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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Dear Project of the Month Club,

The warm weather is finally here in Washington, D.C., thousands of projects supporting moms around the world are taking part in our Mother's Day Campaign that's kicking off today, and I can’t wait to share the story of this month's Project of the Month selection with you.

In April, 439 of you gave a total of $15,376 to fund Grassroots Uganda's Water System for Peace Demonstration Farm project. With your support, they are installing new a solar water pump, water storage tanks, and more than three miles of irrigation tubing at their farm in Uganda's Mukono district!

This May, your donation is traveling nearly 3,500 miles north from Uganda to fund  Charitable Foundation Zaporuka's Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine project in Kiev. Their Center Dacha provides a temporary home for families while their child receives treatment so that they can fight cancer together.

Iana Dashkovska, Charitable Foundation Zaporuka's project leader, shared this message about her organization's reaction to being selected as Project of the Month:

“When Zaporuka team received the news about the selection of our project Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine project as GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month for May 2018, we were really happy because this project is special for us. Our office is situated inside the Center Dacha, and we see kids and families who stay there every day. We see kids like 5-year-old Yeva who says about the Center when she is at the hospital: “I want to go home!” We do our best to make a home for these kids during the hard period of their life and your support makes it possible!

"Now with the Center that we rent we can guarantee free accommodation for six families. But in reality, at least 15 of such families need a place to stay every day. Our goal is to build a new Center specially designed for kids affected by cancer. Now we have a land plot, a construction project made by local architects for free, all the construction permits, and a part of the necessary amount of money for construction and we continue fundraising. We are starting the construction in June and this $15,000 will be an important contribution that will be used to make a foundation of the new Center."

Thanks for once again investing in the growth of effective, community-led organizations like Charitable Foundation Zaporuka, and in this case helping them build a literal foundation for their future success.

Warmly,
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Grassroots Uganda
Grassroots Uganda
Grassroots Uganda
Grassroots Uganda

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Happy spring! The cherry blossoms are blooming here in Washington, D.C. and I’m happy to share that your donations are heading to Uganda this month.

In March, 433 of you gave a total of $15,236 to support Center for Amazon Ecology’s Support native artisans & rainforest in the Amazon project. CACE works with communities living in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to create and sell home goods, ornaments, and jewelry made from sustainably-sourced palm fiber and natural dyes. Campbell, the project leader, plans to buy a new rosewood distiller which transforms tree resins into essential oils.

This April, you’re supporting Grassroots Uganda’s Water System for Peace Demonstration Farm project. At their farm in the Mukono district of Uganda, people learn about new farming techniques such as crop rotation, composting, and irrigation. Grassroots Uganda is fundraising to install a complete water system including a solar water pump, storage tanks, and irrigation tubing to make watering crops year-round easy.

Lee, the project leader for Grassroots Uganda, was overjoyed when she heard the news.

We here at Grassroots Uganda are so excited and humbled to be chosen for GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month Club! Our water well is already providing clean, safe water to over 3,000 villagers, and your contributions will supply Peace Demonstration Farm with a water pump to pump water over to the farm and 6,000 yards of irrigation tubing. In addition, your donations will provide 1,130 fruit tree seedlings to the villagers of Nyenje and Budugala, and cover maintenance costs to keep the well running for the next 5 years. On behalf of the members of Grassroots Uganda and the villagers of Nyenje and Budugala, we thank you so much for your generous contributions toward the empowerment of our community.”  

Thank you so much for making a new water system for Grassroots Uganda’s community possible! I’m grateful to have you all as part of the GlobalGiving community.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Center for Amazon Community Ecology
Center for Amazon Community Ecology
Center for Amazon Community Ecology
Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Hello from Washington, D.C.! This month, your donations are heading to a standout GlobalGiving partner in the Peruvian Amazon.

In February, 419 of you gave a total of $14,634 to support Reach Out Cameroon’s Change a Girl’s Life Through Microentrepreneurship project. Their team funds small business startup grants for women and girls, and they’re doubling their budget this year thanks to your support! Marc, the project leader, believes they’ll be able to reach twice as many women and girls to help them rise out of poverty.

This month, you’ll be supporting Center for Amazon Community Ecology’s Support native artisans & rainforest in the Amazon project which creates economic opportunities for native communities living in Peru. While many economic activities in Peru, like logging, degrade and deforest the Amazon rainforest, CACE works with artisans to create and sell home goods, ornaments, and jewelry made of sustainably-sourced palm fiber and natural dyes.

Campbell, CACE’s project leader, was overjoyed to hear the news.

“Thank you very much for your generous donation to Center for Amazon Community Ecology’s project - Support native artisans and rainforest in the Amazon! Your support will help us create sustainable livelihoods for families in the Peruvian Amazon and improve health, education, and conservation in their communities.

“This year, CACE will help more artisans learn to make new bird ornaments in skill-sharing workshops and strengthen their associations by continuing our artisan leadership program,” Campbell explained. “We will improve the supply and management of the plants used to make handicrafts by helping create community nurseries and support artisan work parties to plant more chambira palm trees.  Finally, your gift will help us buy a larger distiller to produce and then sell more rosewood and other essential oils coming from our reforestation and wild forest projects.”

