GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club

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p.h. Balanced Films
p.h. Balanced Films

Dear Project of the Month Club,

September is a busy time at GlobalGiving. We’re gearing up for the big year-end giving season, honoring the one-year anniversaries of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as well as the Mexico earthquakes, and offering more learning opportunities for our nonprofit partners than ever before. Which is why I’m excited to share this month’s Project of the Month, which also inspires learning—about creating social change through filmmaking and storytelling.

In August, 446 of you gave a total of $16,968 to support Green Shoots Education Services’ Help More South African Children Achieve in Maths project. Jo, the executive director of Green Shoots, was overjoyed with the award. Because of your generosity, Green Shoots is able to fund their innovative math technology curriculum for vulnerable kids in South Africa through the end of 2019. That’s amazing.

This September, your donations are funding p.h. Balanced Films’ Reel Women Real Change project. Their team leads workshops for women wanting to fight social injustices in their community and equip them with storytelling and filmmaking skills. Piper, who founded p.h. Balanced Films and launched its first project in Nepal, is taking their program global this year with your support.

"Being the Project of the Month on the cusp of the one-year anniversary of our Reel Women Real Change program is a dream come true,” Piper said. “Every member of our team is deeply passionate about our mission of equipping women to use storytelling to address injustice and promote positive change. Every member of our team is also a volunteer, meaning that 100% of all contributions support our programming. After launching in Nepal last year and pairing graduates with expert mentors to support their filmmaking and advocacy work, we are planning future workshops, both full multi-day sessions and shorter sessions that we launched this spring. We are overcome with gratitude—thank you."

With more than $16,000 from you, p.h. Balanced Films is planning to run more global workshops and provide scholarships for women to attend.

Piper said, “We are currently planning future workshops, both multi-day sessions outside of the United States and shorter sessions within the U.S. These shorter versions draw from one or more of the components of the full workshop—from best practices in advocacy and the brain science of storytelling to perceptions of gender and sustainable self-care practices specifically designed to support advocates in challenging situations over the long haul. All of our workshops, whether half of one day or a full week, are tailored to ensure cultural sensitivity and relevance and meet the interests and needs of attendees. In both settings, we equip participants to recognize inequality and injustice and advance meaningful change in their own lives and communities. Support from this month will catapult our ability to provide international sessions and numerous scholarships for future attendees. Thank you.”

Thank you for being an incredibly valuable part of the GlobalGiving community—I’m looking forward to sharing next month’s project with you.

Warm wishes,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Green Shoots Education Services
Green Shoots Education Services
Green Shoots Education Services
Green Shoots Education Services

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Around the world, people of all ages head back to school in August. That’s why we’re happy to share that this month, your gifts are supporting students studying math in South Africa. This selection is a particularly momentous occasion—this is the 100th project supported by Project of the Month Club!

Last month in July, 453 of you gave a total of $16,165 to support Latin American Youth Center’s Help 100 Youth Exit Homelessness in Washington, DC project. The LAYC team was thrilled to receive your donations and put them to good work for a variety of needs, including a new commercial washer/dryer, upgraded security system, hygiene products, and a field trip to an amusement park.

Staring now, you are supporting Green Shoots Education Services’ Help More South African Children Achieve in Maths project. In an area of South Africa where only 35% of 12-year-olds pass math, Green Shoots integrates a comprehensive, technology-based math education system that helps teachers get real-time feedback and provide one-on-one support.

Jo, Green Shoots’ director, is so grateful for your support.

“Being honoured as Project of the Month is just amazing news for all the learners at Mzamomhle, Zwelihle, and Jamaica Way Primaries, and of course our team at Green Shoots,” Jo said. “Thank you so very much to all the generous donors who are supporting these schools and learners from some of our most disadvantaged communities.”

She explained why math education is so vital in South Africa, and how your donations support lifelong change for students. 

“Mzamomhle and Jamaica Way Primaries are located in some of the most challenging areas of Cape Town, with learners coming from communities that are facing major issues with crime, gangsterism and extreme poverty. We started supporting Zwelihle Primary school in 2018. It is situated in a township just outside the coastal town of Hermanus. This project is promoting excellence in Maths through the use of technology. Learners at these schools are experiencing weekly online Maths lessons that provide immediate feedback to them and real-time analysis to their teachers. Technology is proving to be a powerful tool in promoting in a love for learning and even Maths (!) in these vulnerable learners. Your commitment to supporting quality education at these schools is allowing these learners a chance to enjoy, gain confidence, and ultimately achieve in Maths. This quality education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for these learners. The donations from this month will provide the online Maths resources to over 3,100 learners and ongoing support to the teachers at the three schools, not just for the remainder of 2018 but for the whole of 2019 too!”

