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.
Jun 12, 2018

It's Showtime! It's Shorgol!

SKHM children show off their talents
SKHM children show off their talents

The children with our partner South Kolkata Hamari Muskan worked hard this spring to put on a wonderful show of dance, art, and theatre.  

This year’s annual show was called “Shorgol!” and featured a visual array of costumes and stage decorations, as the children acted in skits and performed karate feats and dances. More than 110 children participated showcasing their many talents—it was an event to remember! (and a very involved but gratifying effort by SKHM staff and volunteers!)

The value of the arts is unmistakable in how it stimulates creativity, community, and innovation. While many children of our partner SKHM face deep struggles at home, with parents who are sex workers, the arts provide therapeutic relief and an outlet for expressing and processing their emotions.

This annual show gives the children confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and happy memories, all of which help to lay the foundation for a healthier, brighter future.

SKHM was kind to thank Global Fund for Children for “making kids’ dreams come true." We thank YOU as part of our caring team of supporters!  

Thank you for your generosity and for working with us to make sure all children, like those served by SKHM and CAP, are safe, strong, and valued.

We’ll continue to keep you informed about the progress of this important project.  If you have any comments or questions, contact me at tmokrzycki@globalfundforchildren.org.  Thank you!

Karate and other feats are part of the annual show
Karate and other feats are part of the annual show
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
May 22, 2018

Can you hear them?

First stop....London!
First stop....London!

Do you hear them? From Parkland, FL, to Bangladesh, youth are speaking out. Challenged by poverty, violence, or lack of access to education and training, they’re courageously standing up for a more just and safe world.

We are listening, and we stand with them. Thanks to donors like you, we can stand with them more often, within their own communities and bring people who need to listen directly to them.

As part of GFC’s Voice of Youth campaign, we have kicked off our global Listening Tour, a series of youth-led events in multiple cities about social, civic, and policy decisions affecting our young people.  These events are creating open and safe spaces for us to ask young people how we can engage them more in our work, what they would like to see on our youth council and what they want to say.

Our first stop in the U.K. was a stark, honest conversation with London’s youth reminded us all how important it is to bring them to the table on decisions, policies, and programs that impact their lives. 

The youth attendees shared not only their needs and fears, but their unwavering desire to drive change in their communities.

Amy, 17 told us: “Young people are getting angry - there is unrest on the streets – we do not want to feel unsafe anymore. There is going to be a big change coming, and it is going to be my generation and that makes me excited and hopeful.”

We need more voices echoing the #voiceofyouth. We need you! Let others know you’re committed to youth voice and rights, and to getting children and young people the tools they need to live lives of dignity and independence.  

Make sure to tell us why listening to youth is important—we’ll keep you updated as we take our tour to new places.

Our audience were keen to hear from young people
Our audience were keen to hear from young people

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