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Jun 4, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: June 2020

Photo from Soccer Without Borders
Photo from Soccer Without Borders

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a healthy and safe month of May. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 585 other club members that came together to give $25,095 last month to Infinite Family and its project, Mentoring African Teens to School and Life Success, that is helping Black South African teens develop self-reliance and resourcefulness in as they prepare for their lives as young adults and beyond.

This June, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Soccer Without Borders' and its project Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua

Soccer Without Borders' mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change and provide underserved youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. The Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua project gives girls living in Granada, Nicaragua the social, educational, and economic support they need to overcome obstacles to success and achieve their personal goals. Through the activities, girls earn participation points that are exchanged for school supplies and uniforms as well as school scholarships.

Senior Manager of International Programs Jenn Bell expresses her thanks to you and other Project of the Month Club members for supporting their mission:

“We are honored and thrilled to be selected for the Project of the Month Club and join this outstanding group of organizations and change-makers! Thank you to all of the Project of the Month Club members for supporting the work to build inclusive communities through soccer. With your support, we will continue to advocate for gender equity in Nicaragua, both on and off the pitch.

Jenn went on to share plans for how your generosity will power their efforts this year:

“The news of our selection comes at a critical time for our project in Nicaragua. Since Nicaragua's political crisis escalated in 2018, in combination with the impact of COVID-19, our project has not been able to host several annual events that typically fund our year-round work. The support from the Project of the Month Club will fill that gap and go directly towards our year-round programs which offer daily soccer, educational, and community-building programs to more than 450 girls in Granada and an additional 1,200 youth through events, camps, and leagues across Nicaragua. With these funds our team of mentor-coaches will be able to continue to cultivate safe spaces for women and girls, ensuring that each member of the SWB community feels connected and cared for during these challenging times.”

Learn more about Soccer Without Borders’ work by reading their recent updates from the field.

Thank you again for your continued generosity. I look forward to sharing July’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Infinite Family
Photo from Infinite Family
Jun 3, 2020

In the Face of Twin Emergencies, Progress Continues

Photo from Foodbank Australia
Photo from Foodbank Australia

Though it seems like a lifetime ago for so many of us, the devastation of the bushfires across Australia at the beginning of the year remains a sad reality for impacted communities and the natural environment. Many families and communities are still waiting for assistance. While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is not only upending our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, it is also disproportionately hurting the most vulnerable among us and those already struggling to recover from previous disaster events, like the bushfires.

GlobalGiving is working around the clock during the COVID-19 crisis to best serve our nonprofit community that is spread across 170 countries. We have launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund, piloted a Hardship Microgrant Initiative, and doubled down on trusting our partners to know what is best for their communities during this emergency.

At the same time, GlobalGiving remains committed to serving our nonprofit partners on the front lines of continued bushfire recovery work in Australia. Within the last few months, we have made more grants from our Australia Wildfires Relief Fund to Australian organizations that are providing direct support to impacted communities. I want to share how five of our partners are doubling down on their critical work in the midst of the pandemic thanks to your donation.

  • Australian Community Philanthropy (ACP) is the peak organization that serves the nearly 40 community foundations across Australia. These local community foundations are best placed to understand the key needs of bushfire-impacted communities, and many are actively on the frontlines of bushfire recovery. ACP is working closely with its members to provide resources, one-on-one support, and coordination to effectively drive a unified response in partnership with local communities.
  • Community Foundation For Tumut Region has been serving local communities since 2004 and is now providing direct support to bushfire-impacted families through the provision of pre-paid gift cards from local businesses. In this way, the organization is seeking to not only give aid directly to families in need, but also to support the local business sector. 
  • Alternative Technology Association (Renew) recognizes the global climate emergency that played a major role in the Australia bushfires crisis. The organization is working directly with homeowners and other community members to build back homes in a green and sustainable manner. Its current work is informed by its extensive experience serving fire-impacted communities after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in the state of Victoria.
  • Catholic Social Services Australia is responding across the nation in many of the communities that it has long served in its more than 40-year history. In partnership with impacted communities, the organization is deploying local Community Recovery Workers that are committed to long-term recovery through the provision of counseling, social asset mapping, coordination and referral services, and other community engagement projects.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society NSW is playing a major role in St. Vincent de Paul Society’s overarching national response to bushfire recovery in Australia. In NSW, one of the hardest-hit states, the organization is activating a holistic response that includes basic relief services (food, clothes, and temporary shelter), assistance with children (school fees and transportation), economic assistance, and psychosocial support.

