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Photo courtesy of Corcovada Foundation
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Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope your October is off to a lovely start! GlobalGiving and our partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and 598 other donors who helped us raise $26,508 in September for Zindagi Trust. Its project Art for 3200 Schoolgirls in Pakistan works to implement a holistic curriculum that empowers children to thrive in Pakistan’s state schools.

This October, your generous contribution will go toward our nonprofit partner Corcovado Foundation and its project Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil

Corcovado Foundation’s mission is to protect Costa Rica’s natural wildlife for future generations by empowering local communities to promote sustainable tourism and connect to their natural environment. Donations to their project Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil support their 17-year-old environmental education program for children in Osa Peninsula communities to become the next generation of environmental leaders. Through weekly classes and events, children explore what it means to be connected to their natural environment and their community. Field trips, games, art, and storytelling are just a few of the tools Corcovado Foundation uses to teach children to work together today so they can solve the problems of tomorrow.

When the pandemic halted face-to-face activities, Corcovado Foundation created the “Environmental Challenges,” or weekly activities for children to complete from the safety of their homes or gardens. Parents jumped into action to enthusiastically learn with their children during these difficult times.

Executive Director Alejandra Monge expresses her gratitude to you and other Project of the Month Club members for supporting their mission:

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and honored by this news. Being chosen as Project of the Month is a wonderful privilege and an excellent opportunity to showcase our environmental education efforts. Since 2003, our program has been changing hundreds of children’s lives for the better, helping them widen their horizons, empowering them, and creating awareness of their ability to build the communities that they desire.”

Alejandra went on to share plans for how your generosity will power their efforts this year:

“With the additional funding received from the GlobalGiving community of donors and supporters, we will continue our environmental education activities and help 30 more families implement regenerative agriculture to become more food independent in this time of economic crisis. Regenerative agriculture promotes edible gardens without polluting the soil or the water with chemicals.”

Keep up with Corcovado Trust’s work by checking out their most recent report from the field.

Your generosity is making a difference in communities around the world, and I can’t wait to share how it’ll help in November.

Stay safe and well,
Alix Guerrier
GlobalGiving CEO

Photo courtesy of Zindagi Trust
Photo courtesy of Zindagi Trust
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Art for 3200 Schoolgirls in Pakistan
Art for 3200 Schoolgirls in Pakistan

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope your September is off to a happy and healthy start! We are in awe of you and the 597 other club members that came together to give $26,717 last month to Whispering Seed and its project MyanmarYouth Sustainability Training Centre, which works to bridge the traditions of sustainability and holistic education through innovative programs while drawing on rich local wisdom and traditional cultures.

This September, your generous contribution will support our nonprofit partner Zindagi Trust and its project Art for 3200 Schoolgirls in Pakistan

Zindagi Trust’s mission is to reform Pakistan’s state schools by helping the government implement a holistic curriculum that lets students thrive. Through Art for 3,200 Schoolgirls in Pakistan, Zindagi Trust leaders will implement a modern art program at two government schools in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, so young girls can express themselves creatively — a skill that is overlooked by the current education model. Through these integrated programs, students will naturally connect their studies to the outside world, whether it’s on a trip to the local museum or a visit to a mural painted by a local artist. This method of connecting students to the world around them through art not only improves school attendance and learning outcomes, but it also encourages students to explore their interests and passions later in life.

Despite the lockdown, Zindagi Trust has continued to support 2,300 students channel their creative spirits at home. Care packages bursting with activities that promote mindfulness, gratitude, reflection, and fun were distributed to the children to help them cope in isolation— a powerful reminder that art is more than just another extra-curricular. 

Head of Special Programs and Advocacy Sana Kazmi expresses her thanks to you and other Project of the Month Club members for supporting their mission:

“I am thrilled and deeply touched to hear this news! Funding for continuing learning and reopening schools is scarce given the competing priorities brought about by the pandemic. We were afraid we may have to scale down our art program despite knowing that it is needed now more than ever. After spending almost six months in isolation, our school children need to feel the joy and connection of creative pursuit as well as the emotional outlet and release that their art classes provide. Thank you so much for helping us find a way to make this possible!

Sana went on share plans for how your generosity will power their efforts this year: 

“Your contribution will enable us to create unique, local art experiences for 3,100 students. After a gap of more than six months, we will be able to continue our weekly art classes. Thanks to your generosity, we can buy enough art supplies so all children can create art safely without having to share supplies, as we return to on-campus classes with post-COVID-19 safety measures. We will now also be able to put out teaching resources, art lessons, and DIY tutorials for children beyond our schools, as your gift helps us support our faculty of seven art teachers across two large under-resourced government schools. Finally, our art teachers, who have been recently empowered through extensive training on Mental Health First Aid, will be helping our students make the transition back to school easier. They will be making check-in calls leading up to school re-opening and providing guided care as lay counselors at a time when the mental well-being of children is more important than ever for their success at school.

Keep up with Zindagi Trust’s work by checking out their most recent updates from the field.

We are so grateful for your commitment to support community-led change. I can’t wait to share where your generosity is headed in October!

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. GlobalGiving and its partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 590 other club members that came together to give $21,700 last month to Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN). Its project, Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center, provides youth currently or previously in foster care with opportunities to nurture their interests and talents, acquire new skills, and focus on their well-being.

