Ten terrific projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan are helping the next generation learn about becoming productive world citizens.And starting today, your support will be matched at 50% to make a bigger impact as long as matching funds last. From “Send 30 Afghan Girls to Teacher Training Programs” to “Sughar—Giving Women Wings in Pakistan,” we have added four new projects to six existing ones that will all be a part of the Safer World Fund going forward. See the complete list here. And remember: the Safer World Fund will match your donation at 50% while funds last. Please get your donations in early!Your support provides education, training, and health care in Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially for girls and women, at this critical time. The 12th anniversary of September 11th reminds us that investment in young people today lays the foundation for a peaceful society tomorrow. And please, talk up The Safer World Fund with your friends!
Dear Project of the Month Club,Happy (almost) fall! We're so thrilled to share with you the impact of your generous donations last month.But first, we'd like to give a special shout-out to the 26 GlobalGivers who recently joined us. Welcome to the Club! It warms our heart to know we're able to connect you to our partners on the ground who are making lasting change in communities all over the globe.In August, 161 of you gave a combined total of $4,604 to "Promise126: 24/7 Care to Orphans in Haiti," a project run by our partners at Mercy & Sharing. Here's a message from Louis Fawcett, one of the Project Leaders:"Because of your generosity, Mercy & Sharing continues to provide shelter, food, round the clock care, education, medical care, and therapy to 126 orphans in Haiti, half of whom are disabled. We have started a new program that allows some of the disabled kids to go to school with the other students at the Learning Academy on the campus of Mercy & Sharing Village. It is amazing to see all of the kids learning, laughing, singing, and playing together!"Wow, what an awesome update and powerful reminder of what is possible when we join together!
We're also excited to share that, this month, your donations will be combined to benefit a project called "Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Companion Birds" run by our superstar partners at Mickaboo. Did you know that most animal shelters are designed to house cats and dogs but are unable to accept domesticated birds like parrots? Enter Mickaboo! They're a volunteer-run nonprofit in San Francisco that provides veterinary care for rescued birds in the area. Many of the birds come to them injured, abused, neglected, or very ill. Mickaboo give them the second chance they deserve.Here's what Project Leader Pamela Lee had to say when we shared the good news that we selected her project for September:"Mickaboo and its foster flock are honored to be selected as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month! Thank you - the help could not come at a better time! Summer is the season of greatest stress for a companion rescue bird."Thank you for being part of the GlobalGiving community and reminding us all what good is possible when we come together. It's truly an honor to share this update with you, and we look forward to more good news in October!Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
There is a province in China that features green mountains similar to the Lord of the Rings setting. This province in China is also stellar at producing spicy food and dramatic opera. It is one of the largest provinces of China, claiming 187,260 square miles as its own. The province is Sichuan province, directly in the center of China. Three months ago, Sichuan province was hit with an earthquake. This earthquake measured 7.0 on the magnitude scale, and caused 196 people to die and 11,826 to incur severe injuries. 2 million people have been displaced from their homes. This same province also faced a massive earthquake in 2008, an 8.0 magnitude disaster stealing the lives of 69,195 people and causing 18,392 people to go missing.
Friends, you have shown China that each one of these earthquake-affected people is important through your financial gifts to the fund. That’s amazing compassion. When you and your friends and family and dentist and principal and coworkers move money into this fund, GlobalGiving sends it to five highly-vetted organizations on the ground in China, doing disaster relief work. Check out the first updates from three of those organizations to see what they've been doing to rebuild the area.
Mercy Corps and their local partner China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) are reaching even the most remote communities up in the mountains and down in the valleys to assess and respond to their needs, with an initial focus on water and hygiene provisions. People are still living in tents, their homes destroyed. Within disaster relief, there are two distinct stages—response and development. A mere three months since the earthquake have passed and Mercy Corps is preparing already to morph response efforts into development efforts. They have already distributed more than 28,000 hygiene kits that include soap, toothbrushes, diapers, and health care essentials for families. In addition, they have set up day care spots where children can play, freeing up their parents to work on rebuilding homes, businesses, and communities. Finally, child psychosocial programs are helping children and families cope with the stress caused by the earthquake. Since Sichuan province is increasingly earthquake-prone, Mercy Corps is also fueling efforts to help the communities develop early warning systems and have disaster preparedness plans in place.
Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S.H:
Dr. Fei Long made a field trip to Ya'an in Sichuan province two months ago and built up a relationship with a local NGO. This is an important step to planning, implement, and evaluation of the Xintu project in Ya'an. Partnering for capacity building of local NGOs on community mobilization and rebuilding, courses and trainings are being developed and funds are being raised. Dr. Fei Long also met a number of local government leaders and NGO volunteers in field. Long term community development is in the future!
Save the Children Federation:
Save the Children got right to work in Sichuan province after the earthquake, with rescue workers trying to pull as many people out of the rubble within the first 72 hours as possible. Staff immediately arranged to go into the field to assess the damage and impact on the most vulnerable children and their families in the worst-affected areas of Ya’an and Lushan in Sichuan. Beyond distributing numerous relief kits, food, medical supplies, and lanterns, Save the Children also was working in a place where roads were blocked, mobile communications poor, mudslides and flash floods emerging from the heavy rain, and chilly nighttime temperatures. All of these elements have combined to greatly increase the need for help. 6 year-old Li Z, along with many other children, benefitted from the Friendly Spaces that Save the Children was opening up where the children could recover, learn, and play.
Thank you so much for your deep support and compassion. Since it has only been a few months since the earthquake, we have much to do and we want you to be included in it! GlobalGivers, you always change the world.