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Nov 6, 2019

There's no place like home

Photo from Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders
Photo from Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders

It has been more than a year since Hurricane Florence claimed more than 50 lives and damaged thousands of homes and buildings. News about the recovery process may not make the headlines, but our nonprofit partners are still hard at work, listening to affected communities and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. 

Here’s how your generosity is making a difference:

Some groups that were left particularly vulnerable after Hurricane Florence include the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families. Our partner Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas wants to make sure that everyone has a fair chance at recovery, which is why they have been helping vulnerable survivors move from unsafe living conditions and into temporary housing while waiting for more permanent housing solutions to be found. The organization has used its most recent grant from GlobalGiving to provide temporary shelter assistance to 51 households, consisting of 112 adults and children. Director of Foundation Relations, Melissa Parrish, says this about what your donations have made possible:

“The impact this funding has had on survivors is almost unimaginable. Not only has it assisted in moving them out of terrible situations, such as living in tents, cars or mold-riddled homes, but it has also reminded them that they have not been forgotten.”

Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders is using your donations and the help of volunteers to rebuild homes for low-income families in New Bern, North Carolina. It recognizes that low-income individuals are often the last to gain any sense of normalcy, and recovery often seems like a “distant vision.” It also recognizes the specific risks that the gutted out homes pose to particular groups like the elderly, who deal with heightened trip-and-fall hazards. As a result, the organization recently restored another seven families in need to their sturdy, new homes. To further this process, GlobalGiving made a grant earlier this year to support the organization’s purchase of construction materials to assist families in navigating the rebuilding process.

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry Inc (WARM) has been hard at work rebuilding six homes for low-income homeowners in three different counties in North Carolina. Not only has the organization worked to make homes livable again by repairing what was damaged by Hurricane Florence, but it has also taken the time to make additional repairs so that homes are safer and more accommodating, including repairs to make homes more accessible to individuals with disabilities and the elderly.

With the giant financial burden of attempting to repair damaged or destroyed housing looming, even more families are unable to replace the household furnishings that made it a true home. Furniture Finders is helping restore comfort and peace of mind by providing much-needed furniture at no cost to those with damaged or destroyed homes. By letting affected individuals select the furnishings they want, Furniture Finders is hoping to restore to survivors a sense of dignity and free up their finances to be used on other essential costs of living. To date, the organization has helped more than 160 families with furnishings and has recently helped renovate apartments for another 100 residents.

Thank you for your incredible support of community-led relief efforts. Your donations have made it possible for vulnerable communities to receive the care and support they deserve. We look forward to sharing more on how our partners are working toward long-term recovery in the future.

Warmly,

Claire + the GlobalGiving team

Nov 5, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: November 2019

Photo from Pieta House
Photo from Pieta House

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

Happy November! Did you know that over the past few months your generosity has spanned across five different continents? To providing quality education for children in the Brazilian Amazon to supporting endangered bandicoots in Australia, your monthly donations are making it possible for high-impact projects around the world to succeed.

Additionally, you and 566 other club members raised $24,109 for the month of October in support of Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) and its project created to Send 100 Girls to STEM Camp in Nigeria. Way to go! 

This month, your donation will support our nonprofit partner Pieta House and its project Save a Life - Counselling for People in Crisis in Ireland. Pieta House is committed to providing free mental health services to those in crisis and has served over 36,000 people in the past 12 years.

Funding and Grants Executive Erin McKay wanted to express her gratitude to you and the other Project of the Month Club members:

“Thank you so much to GlobalGiving and your donors for selecting us as one of your projects of the month. October was mental health awareness month and we are here in Ireland working to reduce stigma and increase awareness around our lifesaving work. The start of winter is a hard time for people, so being the November Project of the Month raises our visibility to people who may be in need of our help. We are so grateful for your support as we are an organization for and by the people of Ireland with most of our funding coming from generous people like yourselves.”

