GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club

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Uhambo
Uhambo

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We can't believe it's the last month of the year! November saw the biggest day in our history with #GivingTuesday, when we raised $2.4 million for 1,477 projects in 124 countries thanks to incredible donors like you and the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As always, we also have another inspiring project to share with you this month.

Last month, 263 of you gave a total of $8,787 to support Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s Mayan Power and Light project, which provides training and support to women in Guatemala so they can start their own solar power businesses.

This month, your donations are going to support Uhambo's Overcoming Stigma of Disabilities in South Africa which builds a network of inspired and engaged individuals who want to serve and transform the perception of people with disabilities. Lucinda Kerschensteiner, Founding Director for Uhambo, has this message for you:

"What a wonderful end-of-year gift for Uhambo! Thank you for participating and supporting Uhambo's work. Our team in South Africa works every day to not just fight stigma but provide inclusion opportunities for children with disabilities. Our wheelchairs get them out of their home to see the world outside of their walls, but it's our holistic training and community programs that allow them to develop and reach their potential while breaking down barriers for others with disabilities. Your support allows us to reach into more and more communities."

When we asked what nearly $9,000 could do for Uhambo, Lucinda knew exactly how your donation will make a difference:

"We have several projects right now that your support can be applied to:

1. Our award-winning signature Ndinogona "I Can" Stimulation Program trains the staff of child care centers on how to properly care for and enhance the development of children with disabilities. Through this program, we change the perceptions of those who interact with children with disabilities and empower them to be part of their growth and potential. We have several centers throughout South Africa that have requested this program. At one child care center, 30-50 children with disabilities, their families, 10-20 staff and the community at large are empowered to create a better future.

2. Uhambo is developing a First Aid Training program to include how to treat disabilities, an overlooked emergency medical component in southern Africa. Many people and children with disabilities are further harmed due to lack of skills by emergency workers."

Sounds like your donation will make a double impact! We can't wait to share their progress with you next month.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

ATC: Mayan Power and Light
ATC: Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We are entering the winter months in D.C. and gearing up for the holiday giving season! Each day, new inspiring projects join our site, and we have one we are excited to share with you this month. 

Last month, 263 of you gave a total of $8,787 to support SIMA’s Bring Global Education to 100 Los Angeles Schools project, which exhibits award-winning documentaries to students in underserved schools, introducing them to a broader worldview.

This month, your donations are supporting Appropriate Technology Collaborative’s Mayan Power and Light project, which gives Guatemalan women skills and support necessary to start small businesses selling and installing affordable solar powerMonika Goforth, Programs Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, has this message for you:

Wow! This is great news! Thank you so much for selecting Mayan Power and Light for Project of the Month!  We've had a great year: first, we got listed as Sustainia's Top 100 Sustainable Solutions and now, GlobalGiving's Project of the Month! This is big.”

When we asked what nearly $9,000 could do for Appropriate Technology Collaborative, Monika knew how your donation would make an impact:

Your support comes just in time, as we plan for 2017's cohort of solar women for an inclusive, sustainable economy.  Now we can mobilize our recruitment for 24 new solar saleswomen who are committed to learning business skills and solar technology to sustainably develop their community while generating income for their families.”

Empowering women and promoting sustainability—sounds like a win-win! We can’t wait to share their progress with you next month.

Warmly,

Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

 

Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools
Bring Global Education To 100 In-Need Schools

Dear Project of the Month Club,

We have rounded the corner into fall in D.C. and last month welcomed nearly 50 new nonprofit partners through the first-ever Accelerator campaign. Those projects are now on our site and ready for donations! Speaking of inspiring projects, we have one we are excited to share with you this month.

Last month, 261 of you gave a total of $8,873 to support Zartonk-89’s ICT as a tool for young voices project, where your donation is going to help fund aspiring journalists as they learn to use modern technology in Armenia.

This month your donations are supporting SIMA’s Bring Global Education to 100 In-Need Schools project, which introduces students to a wider worldview through educational documentaries. Andrea Kelsey, SIMA’s project leader, has this message for you:

“We are so honored to have been selected as GlobalGiving’s Project of The Month! On behalf of SIMA and 46,725 students across the U.S., thank you for giving us wings. SIMA Classroom was born out of a conviction to bring global education to the next generation of changemakers through the power of visual storytelling. With access to the most current and compelling works of social-documentary filmmaking via our annual Social Impact Media Awards, SIMA Classroom is a natural progression of our mission, allowing us to provide educators with the tools to inspire global perspective building and nurture the values of peace, respect and cross-cultural understanding. We are beyond grateful for your support in this endeavor and for your investment in education that builds a better world.”

When we asked what $8,800 could do for SIMA, Andrea immediately knew what kind of impact it would make:

“Your support will bring global education to 89 academic institutions across the U.S, serving 46,725 students and 2,234 educators. Your generosity will bring us to an incredible 32% of our fundraising goal for 2017, making SIMA Classroom accessible to our waiting list of an additional 284 at-need schools.”

Bringing global education to a student is great in itself, bringing it to 46,725 students is incredible! We can’t wait to share SIMA’s progress with you next month!

