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Sumatran Orangutan Society
Sumatran Orangutan Society

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We’ve had quite the busy few weeks here at GlobalGiving. We commemorated the Nepal earthquake with a 100% matching campaign, welcomed a number of new organizations to the community, and even celebrated earth-changing moms for Mother’s Day! It wasn’t just a busy month for the team in D.C., though. Let's see how your let’s see how your donations were hard at work in April.

Last month, 265 of you gave a total of $8,717 to support Chef Ann Foundation’s The Lunch Box Expansion Project. The Chef Ann Foundation is going to use your generous donations to create nine brand-new recipes for lunchrooms and families across 49 states!

This month your donations are traveling halfway around the world from our office in Washington, D.C. to support the Sumatran Orangutan Society’s Orangutan Rescue: On the frontlines in Sumatra project. This unique effort works with farmers and plantation workers on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia to protect and rehabilitate critically endangered orangutans.

Helen Buckland, the director of Sumatran Orangutan Society, has this message for you:

Sumatran Orangutan Society is a small organisation with a big impact, and even bigger ambitions. We want to not only halt the decline in orangutan numbers and the destruction of their precious rainforests, we want to reverse these trends. Our vision is a thriving and growing orangutan population, living safe, wild, and free in the Sumatran jungle. The rescue team work at the frontline of orangutan protection, and for this project to be chosen to receive the GlobalGiving Project of the Month support for May is an incredible boost - they are so grateful to know that you are standing alongside them.”

What can $8,700 do for the Sumatran Orangutan Society? Helen had a few ideas:

“A donation of $8,700 will go a long way on the ground. We are in the process of establishing a second branch of the rescue team so that we are able to reach even more orangutans in danger, as currently there is only one team of five people covering the whole of northern Sumatra. The funds donated this month will equip the new team with the veterinary and rescue supplies they need to safely evacuate orangutans from condemned forests and transport them to safety. A heartfelt thank you on behalf of the whole team.”

Let me echo Sumatran Orangutan Society’s heartfelt “thank you” for the impact you are making each month. Your dedication to supporting earth-changing organizations around the world is such an inspiration!

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Chef Ann Foundation
Chef Ann Foundation
Chef Ann Foundation
Chef Ann Foundation

Dear Project of the Month Club,

I don’t know about you, but spring has officially sprung here in D.C.! The sun is shining, the cherry blossoms have bloomed, and the temperature is steadily rising. And while I’m excited to celebrate the beautiful weather, I’m even more excited to share some inspiring news with you.

Over the past six months, your donations have spanned across all six continents represented on GlobalGiving. You’ve helped provide education in Nepal, saved rainforests in Australia, and danced across Africa. What an incredible feat!

Before we get to our final continent, let’s see the impact your donations made in March.

Last month, 269 of you gave a total of $8,543 to support development in South America through Camino Verde’s Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils project, which is improving soil quality in Peru by adding charcoal (or “bio-char”) to soil. This captures carbon for hundreds of years and improves the soil’s ability to hold nutrients!

This month, your donations are traveling from South America to North America with the Chef Ann Foundation’s The Lunch Box Expansion Project. This project gives children in schools across America access to lunches that are not only delicious, but healthy, nourishing, and kid-approved.

Emily Miller, the Marketing and Education Manager at the Chef Ann Foundation, has this message for you:

Chef Ann Foundation is so incredibly honored to have been chosen as GlobalGiving's project of the month. We are a small but mighty team of five working to improve childhood health and nutrition in America through school food, and your recognition of our work truly inspires and invigorates us! We are grateful for the Club members' support and can't wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Thank you.”

When we asked Emily what $9,000 would do for the Lunch Box Expansion Project, Emily knew exactly how it could be used:

“A sum of $9,000 will go such a long way for our project. To ensure that kids are eating healthy, fresh, and delicious food at school, one of the most essential resources that school nutrition departments need are easy to follow scratch cook recipes that meet USDA nutrition guidelines. Thelunchbox.org has a database of over 200 school lunch recipes, and the number one request we receive from school districts is to please add more!

