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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
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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
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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
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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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Fundacion Ninos de los Andes

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Greetings from Washington, D.C.! I have exciting news about the impact of your generosity.

In July, 332 of you gave a total of $11,591 to support Pravo Vibora’s Create Braille Books for 1000 Blind Children project in Kyiv, Ukraine. Pravo Vibora will be able to buy a new braille printer with your donations!

This month, your donations are headed to Colombia to support Fundacion Niños de los Andes, an organization in Bogota visited by GlobalGiving field travelers on two separate occasions. Their project, Give at-risk Colombian children a safe home, operates a group home for vulnerable children without supportive families. The kids are given food, shelter, clothes, mentoring, school supplies, and transportation to schools around the city. Last year alone, FNA served 6,500 children.

Patricia from FNA was ecstatic to hear they’ve been chosen as Project of the Month. She has a message of thanks to you:

“Wow, this is really fantastic news! To be selected as Project of the Month for August 2017 means that our efforts working together with GlobalGiving and our generous donors are having great results to fulfill our common goal making a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in Colombia.”

However, transportation has been an issue for FNA lately. Their school bus is old, keeps breaking down, and is becoming unsafe and expensive. That’s where you come in.

“The members of the Club can be sure their donations will help us to meet the biggest need we have at this moment: the school bus we have been using for the last 15 years to transport the children breaks down at least once per week which leads to missed school and ever mounting repair costs.  Replacing it is an urgent priority. Thanks to their support we will be able to buy the new bus to daily transport the 63 children to school in a safe and reliable way!” explained Patricia.

We hope you’re as excited as we are that your donations will make such a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable Colombian children! Thank you for your commitment to making positive change in the world.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Pravo Vibora
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