In 2011, Thailand experienced severe flooding during the monsoon season, which lasted for 175 days and affected 65 of the country’s 77 provinces. Approximately two years later, the survivors of this devastating catastrophe are still recovering.
Your generous support and contribution allowed GlobalGiving partners to quickly respond and send help to the zones affected. Foundation for Life, an organization dedicated to assist the disadvantaged and contribute in various social welfare needs, was able to provide immediate help in the form of food packages, which were distributed to neighboring families.
In the past few weeks, the reports indicate that tropical storms and depressions affected the South China Seas, bringing rain into the North and North-eastern areas in Thailand. Furthermore, many provinces have experienced landslides and flooding since September 18. On September 30, the Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for a tropical storm called “Wutip”. The Wutip Storm produced flooding to a height of 1.5 meters near the banks of the Wangthong River.
In the last couple of days, a contact volunteer from Foundation for Life living in Phisanuloke has been affected by the floods from Wangthong. In her report, she stated that “the waters came and increased to a height of 1.5 meters. We can only gain access to our house by a make shift bridge. The mushrooms we were growing for extra income have been destroyed”.
Your kind contribution allowed several families in Thailand to enjoy these food packages after experiencing the horrors of the great flood that affected the country. More importantly, your generosity is allowing many of these families to regain the much needed hope to fight for their lives and for a better tomorrow.
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.
In the last report, we shared with you a new exciting group of grantees from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Let us share what the new partners have been up to today!
Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ)
We awarded Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ), an organization that provides musical education and opportunities for students in Fukushima, $100,000. With those funds, FESJ invited instructors from Venezuela and inspired students like Marina. Marina joined a summer orchestra class, and by the end, she led a 90-person orchestra as a violinist.
Here is Marina's comment after the concert; "I've never had this kind of learning opportunity. Teachers from Venezuela were so helpful to making me understand how to solve the problems which I had encountered. I really feel I am better at playing violin than ever before. Well, I am surely different from what I used to be and I am now proud of myself…” For more updates from FESJ, click here to learn more!
On the Road
We awarded On the Road $100,000 to build a “Long Beach House” in Ishinomaki. On the Road started to build a space for the community members to bond, and many commercial space including a guesthouse, where tourists and volunteers from outside the prefecture can stay cheaply. We hope this facility will energize the local community! For more updates from On the Road, learn from here.
Finally, we awarded OISCA International $150,000 for a reforestation project in Natori City located in Miyagi Prefecture. When tsunami hit, 100 hectares of forest was lost - but with the help from the local community and the government, OISCA International is restoring the damaged area in the next ten years. They have recently received a new 4WD from their corporate partner that allows the team to make trips to the field more frequently. We hope this will boost their activities to plant the black pine seedlings. For more updates from OISCA International, learn from here.
We at GlobalGiving really appreciate your long-term interest in the recovery efforts in Japan. We have awarded grants to 19 organizations to date, and we are supporting many more through fundraising activities on GlobalGiving. Your contribution to this fund is making all this possible. Thank you very, very much!
Dear Project of the Month Club,Happy October! So many things to be thankful for this month--sweater weather, all things pumpkin, and of course, an update on the impact of your generous donations last month!In September, 153 of you gave a combined total of $4,665 to a project by our friends at Mickaboo called "Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds" Here's what the Project Leader Pamela Lee wanted to share with you about your gift:"With these increased numbers has come increased costs for avian veterinary care. Summer has ended, and Mickaboo has stretched itself to the limit to rescue the summer crop of pet birds that humans have left behind. Contributions by GlobalGiving donors have helped us to provide the care needed to save these innocent refugees and find them their forever homes."We're also thrilled to share that, in October, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines" by Mercy In Action. This gift could not come at a better time, as they are all digging out of a terrible flood that affected 90% of their city. Since the flood, more women than ever are coming in to deliver in their birth center. They're also staying longer afterward so they can keep dry and warm after childbirth!Here’s what Project Leader Vicki Penwell had to say when we told her we decided to feature her project this month:“As the only medical facility in our region of the Philippines to provide maternity care at no cost, Mercy In Action is honored to be featured as the Project of the Month. We reach out to poor and disenfranchised pregnant women and provide a place for them to have respectful, culturally sensitive and safe care during childbirth in our modern yet home-like birthing center.”We look forward to more good news from the field in November! Thank you for your continued support. You’re what makes GlobalGiving so special.Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team