This November, your donation will specifically support Pieta House’s free one-on-one counseling for individuals in crisis. Many of the individuals that Pieta House serves come from disadvantaged areas where substance abuse, unemployment, and poverty are the norm, and mental health services are not accessible. Pieta House offers evidence-based emotional and psychological support at no cost to the individual.

Erin is excited to reach even more individuals in need with the help of our generous community of donors:

“Your generosity will go a long way to supporting our lifesaving work. Your donation will support our ability to provide crisis counselling for people who are experiencing a suicidal or self-harming crisis. Our intervention support offers people the lifeline they need to replace self-harm with self-love, reasons for dying with reasons for living, and despair with hope.”

You can learn more about the Pieta team’s work and achievements in their latest project report.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the Project of the Month Club. We can’t wait to share where your generosity is headed in the month of December.

With Gratitude, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Women's Technology Empowerment Centre
Photo from Women's Technology Empowerment Centre
Nov 5, 2019

Mexico Earthquake Recovery: Updates from the field

Photo from AYOK, A.C.
Photo from AYOK, A.C.

This past August, GlobalGiving’s Mexico Field and Evaluation Team traveled around the country to visit with our nonprofit partners and to experience firsthand the revitalization of communities affected by the 2017 Mexico Earthquakes. 

These visits, conducted by our incredible team of eight field travelers, were an invaluable opportunity to explore the progress achieved by our nonprofit partners in the two years since the disaster. All reports pointed to measurable successes made possible through recovery funds raised by GlobalGiving donors like you. 

From learning about the economic importance of traditional ovens in the Afro-Mexican community of Pinotepa Nacional to walking down a street filled with freshly-painted murals breathing life back into the earthquake-stricken Huejotengo, field travelers were met with stories of resilience in each location that they visited. Here’s what they’d like you to know about the project you’ve funded:

Centro de Accion para el Desarollo CODICE, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca 

Current Project: Engaging the community in sustainable land-management practices, and recuperating economic losses after the earthquake through agroforestry production.

“At first, the local women I met with were reluctant to comment on the success of the program. As we began to visit the dozens of homes that were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, the evidence of reconstruction was everywhere from wall reinforcements to complete home restoration. In this community, it is considered impolite to be self-congratulatory, and they preferred to let the tour of the completed work speak for itself.” 

  • Nicté Tellez

AYOK A.C., Huejotengo, Morelos

Current Project: Strengthening women’s economic empowerment post-disaster through furniture building workshops and a new entrepreneurship program designed to market avocados as the main economic good. 

“I was very impressed with the confidence and empowerment that AYOK has achieved in the community of Huejotengo. They have given hope to many that it is possible to prevent future destruction and recover from an event such as the 2017 earthquake.” 

  • Alejandra Avila 

Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C., Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca

Current Project: Preserving the Zapotec culture and revitalizing the local economy through the creation of neighborhood murals and organizing traditional crafts workshops in marginalized communities.

“Community members come together to complete service projects around the community, like cleaning up the local river. Service credits can then be used to learn skills and complete activities at the community center (like hammock weaving and pottery).  While the organization is relatively new (formed after the earthquakes), it is well-run and is well-respected by its constituents.” 

  • Chase Williams

Promotora de Servicios para el Desarrollo, S.C., Zacatepec Mixe, Oaxaca

Current Project: Risk mapping to reduce vulnerability to future disasters; diversifying and improving family income through cultivating a variety of crops.

“My visit to PRODER turned into a class immersed in the culture, geography, ecology, and tourism of the upper region of the Mixe mountain range. The knowledge that Fernando (Program Director) has to share and his rich, local expertise made this site visit an incredible experience.” 

  • Nicté Tellez

Thanks to your support of GlobalGiving projects like these we can fuel long-term recoveryof local communities affected by a disaster. That is why two years after the earthquake, with your help, we continue to build the capacity of our nonprofit partners in Mexico through grants, convening opportunities, knowledge sharing, and disaster preparedness workshops. 

Many thanks for your support,

Andrea Osorio + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Manos Que Reconstruyen, Oaxaca
Photo from Manos Que Reconstruyen, Oaxaca
 
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