I’m Mari, the co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, and I wanted to reach out personally to thank you for supporting earthquake relief in Nepal. As you likely heard, for the second time in less than three weeks, a major earthquake struck in Nepal today. This time it was 7.3 magnitude tremor, centered 50 miles east of the capital in Kathmandu. Thanks to your support, our partners on the ground are responding quickly and delivering aid to newly affected areas.You have been part of a tremendously compassionate response. We’ve seen people giving from 107 countries around the world, including young children, grandparents, Nepali citizens, climbers who have summited Mt. Everest, and leading companies and their employees.We know that every donation has a story. It represents compassion, kindness, and sacrifice.Here’s one story we heard last week that underscores the power of a global community:“We’re donating this money because we know what it is like to be in a situation like the one the people of Nepal find themselves in. Many of us were so devastated during the war in Liberia; we lost everything, even loved ones. Now looking at what we saw on TV and on the internet about Nepal, really motivated us to help with the little we are able to give right now. The war in Liberia and the Ebola situation we are going through are enough to tell us what those people are going through.”The $200 donation was sent by Nelly Cooper, the president of West Point Women for Health and Development, a grassroots nonprofit in the West Point slum of Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. Nelly and the West Point Women have been vital frontline workers in the fight against Ebola over the past year. Many of the West Point Women volunteered to lead community education and advocacy efforts during the height of Ebola, even when their own families were affected. Funded in part by GlobalGiving donors, these women have played a tremendous part in helping Liberia become Ebola-free. Now they’re giving alongside you to help support recovery in Nepal.Thank you for being part of an incredible global community that is deeply committed to building and supporting a community of local nonprofits, who, after disasters, are often best-positioned to provide the long-term recovery work that communities need long after the news stories have faded from the headlines.We’ll continue to do our part to encourage more leading companies to join you in supporting Nepal recovery. There are several companies who have already made a commitment to join you in giving to GlobalGiving’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund: Discovery Communications, Ford Motor Company Fund, TripAdvisor, and VMware Foundation were among the first to pledge grants to the Fund. Companies including BlackRock, Celanese Foundation, Discovery, DuPont, Ford, Lilly, NetSuite, Nike, VMware, and others are matching employee donations or providing additional contributions. We expect these donations to total more than half a million dollars in the next month or so.We look forward to a day when we receive word from a healing Nepali community that they are eager and able to support others in their time of need. Until then, we’ll be sending your support where it’s needed most; not just to the populous districts like Kathmandu and Sindhupalchok, but also in remote Gorkha district near the epicenter of quake.Thank you again for your kindness.
Mari KuraishiCo-founder and President, GlobalGiving
Dear Project of the Month Club,
We're so close to summer here in Washington, D.C. and that can only mean one thing: bring on the heat. I'll tell you something pretty cool, though: your impactful donations to GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club are bringing meaningful change to powerful nonprofits around the world.
In April, 214 of you gave an astounding, $6,649 to support "Help Costa Rican Locals Care for 10,000 Mangroves", run by Fundacion Neotropica in Costa Rica. They support community groups working for mangrove tree conservation and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica.
This month, your donations are going to "Drama, Dance, Music, & Sport for Kisumu Youth", a project by Equip Manyatta in Kenya. Through this project, children growing up in slums in Kenya have the opportunity to explore avenues they wouldn't otherwise be able to, like music and sports.
From Keevan, co-chair at Equip Manyatta:
"We at Equip Manyatta and the Mayatta Youth Resource Center are so honored and humbled to be selected as a Project of the Month this May at GlobalGiving! Being chosn really gives us a much-needed boost and we thank you for your generosity in supporting organizations like ours across the globe."
So what does a youth resource center in the slums of Kenya do with about $6,500? Keevan's got an idea or two:
"These funds will ensure that the girls and boys who are relying on us for educational support this year will be able to stay in school for sure. Our senior team's provincial campaign will not be interrupted due to lack of funding, and our younger players will be able to participate in tournaments that provide the life experience of working cooperatively. Our recording studio can produce more music, creating employment. This will allow us the financial stability we have often struggled to achieve, and provide the cushion we need while we pursue grants and other long-term funding opportunities."
Your dedication to supporting grassroots, locally-driven nonprofits around the world is truly inspiring. Thank you so much for your decision to become a GlobalGiver!
Warmly, Mari + the GlobalGiving Team
Ten days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, your donations are already making a difference on the ground. While more than 7,000 people are confirmed dead and close to 15,000 people are injured, you are making life a little easier for the millions more affected by this earthquake.
GlobalGiving has already sent funds to 26 organizations working tirelessly to provide relief to the people of Nepal. Your donation has contributed to the following efforts:
You can click on the link to any of the individual projects to see the updates they’ll post about how they are using the funds.
We are sending funds to additional organizations this week and, as always, will keep you informed as to how your donations will be used. We have also posted a link to frequently asked questions on the page. For now, these funds are supporting the immediate needs of the relief efforts. In the coming weeks and months, your donations will support longer-term recovery efforts as people try to regain normalcy in their lives. Thank you for helping the Nepali people in the aftermath of this earthquake.