GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club

by GlobalGiving
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
Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue

Dear Project of the Month Club,

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s nearly the end of 2015. So many spectacular things have happened this year and we’ve got so much to be thankful for at GlobalGiving, including the continuous support from the Project of the Month Club! You’ve come together to give more than $80,000 in donations to earth-changing projects on GlobalGiving! This is truly amazing and we cannot thank you enough.

Now let’s see the impact you made this past month.

In November, 236 of you gave a total of $7,512 to support Educate the Children’s Better Schools in Rural Nepal project. Your donations are providing children in Nepal with a safe space to attend school and are helping rebuild schools after the earthquakes this past spring.

This December, your donation is taking a trip down under to support Rainforest Rescue’s Adopt Vulnerable Rainforest in Australia project, which will allow Rainforest Rescue to purchase hundreds of trees and local seeds to restore the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, Australia!

Sumeena Keshow, a team member at Rainforest Rescue, has this message for you:

“It’s wonderful news to hear that our ‘Adopt a Vulnerable Rainforest’ project has been selected to feature in the Project of the Month Club. We are so pleased to be offered this opportunity. Thank you for supporting us in this important work to rescue, restore and conserve these unique rainforests forever.”

Wondering how your donations will help Rainforest Rescue? Sumeena had some brilliant ideas:

“A gift from the Project of the Month Club will go towards supporting the important and essential work at our native plant nursery in the Daintree, Australia. These funds will go directly toward the local seed collection activity for the nursery.

“Local seed collection is one of the most important activities for our team in the Daintree. It helps guarantee the coming years’ season of seedling propagation for our ongoing restoration projects. Our rangers working with local community volunteers collect local fruits from endemic trees and flowering plants from within the Daintree Lowlands, then sort and catalogue the seeds prior to being sown for the germination process.

“As we only ever use local native trees for our restoration projects, it is essential that we continue the native plant nursery activity cycle all year round. Without seed collection, we wouldn’t be able to carry out restoration work between the rainforest Lowlands and the Daintree World Heritage Listed areas that provide the endangered Southern Cassowary with the vital habitat connectivity it needs in order to survive.”

From the GlobalGiving team and all of the people you’ve helped this year: thank you! You have made 2015 another incredible year for us and our nonprofit partners and we cannot wait to see the impact you make in 2016.

See you next year!

Warmly,

Kevin + the GlobalGiving Team

Educate The Children
Educate The Children
Educate The Children
Educate The Children

Dear Project of the Month Club,

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and it is officially autumn in DC! At GlobalGiving, we’re gearing up for our busiest, most exciting (and generous) time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, #GivingTuesday is coming up, and we just might be unveiling new gift card designs right in time for the holidays, so keep an eye out!

Speaking of unveiling exciting news: let’s see the extraordinary impact the Project of the Month club had this month.

In October, 226 of you gave a total of $7,259 to Puerta Abierta’s Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico project.Your donations will provide girls in Mexico with the quality education and skills they need to become successful, financially independent adults.

This November, your monthly donation will support Educate the Children’s Better Schools in Rural Nepal project, which has been committed to improving and rebuilding schools in Nepal for over 25 years! Since the 2015 earthquakes, the need to provide a safe space for children in Nepal to attend school is needed now more than ever.

Lisa Lyons, the U.S. Director of Educate the Children, has this message for you:

Educate the Children (ETC) is very pleased to have been chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for 2015! We are very grateful to GlobalGiving and to all Project of the Month participants for your support. ETC has more than a quarter century of experience in improving the quality of education available to marginalized and impoverished children in Nepal. In addition to the improvement of physical facilities and the provision of useful supplies and classroom materials, ETC provides training and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, as well as financial support to cover school-related expenses for children from very poor families.”

So what can your donation do for Educate the Children? When we asked Lisa, she knew exactly how it will help:

“Every school in our current project area (a portion of Dolakha District of east central Nepal, with a population of some 12,000 people) was either destroyed or damaged to the point of being unsafe by the severe earthquakes of spring 2015. ETC supported the construction of temporary classrooms so that the children could return to school as quickly as possible. Rebuilding of permanent, quake-resistant facilities will take a long time. In the meanwhile, the temporary classrooms – many of which have no windows or even walls, much less sufficient supplies – will need to be improved so that they are suitable for use during all seasons. Support from the Project of the Month members will enable ETC to improve three temporary classrooms at primary schools in Dolakha villages, by making them more weatherproof and comfortable, and by providing each with additional classroom supplies and educational and recreational materials.”

We’re so proud to partner with earth-changing organizations like Educate the Children, who are committed to providing long-term support for years to come. Thank you so much for generosity and we cannot wait to share the positive change your donation will create next month!

Warmly,

Kevin + the GlobalGiving Team

Puerta Abierta
Puerta Abierta
Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico
Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico

Dear Project of the Month Club,

September has been quite the busy month for GlobalGiving. We welcomed 53 brand-new nonprofit partners in the last month's Open Challenge and launched the GlobalGiving for Global Goals initiative, which not only raises awareness for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, but also features incredible projects that align with each goal. And that’s not all: we have a new earth-changing project to share with you this month!

But first, let's recap what you accomplished last month. In September, 215 of you gave a total of $6,991 to The Kasiisi Project’s Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School project. Your donations will help young women in Uganda become powerful peer leaders in their schools and expand their learning of reproductive health education.

This October, your monthly donation will support Puerta Abierta’s Give School to Abandoned Girls in Mexico project, which gives girls in Mexico the quality education and skills they need to become successful, financially independent adults. The school also helps abandoned girls overcome past abuse with psychosocial support.

Connie Duran Robertson, the president of Puerta Abierta, has this message for you:

“Thank you all for your generosity and for caring for our girls.  As soon as we got the news we began imagining the best way to apply this donation on building a brighter future for them. We all, staff and board members, are very grateful to hear the news and excited to have been selected as project of the month, this motivates us to work harder!”

So what can your donation do for Puerta Abierta? Connie had some pretty wonderful ideas:

Your generosity will support uniforms, school shoes, sports shoes, sports gear, books, and school materials for all the girls. We just received 2 new girls who need emotional and cognitive evaluations, emotional therapies, learning therapies, and medical evaluation so they can reach their full potential. We will be transparent and responsible with your donation, thanks again.

We here at GlobalGiving share Puerta Abierta’s appreciation of your continuous generosity. Your commitment to changing lives around the world is truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see the impact you'll make next month! 

Warmly,

Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School

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