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Sep 12, 2018

We've Reached our Funding Goal!

South Kolkata Hamari Muskan
South Kolkata Hamari Muskan

In partnership with Seamont Foundation, Global Fund for Children has reached its funding goal of countering trafficking and hazardous labor in India by empowering locally led grassroots organizations. Thanks to this partnership and all donations contributed through GlobalGiving, the selected grassroots organizations will act as agents of change on a local, national and global scale, and build more resilient communities.

Through this five year partnership, GFC will be able to identify key organizations and institutions working with children and youth impacted by trafficking and hazardous labor in targeted regions within India. The funds raised will provide programmatic support and organizational growth to four or six grassroots organizations currently addressing child trafficking in their communities. The grassroots organizations will implement activities centered on reducing risk, removing children from harm, and rehabilitating and reintegrating them into safer and more nurturing living environments. 

A BIG thank you to all our donors who have given via our GlobalGiving page. You have made a tangible difference to the lives of children in India and we are very grateful for your support.

Aug 20, 2018

Introducing some of our youth council members!

Voice of Youth Logo
Voice of Youth Logo

We are excited to announce that Global Fund for Children's Youth Leadership Council is growing! Earlier this year, we kicked off our Voice of Youth initiative, aimed at creating a safe space for youth to voice and share their thoughts and opinions on what matters most to them. Today, we have five newly appointed council members, each actively involved or leading youth-led organizations all around the world. 

Meet the team, and learn why they've chosen to commit to this initiative! 

Mete, 26, Chief Executive of My Life My Say and Councillor for Stoke Newington
Mete is best known for his work in setting-up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People and for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 UK General Elections. The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London borough of Hackney, he is also Chair of the Skills, Economy & Growth Commission in Hackney, which has a remit for skills, economy and growth in Hackney. Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election campaign leading on youth engagement. Alongside his role in politics, Mete previously worked for Arsenal & Southampton FC as a football scout for their respective youth departments.

Jemma, 24, co-Director of School Space 
Jemma works with schools to rent out their facilities in evenings, weekends, and holidays, raising income to invest in children's learning, and linking state schools with their local community. They also aim to raise companies' awareness of facilities schools have to offer, increasing private potential to give back and aid their own CSR aims.

Sasha, 21
Sasha is a third-year student from Moscow, Russia. She has had the opportunity to experience several roles, from having her own business (and learning how to be a barista from the very scratch: scrapping floors) to working with refugees back in Moscow, to being an international student and an ambassador for the model united nations world. I do believe that creating equal opportunities for everyone from the very beginning is a good start for the better world.

In October, the team will come together to develop a streamlined vision for how they will use their strengths and leadership experience to help elevate the voices of youth. This is where we need YOUR help! The more money we raise on our Global Giving page, the more we will be able to elevate the voices of our council members on a global scale.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates and introductions to Nik and Nasra!

Mete
Mete
Jemma
Jemma
Sasha
Sasha
Jun 19, 2018

Disaster update on Fuego volcano relief

ASOGEN staff & volunteers deliver relief items.
ASOGEN staff & volunteers deliver relief items.

I wanted to share a few updates on the Fuego disaster response activities that your gift is supporting:

There are over 3,600 people, mostly families of single mothers and children, who are living in 20 shelters closest to the disaster area. Our partners Asociación Generando (ASOGEN) and Asociación Defiende have been providing critical assistance to these disaster survivors. 

  • ASOGEN is providing much-needed household, hygiene, and nutrition items to mothers and their children who are most vulnerable within the shelters. There are adolescent mothers with newborns, and mothers widowed by the volcano with multiple children that ASOGEN is supporting with medicines, hygiene kits, cleaning kits, and diapers—everyday items often overlooked as critical for mothers and families. As the crisis period begins to transition towards recovery, they are helping families build plans to recover and find pathways forward to what’s next. 
  • ASOGEN is lobbying the local government and CONRED (Guatemala’s emergency response agency) for permission to receive families in their shelter space where they can provide more specialized support, privacy, and safety for vulnerable women and girls. They are also developing a psychosocial recovery program for women and children, in which a group of psychologies will help survivor work towards healing, social reintegration, and a positive attitude towards their lives ahead. 
  • Asociación Defiende has sent a rapid response team to multiple shelters in impacted areas. They are facilitating therapeutic art/play activities & providing shelter management guidance to protect vulnerable women and girls.  

Global Fund for Children has begun releasing emergency funding and continues to support our partners, liaise with and leverage funding sources, and keep donors like you apprised of the situation. This relief and recovery effort is expected to continue for many months.  

But it's times like these, that we're moved by friends like you who show the world what compassion in action truly means. Thank you for your support!  

We will continue to keep you informed about the progress of this critical work. If you have any comments or questions, contact me at fgomez@globalfundforchildren.org. Gracias! 

ASOGEN delivers help to families in shelters.
ASOGEN delivers help to families in shelters.
 
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