Warmly,
Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

ICT as a tool for young voices
ICT as a tool for young voices
Zartonk-89
Zartonk-89

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Summer is coming to an end here in D.C. and the GlobalGiving staff is ready for cooler weather! In August, we launched the Italy Earthquake Relief Fund in response to the 6.2M earthquake that damaged communities throughout central Italy. We have been busy supporting our partners on the ground responding to the earthquake, and we’re grateful that GlobalGivers like you have already donated more than $170,000 to support relief efforts in Italy. And of course, we have a new, inspiring project to share with you this month.

Last month, 262 of you gave a total of $8,803 to support Big Life Foundation’s Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya project, where your donation is going to help fund an Olympic games for the Maasai people in East Africa to help them replace lion hunting as a rite of passage.

This month your donations are supporting Zartonk-89’s ICT as a tool for young voices project, which provides training on information and communication technology (ICT) to help raise the next generation of journalists in Armenia. Vigen Mkrtchyan, the project leader of Zartonk-89, has this message for you:

“Thank you so much for your generous donations.  The whole staff of our organization are greatly thankful to all the people who supported our work.  We deeply value the gesture, which will be the base of the future development and enlargement of our sphere.  Thank you!”

When we asked what $8,800 could do for Zartonk-89, Vigen knew exactly how your donations would be put to use:

“A gift from the Project of the Month Club will go towards training young ICT experts in the communities of all 11 Armenian regions.  This will be realized by Armenian leading specialists of ICT sphere through trainings and seminars.  The trainees will be provided with digital means, theoretical and practical knowledge.  This means that the gift is aimed at voicing the issues in rural and faraway communities, at searching for solution ways and, the most important, at the exchange of experience amongst the young people of various communities.”

It sounds like being a part of the Project of the Month club will lead to some really exciting projects from Zartonk-89. We can’t wait to share their progress with you next month!

Warmly,
Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Big Life Foundation
Big Life Foundation
Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya
Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya

Dear Project of the Month Club,

As usual, July was a sweltering month here in D.C., and it’s hard to believe we’re already headed into August! Last month we welcomed four new staff members to bolster our program, business development, and technology teams, and held our 2016 Photo Contest where thousands of people from all over the world voted for their favorite image from a GlobalGiving project! And of course, we’ve got an awe-inspiring project to share with you this month.

Last month, 262 of you gave a total of $8,652 to support Aumazo, Inc.’s Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School project, where your donation is helping underprivileged girls stay in school and providing them with private bathroom facilities.

This August, your donations will support Big Life Foundation USA’s Maasai Olympics: Ending Lion Killings in Kenya project, which, at the request of Maasai leaders, puts on their version of the Olympics in place of their traditional lion hunts as a rite of passage into manhood.

Kim McCoy, executive director of Big Life Foundation USA, said being selected as Project of the Month felt like Christmas in July!

Asante sana, Club members!! We at Big Life are thrilled and honored to have been selected as GlobalGiving's next Project of the Month. Your support will help to save the lives of countless lions in direct collaboration with local Maasai communities in Kenya. With the 2016 Maasai Olympics rapidly approaching and the costs soaring like a javelin throw, this unexpected gift feels like Christmas has come early!”

“The manyattas (warrior villages) have selected their best star athletes for their teams, and regional competitions will be in full swing from now through October, culminating with the Olympic Finals on December 10. It means the world to us to have the support of the GlobalGiving community for this important initiative!”

When we asked Kim what $8,700 could do for Big Life Foundation, she could think of more than just a few ways your donations will help:

“A gift of $8,700 is incredibly meaningful for Big Life, and would help us to pay for all of the following: one regional competition between two manyattas; six wildlife conservation educational meetings at group ranches; the participation of forty girls from local girls' schools in the final Olympics Day; first place cash prizes for each of the six events (rungu throwing, javelin throwing, high jump, 200m run, 800m run, 5,000m run) at finals; and Olympics Day uniforms and shoes for four warriors.”

“Already this year, Big Life has engaged over 4,000 Maasai on the importance of wildlife conservation, including more than 1,800 warriors, 390 elders, nearly 1,000 women, and over 800 children. To give you an idea of how very important these conservation-oriented meetings are, Big Life took a survey last year of warriors across the ecosystem to assess the impact of the Maasai Olympics. 93% of warriors polled said they felt that the Maasai Olympics offer a good alternative to traditional lion hunts as a competition establishing bravery and recognizing manhood. 91% said they believe it is important to protect lions and that the Olympics result in an increased willingness to support lion conservation.”

“As a result of this huge cultural shift, in conjunction with other elements of our predator protection program, there are now more than 200 lions in the ecosystem we protect, making it one of the only populations of lions in all of Africa that is growing, rather than declining. Considering that the lions in our area of operation were in crisis and almost completely extinct in 2003, this is a victory worth celebrating! Thank you again, from all of us, for being a part of it.”

The games are on, thanks to donors like you. We cannot wait to see the ways your donation makes a difference next month!

Warmly,
Mari Kuraishi + the GlobalGiving Team

Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School
Help 200+ Rural Girls in Cameroon Stay in School
 

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