“Recipes seem like a simple resource, but in reality, a lot of work goes into creating them. To develop a healthy school lunch recipe that kids love and that meets the USDA requirements, it takes a chef to create it, a dietitian to ensure the nutritional content meets government standards, and school food professionals to kid test each and every one. That adds up to a lot of man-hours. $9,000 will pay for nine scratch cook recipes that lunch ladies can scale up or down, depending on their student population, using our free online recipe tool.”

On top of creating new recipes for schools, your donations will be reaching almost every state across America! That’s the kind of life-changing impact you make each month, and I’m just as grateful as the Chef Ann Foundation team for your continuous support.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Camino Verde
Camino Verde
Camino Verde
Camino Verde

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Did you know that over the past five months your donations have spanned across five different continents? From protecting rainforests in Australia to educating children in Nepal, there’s no limit to the amount of good you’re doing across the world!

Before we introduce the next destination of your donations, let’s take a look at the impact you made in February.

Last month, 273 of you gave a total of $8,946 to support Step for Bulgaria Foundation’s Teach life skills to children without parents project, which provides teens in Bulgaria with the necessary skills and education they need to lead independent, successful lives into adulthood.

For March we’re taking you all the way to South America with Camino Verde’s Turning carbon footprints into healthy soils project, which is improving soil quality in Peru by adding charcoal (or “bio-char”) to soil. This captures carbon for hundreds of years and improves the soil’s ability to hold nutrients!

Robin Van Loon, the Executive Director at Camino Verde, has this message for you:

Thank you, Project of the Month Club members!  Our team was thrilled to hear that our project was selected for March.  After a great start to the year, your welcome support comes at an especially impactful time. Together we will make March a more carbon neutral month.”

When we asked Robin about her plans for your donations, she had some pretty incredible ideas:

“The timing of your support couldn't be better.  After a period of researching carbon sequestration strategies from around the world, we recently selected what we believe to be the most impactful, scalable strategy to implement in partnership with small farmers in the Peruvian Amazon.  

“Thanks to your contribution, we will be able to begin installation of our very first Adam Retort, a clean, efficient technology that allows the carbon captured by plants as biomass to be stored almost indefinitely in the form of bio-char. Bio-char is then used by farmers to improve their soils — an elegant win-win.  We will literally be able to weigh the carbon removed from the atmosphere. It's our plan to work closely with our farmer partners to measure the impact that bio-char has on their farm's fertility and therefore their livelihood.

“We're grateful for your help in creating a holistic approach to climate change that has a real, measurable impact on greenhouse gases while improving the lives of farmers and the health of their agro-ecological farms. We'll keep you posted on how it goes!”

Your contributions will not only have an impact on farming communities in Peru, but will also help the Earth for years to come. Thank you so much for your continuous support and we can’t wait to see the impact you make next month!

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

P.S. Our friends at MindLeaps wanted to show you exactly how your donations from January are being used. Check out this "thank you" video MindLeaps made especially for Project of the Month Club!

Thank you from MindLeaps!
Thank you from MindLeaps!
Step for Bulgaria Foundation
Step for Bulgaria Foundation

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Step For Bulgaria Foundation
Step For Bulgaria Foundation

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Happy February! These past few weeks have been quite exciting for the GlobalGiving team here in Washington, D.C. We experienced our first blizzard of the season, launched our 2015 Year In Review, and welcomed more than 60 new earth-changing organizations with our Open Challenge.

And we've got another reason to be excited:

Last month, 270 of you gave a total of $8,801 to support Rainforest Rescue’s MindLeaps’ Leap Ahead: Empowering Street Youth Through Dance project, which helps children living on the streets in Rwanda reintegrate into society through a three-phased approach: dance, vocational training, and youth advancement. Be on the lookout next month for a special ‘thank you’ from the team at MindLeaps!

