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Nov 21, 2013

Funds already on the ground in the Philippines

Civic Force provides relief packages
Civic Force provides relief packages

On November 8, 2013, one of the most severe storms ever recorded hit the Philippines.  With a width of 370 miles and gusts as strong as 235 MPH, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) affected more than 13 million Filipinos.  More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged, and close to 4.5 million people were displaced. 

GlobalGiving donors like you displayed their generosity once again, donating more than $1 million for Haiyan relief efforts in less than a week and a half.  Some gave to our project partners working in the typhoon-affected area, while others opted to have GlobalGiving determine the allocation of grant funds through our Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.  Within days, we had already made our first disbursement on the ground so that your dollars could immediately begin to provide relief to those affected by this storm. 

GlobalGiving looks at a number of factors when determining grant allocations to ensure that your money is having the biggest impact possible on the relief and recovery effort.  We prioritize local organizations over international organizations because we believe these organizations have the specialized knowledge to be most efficient immediately with each dollar they receive.  We also recognize, however, that in a disaster of this magnitude, the expertise of larger international relief organizations with experience in post-disaster relief efforts is also needed.  We balanced these priorities with an understanding of each organization’s overall capacity, budget size, and history of transparency in the work that they’re accomplishing on the ground to determine the allocations below.  In this first disbursement we prioritized relief activities over recovery, but will shift our funding to recovery efforts in the coming weeks and months.

Below you can see exactly how much has been disbursed to each organization.  The amounts listed represent a combination of both the funds raised by the organization itself on GlobalGiving as well as the grants GlobalGiving has made to the organizations.

We have been in communication with our partners on the ground every day since the typhoon made landfall, and we have heard stories of the devastation this storm has wrecked on communities across the Central Philippines.  Your dollars will be supporting organizations providing food to evacuees, fuel to relief workers to get supplies where they are needed most, locally-made toilets for safe sanitation and more.  We are proud of our many partners working endless hours on the ground to alleviate suffering, and are committed to continue getting funds to the ground quickly.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on how your donations are being used in the coming months.  Thank you again for your generosity.

Doctors Without Borders provides medical care
Doctors Without Borders provides medical care
Asia America Initiative provides relief packages
Asia America Initiative provides relief packages
Nov 19, 2013

Stories of success from the Sahel region

Courtesy of Project #9928
Courtesy of Project #9928

Though we must be strong to weather the storm, we must also be as equally resilient in times of drought. These times of drought are currently affecting the Sahel region, a belt of land that lies across the African continent. As a result, more than 10 million people faced not only hunger, but also displacement, chronic poverty, and high food prices. Across 10 countries, these people struggle to find the strength and resources to live, but your contribution allows them to hold on a little longer. Thanks to your donation, GlobalGiving’s partners have delivered much needed relief to this region. Here are some of the successful stories of our partners:

Mercy Corps has been able to make a positive impact in the lives of families living in Niger and Mali by screening 19,000 children for malnutrition and rehabilitating 20 wells. Moreover, the organization was successful in their efforts to teach families advanced agricultural techniques and thus securing food. Mercy Corps also distributed emergency food vouchers and supported women entrepreneurs through the organization’s Cash for Work program. In fact, see the change you have made here!

A child may never understand why he cannot eat every day. And he shouldn’t have to. Your contribution has allowed Edesia to provide Plumpy’Nut to children suffering from malnutrition in the Sahel region. Plumpy’Nut is a ready-to-use meal rich in protein, zinc, vitamin E and calories, which are important because malnutrition shrinks the stomach. Edesia continues to work hard to send thousands of these vital boxes to countries such as Chad, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon.

In the path to self-dependence, Near East Foundation (NEF) is committed to continue improving the lives of people in the region through their gardening project. The results have been tremendously noticeable and the outstanding amount of food that these gardens have produced is solid evidence of this project’s success. This project is seeking to encourage youth and women to participate in these activities. NEF’s arduous work helped farmers in eight villagers launch and operate market gardens where they can sell a portion of their produce to meet their financial needs.

Thank you for supporting the Sahel Relief Fund. Your contributions have allowed families to become food secure, stopped children from suffering from malnutrition, and launched market gardens across Mali.  We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below.

Thank you.

Courtesy of Project #9691
Courtesy of Project #9691
Nov 4, 2013

Technology for Education Fund Update November 2013

Dear Technology for Education Supporters,

Thanks for your continued assistance in improving the quality of education in Egypt, Haiti, and India.  With your help, the Technology for Education Fund has now raised more than $100,000 via GlobalGiving.

The Fund continues to support CARE’s efforts in Egypt and India, as well as the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation’s work in Haiti. 

CARE’s work, specifically, targets the use of PCs in the comfort of classrooms that provide safe spaces for girls to develop social networks amongst themselves.  Schools provide one of the only safe spaces, outside of the home, for girls to meet with each other, learn together, and share ideas.  The ease of access to the internet and computer training should help girls link with their counterparts globally, enabling them to expand their worldviews. 

October 11th was the International Day of the Girl Child, as declared by the U.N. in 2011.  This year’s theme focused on innovation for girls’ education.  We couldn’t be more proud and happy to be doing work that fits into this year’s theme and supports the International Day of the Girl’s mission of helping girls reach their full potential. 

Thank you for your help in reaching this worthwhile goal!

Sincerely,
The GlobalGiving Team

 
   

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