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Nov 4, 2013

"What you give you get, ten times over" - Yoruba Proverb

Provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims#8439
Provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims#8439

Far in the Eastern African lands lies the Horn of Africa, a peninsula that is home to four countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. These lands host more than 100,000 people from different ethnicities, languages, and creeds; yet their will to survive and need for help remain together in unison. Though afflicted by the severe drought of 2011, the determination of these people continues to persist thanks to your contribution and the mobilization of GlobalGiving’s partners. 

Imagine walking 1.5 miles every day to get water. That is the distance Fadumo used to walk to get a little bit more than half a gallon of water for her and her family. As if things weren’t already unstable, she decided to walk from Somalia to Ethiopia’s Bokolmanyo refugee camp with her husband and five children, on foot. It is in this place where she currently resides, leaving behind a drought that took everything away from her. Fortunately, International Medical Corps built latrines and bathing shelters for individuals living in these camps. Realizing the refugee’s need for hygiene items, International Medical Corps provided toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, nail clippers, and body soap as part of hygiene kits to Fadumo, her family, and the rest of the community. Fadumo’s living conditions have greatly improved; in her last interaction with the organization, she said “I am grateful to International Medical Corps that I received the personal hygiene items for free which will enable me and my family to have good personal hygiene”. Your contribution allowed families like Fadumo’s to prevent diseases like pneumonia, eye and skin infections, cholera and typhoid.

Enduring hunger in these times of adversity is extremely hard, yet it is probably even harder to explain the situation to a child. Thousands of children across the region suffer from severe acute malnutrition, causing their stomach to shrink and preventing them from receiving the appropriate nutrients they very much need during their years of growth. However, thanks to your contribution and Edesia Inc, thousands of boxes of Plumpy’nut have been sent to the Horn of Africa region. Plumpy’nut is a tasty peanut based paste that serves to treat severe acute malnutrition, as it contains a balance of fats, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Thanks to your generous donation, thousands of children do not suffer from malnutrition and can now live a healthy life. 

These times of hunger and hardship will eventually come to an end, but it is important to be well prepared for even worse days to come. That is why part of Mercy Corps’ strategy is to provide long-term relief to the community. Through agreements with the Ethiopian government, Mercy Corp’s mobile health teams taught the government staff practical skills for treating malnutrition in infants and mothers in remote areas of the region. That way, even when outside funding is not available, the community will continue to benefit thanks to the health services that they are now able to provide for themselves. This hard work has already yielded results; such is the story of Fardosa, a government health nurse at Afdam Woreda’s health center. She finished a one month rotation course with Mercy Corp’s mobile health team and will begin working in the mother/child health unit. Having graduated in nursing in 2011 and experienced with midwifery, she says “I have always wanted to help people”. 

It would take several pages to tell the personal stories of everyone you are helping and we thank you for that. Your contribution allowed Save the Children to reach over 3 million people from Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. This organization’s brave staff worked in very dangerous areas, including Mogadishu and the Dadaab refugee camp. They have fed more than 150,000 children and mothers, and provided clean water and food to thousands of others. 

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Organization, would also like to share with you an update of the story of Halima, a widow with six children that struggled to feed her family in Kenya. In her last conversation, she said: “I imagine that you were sent to save my children who had nothing to eat for many days. It was painful to watch my children succumb to hunger, but I am glad you have rescued the situation and my children will be safe. Thank you.” To check out Halima’s full story, please go to: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-families-fleeing-famine-in-somalia/updates/

In Turkana District, Kenya, Merlin USA provided nutrition services in Kerio, since 2006. With the current food crisis, efforts were doubled, and community health workers conducted outreach visits to communities that were up to six miles away from the facility. They were also able to save baby Napeyok from malnutrition by providing her with medication and Plumpy’nut, in combination with consultations every week. Napeyok no longer suffers from malnutrition; in fact she was discharged in January. Without your kind donations, baby Napeyok’s chances of surviving would have been very low.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Horn of Africa Famine Relief Fund. Whether your donation allowed a child to recover from malnutrition, supplied a family with hygiene products, or helped health workers teach staff practical skills, the region is now a better place and empirical proof of how people can prosper thanks to the solidarity of others. 

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.

PlumpyNut Project #8530
PlumpyNut Project #8530
Merlin USA  (#8748)
Merlin USA (#8748)
Merlin USA Healthcare Workers  (#8748)
Merlin USA Healthcare Workers (#8748)
Nov 1, 2013

Project of the Month Update: November 2013

Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

Dear Project of the Month Club,


It's official: The holiday season is upon us. What better way to celebrate the spirit of giving than with another exciting update on the impact of your generous donations last month!


