Photo: Health Equity International by Nadia Todres
I joined GlobalGiving one year ago. Having recently left a position at a hospital in Haiti because of the pandemic, I returned to California to begin my first entirely virtual role with GlobalGiving’s disaster response team. While still in Haiti, I watched from abroad as my home country entered its first lockdown. Haiti, a country with a medical system crippled by poor infrastructure due to hundreds of years of corruption and extraction, feared what was to come. As time moved on, while many countries witnessed their darkest days, countries like Haiti seemed to have almost miraculously unscathed. We know now that wouldn’t last.
In my new role with GlobalGiving, I was able to follow the work of hundreds of GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners as they stepped up to serve their communities throughout the pandemic. I saw how organizations such as Southern Vision Alliance provided economic relief through small-dollar grants to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income individuals and organizations responding to the pandemic in North Carolina, or how partners like Hogar Bambi delivered first-line medical care, including vaccine distribution, to children in Venezuela. As time progressed, and hotspots shifted, we witnessed communities navigate the pandemic in entirely different ways. And thankfully, donors like you made it possible for us to support many of these communities around the world.
Throughout my tenure at GlobalGiving, Haiti never left my mind. As life returns to ‘normal’ in the United States, many countries fight for vaccine equity. Today, not a single vaccine dose has made it to Haiti, and the delta variant has begun to flood hospitals like Saint Boniface Hospital, managed by Health Equity International. Despite this challenge, Health Equity International continues to advocate for vaccine access throughout the country, all while providing high-quality healthcare to Haiti’s southern peninsula.
The fight for vaccine equity has exposed a new crisis, one which was already deeply embedded in the inequities that underpin our world. Only 1% of the world’s 1.3 billion vaccines injected have made it to the African continent. India, home to the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has struggled to produce enough vaccines for its own population—leading to the diversion of doses once promised for low-income countries through Covax. While much progress has been made, globally, we have a lot of work to do.
Your donation has supported GlobalGiving partners on the front lines, providing care and advocating for vaccine equity in their communities. Partners such as the Migrant Clinicians Network are working to support health care providers as they educate and vaccinate at-risk communities throughout the United States.
It is thanks to your support that GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners continue to work from Nepal to New Orleans, responding to the pandemic. With your support, we recently awarded 54 grants totaling almost half a million dollars to nonprofits working in 18 countries on issues ranging from vaccine equity to child protection. This brings the number of organizations we’ve been able to support to 446, thanks to you. You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief Fund grants at the bottom of this update.
In gratitude and solidarity,
Mikaela + The GlobalGiving Team
LIST OF GRANTEES:
Fresh Start Recovery Centre
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
International Community Foundation
Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance
Health Equity International
Care 2 Communities
Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action- ESPWA
Afghan Institute of Learning
Aid Afghanistan for Education
Mobile Mini Circus for Children
Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD
Peace Bridges Organization
PLANET WATER FOUNDATION
Cambodian Children's Fund
Las Pinas Persons with Disability Federation Inc.
The Sunshine Charity
Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation)
Perkumpulan Pelita Indonesia
Health in Harmony
Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation
Nepal Youth Foundation
DCWC Community Hospital
Child Rescue Nepal
The Small World
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
THE HIMALAYAN GRASSROOTS WOMEN'S NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL (HIMAWANTI NEPAL)
Bangladesh Environment and Development Society
PROTIBANDHI SHISHU SHIEKKHA O PARICHARJA SAMITY
Disable Development & Educational Foundation
The Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc.
Hogar Bambi Venezuela
Center for Amazon Community Ecology
Fundacion Accion Pais para la Formacion de Liderazgo Social
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)
American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center
Save Youth Future Society
Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development
Union of Health Work Committees
Middle East Children's Alliance
Migrant Clinicians Network
Mission Dove Cambodia
The Mustard Seed Mission
Asociacion Civil Ingenieria sin Fronteras Argentina