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Jan 30, 2014

Recovery projects are still ongoing!

Volunteers for Extreme Home Makeover
Volunteers for Extreme Home Makeover

Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States in late October 2012, sadly we are still recovering all this time later. The cost of damages was around $68 billion, the second most in US history. The loss of life was even more devastating and no monetary amount can alleviate the suffering of families affected in such a way. To date, through your incredible donations, GlobalGiving has raised $612,645 to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy! Your donations are doing amazing things for our partner organizations!

At Architecture for Humanity there are ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure design and facilities in towns affected by Sandy. In Seaside Heights, New Jersey they are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to design a brand new Events Center. They are also reaching out to locals to help design and implement this structure! There is a scheduled Community Open House on February 4th from 5:30-7:30, they are very open to and, grateful for community participation in rebuilding the towns!

The organization Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S) has raised over 20 million dollars so far for basic essentials, like clothing, books, educational materials, shoes, and baby products! They are doing an incredible job! It is donations like yours that make their work possible! In their latest report K.I.D.S talks about all of their upcoming initiatives including their Extreme Home Makeover project. This program seeks to restore, repair, and refurbish the homes that were heavily damaged by Sandy. There are still many homes in disarray, even so long after the disaster struck. But through K.I.D.S and their home makeover initiative they are giving families the opportunity to return home, which is insurmountable important!

It is thanks to the amazing donors like you that Sandy relief projects are still going on! Families still need your help, thank you so much for continuing to provide it!

K.I.D.S Beneficiaries
K.I.D.S Beneficiaries
Jan 30, 2014

You're supporting sustainable healthcare in Haiti!

First Class of Residents at HUM
First Class of Residents at HUM

Four years have past since the tragic 7.0 magnitutde earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. This disaster took the lives of over 200,000 and affected around three million others. Today I am going to tell you about just one of the amazing projects that have been accomplished thanks to amazing GlobalGivers like you!

 

Partners in Health strives to bring modern medicine to those less privileged and often most in need of the care. In this particular project they are responding to the medical needs of the 2010 earthquake and subsequent disasters that have struck Haiti. Their most recent report details the journey of the 14 doctors in residence in Haiti’s first ever specialized teaching hospital!

After the 2010 earthquake Partners in Health set out on the huge task to construct a teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) opened in 2012 and welcomed its first class of medical residents in October 2013. In order to qualify for membership in this program the all Haitian doctors had to go through an intensive merit-based application process. 238 people applied and took an entrance exam. Of those, 45 were interviewed, and 14 men and women were selected for the program.

In their several year residence the doctors will participate in  hands-on training in pediatrics, general surgery, and internal medicine. They will also rotate departments such as emergency medicine, TB/HIV clinic, and oncology, as well as conduct research to improve the quality of care. The program will also train the doctors in social medicine with regard to the root causes of disease, such as poverty.

This is only the first class of doctors to train outside of Port-au-Prince, the traditional medical training facility. Every fall University Hospital will take a new class of doctors eager to expand the basis of care in Haiti. There are only 25 physicians per 100,000 Haitians. The United States has more than tenfold that number: 280 doctors for every 100,000 Americans. This is why the progress at University Hospital is so important. And it is due to GlobalGivers like you that this progress is possible!

Dr Pierre Paul, PIH senior advisor at HUM, has this to say about the future of the hospital and Haitian medicine: "University Hospital and its new residency program stand as formidable evidence of the efforts that young Haitian health professionals are making to restore, in a sustainable way, hope and dignity in the future of health in Haiti."

 

GlobalGiving and Partners in Health cannot thank you enough for your awesome donations to this project! It is because of you that not only hundreds of lives will be saved, but also the future sustainability of healthcare in Haiti is bright and hopeful!

 

Residents Learning at HUM
Residents Learning at HUM
Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM)
Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM)
Solar Panels for Sustainability at HUM
Solar Panels for Sustainability at HUM
Jan 30, 2014

Making Progress in the Philippines!

Destruction in Busuanga
Destruction in Busuanga

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines specifically, the rainy season promotes fairly constant flooding and therefore there are always displaced people. These disasters are constantly happening, so when there might seem like some progress it’s, ultimately reversed by yet another storm or flooding. This GlobalGiving fund promotes sustained emergency preparedness and prevention measures. Each of GlobalGiving’s partners in this relief effort are making strides in different fields of need thanks to your amazing donations! Below are just a few of the awesome projects that our partners are working on in cleaning up the Philippines.

Asia America Initiatives

In an often related, but overlooked, repercussion of typhoons is the increase in human trafficking and slavery. This nauseating outcome is being spearheaded by Asia America Initiatives to help women and children escape this terrifying fate. They are using those funds to combat trafficking and slavery through livelihood opportunities. Like, purchasing at least six sewing machines and looms to create entrepreneurial co-ops to make traditional weaving and clothing for at least 30 women. Charity can never be enough. Instead, with income earned from working they can feed their families and avoid exploitation.

International Disaster Volunteers

IDV is working hard to prepare locals of Banaba for inevitable flooding. They stockpile peoples homes with food and essential supplies to ease suffering during and after floods. A huge risk to these families are floods that come in the middle of the night, International Disaster Volunteers train families how to prepare and act during such instances. Also, they have on-the-ground volunteers to help when waters rise.

De La Salle University

This Filipino university in Manila has made huge strides in providing to needy families in the southern districts of the Philippines. Their most recent report details their distribution center for family care packages. The standard package included rice, noodles or munggo beans, cans of sardines or corned beef, bottled water, biscuit mix, coffee, sugar, salt, candles, slippers, clothes, and toiletries. Volunteers at the center were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages! De La Salle is currently moving into their second phase of psychological first aid and plans to move onto phase three (school rehabilitation) soon!  

Your donations are doing amazing work, but as you can tell this problem is ongoing and the Philippines still need your help! Destruction due to flooding is a daily struggle that Filipinos face; working with GlobalGiving’s partners they will be better prepared and equipped to help with the struggles they face. Thank you again for your continued support!   

Thank you for keeping them alive in 2014!
Thank you for keeping them alive in 2014!
Sorting family relief packages
Sorting family relief packages
Packing relief packages destined for the Visayas
Packing relief packages destined for the Visayas
Families receiving relief packages!
Families receiving relief packages!
 
   

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