Aug 11, 2020

Finding refuge from the storm

Photo courtesy of BEDS Bangladesh
Photo courtesy of BEDS Bangladesh

Your generous contribution to the South Asia Flood Relief Fund has strengthened local nonprofits’ capacity to respond to catastrophic floods that destroyed homes, threatened livelihoods, and left mosquito-borne diseases in their wake. The 2020 monsoon season has affected more than 25 million people in South Asia, and half of Bangladesh’s districts are currently underwater. This dire situation affects many in the region still recovering after the devastating storm in May, Cyclone Amphan.

While the statistics are sobering, the commitment of our nonprofit partners across South Asia is unwavering. Each year, these frontline heroes lead critical relief efforts to save lives and rebuild the livelihoods lost in the floodwaters. Let’s take a closer look: 

  • Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) has been working in the storm-prone coastal region of Bangladesh since 2010. As the community experienced the compounding crises of COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan, BEDS sought to improve food access through sustainable shrimp farming and native seed cultivation. Community response teams led awareness programs, distributed masks, and provided families with flooding safety kits, which included a life jacket, boots, a raincoat, and a headlamp. To compensate for electricity shortages caused by severe storms, BEDS is ramping up efforts to deliver renewable energy sources along the Sundarbans coast and has established three solar panel stations thus far. 
  • Association for Women’s Awareness and Rural Development (AWARD) is working to keep Pakistanis safe from future flooding events while also protecting against a second wave of the coronavirus. They distributed 150 food packages and masks to support families affected by COVID-19 and subsequent job losses. AWARD also conducted six disaster risk reduction awareness sessions in high-risk flood areas of the Muzaffargarh District to ensure that even the most remote communities were prepared for the 2020 monsoon season. 
  • Janaki Women Awareness Society (JWAS) in Nepal was preparing for summer storms in early March when the coronavirus lockdown stalled community surveys and construction of additional flood shelters. Despite the setback, the nonprofit partnered with local governments to provide food relief to some of the most marginalized communities in the province that were still recovering from the previous storm season.

These local nonprofit partners and many others are working around the clock to deliver life-saving rescue operations, relief materials, and medical attention to the people bearing the brunt of destruction caused by climate change. A huge thank you goes to GlobalGiving donors for their kind support in the face of this humanitarian crisis, and for standing with partners aiming to build a more resilient future as the floodwaters recede.

With gratitude,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo courtesy of AWARD Pakistan
Photo courtesy of AWARD Pakistan
Aug 7, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: August 2020

Photo from Whispering Seed
Photo from Whispering Seed

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. GlobalGiving and its partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 590 other club members that came together to give $21,700 last month to Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN). Its project, Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center, provides youth currently or previously in foster care with opportunities to nurture their interests and talents, acquire new skills, and focus on their well-being.

This August, your generous Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Whispering Seed and its project Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre

Whispering Seed’s mission is to bridge the traditions of sustainability and holistic education through innovative programs while drawing on rich local wisdom and traditional cultures. With cultural diversity and new models for sustainable development in mind, Whispering Seed is pioneering creative solutions for the challenges Myanmar will face during its critical years of development.

Whispering Seed’s Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre project works hand-in-hand with local community members. The rural training center helps youth in the rapidly developing country learn about and maintain traditional practices of living in harmony with nature while incorporating new ideas, principles, and technologies for a more sustainable future. Through the skills and awareness trainings and workshops the center offers, youth can change destructive and unsustainable patterns in their lives and remain connected to their roots.

Founder Jim Connor shared his excitement and gratitude for being chosen as Project of the Month:

“We are overjoyed to hear the news of our Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre project being selected as Project of the Month Club for the month of August. We are grateful for your support to help make a greater impact on the youth we work with in Myanmar. During these extremely challenging times we all face, your support is even more relevant to help us empower and build capacity among our youth in the areas of self-empowerment, education, and sustainability.

Connor shared how your generosity will impact Whispering Seed’s operations throughout the year:

“The funding will allow us to set up our first training for local youth and villagers to build the first natural building at the center, teaching them cost-effective techniques for building sustainably. We will then be able to host other youth empowerment workshops and begin to train a team of local youth leaders to work with us through our new center. Additionally, the funding will help support our teacher training internship for teachers working with children from remote and underprivileged backgrounds.”

Keep up with Whispering Seed’s work by checking out their most recent updates from the field.

Your generosity is making a difference. Thank you for doing your part to support community-led change, and I look forward to sharing September’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
Aug 5, 2020

Your donation is making an impact in a time of crisis

Photo from La Fondita de Jesus
Photo from La Fondita de Jesus

In the face of so many overwhelming challengesfrom COVID-19 to recent earthquakescommunities across Puerto Rico continue to show extraordinary courage and determination. Now, on top of these challenges, the impacts of Hurricane Isaias as it passed Puerto Rico in recent days serve as a stark reminder of the precarious position of the island as we continue into this year’s hurricane season. Each additional disaster event further complicates the already daunting journey to recovery that communities continue to face long after Hurricane Maria struck nearly three years ago. 

Thanks to your support of our Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund, GlobalGiving has recently activated additional emergency donations in support of our trusted nonprofit partners on the frontlines. Now more than ever, our partners are providing critical services to community members most in need, combating misinformation, and standing in solidarity with those who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and/or family members during this devastating time. 

Here is a brief snapshot of how your generosity is making a difference right now in communities across Puerto Rico during this time of crisis:

  • Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico is ensuring that every individual impacted by disaster has access to justice, the right to housing, and the fair recovery of their communities. While the organization continues to provide pro-bono legal services to communities impacted by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes, it is also ensuring that all communities on the island have a reliable source of information they can access about key topics like COVID-19 and employment, elder rights, domestic violence, displacement, and housing. To do this, the organization is constantly managing and updating its knowledge platform that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people in recent weeks.

  • La Fondita de Jesús remains committed to serving individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater San Juan area. As the COVID-19 crisis rages on, community members experiencing homelessness (many as a result of Hurricane Maria’s long-term impacts) are especially at risk of infection by the virus because they lack reliable, safe shelter. Each day, the organization is preparing and delivering hundreds of hot meals, especially in support of elderly constituents. The organization is also providing remote assistance to its community members in its permanent housing programs through on-staff social workers, substance abuse counselors, and psychologists.

  • Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continues its dedicated mission to supporting low-income, isolated elders in rural communities in northwest Puerto Rico. The organization is actively providing holistic support to 50 elders in the form of grocery delivery, safe cleaning supplies, accurate information, and best practices to remain safe from the virus. 

Thank you for choosing to support community-led disaster recovery efforts. We will have more updates to share about the impacts of your generosity in the coming months. 

Please stay safe and well.

With gratitude,

Chase + the GlobalGiving team

Photo from Puerto Rico Rises
Photo from Puerto Rico Rises
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