Jul 6, 2020

Project of the Month Club Update: July 2020

Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this complicated time. GlobalGiving and its partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 601 other club members that came together to give $25,742 last month to Soccer Without Borders. Its project, Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua, uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change and provides underserved youth the tools to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.

For the month of July, your generous Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) and its project Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center

FAN's mission is to cultivate a focus on youth well-being and positive development in a safe and loving environment. Through its youth development and family support programs, it provides youth that are currently or were previously in foster care with opportunities to nurture their interests and talents, acquire new skills, and gain a sense of personal and group recognition in an atmosphere of hope. 

FAN’s Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center project is instrumental in creating a safe environment for youth to grow, and it already serves up to 110 children, young adults, and parents/caregivers through the center's holistic programming. The new center, staffed by certified youth peer specialists, will host its after school program, recreational activities, support groups, mental health workshops, and provide targeted case management, support, and referrals for youth and their families. 

Executive Director Josephine Mazyck shares her initial reaction and appreciation at being chosen for Project of the Month:

“Thank you so much for your charitable contribution...We wouldn't be able to change the lives of our FANmilies without gifts from organizations and kind people like you. It truly takes a village, and we are fortunate to be able to build a community for our FANmilies.

Mazyck also shared plans for how your donation will strengthen FAN’s impact throughout the year:

“During these uncertain times, this donation will help us continue to provide quality programming by providing technology access, buying program supplies and materials, and providing direct services to families such as meals, cleaning supplies, and masks. We're also looking forward to fundraising to replace our van once we get back to in-person gatherings with our young people and FANmilies.”

You can keep up with FAN’ progress in its community by reading their recent updates from the field.

We are so grateful for your generosity. I can’t wait to share August’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

Photo from Soccer Without Borders
Photo from Soccer Without Borders
Jul 1, 2020

Weathering These Uncertain Times Together

Photo from Tomorrow's Youth
Photo from Tomorrow's Youth

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health. I want to begin by recognizing how challenging it’s been to care for ourselves and our families with the many important events unfolding around usfrom crucial racial justice conversations, to monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, and keeping up with health advisories as well as reopening protocols and projections for the future. Yet, thanks to you and our community of nonprofit leaders worldwide, I remain optimistic. Because of your generosity, since the end of April, we have awarded: 

$1,300,000 to 47 nonprofit partners across more than 20 countries.

Engulfed by so much uncertainty, our partners are continuing to do what they do bestshow up to support their communities through the unfolding complexities.

Within the U.S., you helped fund relief and support in the form of medical care, shelter, meals, financial assistance, mental and emotional support services. One such example is the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, which operates in all 50 states. Its teams have creatively adapted medical services, launching telehealth consultations and setting up care in parking lots as well as conducting testing and handing out protective medical equipment. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country I once called home, Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO) is implementing innovative solutions to help its communities stay healthy. This coalition of inspiring Congolese women’s associations has been hard at work, making soap and protective masks as well as building water stations. I can attest first-hand that this is no easy feat, considering the lack of running water in many of these areas. But, instead of being discouraged, they continue to shine a light in their community and have even launched a campaign to sensitize individuals about the best health practices to mitigate risks and where to access support.  

In Brazil, Associação de Saúde da Criança is providing physical, mental, emotional, and social support to children and their families. They are working around the clock to deliver hygiene products, medication, and other critical supplies for 250 families—an average of more than 1,000 individuals across Rio de Janeiro.

You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief grants at the very bottom of this update.

I may not know how this virus will be affecting our world when I send you our next update. But you can rest assured that we will continue to monitor and assess pressing humanitarian needs and partner with high impact, community-led organizations providing critical support to those who need it most.

You can learn more about GlobalGiving’s holistic and community-led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic here

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina 

List of Grantees:

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Peru

Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá, Colombia

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canada

Brazil Child Health/Associação de Saúde da Criança, Brazil

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, USA

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, USA

Chengdu Hezhong NGO Development Center, China

The Children’s Center, USA

Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc., Philippines

Community Skills Development, South Sudan

Global Medic, Canada

Ednica, Institución de Asistencia Privada, Mexico

Egyptian Food Bank, Egypt

Enjoyable Aging / Starost v radost, Russia

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, USA

Fundación de Beneficencia Privada Banco de Alimentos de Puebla, Mexico

Fundación Patronato María Auxiliadora, Colombia

Global Fund for Children, various Latin American Countries

Global Fund for Women, Brazil

Greater Boston Food Bank, USA

Health and Illness Awareness Fit for You Raising Awareness with Students, USA

Instituto Oswaldo Ribeiro De Mendonca, Brazil

Interfaith Neighbors Inc., USA

Latin American Youth Center, USA

LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc., USA

Mission old Brewery, Canada

Mothers2Mothers, various countries in Africa

Move for Hunger, USA

Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, Mexico

Narada Foundation, China

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, USA

National Day Labor Network, USA

Network of Organizations working for people with Disabilities in Pakistan

One Planet, Peru

Organismo de Nutrición Infantil, Mexico

Promoción y Acción Comunitaria, Mexico

Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan RSKS, India

Reach Out NGO, Cameroon

Sarah’s Circle, USA

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, USA

Snehalaya, India

Sozidanie, Charitable Foundation, Russia

Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO), DRC

Voice Trust, India

World Vision Somalia

Xilotl Asociación para el Desarrollo Social, Mexico

Zindagi Trust, Pakistan

Photo from Fund Life International
Photo from Fund Life International
Photo from Afghan Institute of Learning
Photo from Afghan Institute of Learning
Jun 24, 2020