As always, you can also check in on the progress of our other partners, especially those working on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. In the months ahead, GlobalGiving will continue to support our Australian nonprofit partners and, at the same time, will be building new partnerships with grassroots organizations that are serving neglected needs across the country.

All of this vital work has been made possible by your donation. Thank you for your incredible generosity. Joining together with more than 23,000 other people, your choice to support community-led recovery efforts in Australia makes all the difference during this difficult time.

Stay safe and well.

With gratitude,

Chase + the GlobalGiving team

Photo from Foundation for National Parks &Wildlife
Photo from Foundation for National Parks &Wildlife
May 27, 2020

Continued Recovery During A Global Pandemic

Photo from HeadKnowles Foundation
Photo from HeadKnowles Foundation

The planes full of tourists stopped arriving at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport in late March. With one of the most restrictive “shelter in place” policies globally, the Bahamas has been on an intense lockdown for nearly two months. President Minnis and his leadership made clear the seriousness of the restrictions: 

The order instructs every individual, excluding for essential workers, to remain to the confines of their residence, including their yard space, to avoid contact outside of the family, except for essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, pharmacy or gas station to refuel.”  

While some aspects of life in this multi-island country are returning to “normal,” it’s important to remember that just months prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Bahamas suffered catastrophic casualties and destruction from Hurricane Dorian.  

It is estimated that more than 50% of GDP in the Bahamas is tourism-based. And while Nassau was seeing a return to more typical levels of activity in early 2020, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and many of the Out Islands were still struggling to repair, rebuild, and recover. Once COVID-19 became a serious concern, all work to rebuild housing, repair, and reopen schools, and to establish marine habitats came to a grinding halt. 

Many of our international partners were forced to pause or severely limit their work, as well as evacuate their teams from the islands. But this hasn’t changed local teams’ commitment to their nation’s recovery. Because of your generosity, we have been able to provide much-needed emergency funding to Lend a Hand Bahamas and Head-Knowles Foundation, two anchor nonprofits that have continued serving their communities and those impacted by the continued adversity experienced by the people of the Bahamas.  

Lend a Hand Bahamas works with at-risk youth and provides programming in the Grants Town community in Nassau. But all the usual programmingbasketball tournaments, computer classes, and sewing classeswas halted to abide by lockdown and movement restrictions. Leveraging relationships allowed the Lend a Hand team to provide healthy meals to 150 children and the elderly each week during the month of April. In addition, they have mobilized in new ways to support their core community:

We have rolled out a mobile connectivity plan for the youth and seniors in the community to include 100 participants. They are utilizing smartphones to connect via group video calls to stay in touch, to participate in an online literacy program, virtual art program, receive other critical updates/have access to online educational resources, to learn to sew masks, and even to participate in community virtual karaoke and exercise programs.” 

- Shelagh Pritchard, Director, Lend a Hand Bahamas

Beyond Grant’s Town, Lend a Hand is working in partnership with other local nonprofits to provide food and hygiene and household supplies to 120 families in the Gambier neighborhood.  

Much of the post-Dorian recovery has been focused in Nassau and on Abaco and Grand Bahama Island.  But the Bahamas is a country of more than 100 islands, several dozen of which are inhabited. While task forces have been formed to address food shortages in New Providence, the need is still acute on several of the Out Islands. Head-Knowles Foundation, a new GlobalGiving partner, is using your donations to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to get food and supplies to families on Andros, Eleuthera, and Long Island, and more remote parts of Abaco. Since the storm, Head-Knowles has been a driving force in the provision of food and water, medical supplies, furniture, and more. They are now also working to establish storm bunkers, full of crucial resources, to promote preparedness for future storms.

Thank you again for your contributions to the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund. Your generosity allows our nonprofit partners to stay nimble in the face of numerous hardships. And, of course, I hope you will continue to stay safe and well during these complicated times.

With gratitude,

Donna Callejon + the GlobalGiving Team

Lend a Hand Bahamas Making Deliveries in Gambier
Lend a Hand Bahamas Making Deliveries in Gambier
 
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