We’re so thrilled to support CACE’s work this month! Thank you so much for your generosity, and I look forward to sharing next month’s project with you.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Reach Out Cameroon
Reach Out Cameroon
Reach Out Cameroon
Reach Out Cameroon

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Hello from Washington, D.C.! This month, your donations are heading to a long-time GlobalGiving partner in Cameroon.

In January, 421 of you gave a total of $14,872 to support Wildlife Trust of India’s “Help Save Elephants in India” project. WTI is working with local communities to combat elephant poaching and promote conservation by building elephant corridors—stretches of forested land connecting protected areas that give endangered elephants room to roam freely.

Starting today, you’ll be supporting Reach Out Cameroon’s “Change a Girl’s Life Through Microentrepreneurship” project which empowers young women in southwest Cameroon through small business grants and counseling to help them rise out of poverty. Marc, the project leader, served as a GlobalGiving Ambassador in Cameroon and has hosted two of our field travelers for site visits over the course of Reach Out Cameroon’s six-year relationship with GlobalGiving. He was thrilled to hear they’d been selected as Project of the Month.

“Thanks so much for your support!” Marc said. “Because of this opportunity, 60 more girls living in extreme poverty will receive the chance to start a business and keep working with us for a year. Feel free to glance through our project reports and get to know the girls we work for, amazing people who every day teach us how to make incredible profits and thrive and make so much of very little. You can also check out our project presentation for more info.”

Marc was especially excited because Reach Out Cameroon will be able to double the number of girls they serve with this project because of your generosity. 

“With your support, 60 new girls will join the program, making it a total of 127 for 2018 (Unprecedented growth! 127 is the total girls supported from 2012 to now!!). With the work of past years and this opportunity, our mindset has changed completely. When we identify new girls, we usually try to be measured and not make too much noise. We can only help so few and we don’t want to disappoint girls or create conflict. This February we will be identifying new girls in the community we work, Tole, and we will be making as much noise as possible, because we want to know every girl aged 18 to 35 who is living under poverty. We are trying to answer the question: Is it finally the time for us to expand the project to another location? We already have 4 possible villages! So thanks so much for letting us scale up and change the lives of 127 girls. This 2018 we are going to help as many girls as we ever helped in the whole history of the program!”

We’re honored to support Reach Out Cameroon’s important work alleviating poverty among young women and girls. Thank you for your continued generosity, and I look forward to sharing March’s Project of the Month with you!

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Wildlife Trust of India
Wildlife Trust of India
Wildlife Trust of India
Wildlife Trust of India

Dear Project of the Month Club,

 

Happy New Year! I’m excited to share that we’re starting off the new year by supporting elephant conservation in India.

In December, 410 of you gave a total of $15,173 to support XSProject’s “Generate Income & Hope from Non-Recyclable Garbage” project in Jakarta, Indonesia. XSProject works with people living in or near trash dumps who rely on selling waste for income to provide sustainable income, vocational training, health checkups, microfinance opportunities, and education for the workers’ children. They’re opening up a new clinic with your donations.

Starting this month, you’ll be supporting Wildlife Trust India’s “Help Save Elephants in India” project which protects the 27,000 Asian elephants left in India. WTI uses surveillance and technology to identify connections within the illegal ivory trade and track smuggler routes. By mapping and gathering intelligence, WTI hopes to help end elephant poaching.

Sahil, deputy director and head of development at WTI, told me how happy and excited his team was to hear their project was selected as the first Project of the Month of 2018.

“We at Wildlife Trust of India are thrilled that our project “Help Save Elephants in India” has been chosen for GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club for January 2018. The Asian elephant has a deep-rooted connection with India's traditional culture and has been declared India's National Heritage Animal. India is also home to nearly 60 percent of the species' global population and few species have such a major presence across the country's diverse ecosystems. With a fast-growing human population and its ever-increasing resource needs, however, India's wild elephant habitats are being destroyed and fragmented, leaving these natural nomads little choice but to move through human-use areas, endangering both human and elephant lives,” said Sahil and the WTI team.

They’re planning to use the funds to create and maintain more elephant corridors, which are narrow stretches of vegetation connecting forested lands outside of protected areas, which offer an opportunity for elephants to roam and thrive in larger areas.

Sahil explained that “elephant corridors promise a long-term solution: It is a known fact that elephants being large-bodied mammals need larger areas to move and cannot survive simply through strict protection of a few closed parks and sanctuaries. A sole focus exclusively on protected areas, vital as they are, is inadequate for the long-term conservation of this keystone species. To ensure a secure future, the whole landscape needs to be managed in a holistic and ecologically sound manner.”

We chose WTI as Project of the Month for not only their high-impact conservation work but for its commitment to fostering long-term, community-led change in India.

“Club members will be pleased to know that their contributions will provide a very tangible support to help us in our long-term quest to protect elephant habitats, working with local communities in elephant range areas to enable the unhindered movement of these magnificent creatures through the ancient migratory paths they travel in search of food and water. We thank Club members in advance for their support to this project,” said Sahil.

 Thank you so much for your steadfast support of locally driven development all around the world. I look forward to sharing February’s Project of the Month with you!

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

XSProject
XSProject
 

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