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Nov 16, 2016

Six months on, recovery efforts continue

IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class
IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class

It has been six months since a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, followed 48 hours later by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,700 aftershocks were felt across the region in the weeks that followed.

Thanks to the more than 2,700 donors who raised more than $800,000, people affected by the earthquake are rebuilding their lives. Our vetted, high-impact partners have been hard at work. Here are six ways your donations have helped the people of Japan.

IMCRA hosted a workshop so survivors and first responders could exchange stories and determine the needs of survivors going forward.

IsraAID  focused on psychological first aid to people living in Kumamoto. They hosted a support program with a specialist on post-disaster psychosocial care and a yoga instructor. They offered a yoga session to parents and children including those with special needs.

Ippan Shadan Hojin DSIA has shifted its strategy from providing food at emergency shelters to more extensive collaboration with diverse NGOs and local Social Welfare Councils (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) to serving food at temporary houses, building communities for disaster-stricken people, and continuing to offer psychological care.

Sweet Treat 311 is providing sustainable learning experiences and stress relief for children affected by the earthquake.

Peace Winds has been providing shelter, food, and counseling, targeting those with children, pets, and special needs. Peace Winds is now planning to move 2,000 families to the new homes and provide them with basic household supplies.

OISCA International dispatched agricultural experts and mobilized volunteers to optimize agricultural production for Nishihara Village for its fast recovery.

Be on the lookout for more stories from the impact of your donation. With your generous support, our nonprofit partners are making a difference in people’s lives, so thank you!

Britt Lake + The GlobalGiving Team

Nov 1, 2016

Project of the Month Update: November 2016

Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We are entering the winter months in D.C. and gearing up for the holiday giving season! Each day, new inspiring projects join our site, and we have one we are excited to share with you this month. 

Last month, 263 of you gave a total of $8,787 to support SIMA’s Bring Global Education to 100 Los Angeles Schools project, which exhibits award-winning documentaries to students in underserved schools, introducing them to a broader worldview.

This month, your donations are supporting Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s Mayan Power and Light project, which gives Guatemalan women skills and support necessary to start small businesses selling and installing affordable solar powerMonika Goforth, Programs Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, has this message for you:

Wow! This is great news! Thank you so much for selecting Mayan Power and Light for Project of the Month!  We've had a great year: first, we got listed as Sustainia's Top 100 Sustainable Solutions and now, GlobalGiving's Project of the Month! This is big.”

When we asked what nearly $9,000 could do for Appropriate Technology Collaborative, Monika knew how your donation would make an impact:

Your support comes just in time, as we plan for 2017's cohort of solar women for an inclusive, sustainable economy.  Now we can mobilize our recruitment for 24 new solar saleswomen who are committed to learning business skills and solar technology to sustainably develop their community while generating income for their families.”

Empowering women and promoting sustainability—sounds like a win-win! We can’t wait to share their progress with you next month.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

 

Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Oct 19, 2016

Your donation at work in Italy

In the two months since a devastating 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy, nearly 3,000 GlobalGivers like you have stepped forward to help. Thank you so much for your generous support of locally driven relief and recovery efforts.

The earthquake claimed 298 lives, injured more than 350 people, left 4,500 homeless and many more in need of food, water, and medical care. Our partners on the ground have been responding since the first days after the quake, and I’d like highlight three partners whose work you are funding:

  • Mission Bambini has been working to ensure 750 students at 15 schools damaged by the earthquake are able to continue their educations without interruption. They’re helping affected schools replace vital school supplies like computers, books, and scientific equipment.
  • Immediately after the earthquake struck, IsraAID dispatched their disaster response and relief team to affected areas across central Italy, focusing on the hard-hit towns of Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, and Accumoli. They assisted search and rescue efforts, delivered emergency aid supplies, and provided psychosocial support to survivors. 
  • The team at ActionAid focused their response on meeting the needs of people most often marginalized after a major disaster—women, children, and people with disabilities. They’ve coordinated with local women’s groups to help survivors dealing with trauma from the earthquake, begun mapping public spaces and buildings according to their safety post-quake, and have been monitoring the allocation of governmental relief funds to ensure they’re reaching affected communities.

All of this work on behalf of earthquake survivors is possible thanks to the support of generous donors like you. Thank you so much for standing with those in need, and look for future updates on the progress of long-term recovery efforts in Italy.

Warmly,
Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

 
   

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