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Sep 19, 2019

How GlobalGiving Partners Mobilized For Hurricane Dorian

Photo: Fishing For Families In Need
Photo: Fishing For Families In Need

In the two and a half weeks since Hurricane Dorian parked itself over the Northwestern Islands of the Bahamas and then roared across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the GlobalGiving community has responded with determination and generosity.

More than 10,000 donors from across the globe have contributed nearly $1.5 million to the GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and the dozen projects posted by our amazing nonprofit partners. 

The devastation on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas has been catastrophic. Tens of thousands of families have been displaced and are in need of basic services, shelter, medical and psycho-social support. Many pets were left behind, and animal support professionals struggled to ensure the animals’ safety as shelters on the two islands were ravaged by the storm. 

“My island is devastated,” said Errol Thurston, a native of Abaco who was fortunate to be off-island during the storm. “At the end of the day, we have to help people rebuild a community and that's where the money is going to come in. Because there is nothing left.”

International and regional humanitarian organizations swiftly arrived to bolster the capabilities of the region’s limited nonprofit sector and emergency response infrastructure. These groups are working alongside local organizations and residents to provide crucial relief and life-saving assistance. As with many localized crises, members of the community have organized, mobilized, and altered their work plans to respond to neighbors in need.

Life-altering devastation also impacted Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks where homes, clinics, marinas, and roads were floodedmany beyond repair.

We’re gratified to share that GlobalGiving began sending crucial emergency funds within five days of the Dorian strike on the Bahamas. As of this report, GlobalGiving has disbursed approximately $150,000, representing contributions made by donors to both our general Relief Fund and to our partners’ specific projects on GlobalGiving.org.

Here are several examples of how the GlobalGiving community is responding:

Bringing medical and health services to the most vulnerable - The psychological impact of a traumatic event often takes a disproportionate toll on the most vulnerable members of a community, including the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, and infants. We are grateful for the quick response of our friends at International Medical Corps, who are providing life-saving medical treatment as well as psycho-social support, both in the Bahamas and on Ocracoke Island. Working in coordination with International Medical Corps and a number of other first responders, Jake’s Diapers is ensuring that the tiniest among the survivors receive basic products for healthy living. 

Supplying fuel to first responders - Fuel Relief Fund fills a critical need in the immediate aftermath of disasters. Thanks to the generosity of donors who gave to the Dorian Relief Fund, Fuel Relief Fund was able to quickly provide much-needed fuel, powering first responders’ generators and vehicles and helping residents in remote areas. 

Getting Families’ Best Friends to Safety - A GlobalGiving community nonprofit since 2012, BAARK! Bahamas has raised more than $25,000 and received a grant from the GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to evacuate as well as to provide temporary shelter, fresh water, and food to animals impacted by the storm. With support from funds provided by GlobalGiving donors, as of last weekend, Baark! had successfully supported and relocated more than 100 dogs and cats and constructed a temporary shelter in Nassau.

Demonstrating all shapes and sizes of generosity - Donors of all types have responded quickly. Companies are matching employee donations, individuals are reaching into their pockets, and small businesses are hosting fundraisers. We have been heartened to see many survivors of 2017’s Hurricane Irma “pay it forward” to support this relief effort. Cruzan Rum’s Island Spirit Fund has supported Team Rubicon’s emergency response efforts in the hardest to reach locations in the Bahamas and begin the cleanup process and preparation for rebuilding affected communities. 

We are committed to ensuring your funds are put to work in the most impactful way possible and will be making additional distributions to our nonprofit partners during the next few weeks. Large or small, from £5 to $25,000, every contribution makes a difference. 

Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: BAARK! Bahamas
Photo: BAARK! Bahamas
Photo: International Medical Corps
Photo: International Medical Corps
Sep 6, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: September 2019

Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great summer! We finished off our summer with our Little by Little Campaign, where we encourage all our nonprofit partners to activate their donor base and show that when everyone gives a little, it goes a long way! With $60,000 in matching and $8,000 in bonus prizes from GlobalGiving, our partners raised more than $260,000 to fund their innovative projects around the world.

Additionally, you and the other 549 club members collectively raised $21,141 for the month of August in support of Project Maji Foundation, a GlobalGiving partner based in sub-Saharan Africa, and their project Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana. Your support allowed them to continue combating the issue of water scarcity through sustainable efforts, as well as help improve local families’ economic situations by reducing the time needed for fetching water. 

