lebanon and Jordan, RI has already reached 8,000 children between the ages of 3 and 14. In Iraq 7,000 refugees live in the Dara Shakran camp, here RI operates a laboratory which examines water quality to ensure it is safe to drink. Also at this location they distribute sanitation and hygiene  packs, which have daily basic toiletry needs. Like I mentioned before it is an especially harsh winter in the Middle East and Relief International has responded by also distributing winterization kits to children in need. Relief International is just one of many benefitting from your donations!

The next organization doing great work because of you is actually inside the war-torn Syria and has saved millions of lives already. Doctors Without Borders works on the ground in crumbling hospitals and makeshift response stations in order to help civilian victims of war. With limited supplies and dangers of blasts and crossfire, Doctors Without Borders is still rescuing the most needy among us. Recently they shared a story of the premature baby Sedra. Sedra’s mother went into labor three months early and delivered twin girls in an insufficiently equipped and makeshift hospital in Syria. The facility had no incubators or medicines meant to treat premature babies, which is common in the war stricken state. Sedra made it past her first few hours of life, sadly her infant sister was lost soon after birth. Sedra and her mother were ambulanced in the middle of the night to the border where she was passed in a tiny bundle through barbed wire to awaiting medic hands. Sedra spent 24 days in an incubator, she has since recovered and is a healthy baby girl. This beautiful story of survival, even against many odds, is one of hundreds like it thanks to Doctors Without Borders and your generous donations through GlobalGiving.

World Food Program has the a clear cut mission, get food to the most needy among us. The Syrian refugee relief program is currently their biggest project,  feeding around 3.4 million people already. Along with Doctors Without Borders, WFP is one of the few organizations actually inside of Syria, most do their work in the refugee camps on the border where the dangers of war are not as evident. In-country, WFP distributes local staples like wheat flour, bulgur, lentils, and canned goods, they also give out specialized nutritional products called Plumpy’doz and Nutributter. These products give a malnourished child all the nutrients and vitamins his or her body needs for healthy development. Every month 100,000 Syrian children get this lifesaving tool thanks to your donation to this GlobalGiving fund. In the refugee camps, where there is enough food for everyone, but not everyone can afford it, World Food Program hands out vouchers to needy families. So far, WFP has given $100 million in food vouchers in Lebanon and Jordan; these are are accepted by local markets and vendors which thereby bolsters the local economy. World Food Program saves millions of lives, and by donating here, you have made that possible!

We at GlobalGiving want to extend our deepest thanks to you and your generous donation! Your donation gives a premature baby girl a chance at life, or feeds a malnourished refugee child, or just ensures that someone has clean drinking water. Without you this ongoing struggle would be insurmountable. For three years war has ravished Syria and its people, the international response has been a mess of politics and opinions, but it is your tiny voice that has been heard the loudest. Your donation is impacting the lives of thousands of needy families; some hundreds of miles from home, some separated during the journey, some devastated by lost loved ones. All humbly thankful towards your contribution, thank you for being their voice and saving a life.

Family Traveling to Refugee Camp
Family Traveling to Refugee Camp
World Food Program Kids with Food
World Food Program Kids with Food
Newborn in Syria
Newborn in Syria
Mar 19, 2014

Long-term Recovery In Progress!

Destruction in Moore
Destruction in Moore

In Moore, Oklahoma, the most destructive tornado of 2013 changed the lives of hundreds in a matter of minutes. 1.1 miles across at its widest, the disaster ripped through the community causing billions of dollars in damages and taking 25 lives. It’s times like this that bring a distraught community together to build a better future. This is exactly your donations are helping with, ensuring a bright future for the families whose homes were destroyed or whose loved ones were lost. GlobalGiving has teamed up with some amazing on-the-ground organizations who are serving those who lost everything. The two organizations are still building and working almost a year later. This dedication inspires us here at GlobalGiving! Here are just two examples of this inspirational dedication.

The first organization committed to helping those affected by the tornado is Do Your Part Inc. With the funds that they receive from GlobalGiving, Do Your Part has been able to buy and build fencing for peoples properties. These fences are vital to reestablishing animal pens which families use for their livelihood. Also, a small family of three was given a fresh start thanks to their new apartment which you helped fund! Thanks, for this family’s new beginnings and for countless others too!

The second organization which this GlobalGiving fund benefits is “Rebuild Moore -- Oklahoma Tornado Reconstruction” implemented by Architecture for Humanity. This project is hands on and absolutely committed to long term reconstruction. Right now their project is focused on creating lasting partnerships and building schools that will be safe in case of future such disasters. Two schools laid in the path of the Moore tornado and both were leveled to the ground.  Architecture for Humanity strives to build more tornado resistant buildings and they are teaming with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Oklahoma’s Office for Emergency management (OKOEM) to help them.

The partnership will work on long term reconstruction efforts and will empower members of the community to actively engage in their own recovery programs. One of these programs is the Safe Schools 101 initiative which trains local architects and engineers in assessing the the ability of schools to withstand tornados. They are trained to recognize if the buildings are not up to FEMA regulatory standards and how to remedy this. This program has been implemented all over the state of Oklahoma and it can be available nationwide if you sign up here!

Clearly there is still ongoing recovery efforts, even so many months after the disaster. While this disaster was tragic and devastated hundreds of lives, the support that you have provided has given people hope and the brightest future possible! GlobalGiving thanks you on behalf of all those affected by the Oklahoma Tornados!

Working to Rebuild
Working to Rebuild
Digging for a Fence
Digging for a Fence
 
   

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