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Apr 30, 2014

Building Community Resilience

Bathing Cubicle
Bathing Cubicle

Amazing news from Save the Children! Their cyclone Phailin relief project on GlobalGiving has been fully funded! This is a direct result of funds raised on this GlobalGiving fund! We would like to thank you for your dedication to this amazing effort! Though their project may be funded the struggle to recover is never over! Our other partner benefitting from this fund is International Medical Corps and their recovery project is still in full swing. In their latest report they discuss their movement towards long-term solutions.

In November 2013 International Medical Corps switched their focus to building community resilience through creating clean water infrastructure. Their goal is to create a system for affected communities where future harm caused by cyclones (or any disasters) will be greatly mitigated. In doing so they hope to create a community of first responders. They have implemented a few strategies for doing so, including local trainings on disease prevention, and improved clean water infrastructure.

In January of this year IMC implemented an awareness campaign across affected communities and in ten schools! They encouraged good hygiene practices and provided some clean water suggestions. At the same time of this campaign IMC was also handing out hygiene kits that included water purification tabs, shampoo, soap, other basic necessities and jerry cans to store clean water. These concurrent programs emphasize the importance of good health practices immediately following a disaster, after all disease is the number one cause of death following disasters.

After the rains subsided there was the obvious problem of flooding to deal with. International Medical Corps has approached this huge problem too! The flooding fully submerged handpumps in rural areas. This caused floodwaters, which harbor cholera and other water-born illnesses, to mix with groundwater contaminating the drinking supply. IMC identified eight contaminated wells. They responded by building elevated platforms for the pumping stations to eliminate the issue of flooding. But they did not stop there, get ready for the most impressive part! International Medical Corps also constructed extra bathing cubicles attached to the platforms, these are intended to provide women and girls with a safe, hygienic, and private bathing area. This extra step is not only saving lives, but also empowering a generation and a gender to unleash their boundless potential.

International Medical Corps and Save the Children Foundation are both amazing organizations which directly benefited from this GlobalGiving fund and from your amazing donations! But those that matter most are the people whose lives you are saving. Rural India triumphantly rose above this disaster and it was because of not only the individuals in the community for being so resilient but also thanks to your pure generosity and care. Thank you from GlobalGiving and especially thank you from those so deeply impacted by this crisis!

Building a Raised Hand Pump
Building a Raised Hand Pump
Chlorinating a Hand Pump
Chlorinating a Hand Pump
Hygiene Promotion for a School
Hygiene Promotion for a School
From Relief to Reliance
From Relief to Reliance
Apr 21, 2014

Thanks to you, GlobalGiving is getting smartphone-friendly!

Nick Violi, Software Engineer for Good
Nick Violi, Software Engineer for Good

Dear friends of GlobalGiving,

Thank you for your generous donation to help make GlobalGiving mobile! As you probably know, one of our core values is, “Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.”. We’ve been listening to what donors and nonprofit leaders say about their experience using GlobalGiving from their phones, and we’re well aware of the research by peers and experts that says it’s time for us to adapt! So thanks to you, we’ve been hard at work improving both the donor and project leader experience accessing GlobalGiving from mobile devices.

Now you can view projects and make donations easily from your smartphone or tablet. Initially, one donor described his experience as, “Very troublesome. It took me 5 attempts to make the contribution. If it had not been for my desire to help the person raising the money, I would not have persisted. You need to make this application work flawlessly on mobile devices.”  You can bet we heard this feedback, and thanks to your gift we’ve been able to act. Our Product Team has launched a mobile-friendly checkout process and mobile-friendly project pages for our site! 

Try it out for yourself! You’ll now have a smoother experience donating to a project without sacrificing any of the security you’ve come to expect on GlobalGiving. Here’s what Nick Violi, one of our Software Engineers for Good, has to say about these improvements:

“GlobalGiving is all about leveraging the power of technology to connect donors and doers through our online platform, so it only makes sense to extend this goal by simplifying the process on our new handheld devices.

To accomplish this, first, I narrowed the width of the content to one more at home on a mobile interface, a reduction of about 65%.  Next, I had to determine which information was most crucial and try to fit that information on the smaller canvas, all while making sure the text was big enough to read and the controls were touchscreen-friendly. Finally, I tried to lay out the information in a logical way so it maintained the intuitive, inviting design of its desktop ancestor. 

While there's still much more to do, these first steps applied to the checkout flow and project pages are a huge improvement, and make the GlobalGiving experience almost as much of a pleasure on a mobile device as it is on your desktop or laptop.”

Project Leaders can now update supporters without even accessing a computer. The mobile re-design is not just about the donor experience, but also our nonprofit project leaders’ interactions on the platform. We’re starting to experiment with making GlobalGiving mobile-friendly in the field, for the benefit of project leaders who can’t regularly access a computer. The first step is complete: it’s now possible for project leaders to submit project reports simply by sending an email! The email automatically converts into a project report that’s submitted to GlobalGiving for approval.

Finally, you better believe we’re testing to see how we can improve our mobile pages! The “Learn” part of ”Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.means testing and measuring our work! So we’re keeping a close eye on the data surrounding our donation rates and user bounce rates to gauge effectiveness and help us decide whether to persevere in the same direction or to pivot and try something new.

We’re off to a good start, but the work isn’t complete! What’s next for mobile GlobalGiving? We’re still raising funds in order to streamline the rest of the mobile experience, making our homepage as well as our search features mobile-friendly. We’ll continue to refine the site so that more mobile users will complete their transactions, eventually getting more dollars to the doers in an even more efficient way.

All the best,

Shannon Cassidy and the GlobalGiving Product Team

The new mobile-friendly checkout flow
The new mobile-friendly checkout flow
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Apr 17, 2014

Preparedness and Prevention in The Philippines

International Women
International Women's Day Workshop

Big strides are being made at International Disaster Volunteers! We are excited for them and thank you for making this possible! Since the last report, IDV has given two awesome updates about their project. The floods season is unfortunately approaching fast in the Philippines, but IDV is doing everything they can to get the regions prepared! Most importantly IDV creates community based rescue teams. This means that members of the affected communities are trained in first aid, evacuation simulations, and general flood safety tips. IDV has cultivated a community of first responders, this quick turnover is inexplicably important and will save hundreds of lives.

IDV facilitates expanded community assessments as well as extended evacuation plans. These tools connect communities and span distances so that when a disaster inevitably strikes, the entire region will be well prepared, not just particular communities. International Disaster Volunteers’ logistical expertise that connects rural towns and farms together to ensure nobody gets left behind or forgotten. While focused on prevention and preparedness IDV is also creating important and lasting connections between distanced communities.

Recognizing the importance of women in Philippine households, IDV celebrated International Women's Day with a workshop for developing sustainable livelihoods for women and their families. In the Philippines it’s most typical for a woman to manage finances and budgets for her family. Because of this the workshop was used to teach women how to farm organically and how to market their produce. Rural, underprivileged women now have the capacity to build and sell their products, and have healthy food for their families. Your contribution to this GlobalGiving fund directly benefits one of these workshops! In the coming weeks International Disasters Volunteers are excited to announce two more workshops, one on slipper making and one for sewing.

Few realize that flooding in the Philippines is annual and ever present. Your donation contributed to alleviating a recurring disaster. Your help is always needed and appreciated more than you can know! You are not just donating, you are building resilient and well prepared communities. Thank you for your contribution, it is immeasurably important!

Preparing Products for Selling
Preparing Products for Selling
Community-Based Rescue Team Leaders
Community-Based Rescue Team Leaders
 
   

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