Thank you for being an irreplaceable part of the GlobalGiving community.

Best wishes,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Latin American Youth Center
Latin American Youth Center
Latin American Youth Center
Latin American Youth Center

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Happy July! GlobalGiving is excited to share that this month, your donations are headed to Washington, D.C. after supporting Mesoamerican Reef Fund in Guatemala throughout June.

In June, 419 of you gave a total of $14,676 to support Mesoamerican Reef Fund’s Empowering Fishing Communities in the Mesoamerican Reef project in Guatemala. The MAR Fund team was thrilled to receive your donations and work with local fishing families to encourage community-owned management of the fish stock in the reef.

In July, you are supporting Latin American Youth Center’s Help 100 Youth Exit Homelessness in Washington, DC project. Homelessness, especially among young people, is tragically common in Washington, D.C. The LAYC team works with homeless and runaway youth both on the street and at their drop-in sight. LAYC distributes food, clothing, hygiene kits, and referrals to shelters, transitional housing programs and other services such as education, job training, and healthcare.

Lupi Quinteros-Grady, LAYC’s president and CEO, is so grateful for your support:

“Thank you so much for your generosity! At our homeless youth drop-in center and street outreach services, we help hundreds of homeless young people every year. More than 40% of these youth are LGBTQ and are experiencing homelessness due to family rejection. You've made such a difference in these young peoples' lives by supporting our services. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this award!”

Lupi’s not alone; the drop-in center staff worked together to come up with a detailed wish list for how they’re planning to use the roughly $15,000 in Project of the Month funds. Your July donations will cover grocery store gift cards, outreach materials, a new commercial washer and dryer, hygiene products, and 200 pre-loaded metro fare cards for LAYC’s clients. The drop-in center team is looking forward to purchasing a new commercial washer and dryer and six more storage lockers, as well as upgrading the current security camera. Finally, LAYC will be taking some clients to a nearby amusement park for a fun summer trip, so you’ll be supporting the costs of gas, meals, and admission.

Thank you for honoring LAYC’s work with your donation this month! We’re so glad to have you as part of the GlobalGiving community.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Mesoamerican Reef Fund

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We hope your summer is off to a great start! I’m excited to share that for our 100th Project of the Month, your donations are headed to Guatemala this June.

In May, 433 of you gave a total of $15,419 to support Charitable Foundation Zaporuka’s Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine project. Along with funding medical care for children living with cancer, their team works to provide free housing for families whose kids are undergoing treatment.

Starting now, you’re supporting Mesoamerican Reef Fund’s Empowering Fishing Communities in the Mesoamerican Reef project. MAR Fund works with Guatemalan fishing families to encourage community-owned management of the fish stock in the reef. By working together, communities co-manage the natural resources, foster sustainable fishing practices, and conserve the reef.  

Ximena, the project leader for MAR Fund, was thrilled to hear they’d been selected as Project of the Month.

“Thank you! At MAR Fund we feel honored that our project “Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef” has been selected by the Project of the Month Club, and grateful that through your trust and support local fishers can advance in recovering their fisheries. Your contributions will make a difference for the future of these communities.”

Ximena also explained the impact your donations will have in Guatemala.

“We believe in working hand in hand with fishing communities. This wonderful opportunity granted by the Project of the Month Club will help local fishermen in the Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge in Guatemala consolidate their fish replenishment zones. They will be able to revalidate the cooperation agreement for the protection and sustainable use of hydro-biological resources, agreement that established and protected the three fish replenishment zones in 2012. The agreement involves three communities—Santa Isabel, La Graciosa, and Punta Gruesa—that experienced the loss of fish stocks and wanted to do something about it. With the help of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the fish replenishment zones were established and have been monitored since 2016. Now, the communities must revalidate the initial agreement with CONAP. Upon completing this requirement, the replenishment zones will continue to operate as no-take zones for an additional two-year period and continues monitoring will be developed.”

“It is key to these communities' food security that the fish replenishment zones continue to be managed as such. Monitoring results indicate that fish have begun to come back, comparing the quantity registered in the monitoring done in 2016, which showed a presence of 467 fishes, with the monitoring done in 2017 that registered a total of 542, proved a surge in fish stock within the zones.”

“The support provided by the Project of the Month Club will also strengthen the collaboration between community members and government entities and other NGOs that participate in this initiative. We look forward to helping the Punta de Manabique communities continue with their effort to recover their fisheries.”

Wow. We’re so grateful to have your support through the Project of the Month Club and can’t wait to see the Punta de Manabique communities flourish while working with MAR Fund.

 

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President

Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
Charitable Foundation Zaporuka
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
 

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