Community-led Relief: Weathering Wildfires and COVID-19

Photo courtesy of Guitars in the Classroom
Photo courtesy of Guitars in the Classroom

While the worldwide pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have drastically impacted the entire GlobalGiving community, we’ve been hard at work listening to the needs of our nonprofit partners and donors. The GlobalGiving Disaster Recovery Network recognizes that for communities already hard-hit by previous disasters and fighting to recover from damaged homes, lost wages, and ongoing trauma, the effects of the COVID-19 virus lockdown have been especially difficult. 

We reached out to our trusted nonprofit partners in California who were attuned to the voices in their community long before the 2018 wildfires and are continuing to respond to the current crisis. From Chico, Northern California, to San Diego, these incredible organizations are meeting the needs of their communities, filling the gaps in state funding, and preparing Californians for the upcoming 2020 wildfire season.

Your generous support of the 2018 Wildfire Relief Fund is fueling the following community-led responses to the economic, health, and emotional impacts of COVID-19:

Sheltering the Unhoused:

  • The town of Chico, California received thousands of survivors from the nearby Camp Fire with open arms, and nonprofits such as Safe Space Winter Shelter have helped house those who lost their homes in the fire. When California issued their shelter-in-place order, Safe Space developed a plan to house 145 medically vulnerable community members experiencing homelessness in local motel rooms. Many of these guests have been identified as having a high risk of developing complications from COVID-19. “They have been managing medical conditions like diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer while living unsheltered, and it is clear to us just how critical shelter is in a person’s ability to address medical needs.” Beyond simply having access to a bed, a bathroom, and a shower, guests receive full case management and support to shelter-in-place. 
  • United Way of Northern California has expanded its 2-1-1 operations in response to the spike in calls from residents in search of food, utility and rent assistance, and COVID-19 sample tests. By targeting support to displaced workers, senior citizens, and those facing homelessness, this United Way team is committed to addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities as California enters phase three of re-opening. 

Local News in Native Languages 

  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) launched a COVID-19 task force to provide rapid response information to Spanish monolingual, Mixteco, and Zapoteco community members at a time when the usual high-touch, door-to-door strategies are unavailable. The organization is working to ensure that Indigenous language-speaking communities have access to stable internet connectivity to keep them informed on the latest public health updates in Santa Barbara, one of the counties with the highest infection rates in the state. 

Fighting Financial Instability 

  • The Ventura Community Foundation launched the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund for COVID-19 to bolster the efforts of nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, and mental health services through a partnership with Give an Hour. The Fund is also filling in the gaps in federal and state funds by supporting small businesses through this crisis so they will be able to re-open as key providers of employment, connection, and development in their local communities. 
  • The North Valley Community Foundation has been working nonstop for residents in Butte County still recovering from the Camp Fire in 2018. Their nonprofit network has prioritized COVID-19 testing through local labs, food, shelter, children’s services, and personal protective equipment for first responders. Looking ahead, they are gearing up to ensure that students in rural areas will have access to internet connectivity and other resources they need for virtual education in the fall. 
  • Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans operates in San Diego, a city with one of the country’s largest resettled refugee communities. Recognizing the immediate impact on a community where many work in the restaurant, tourism, and small business sectors, PANA activated a response to provide small, one-time grants for resettled individuals to cover rent, utilities, childcare, food, and other emergency needs. 

Emotional Wellness for All

  • During such draining and stressful times, Give an Hour has adapted its programs to reach essential workers, undocumented families, and all Southern California residents who are looking for mental health resources through its phone and web-based support lines, offering guidance and healing six days a week. Through English and Spanish resources, Give an Hour even hosted a wonderful Emotional Wellness session with the GlobalGiving team that left us feeling seen, and refreshed to continue directing relief efforts to communities impacted by COVID-19 across the world. 

In this era of uncertainty, we are grateful to GlobalGiving donors like you who believe in the power of local, community-led responses to disasters. Thank you for standing with those affected by the frequent California wildfires. We’ll be back with future updates on how your contribution is building state-wide resilience. 

With Gratitude,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team 

Photo courtesy of Jake's Diapers
Photo courtesy of Jake's Diapers
 
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