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Apr 8, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: April 2020

Photo from Pachamama Raymi
Photo from Pachamama Raymi

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a safe and healthy month of March. In the midst of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we are so grateful that you and 581 other club members still chose to donate $22,490 to Trunks & Leaves and its project, Investing in Communities to Conserve Elephants, which is working to foster evidence-based conservation of wild Asian elephants and their habitats in Sri Lanka and beyond. In the coming months, your kindness and generosity towards community-led nonprofits like this one will become even more critical, as nonprofits will be forced to adapt and operate on even tighter budgets during the ongoing pandemic.

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Pachamama Raymi and its project, Donate trees to help impoverished families in Peru. Pachamama Raymi’s mission is to eradicate poverty in rural communities and end the cycle of environmental degradation through sustainable practices. The Donate trees to help impoverished families in Peru project will help lift more than 1,000 families in rural Peru out of extreme poverty through peer learning and healthy competition. The aim is to accelerate the recovery of degraded soils and vegetation while helping the villages and the families living in them to manage their natural resources in a sustainable way.

Nonprofit Leader María F. Varela expresses her gratitude to you and other Project of the Month Club members and shares how your gift will aid Pachamama Raymi’s work in the future:

“We are very excited and happy to be selected...With your contributions, we can buy pine seeds, carry out an internship on reforestation, implement bio-gardens, trout farms, and help entire communities regain sustainable livelihoods.“ 

Learn more about Pachamama Raymi’s work in some of its latest project reports.

Thank you very much for supporting local solutions to problems around the globe. I look forward to sharing May’s Project of the Month with you.

Warm wishes, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Trunks & Leaves
Photo from Trunks & Leaves
Mar 25, 2020

United in Response to COVID-19

Thank you for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund. As we come together to adapt to new realities unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic, GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground, providing medical support and meeting critical needs in communities around the world. The new coronavirus is now present in nearly every country in the world, and this pandemic has taken thousands of lives and is affecting millions of people. Today, we'd like to show you how your donation is bringing relief to vulnerable people in some of the most intensely affected areas.

With your support and contributions from our corporate partners, GlobalGiving has made emergency grants to nonprofits working hard to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and the United States. The full impact of this unprecedented global crisis is not yet known. But GlobalGiving remains committed to raising and delivering funds for both immediate relief and long-term recovery. Thank you for being part of the solution! Below are a few ways your donation has already made a difference.

Amid global shortages, Direct Relief is delivering personal protective equipment and essential medical supplies to health facilities in the U.S., China, and other affected countries. In close coordination with public health officials, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, Direct Relief has been providing much needed N-95 surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, and face shields to frontline health workers.

Hubei province in China was the original epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, with Wuhan city being the most acutely affected. One Foundation rapidly launched a response in late January. Their teams provided medical care and coordinated the distribution of medical supplies and equipment for health workers, and provided online consultation for local communities. Since the outbreak, the One Foundation team has supported 499 hospitals in 81 counties across Hubei Province, including maternal care and children’s hospitals.

Another Chinese GlobalGiving partner, Non-Profit Incubator (NPI), launched the "Alliance to Battle COVID-19 on Community Level” to bring together experts, activists, and researchers to address community concerns and priorities. This initiative focuses on conducting sustainable community building, resolving community problems, and cultivating volunteer spirit. The initiative began with a series of community-based interventions to drive increased attention and resources where needs were greatest. This helped mobilize resources to frontline workers and vulnerable communities most affected by the outbreak, and support residents to self-organize and volunteer safely in their communities. In the long term, the alliance aims to establish a learning network that empowers grassroots community organizations and social worker institutions, for both online and offline capacity building long after the pandemic has passed.

Italy has become the new epicenter for this pandemic, and the Italian Red Cross has been in the front lines of the COVID-19 response from day one. Their team has been providing emergency health care, psychological and emotional support, logistics, informative campaigns, surveillance activities, and health screenings. In partnership with public health entities, the Italian Red Cross is safely coordinating case management. They are triaging patients, conducting testing, and managing transportation to hospitals, if necessary, or providing medical care for non-infected patients at home. Through regional emergency units, they are supporting pre-triage activities to identify new positive cases before they enter emergency rooms and home health care services.

Relief International is acting fast to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Iran. Relief International is delivering protective medical gear and equipment to frontline health workers including masks, goggles, and gloves. Their teams are working tirelessly to launch preventive campaigns and deliver critical hygiene training to help stop the spread of the virus.

A mere two weeks ago, South Korea had the second highest rate of COVID-19 cases. The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Korea has been working with local restaurants to deliver meals to children who rely on school lunches for their nutrition. The A-PAD Korea team is providing meals across six children centers in Daegu, the worst affected region in South Korea.

Hundreds of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are mobilizing to meet urgent and evolving COVID-19 needs in their communities. Your support is crucial to their efforts and the eventual defeat of COVID-19. We will continue to keep you informed as we actively monitor this crisis and support valiant efforts to bring this global pandemic under control. We stand in solidarity with you and these amazing responders as we rise to face one of the most challenging crises in modern history.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina da Cruz
Senior Humanitarian Response Specialist

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Mar 19, 2020

Community-powered recovery across the Caribbean

Photo from International Community Foundation
Photo from International Community Foundation

More than two years after its landfall, the immense impacts of Hurricane Irma still linger across the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Southeastern states of the U.S. mainland. GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners remain hard at work on the ground in affected communities. Here is a snapshot of recent updates from three organizations that your donations have supported:

  • Patient Assist VI is committed to helping those with chronic illnesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands that continue to struggle because of the impacts of the 2017 hurricane season, especially as health and medical infrastructure on the islands goes through its own recovery process. In 2019, the organization was able to serve more patients through the provision of free or reduced price medications than it had at any time in the past and stay true to its founding principle: no person should have to choose between the medications they need to stay healthy and the food they need to stay alive.

  • The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is serving as a catalyst for initiatives promoting environmental and marine recovery across the Caribbean. For example, on St. Thomas, the foundation will soon be concluding its Fruit Tree Restoration Project. This project has resulted in around 660 hours of volunteer labor, serving 33 farmers, and planting 440 fruit trees on St. Thomas. The fruit trees will help restore the local ecosystem and agriculture industry that was devastated during the 2017 hurricane season.

  • The International Community Foundation is now more than halfway through its Barbuda Community Grants program that is focused on 12 community-led projects that continue to advance and strengthen the community of Barbuda. These projects include the reparation of critical water sources, youth engagement, food security, and small business support. For example, the BarbudanGO Water Harvesting Initiative is providing 400-gallon water tanks, spouting systems, and fittings to Barbudan households to increase their access to potable water.

Please stay tuned in the coming months for more updates about the ongoing impacts of your donation. From the entire team here at GlobalGiving, thank you for your extraordinary generosity.

With gratitude,

Chase + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Patient Assist VI
Photo from Patient Assist VI
 
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