Dec 10, 2020

Your support is crucial as Syrian refugees search for stability

Photo: IsraAID
Photo: IsraAID

Thanks to your ongoing generosity, nonprofits have been able to provide real and tangible relief during an incredibly strenuous time for Syrian refugees. 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Syrian refugees face compounding challenges that affect their basic needs and everyday lives. The fall season began with a heartbreaking string of fires that destroyed more than 12,000 refugee tents in the Moria refugee camp, the most populated refugee camp in Europe. Located on the Greek island of Lesbos, Moria is known for harsh living conditions such as severe water and soap shortages, spoiled food, and extreme overcrowding. But even at its worst, Moria provided shelter and necessities for those in need. After the fires, even these points of stability were unavailable. Many who live in the camp had to sleep in barricaded street zones or the woods after the crisis. 

GlobalGiving’s longtime partner IsraAID provided food and hygiene kits to families separated by the fires, including an IsraAID teacher at the Moria refugee camp. The teacher (who we will refer to as Osama) was confined to a barricaded police zone with his family after fleeing the fires. Osama’s family slept on the street for several days without sufficient access to food or hygiene supplies because of restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. After days of close communication with Osama, the IsraAID team was finally able to deliver a box of essential items to him and his family. By working together with Osama, the team distributed more hygiene kits and offered psychosocial support interventions for other refugees.

Your donations helped provide 1,500 hygiene kits and 100 children’s activity packs to families like Osama’s. The activity packs offer more than just fun activities for the children—they are also a creative outlet and a healthy distraction from the difficult situations around them.

This is just one of many stories from our amazing partners on the ground. Thank you for continuing to support them. We look forward to sharing more examples of how your donations provide real, community-led relief in the coming months. 

With gratitude,

Sami + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: IsraAID
Photo: IsraAID
Dec 8, 2020

Time to Unite

Photo: JAAGO Foundation
Photo: JAAGO Foundation

Though 2020 is coming to a close, its struggles are not, especially for the more than one million Rohingya refugees, many of whom are still living in Bangladeshi refugee camps three years after the initial crisis. Your support of the Rohingya community is more crucial—and more appreciated—than ever in these trying times. I’ll leave it to JAAGO Foundation founder Korvi Rakshand to share what it’s like to provide a safe haven for refugee children living in Bangladesh. 

What about JAAGO's work in support of Rohingya refugees are you most proud of? 

Every child deserves to have a normal life and a safe environment to grow up in. JAAGO is currently supporting almost 500 Rohingya children directly by providing them safe shelter and food, informal education and trauma management through play therapy. These kids had to go through severe trauma at an early age. They have seen so much cruelty and violence at a very young age. At least we could take a small step to help them and make them feel guarded. Even during the pandemic, we are trying to provide for them as much as we can. Three of our volunteers are working continuously with a group of eight to ten children so that they don’t feel alone. To be honest, there is a lot more to do, to take pride in..

In your view, how can donors best support Rohingya refugees? 

This is the time to get united. Given that many of our donors are facing financial issues themselves, it has been really difficult to get help from the outside, especially for children who are orphans; it's been a challenge even to provide them with nutritious food. We would really appreciate more help so we can appoint more people to come on board and continue our work maintaining social distancing. 

Since 2018, JAAGO has been able to support children in the Kutupalong refugee camp by boosting trauma management, cognitive understanding, social skills development, and conflict resolution, while also ensuring personal protection and proper hygiene. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, project leaders like Korvi are continuing to provide necessary aid to the Rohingya, making way for a better 2021. 

With gratitude, 

Shannon + the GlobalGiving Team

Dec 4, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: December 2020

Fundacion Calicanto
Fundacion Calicanto

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

From the bottom of my heart: thank you. This holiday season, you’ve given locally-led nonprofits the gift of stability in a time of instability, helping them support their communities in a giving season like no other. 

Throughout the month of November, you joined an incredible 614 donors, raising $25,104 in support of Green Light for Girls and their project Give Girls a Green Light in STEM Around the World. Your collective compassion ensured Green Light for Girls can continue helping girls explore STEM through their COVID-19-safe educational broadcast series and science experiment kits. 

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce yet another awe-inspiring nonprofit helping women and girls unlock their full potential: Fundación Calicanto. Their project Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama, works to reduce gender inequalities and provide professional training opportunities for women in Panama who live in marginalized communities and often struggle to access educational resources.

Fundación Calicanto's CAPTA program helps these women reach personal and professional independence through vocational training, leadership development, and psychological support. After completing the program, participants earn a certificate to work in the region’s thriving hospitality industry and are better able to support themselves and their families. 

Fundación Calicanto leader Hildegard Vasquez shared her gratitude to you and other Project of the Month Club members for supporting Fundación Calicanto’s mission:

“Our team couldn’t be more excited and empowered about the news that we have been selected for GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month. We work to reduce gender inequalities and provide professional training opportunities for socially at-risk populations in Panama. The current global and local context provided us with a unique opportunity to adapt the CAPTA Program to a digital version through which we continue to fight poverty and reduce the social gaps towards access and opportunity. This strategy has allowed us to amplify our impact capacity to include the needs of our former, current, and new beneficiaries. Thank you to GlobalGiving for the incredible recognition of the work that our team, beneficiaries, partners, and directors have committed to throughout the years.”

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

We anticipate that the program’s current virtual format will allow us to reach women from every region of Panama without restrictions and to better adapt to the various profiles and needs of the women, regardless of where they reside. We also seek to sustainably expand our impact by improving our post-program connection with the graduates. We want the sense of belonging to persist through the foundation and the women's' lives. Through this fund, we aim to successfully continue to support the women post CAPTA by embracing their personal and professional journey to be ambassadors of the program and agents of change in their communities.”

To learn more about how Fundación Calicanto is helping women succeed, check out their most recent report from the field

I can’t express how grateful I am for your profound generosity during this trying time. Thank you for making this holiday season brighter for nonprofit leaders around the world!  

Warmly,  

Alix Guerrier 

GlobalGiving CEO

Woman participates in a CAPTA workshop
Woman participates in a CAPTA workshop
 
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