In October, 155 of you gave a combined total of $4,844 to a project called "Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines" by our partners at Mercy In Action. This gift could not have come at a better time as the community is still recovering from the effects of a devastating flood.

Here's what the Project Leader Vicki had to say about the impact of your donations:


"With this gift, we can help 26 pregnant women deliver safely in our facility, including all necessary birthing supplies, tests, emergency medicines as needed, and transportation to the birth center in labor and transportation home again after delivery. At Mercy In Action, success is measured in excellent medical statistics, healthy breastfeeding babies, and happy parents who did not have to go into debt just to have a safe birth."


We're also thrilled to share that, in November, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia" by our friends at the Power of Love Foundation.


Here's what the Project Leader Alka had to say when we shared the good news with her:


"The women entrepreneurs in Zambia and all of us at the Power of Love Foundation would like to say a big 'thank you!' for your support and encouragement. The blessings of the women and children you have helped will always be with you and your families. As a result of your generosity, women impacted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia will be able to take better care of their families, keep their children in school, and take the first steps towards self reliance. Have a wonderful holiday season."


Wow, updates like these really make us smile! Thanks again for your continued support. See you in December!


Warmly,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia
Micro Loans For Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS, Zambia
Oct 17, 2013

News from the Sooner State

K.I.D.S. Oklahoma Relief Efforts (#14129)
K.I.D.S. Oklahoma Relief Efforts (#14129)

Dear GlobalGivers,

Nearly four months after the 2013 Moore tornado, which killed 23 people and injured 377 others, the people of Oklahoma continue to recover in the face of adversity. Your contribution took a huge weight off their shoulders, allowing many to begin a speedy recovery. Several GlobalGiving partner organizations were able to respond to the needs of these people thanks to your donation, here’s what some of them were able to accomplish:

  • K.I.D.S Oklahoma Relief Efforts (Kids in Distressed Situations) allied with Fashion Delivers and distributed new apparel and home items to more than 1,000 school children and family members affected by the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. Burlington Coat Factory also provided 10 pallets of merchandise, while BOBS from Skechers and Shoe Carnival donated 3,000 pair of children’s shoes. The companies’ employees also volunteered to set up and staff the event. The remaining merchandise from the event was given to local charities serving tornado victims in Pottawatomie County and the Oklahoma City area. There were also 200 fifty-dollar Burlington gift cards delivered to these charities. Together, K.I.D.S and Fashion Delivers distributed approximately $7 million worth of merchandise to partners and organizations helping Oklahoma tornado survivors. 
  • Do Your Part has assisted in rescuing horses and reconnecting them with their families. They have worked with veterinarian hospitals and clinics to get medical supplies for these animals. Do Your Part has also purchased fencing materials, flooring, insulation, and materials for a handicapped ramp, for volunteers to install. The organization has also established a Facebook page where people can get and offer help. For the moment, they are working on a water line project, which was destroyed during the storm. Gift Cards for families to get food, gas, clothes, and school supplies were also distributed.  
  • Architecture for Humanity has been assisting communities, meeting local authorities, and assessing the emerging needs and long term priorities of the towns affected by the tornado. The work in these afflicted areas mainly consists of debris removal, mostly from residential neighborhoods. City crews and other contractors continued removing debris through July and August. The organization has also a strong presence on the ground, where veteran volunteer Tommy Stewart has been meeting with other organizations and individuals involved with the recovery efforts and assisting with post disaster damage assessments for homeowners. Mr. Stewart has also been liaising with the Long Term Recovery Committee for the May 18-June 2, a committee that recently acknowledged that its members are still involved with immediate family and individual needs, and that the long term reconstruction talks are far from now.  
  • GlobalGiving’s support to the American Humane Association allowed its Red Star Animal Emergency Services team to provide humane intervention to the impacted area in order to deliver values of compassion, care, and hope. The Red Star team stayed in Oklahoma for 30 days - the longest deployment since Hurricane Katrina. They were able to rescue and shelter more than 200 animals, reunite nearly 100 of them with their families, and place some with rescues and get many into good, loving homes during an Adopt-a-Thon. Last, the team assisted the City of Moore on writing an animal disaster plan for future emergencies. Training courses about basic knowledge of disaster response were given in the area in order to build a better responder base in the community. 

 

Thank you for your contribution to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. Your kindness allowed for these organizations to quickly mobilize and helped those who needed it the most, offer training courses in disaster relief, and helped animals reconnect with their families.

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.

KIDS OK Relief Project #14129
KIDS OK Relief Project #14129
Project #14129 KIDS Oklahoma Relief
Project #14129 KIDS Oklahoma Relief
Courtesy of : "Do Your Part" Project #14070
Courtesy of : "Do Your Part" Project #14070
 
   

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