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support Fundacion Minga Valpo, a Chilean organization whose goal is to promote sustainable human development as they link people, communities, and institutions to provide support for vulnerable children and youth, all the while protecting and preserving the environment.

Organization Director Carolina Moraes Zambrano wanted to pass along this message of gratitude to you and the rest of the Project of the Month Club supporters:

“We want to express our profound gratitude for the trust and confidence placed in our team. Thanks to your support, we have been able to improve this beautiful project and further our sincere commitment to developing better spaces for children in situations of social vulnerability. 

This September, your donation will support their Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood project. By giving to this project, you are supporting their children’s community center in Valparaiso, Chilethe Ludoteca Mercedas well as the supervised programming and workshops there in the areas of cooking, gardening, music, and more. The Ludoteca Merced is fulfilling a great need in Valparaiso, as children are oftentimes put at risk as a result of poverty, violence, and too much time on the streets. 

Supporting more than 50 different kids a year, Fundacion Minga Valpo takes a different approach than conventional behavior correction organizations and aims to mitigate potential risk behaviors before they start. They achieve this goal by creating a space for children to learn, play, and find love and belonging—with volunteers and professionals always there for support.

Director Zambrano shares how your gift will help them expand their mission in the future:

We are planning to recruit extra teachers and expand the availability of workshops, so we can reach more children. We would also like to renovate the Ludoteca with solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and a greenhouse for food production. We want to make it an example for the community and teach children from all around Valparaiso about how to care for our environment.

You can read all about their recent work in their latest project report. And if you want to see the ongoing impact of your donation this month, you can subscribe to their updates by visiting their GlobalGiving project page! 

Thank you again for your extraordinary support! We can’t wait to tell you where your generosity is heading in October.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Project Maji Foundation
Photo from Project Maji Foundation
Sep 5, 2019

Two Year Anniversary Of Rohingya Displacement

Photo by OBAT Helpers
Photo by OBAT Helpers

August 25th marked the second anniversary of the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority population and the ensuing mass exodus of the Rohingya into Bangladesh. With negotiations over the resettlement of Rohingya refugees between Bangladesh and Myanmar stalled, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees remain caught in limbo, unable to return to their homeland. 

The monsoon season in Bangladesh officially started on June 17. A strong start to this annual weather phenomenon has created new challenges for displaced Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Fortunately, with support from the international community, the efforts of monsoon preparedness campaigns are helping to mitigate some of the damage incurred by the temporary camps this season. 

 

The Sunshine After the Rain 

Despite the difficulties that this year’s torrential rains have added to a fragile housing situation, GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners are providing unfaltering assistance to refugees living in the displacement camps.  

See how your contribution helped to bring light to the Rohingya community amidst the storm season:

New Gender-Issues Radio Drama: Internews launched Ma Boin er Lai (“Mothers and Daughters”), a radio program focused on issues facing women and girls from both the Rohingya and host communities. As a serialized radio drama, Ma Boin er Lai follows the fictional lives of a female teacher and her students as they navigate a range of topics including sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, women’s mobility, and access to information.

500 Children Celebrate Eid With New Clothes: Just in time for the Islamic holiday of Eid, OBAT Helpers Inc distributed new clothes to 500 children in the learning centers. This joyful celebration was a welcome break from the trauma these children experience living in displacement. 

676 Water Quality Tests Conducted: In the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains, local water sources are susceptible to contamination from parasitic and water-borne diseases. Luckily, refugee camp workers are prepared for this issue and diligently test water source quality to limit communicable disease within the camp. 

5340 Trees Planted to Prevent Landslides: The rapid development of the Kutupalong refugee camp has led to the deforestation of a fragile ecosystem, and directly increased the likelihood of hillsides during pounding monsoon rains. In order to address this precarious situation, Bangladeshi NGO Friendship is working with the Rohingya community to reforest the region. 

As always, thank you for choosing to support community-led organizations as they stand with the Rohingya refugee community in their ongoing displacement. 

 

With gratitude,

Andrea Osorio + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo by HOPE Foundation
Photo by HOPE Foundation
Photo by OBAT Helpers
Photo by OBAT Helpers
 
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