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Jul 6, 2020

Because of you, Virgin Islanders receive medicine + supplies

Photo: Patient Assist, St. Thomas Recovery Team
Photo: Patient Assist, St. Thomas Recovery Team

In the fall of 2017, back to back storms made landfall in the U.S Virgin Islands. Thanks to your generous donation, GlobalGiving has continued to support vital nonprofits in the USVIs impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  

It’s been a year since we made a $10,000 grant to Patient Assist, thanks to your support. This funding helped to ensure that the most vulnerable residents across the USVIs would receive life-sustaining medicine, regardless of cost. 

Two-plus years after the storms, many workers from the hospitality sector were still waiting to start working again, as hotels and rental properties awaited government support to rebuild and reopen. One Patient Assist staff member shared the story of Ms. H:

Ms. H lost her job as a housekeeper at a large hotel after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Her job loss also resulted in a loss of health insurance benefits. Although she has been able to work odd jobs, her employer has not yet re-opened. Our work with Ms. H has allowed her to obtain her insulin at no cost from the manufacturer and, working with our local pharmacy partner, she pays nothing for her oral medications, as well! Patient Assist will continue to work with Ms. H until she is able to return to work.” 

2020 has brought new challenges, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and restricted movement across the islands. Patient Assist has continued its important work and teamed up with another recipient of funding from GlobalGiving and our donors—St. Thomas Recovery Team—to provide much-needed supplies and food to families on St. Thomas. This prompted us to make an emergency response donation to Patient Assist last month, further extending the power of the GlobalGiving donor community across the ocean.

Thank you for your support of GlobalGiving and our amazing partners in times of need.

With Gratitude,

Donna + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Patient Assist
Photo: Patient Assist
Jul 6, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: July 2020

Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this complicated time. GlobalGiving and its partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 601 other club members that came together to give $25,742 last month to Soccer Without Borders. Its project, Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua, uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change and provides underserved youth the tools to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.

For the month of July, your generous Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) and its project Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center

FAN's mission is to cultivate a focus on youth well-being and positive development in a safe and loving environment. Through its youth development and family support programs, it provides youth that are currently or were previously in foster care with opportunities to nurture their interests and talents, acquire new skills, and gain a sense of personal and group recognition in an atmosphere of hope. 

FAN’s Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center project is instrumental in creating a safe environment for youth to grow, and it already serves up to 110 children, young adults, and parents/caregivers through the center's holistic programming. The new center, staffed by certified youth peer specialists, will host its after school program, recreational activities, support groups, mental health workshops, and provide targeted case management, support, and referrals for youth and their families. 

Executive Director Josephine Mazyck shares her initial reaction and appreciation at being chosen for Project of the Month:

“Thank you so much for your charitable contribution...We wouldn't be able to change the lives of our FANmilies without gifts from organizations and kind people like you. It truly takes a village, and we are fortunate to be able to build a community for our FANmilies.

Mazyck also shared plans for how your donation will strengthen FAN’s impact throughout the year:

“During these uncertain times, this donation will help us continue to provide quality programming by providing technology access, buying program supplies and materials, and providing direct services to families such as meals, cleaning supplies, and masks. We're also looking forward to fundraising to replace our van once we get back to in-person gatherings with our young people and FANmilies.”

You can keep up with FAN’ progress in its community by reading their recent updates from the field.

We are so grateful for your generosity. I can’t wait to share August’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Soccer Without Borders
Photo from Soccer Without Borders
Jul 1, 2020

Weathering These Uncertain Times Together

Photo from Tomorrow's Youth
Photo from Tomorrow's Youth

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health. I want to begin by recognizing how challenging it’s been to care for ourselves and our families with the many important events unfolding around usfrom crucial racial justice conversations, to monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, and keeping up with health advisories as well as reopening protocols and projections for the future. Yet, thanks to you and our community of nonprofit leaders worldwide, I remain optimistic. Because of your generosity, since the end of April, we have awarded: 

$1,300,000 to 47 nonprofit partners across more than 20 countries.

Engulfed by so much uncertainty, our partners are continuing to do what they do bestshow up to support their communities through the unfolding complexities.

Within the U.S., you helped fund relief and support in the form of medical care, shelter, meals, financial assistance, mental and emotional support services. One such example is the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, which operates in all 50 states. Its teams have creatively adapted medical services, launching telehealth consultations and setting up care in parking lots as well as conducting testing and handing out protective medical equipment. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country I once called home, Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO) is implementing innovative solutions to help its communities stay healthy. This coalition of inspiring Congolese women’s associations has been hard at work, making soap and protective masks as well as building water stations. I can attest first-hand that this is no easy feat, considering the lack of running water in many of these areas. But, instead of being discouraged, they continue to shine a light in their community and have even launched a campaign to sensitize individuals about the best health practices to mitigate risks and where to access support.  

In Brazil, Associação de Saúde da Criança is providing physical, mental, emotional, and social support to children and their families. They are working around the clock to deliver hygiene products, medication, and other critical supplies for 250 families—an average of more than 1,000 individuals across Rio de Janeiro.

You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief grants at the very bottom of this update.

I may not know how this virus will be affecting our world when I send you our next update. But you can rest assured that we will continue to monitor and assess pressing humanitarian needs and partner with high impact, community-led organizations providing critical support to those who need it most.

You can learn more about GlobalGiving’s holistic and community-led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic here

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina 

List of Grantees:

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Peru

Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá, Colombia

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canada

Brazil Child Health/Associação de Saúde da Criança, Brazil

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, USA

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, USA

Chengdu Hezhong NGO Development Center, China

The Children’s Center, USA

Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc., Philippines

Community Skills Development, South Sudan

Global Medic, Canada

Ednica, Institución de Asistencia Privada, Mexico

Egyptian Food Bank, Egypt

Enjoyable Aging / Starost v radost, Russia

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, USA

Fundación de Beneficencia Privada Banco de Alimentos de Puebla, Mexico

Fundación Patronato María Auxiliadora, Colombia

Global Fund for Children, various Latin American Countries

Global Fund for Women, Brazil

Greater Boston Food Bank, USA

Health and Illness Awareness Fit for You Raising Awareness with Students, USA

Instituto Oswaldo Ribeiro De Mendonca, Brazil

Interfaith Neighbors Inc., USA

Latin American Youth Center, USA

LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc., USA

Mission old Brewery, Canada

Mothers2Mothers, various countries in Africa

Move for Hunger, USA

Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, Mexico

Narada Foundation, China

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, USA

National Day Labor Network, USA

Network of Organizations working for people with Disabilities in Pakistan

One Planet, Peru

Organismo de Nutrición Infantil, Mexico

Promoción y Acción Comunitaria, Mexico

Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan RSKS, India

Reach Out NGO, Cameroon

Sarah’s Circle, USA

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, USA

Snehalaya, India

Sozidanie, Charitable Foundation, Russia

Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO), DRC

Voice Trust, India

World Vision Somalia

Xilotl Asociación para el Desarrollo Social, Mexico

Zindagi Trust, Pakistan

Photo from Fund Life International
Photo from Fund Life International
Photo from Afghan Institute of Learning
Photo from Afghan Institute of Learning
 
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