This August, your generous Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Whispering Seed and its project Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre

Whispering Seed’s mission is to bridge the traditions of sustainability and holistic education through innovative programs while drawing on rich local wisdom and traditional cultures. With cultural diversity and new models for sustainable development in mind, Whispering Seed is pioneering creative solutions for the challenges Myanmar will face during its critical years of development.

Whispering Seed’s Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre project works hand-in-hand with local community members. The rural training center helps youth in the rapidly developing country learn about and maintain traditional practices of living in harmony with nature while incorporating new ideas, principles, and technologies for a more sustainable future. Through the skills and awareness trainings and workshops the center offers, youth can change destructive and unsustainable patterns in their lives and remain connected to their roots.

Founder Jim Connor shared his excitement and gratitude for being chosen as Project of the Month:

“We are overjoyed to hear the news of our Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre project being selected as Project of the Month Club for the month of August. We are grateful for your support to help make a greater impact on the youth we work with in Myanmar. During these extremely challenging times we all face, your support is even more relevant to help us empower and build capacity among our youth in the areas of self-empowerment, education, and sustainability.

Connor shared how your generosity will impact Whispering Seed’s operations throughout the year:

“The funding will allow us to set up our first training for local youth and villagers to build the first natural building at the center, teaching them cost-effective techniques for building sustainably. We will then be able to host other youth empowerment workshops and begin to train a team of local youth leaders to work with us through our new center. Additionally, the funding will help support our teacher training internship for teachers working with children from remote and underprivileged backgrounds.”

Keep up with Whispering Seed’s work by checking out their most recent updates from the field.

Your generosity is making a difference. Thank you for doing your part to support community-led change, and I look forward to sharing September’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
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Photo from Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this complicated time. GlobalGiving and its partners are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 601 other club members that came together to give $25,742 last month to Soccer Without Borders. Its project, Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua, uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change and provides underserved youth the tools to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.

For the month of July, your generous Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) and its project Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center

FAN's mission is to cultivate a focus on youth well-being and positive development in a safe and loving environment. Through its youth development and family support programs, it provides youth that are currently or were previously in foster care with opportunities to nurture their interests and talents, acquire new skills, and gain a sense of personal and group recognition in an atmosphere of hope. 

FAN’s Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center project is instrumental in creating a safe environment for youth to grow, and it already serves up to 110 children, young adults, and parents/caregivers through the center's holistic programming. The new center, staffed by certified youth peer specialists, will host its after school program, recreational activities, support groups, mental health workshops, and provide targeted case management, support, and referrals for youth and their families. 

Executive Director Josephine Mazyck shares her initial reaction and appreciation at being chosen for Project of the Month:

“Thank you so much for your charitable contribution...We wouldn't be able to change the lives of our FANmilies without gifts from organizations and kind people like you. It truly takes a village, and we are fortunate to be able to build a community for our FANmilies.

Mazyck also shared plans for how your donation will strengthen FAN’s impact throughout the year:

“During these uncertain times, this donation will help us continue to provide quality programming by providing technology access, buying program supplies and materials, and providing direct services to families such as meals, cleaning supplies, and masks. We're also looking forward to fundraising to replace our van once we get back to in-person gatherings with our young people and FANmilies.”

You can keep up with FAN’ progress in its community by reading their recent updates from the field.

We are so grateful for your generosity. I can’t wait to share August’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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Photo from Soccer Without Borders
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Photo from Soccer Without Borders

Dear Project of the Month Club Member,

We hope you had a healthy and safe month of May. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of you and the 585 other club members that came together to give $25,095 last month to Infinite Family and its project, Mentoring African Teens to School and Life Success, that is helping Black South African teens develop self-reliance and resourcefulness in as they prepare for their lives as young adults and beyond.

This June, your Project of the Month Club donation will support our nonprofit partner Soccer Without Borders' and its project Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua

Soccer Without Borders' mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change and provide underserved youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. The Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua project gives girls living in Granada, Nicaragua the social, educational, and economic support they need to overcome obstacles to success and achieve their personal goals. Through the activities, girls earn participation points that are exchanged for school supplies and uniforms as well as school scholarships.

Senior Manager of International Programs Jenn Bell expresses her thanks to you and other Project of the Month Club members for supporting their mission:

“We are honored and thrilled to be selected for the Project of the Month Club and join this outstanding group of organizations and change-makers! Thank you to all of the Project of the Month Club members for supporting the work to build inclusive communities through soccer. With your support, we will continue to advocate for gender equity in Nicaragua, both on and off the pitch.

Jenn went on to share plans for how your generosity will power their efforts this year:

“The news of our selection comes at a critical time for our project in Nicaragua. Since Nicaragua's political crisis escalated in 2018, in combination with the impact of COVID-19, our project has not been able to host several annual events that typically fund our year-round work. The support from the Project of the Month Club will fill that gap and go directly towards our year-round programs which offer daily soccer, educational, and community-building programs to more than 450 girls in Granada and an additional 1,200 youth through events, camps, and leagues across Nicaragua. With these funds our team of mentor-coaches will be able to continue to cultivate safe spaces for women and girls, ensuring that each member of the SWB community feels connected and cared for during these challenging times.”

Learn more about Soccer Without Borders’ work by reading their recent updates from the field.

Thank you again for your continued generosity. I look forward to sharing July’s Project of the Month with you soon.

Stay safe and well, 

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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