In February, your monthly donation will support Step for Bulgaria Foundation’s Teach life skills to children without parents project, which provides teens in Bulgaria with the necessary skills and education they need to lead independent, successful lives into adulthood.

Gergana Kitcheva, the Project Manager at Step for Bulgaria Foundation, has this message for you:

Our team was delighted to hear the good news that we have been selected to be the Project of the Month. Your help would mean a lot to us, our volunteers and, most importantly, our young mentees. We had a great start of the current year! When we see that other people believe in our cause we know that our efforts are worth it!

What can $8,800 do for the Step for Bulgaria Foundation? Gergana already knew exactly how it will be used:

We are quite happy to see the results from our activities among underprivileged youth and decided to expand our project! We already have three university students who are currently in the program and most of the others aim at a job they prefer. At the end of last year we made the first steps towards starting our project in two smaller Bulgarian towns where young people in unprivileged situation have even fewer opportunities for personal development. With your help this month we will be able to push further this idea.

“One of our plans is to organize several trips to education/job fairs that take place only in Sofia, Bulgaria where they'll hear more and directly from the source what are the current trends and what recruiters are looking for. For example, there's a Technical education fair coming in March and with your help we'll be able to take 10 boys from a technical school in Kostenets, Bulgaria to see how their education can be useful. Also, we will include in the program 5-10 more youths from another small town near Sofia covering travel expenses, materials and trainings. Also, we will be able to train 20 new volunteers who will work with the youths and organize more joint events like our Painting on walls or Board games sessions.

What a magnificent way to kick off the new year! At GlobalGiving, we’re always inspired by the impact you make each month with your generous donations and I can’t wait to share the positive change you make next month!

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

MindLeaps
MindLeaps
MindLeaps
MindLeaps

Dear Project of the Month Club,

It’s a new year, which means new traditions, beginnings, and best of all? A brand-new Project of the Month selection for January 2016!

Before we get to that though, I’d like to share with you our 2015 Year In Review, where we’ve compiled 15 of the best stories from the GlobalGiving community from the past year. I think you’ll be as inspired as we were after reading it.

Speaking of inspiring, let’s recap what you and your fellow Project of the Month Club members accomplished in December.

Last month, 279 of you gave a total of $8,739 to support Rainforest Rescue’s Adopt Vulnerable Rainforest in Australia project, which will go towards supporting the essential work at Rainforest Rescue’s native plant nursery in Daintree, Australia!

In January, your monthly donation will support MindLeaps’ Leap Ahead: Empowering Street Youth Through Dance project, which helps children living on the streets in Rwanda reintegrate into society through a three-phased approach: dance, vocational training, and youth advancement!

Rebecca Davis, the founder and executive director of MindLeaps, has this message for you:

“When I received this email from GlobalGiving, I was just looking at our budget for 2016 and wondering how we will manage to accept 25 new girls into our program in January.  We have girls lining up in Kigali, Rwanda, asking to participate in our dance classes that help them build the self-esteem they need to make good decisions while living in difficult conditions.  It was like a huge holiday gift to MindLeaps and all of these girls to know that they will have access to classes – and safety – in just a few more weeks.“

And she already has a pretty good idea of how to put your support to good use:

“If MindLeaps received a donation of approximately $8,000 today, the funds would be used to accept 28 new street children into our program in Kigali, Rwanda. Upon entrance into our program, these children take 6 hours of dance classes each week that focus on essential learning skills: memorization, language acquisition, self-esteem, and teamwork and collaboration.  They also receive a rice meal and porridge to supplement their lack of access to food while living on the streets or in dangerous slums around the capital city.  The cost of these services – along with medical insurance – is $280 per child per year.  For every $280, we can take one more child off the street.  For $8,000, we will be able to take 28 children into safety and begin their transition to a stable life.”

We’re so proud to partner with organizations like MindLeaps that are committed to developing innovative programs that help children create a brighter future for themselves. And we’re just as proud of you for continuing to support these brilliant projects each month.

Warmly,

Kevin Conroy + the GlobalGiving Team

Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue
 

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