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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
XSProject
XSProject

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Seasons greetings! I’m happy to share that a longtime GlobalGiving partner in Indonesia is December’s Project of the Month.

In November, 357 of you gave a total of $12,293 to support GLOW’s project Girls Leading Our World Leadership Academy. Teenage girls in Bulgaria attend GLOW’s leadership academy and workshops to improve their leadership skills, build self-esteem, and fight intolerance in their society.

As of today, you’ll be supporting XSProject’s Generate Income & Hope from Non-Recyclable Garbage project in Indonesia. XSProject partners with people living in or near trash dumps in Jakarta who rely on selling waste for income. Workers sell non-recyclable waste to XSProject, which then upcycles the waste into new products to sell and fund programs such as vocational training, health checkups, microfinance opportunities, and education for the workers’ children. Three members of GlobalGiving’s staff have visited XSProject over the course of its six-year tenure on the site, and each have been impressed with its high-impact programs. Watch the video they created here.

Karen, who leads US operations for XSProject, were thrilled to hear their project was selected as the November Project of the Month. She asked me to pass this message along to you:

“XSProject would like to let you know what a huge surprise this announcement was to us! Thank you so much for selecting us.”

Retno manages XSProject’s programs in Jakarta. She too was excited to hear the news.

“We would like to say thank you and are very grateful for your generous help and support for the better future lives of the children and the community of trash pickers in Jakarta, Indonesia under the care of XSProject. Please know that your donation will make a very big difference for them and we could not do it without your support,” Retno said.

Karen went on to describe your donations’ impact in Indonesia.

“The timing of your selection of XSProject could not have been better. Just 2 months ago we lost Sumiyati, a trash picker’s wife and mother of three small children to acute leukemia,” Karen said. “Had we been able to get her the right medical attention in time, she might still be with us.”

To honor Sumiyati, Retno and Karen are working together to make plans for a medical clinic.

“Retno and I have been talking about building a small medical clinic at the Cirendeu trash picker community,” Karen said. “Not only minor treatment but also diagnosis, general and women’s health, and hygiene education. Funding from the GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club members now makes a clinic possible. Often donors do not know the profound difference they make with their donations. We want you to know that the fragile health of these families will be cared for and improved because of your contribution.”

Thank you for your commitment to supporting high-impact projects around the world. I’m so glad that your generosity will be able to honor Sumiyati’s life by establishing a clinic in Jakarta to serve XSProject’s community.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

GLOW
GLOW
GLOW
GLOW

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Happy autumn! I’m happy to report that another effective nonprofit is November’s Project of the Month.

In October, 355 of you gave a total of $12,137 to support HERA’s project Prevent Trafficking in Women thru Entrepreneurship. HERA works across Europe to support survivors of modern slavery and violence through mentorship, entrepreneurship, and grants for women-led startups.

Starting today, you’ll be supporting GLOW’s Girls Leading Our World Leadership Academy project. GLOW, based in Bulgaria, hosts a week-long leadership academy every year for 85 teenage girls. The event focuses on improving leadership skills, building self-esteem, and fighting intolerance. Magy Kaleyenska, chairman of the board for GLOW, was a GlobalGiving ambassador last year and hosted a workshop for our nonprofit partners in Bulgaria. She’s also currently a mentor for GlobalGiving partners, giving them tips for marketing your nonprofit on a budget.

Magy was so excited to hear GLOW’s Leadership Academy was selected as the November Project of the Month. She asked me to pass this message along to you:

“GLOW Bulgaria is extremely grateful to be selected as the GlobalGiving Project of the Month for November. In this month of thanks, we cannot be thankful enough to the Club members for giving us the opportunity to spread the GLOW-ing spirit and mission globally.

“Such a generous amount would provide GLOW the opportunity to multiply the work we're doing and scale up the number of trainings we conduct in Bulgaria, to reach over 1,000 adolescents in 2018.  We would use the donations to empower the youngsters through specialised training, tailored specifically to develop their leadership potential. We will also be able to dedicate a resource to work alongside the trainees on creating a long-term strategy on how they can have a continuous impact in their communities. We're extremely excited about this opportunity!”

GLOW’s work, along with your support, is shaping the lives of young women in Bulgaria. I look forward to sharing the last Project of the Month for 2017 with you soon!

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

HERA
HERA
Belize Bird Rescue
Belize Bird Rescue

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Hello from Washington, D.C.! I have great news about your worldwide impact.

In August, 327 of you gave a total of $11,778 to support Fundacion Ninos de los Andes’ project Give at-risk Colombian children a safe home in Bogota, Colombia. FNA is buying a new bus to safely shuttle children to school! Their old bus kept breaking down, so your donations could not have come at a better time.

This month, you’ll be supporting Belize Bird Rescue’s Help keep Belize Bird Rescue up and running project. As the only avian rescue organization in all of Belize, they care for 170 formerly captive parrots in their long-term release program and rehabilitate more than 250 birds each year.

Nikki from the Belize Bird Rescue team was overjoyed to hear the news. She has a message of thanks to you:

“We are completely in shock! We cannot thank you enough for selecting Belize Bird Rescue’s projectHelp keep Belize Bird Rescue up and Runningas GlobalGiving's September Project of the Month.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. We are practically grounded as both of our tired old vehicles are in need of serious work. One is off the road completely and the other is limping along at a horrific cost of $1 a mile! We typically travel 300+ miles week, and along with our conservation partners Belize Animal Rescue, we are first respondents for practically all of the bird and small animal rescues in the entire country. Having our wings clipped this way has been quite a challenge for our work this breeding season.”  

Nikki is confident they can stretch the impact of these donations even further.

“The funds from the Club will comfortably cover the purchase of an economical and practical used vehicle, but we intend to use the next few weeks to search the country for a co-sponsor to maximise the impact of these surprise funds and acquire the best vehicle possible with the money.

“Thank you once again for your generosity and for supporting our vital conservation work in Belize, and we can’t wait to present the new vehicle to the Club members later this year.” 

Thank you for your commitment to making positive change in the world! I look forward to sharing next month’s amazing project with you.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Fundacion Ninos de los Andes
Fundacion Ninos de los Andes
 

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