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Jul 22, 2019

Centuries-Old Values Play Key Role in Community Reconstruction


In the aftermath of the Mexico earthquakes that struck almost two summers ago, donors like you rushed to provide support to a region rocked by tragedy. While the funds raised came from all around the world, the recovery work of our partners is homegrown. 

Fundación Tosepan: Tamakepalis is Nahuatl for “mutual aid”. For many of the indigenous tribes in Oaxaca impacted by the earthquake, traditional values of community members helping one another are vital in the long-term reconstruction of their societies. Faced with the severe lack of government assistance after the disaster, and located in a mountainous region that is not easily accessible to large aid organizations, community leaders are taking a local approach to rebuilding. These attitudes are reflected in decisions made by consejos de barrios (neighborhood councils) on the upcoming timeline for the reconstruction of partially damaged homes.

Now in the long-term recovery phase,  Fundación Tosepan continues to work with neighborhood councils, university students, and local masons to rebuild homes using traditional adobe and seismic-resilient techniques. 

Manos Que Reconstruyen Oaxaca: One of the primary goals of rebuilding after a disaster is to ensure the economic reactivation of a community, an objective this nonprofit hopes to achieve through its traditional craft and agricultural production. Workshops focused on preserving the art of high quality shoe-making with recycled materials, and teaching families techniques for self-sufficient community gardens, all contribute to an economy that is bouncing back stronger than before the earthquake. 

Cooperación Comunitaria: After rebuilding 154 traditional ovens vital to the income of many women in the Isthmus de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Cooperacion Comunitaria took a community feedback approach to better assess the continued unmet needs 20 months after the disaster. Its findings proved that the spirit of communal work groups continue to underline the recovery process. In May, the women of the community organized a tequio (traditional work group) to host a celebration of local construction workers who worked incredibly hard to rebuild homes and centers of gathering.

This is just a snapshot of the amazing projects shaping the long-term recovery of regions affected by the 2017 earthquakes. Donations like yours continue to support local organizations in their mission to be led by traditional communal values, an approach that allows all members of the community to rebuild together. 


With gratitude,


Jul 21, 2019

Education Provides Refugees With Opportunities For Security and Success

Photo from IsraAid
Photo from IsraAid

Since 2011, nearly 6 million individuals have left their homes in Syria to seek shelter in surrounding countries. Thanks to the generous support of more than 10,000 GlobalGivers, we have been able to raise $1,857,797 to help families gain access to vital resources in the face of what many call the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime.

Lebanon hosts more than a million of these displaced individuals. Approximately 70 percent of refugees in Lebanon live below the poverty line and typically share undersized, overcrowded spaces with other refugee families. Below is an update on the work our partners are doing specifically to engage Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Half of the refugees residing in Lebanon are under the age of 18. As a result of poverty and discrimination, most of the children lack access to any type of schooling. With your support, the Insan Association is providing children ages four to 16 with access to education at Insan School as well as psycho-social support. Project Leader Lala S. Arabian says their work at the Insan School also “aims to help the children acquire the necessary skills to surmount the obstacles to their integration in the Lebanese school system and, consequently, into Lebanese society.” Likewise, the school provides necessary social support to Syrian refugee children and their families. 

Of all the challenges refugees face, women and girls have some particularly difficult obstacles to overcome. According to our nonprofit partner Developmental Action without Borders/Naba'a, the lack of access to proper clothing, underwear, and feminine hygiene products not only leads to infections, but also to discrimination. Since women lack rights to housing, they are wholly dependent on their family for security, even in situations of domestic and gender-based violence. As an immediate response to these issues, Naba’a’s project, Dignity for displaced women and girls in Lebanon, is providing much-needed clothing and sanitary items. 

