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Jun 2, 2014

Project of the Month Update: June 2014

Help Save Victimized Wildlife
Help Save Victimized Wildlife

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Summer is fast approaching and, in America, schools are letting out, pools are being uncovered and the backyard grills are firing up. As you make plans for playing at the beach or for visiting with family, your Project of the Month donations are still hard at work.

In May, the 177 members of this club raised $5,824 for “Help Save Victimized Wildlife” run by Wildlife Alliance. This project runs a world class rehabilitation center for injured or malnourished animals in Cambodia. Last year, 112 animals were born at the center and are being cared for by Wildlife Alliance staff but the majority of your Project of the Month gift will go toward caring for the center’s newest rescues as they often require round the clock care. The most recent arrivals include a leopard cat kitten that was rescued last month, and an infant pygmy slow loris that was brought to the center last week. (The infant pygmy slow loris is only 3.5 inches tall!)

June’s project is “Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda” run by Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH). AAH’s primary school for girls scores in the top 1% of schools nationwide, and has a 100% graduation rate. AAH also runs two health clinics that serve over 20,000 Ugandan’s per year. Your generous donations will go to advancing AAH’s goal of ending the crushing cycle of extreme poverty by funding girls mentoring projects, buying school books, providing tutoring opportunities, and supplying internships to teach job skills.

So, as you take some time for yourself this summer, remember the impact your gifts continue to do all around the world and we hope you feel good about making a difference in the lives of others. Be on the look out for another club update in July!

Warmly,

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Infant Slow Loris
Infant Slow Loris
Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda
Empowering Youth in Rural Uganda
May 29, 2014

Educating Girls Provides Endless Opportunities

Sughar Hub
Sughar Hub

Violence against girls seeking an education has recently been brought to the world stage. Last month, more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from school by a terrorist organization called Boko Haram, and earlier this year Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school girl who was shot for pursuing an education, made the cover of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People of 2013" issue. It is becoming increasingly apparent to the western world that girls will overcome any obstacle to educate themselves if given the opportunity.

As you know, The Safer World Fund supports a number of nonprofits that strive every day to encourage advances in health, education, and training for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially women and girls. Investing in girls will help open opportunities for communities to live in peace and fulfillment. An educated woman teaches her sons to love educated girls. Check out these amazing stories and updates from the nonprofits benefiting from your generous donations:

“On a recent visit in the villages of Thatta where Sughar operates, it warmed my heart to see the way women interacted more freely, more powerfully and more joyously about their lives and their needs. The “man-free” space of this “Hub” has given them the liberty, for at least a few hours, to gossip, laugh, and whisper to each other about things they otherwise wouldn’t talk about.” -Khalida Brohi, Founder/Executive Director of Sughar.

Fariba is a 30-year old mother. She could not go to school as a child because she was a refugee during the war. She enrolled in one of the Afghan Institute of Learnning’s mobile literacy courses and is close to graduating from the class. She says, “I can read books and magazines now when I couldn’t a few months ago. I write some topics now, when before the class I couldn’t even write the alphabet’s letters. I know all of us are improving day by day. This is an excellent class.”

“I have some education now. I know how a young woman should live. I have dreams. Nothing stops me from wanting to be a doctor or teacher. I just want a building to go to school in. I am so happy it is coming. Right now we are in a temporary site. Forget all this talk about the Taliban coming back. Just focus on studying. We need female teachers and better study materials," said one brave girl going to school in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.

When Awatif was just 13, her marriage was arranged and her future, already written, until your generous donations created a scholarship for her to go to school. She worked hard, moved in with her grandparents so she could walk to class, and graduated college. Awatif is now 20 years old and just landed an impressive job teaching adult literacy with an NGO in her town.

Thank you for being a supporter of the endless possibilities an education provides for girls around the world.

Warmly,
Joyce Manchester

May 7, 2014

Creating Self-Sufficiency in Thai Hilltribes!

Presents for kids in Children
Presents for kids in Children's Hospital

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!

Program with Kids in the Hospital to cheer them up
Program with Kids in the Hospital to cheer them up
To the Hilltribes in Samerng Forest
To the Hilltribes in Samerng Forest
Hilltribe Housewives learn new skills
Hilltribe Housewives learn new skills
Chako - I did this!
Chako - I did this!
 
   

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