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Sep 6, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: September 2019

Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo
Photo from Fundacion Minga Valpo

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a great summer! We finished off our summer with our Little by Little Campaign, where we encourage all our nonprofit partners to activate their donor base and show that when everyone gives a little, it goes a long way! With $60,000 in matching and $8,000 in bonus prizes from GlobalGiving, our partners raised more than $260,000 to fund their innovative projects around the world.

Additionally, you and the other 549 club members collectively raised $21,141 for the month of August in support of Project Maji Foundation, a GlobalGiving partner based in sub-Saharan Africa, and their project Sustainable Solar-Powered Water Kiosks in Ghana. Your support allowed them to continue combating the issue of water scarcity through sustainable efforts, as well as help improve local families’ economic situations by reducing the time needed for fetching water. 

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support Fundacion Minga Valpo, a Chilean organization whose goal is to promote sustainable human development as they link people, communities, and institutions to provide support for vulnerable children and youth, all the while protecting and preserving the environment.

Organization Director Carolina Moraes Zambrano wanted to pass along this message of gratitude to you and the rest of the Project of the Month Club supporters:

“We want to express our profound gratitude for the trust and confidence placed in our team. Thanks to your support, we have been able to improve this beautiful project and further our sincere commitment to developing better spaces for children in situations of social vulnerability. 

This September, your donation will support their Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood project. By giving to this project, you are supporting their children’s community center in Valparaiso, Chilethe Ludoteca Mercedas well as the supervised programming and workshops there in the areas of cooking, gardening, music, and more. The Ludoteca Merced is fulfilling a great need in Valparaiso, as children are oftentimes put at risk as a result of poverty, violence, and too much time on the streets. 

Supporting more than 50 different kids a year, Fundacion Minga Valpo takes a different approach than conventional behavior correction organizations and aims to mitigate potential risk behaviors before they start. They achieve this goal by creating a space for children to learn, play, and find love and belonging—with volunteers and professionals always there for support.

Director Zambrano shares how your gift will help them expand their mission in the future:

We are planning to recruit extra teachers and expand the availability of workshops, so we can reach more children. We would also like to renovate the Ludoteca with solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and a greenhouse for food production. We want to make it an example for the community and teach children from all around Valparaiso about how to care for our environment.

You can read all about their recent work in their latest project report. And if you want to see the ongoing impact of your donation this month, you can subscribe to their updates by visiting their GlobalGiving project page! 

Thank you again for your extraordinary support! We can’t wait to tell you where your generosity is heading in October.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Project Maji Foundation
Photo from Project Maji Foundation
Sep 5, 2019

Two Year Anniversary Of Rohingya Displacement

Photo by OBAT Helpers
Photo by OBAT Helpers

August 25th marked the second anniversary of the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority population and the ensuing mass exodus of the Rohingya into Bangladesh. With negotiations over the resettlement of Rohingya refugees between Bangladesh and Myanmar stalled, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees remain caught in limbo, unable to return to their homeland. 

The monsoon season in Bangladesh officially started on June 17. A strong start to this annual weather phenomenon has created new challenges for displaced Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Fortunately, with support from the international community, the efforts of monsoon preparedness campaigns are helping to mitigate some of the damage incurred by the temporary camps this season. 

 

The Sunshine After the Rain 

Despite the difficulties that this year’s torrential rains have added to a fragile housing situation, GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners are providing unfaltering assistance to refugees living in the displacement camps.  

See how your contribution helped to bring light to the Rohingya community amidst the storm season:

New Gender-Issues Radio Drama: Internews launched Ma Boin er Lai (“Mothers and Daughters”), a radio program focused on issues facing women and girls from both the Rohingya and host communities. As a serialized radio drama, Ma Boin er Lai follows the fictional lives of a female teacher and her students as they navigate a range of topics including sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, women’s mobility, and access to information.

500 Children Celebrate Eid With New Clothes: Just in time for the Islamic holiday of Eid, OBAT Helpers Inc distributed new clothes to 500 children in the learning centers. This joyful celebration was a welcome break from the trauma these children experience living in displacement. 

676 Water Quality Tests Conducted: In the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains, local water sources are susceptible to contamination from parasitic and water-borne diseases. Luckily, refugee camp workers are prepared for this issue and diligently test water source quality to limit communicable disease within the camp. 

5340 Trees Planted to Prevent Landslides: The rapid development of the Kutupalong refugee camp has led to the deforestation of a fragile ecosystem, and directly increased the likelihood of hillsides during pounding monsoon rains. In order to address this precarious situation, Bangladeshi NGO Friendship is working with the Rohingya community to reforest the region. 

As always, thank you for choosing to support community-led organizations as they stand with the Rohingya refugee community in their ongoing displacement. 

 

With gratitude,

Andrea Osorio + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo by HOPE Foundation
Photo by HOPE Foundation
Photo by OBAT Helpers
Photo by OBAT Helpers
Sep 4, 2019

Report on field

I am finally back in Ghana after an amazing 6 months traveling around West Africa to meet our partners.

Thank you for your support. I was able to provide 53 nonprofits in West Africa with one-on-one personalized fundraising training on areas such as online fundraising strategies, crafting a local giving strategy, donor cultivation, and navigating the GlobalGiving platform while explaining the organization’s mission to encourage donor support of grassroots and community-led organizations.

 

Our nonprofits are doing amazing work in these regions. I witnessed first-hand the impact they make with funds raised on GlobalGiving and challenges they face on the ground. Every site visit left me feeling inspired, enlightened and determined to continue my work across this sector. 

 

In addition to site visits, I hosted nine (9) online fundraising workshops for over 292 nonprofits in West Africa. I also planned and facilitated three GlobalGiving partner meetups in three West African countries (Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to exchange ideas as well as strengthen partnerships between GlobalGiving and local nonprofits.

 

Again, I wrote three (3) audience-specific learn articles for nonprofit partners in West Africa. Articles covered topics such as local fundraising strategies in Sierra Leone, philanthropy in Ghana and achieving financial sustainability as a nonprofit in West Africa. In addition, I wrote nine (9) short stories of amazing organizations from GlobalGiving Voices of the crowd series

 

Also, I collected feedback from GlobalGiving partners to make strategic improvements for online fundraising campaigns and organization-wide partner retention tactics while exploring new cultures and sites and informing GlobalGiving about the cultures and contexts in which our partners work 



Last week, I presented my insights to the GlobalGiving team, sharing country sector trends, partner challenges and recommendations on how to better support our partners on West Africa. 

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