For a long-term solution, Naba’a recognizes the important role education plays in an individual’s ongoing safety and independence. Currently, Naba’a is addressing this need through creating a girl’s advocacy committee that is working with the Lebanese municipalities to establish free and compulsory primary education. Naba’a has also been able to host 220 educational and awareness workshops for adolescent girls on topics such as decision making, the importance of education, and awareness of particular risks like domestic and sexual abuse. Lastly, Naba’a was able to target 986 Syrian refugee women with health services and drop-in clinics, as well as sensitizing nearly 10,000 individuals across Lebanon on sexual and gender-based violence.

The Syrian Refugee Relief Fund has also been instrumental in providing support to our partners assisting Syrian refugees in Greece. IsraAID is working in Sindo, a suburb of Thessaloniki that hosts a large Syrian refugee camp. IsraAID recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the opening of the Sindo Community Center which was created to provide holistic care and educational services for refugees. The SCC not only provides basic care items such as hygiene kits and heating packages, but also provides professional development courses that include English and Greek classes, skill-building sessions, and IT training. IsraAID reports that more than 70 refugees take advantage of the center’s workshops each day.

Thank you for generously supporting community-led relief efforts that assist individuals affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. In the upcoming months, we'll continue reporting on how your donations are helping to provide relief for vulnerable Syrian refugees.


With Gratitude,

Claire Hilton

Photo from Insan Association
Photo from Insan Association
Photo from Insan Association
Photo from Insan Association
Jul 19, 2019

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Recovery Continues After Hurricane Michael

Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts

Despite designation as a Category 5 storm, the 60 lives claimed in the chaos, and the destruction of homes and critical infrastructure, Hurricane Michael faded quickly out of the headlines last hurricane season. Nevertheless, thanks to the donations of over 1,600 generous individuals, GlobalGiving and its nonprofit partners are continuing to support communities on the road to recovery long after the short-lived media attention.  

Our local nonprofit partners remain dedicated to moving the recovery process forward despite challenges. The situation in the post-hurricane Florida panhandle remains dire; people are living out of their cars, there is a population exodus out of small towns, and school enrollments are facing steep drop offs. 

Nine months after the hurricane, your donation continues to rebuild homes, schools, community structures, and lives. 

July Recovery Partner Spotlight: All Hands All Hearts Volunteers 

AHAH volunteers have been racking up thousands of hours in clearing monumental amounts of debris, clearing dangerous mold, and rebuilding more than 169 damaged homes and community structures. AHAH’s ongoing efforts have touched 701 people’s lives!

Despite the heat and humidity, the organization is currently working hard to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Panama City, which offered teens homework support, sports, and computer literacy programs before the storm, is fully repaired and ready for the start of the school year.

Although nine months have passed since the disaster struck, volunteer organizations like AHAH still play a critical role in Hurricane Michael’s recovery work. The benefits of this persistent, on the ground support include free time for parents to be able to take their kids to school, and peace of mind in knowing there are people dedicated to rebuilding a home that is safe and livable once again .  


“Our staff and volunteers are committed to supporting recovery for the long haul.” 


Also helping affected communities to rebuild after the hurricane, is Habitat for Humanity.  To date, Habitat has performed 4,806 interventions.  This includes damage assessments, debris removal, clean up assistance, and emergency repairs. Local Habitat teams have been helping families find temporary housing, organizing home assessments, and guiding people through the complicated insurance claims and FEMA application process. 

The commitment to holistic recovery shows through Habitat’s interactions with the affected communities:


“Habitat helped Bay County resident Cleedie May and her family navigate the complex terrain of insurance and contract work. When it was clear there would be gaps between costs and insurance payment, Habitat fixed the walls, windows, roof and flooring despite the funding challenge. Cleedie Mae expressed her gratitude many times over and said “what a blessing” Habitat has been for her family.”


By June 2020, Habitat’s goal is to build 13 new homes, conduct 57 repairs, and complete 46 rehabs through fortified construction methods.

Your generosity and support of this fund has translated into real tangible progress.  Thank you for standing with the people of Panhandle. We will continue to share stories from the field as Florida communities recover.


With continued gratitude,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
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