GlobalGiving Project of the Month Club

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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
The Kasiisi Project
The Kasiisi Project

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Summer is winding down here in DC and that means a few things: kids are back to school, our September Open Challenge is in full swing, and the temperature is finally beginning to drop. While I do love the cool weather, I’ve got something much cooler to share: the impact your donations are making for nonprofits around the globe!

In August, 215 of you gave a total of $6,985 to The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Provide Education To AIDS Orphans In Rural Uganda project. Thanks to your donations, 20 HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda will be able to not only attend school for an entire year, but also have supplies, healthcare, and two hot meals each day!

This September, your monthly donation will support The Kasiisi Project’s Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls In School project, which has three main initiatives: keeping girls in school, helping girls stay informed about their reproductive health, and eventually giving students the opportunity to be economically independent.

Caroline Riss, an advisor and board member of The Kasiisi Project, has this message for you:

“Thank you on behalf of the “Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School” Kasiisi Project for your generosity this month!  Our staff in Uganda was immediately relayed the exciting news and their reactions were priceless! Everyone had great ideas on how we could use the gift to further our programs related to sanitary pad distribution and sexual health education.”

So what can your donation do for The Kasiisi Project? Caroline and her team had a few ideas:

“The support you will provide this month will allow for extra materials and trainings for our peer education program, which trains young women to be peer educators in their schools and inform other girls (and refute myths) about reproductive health, menstruation, puberty and relationships with boys.  The peer educators are taught by our community health worker who circulates between the primary schools giving lessons and handing out sanitary pads.”

We are continuously blown away by the amazing impact Project of the Month Club members like you make each and every month. Thank you for your continued support!

Warmly,

Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Dear Project of the Month Club,

This past month, GlobalGiving has gone through some major changes! We gave our entire website a brand new look (and let our old mascot, Elliot the bird spread her wings and leave the nest). We also launched one of our most ambitious projects yet, GG Rewards, which will help us reward the nonprofits with the greatest commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Our new updates aren’t the only thing helping our partners become more effective; your donations to the Project of the Month Club are also making a huge impact!

In July, 216 of you gave a total of $6,800 to Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project. Thanks to your donation, their “Seed of Hope” program will be able to transform the lives of women through counseling and training that will improve their living standards and help them gain financial independence.

This August, your monthly donation will support The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project's Provide Education To AIDS Orphans In Rural Uganda project, which frees children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS from the cycle of poverty by providing them with high-quality, free education.

Daniele Reisbig, Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project’s Development and Grants Manager, has this message for you:

“Thank you on behalf of the 697 students who will benefit from your generosity this month. Every one of the students YOU will help this month have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS—most have lost both parents. Because of you, these children can hope for a better life out of poverty. When they grow up, they will be able to use the education you have provided them to send their own children to school and to give back to their communities. Your gift will make sure that generations of children in Uganda will have better lives.”

So what can your donation do for The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project? When we asked Daniele, she knew exactly how it will help:

“[The support] you will provide this month will provide 20 HIV/AIDS orphans in rural Uganda with free primary education, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, textbooks, healthcare, and two hot meals every day for an entire school year.”

An entire year of school for twenty children? You’re ensuring a brighter future not just for them, but for their entire community. We are always awed by the tremendous impact Project of the Month Club members like you make each and every month. Thank you for your continued support!

Warmly,

Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Vision Africa
Vision Africa
Vision Africa
Vision Africa

Dear Project of the Month Club,

It’s officially summer, so it’s no surprise that things are heating up around these parts. We just welcomed more than 70 brand-new, high-impact nonprofits — working on everything from education for children with autism in Venezuela to providing solar lamps to bring indoor lighting to villages in Liberia — to the GlobalGiving community through last month’s Open Challenge. Today, though, I’m most interested in sharing the story of an organization working to break the cycle of poverty for girls in Kenya.

Before I share that story, let’s look at what you and fellow Project of the Month Club members accomplished in June: 202 of you gave a total of $6,450 to support Awamaki’s Empowering Women Through Design In Rural Peru project. Your donation will be helping Awamaki provide further training and support to their artisans so that they can expand the markets for their products.

In July, your monthly donation will support Vision Africa’s Train 300 Destitute Kenyan Girls For Self-Reliance project, which rescues destitute girls and offers counseling and training in lifeskills, vocational skills and business, in order to equip girls to improve standards of living for them, their families, and communities. Fittingly, they call this program “Seed of Hope”.

Vision Africa’s project leader Kirsty McLullich had this to say when she was informed about her project’s selection this month:

"We are excited to be nominated as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for July 2015. Having partnered with GlobalGiving since 2009 we have seen the real difference that donations from this site can make to the disadvantaged girls who benefit from our training centres. On behalf of the staff and students at Seed of Hope, thank you to every member of The Project of the Month Club for supporting our work to empower girls for an independent future."

"At Vision Africa we believe in Value For Money. We ensure that every donation is wisely spent to make the maximum impact. A donation of $6,500 to Seed of Hope could be used in many ways. One example is that it could fund a feeding programme for 140 students for a full academic year. The feeding programme provides students with a nutritious meal each day they are in school. In a recent poll of 116 students:

  • 97% said the feeding programme helps retain them in school
  • 62% said it helps with concentration
  • 47% say they have 0 or 1 meals at home a day

This underlines the importance of the feeding programme as part of our holistic training programme for disadvantaged young people."

Feeding 140 students for an entire year? That’s the kind of life-changing impact you’re able to make each month, and I’m just as thankful as Kirsty and Vision Africa are for your continued support of the Project of the Month Club.

Warmly,
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Awamaki
Awamaki
Awamaki
Awamaki

Dear Project of the Month Club,

The last few months have been an incredibly busy time here in Washington, D.C. We’ve been working tirelessly with more than 70 of our partners responding to the Nepal earthquake, and more than 37,000 GlobalGivers in 111 countries have raised more than $4.2 million for relief efforts. More than 260 organizations are getting their start on GlobalGiving through our latest Open Challenge. And of course, we’ve got a brand-new earth-changing project to share with you this month!

Last month, 207 of you raised $6,664 to support Equip Manyatta’s Drama, Dance, Music, & Sport for Kisumu Youth project in Kenya. Thanks to your support, their project will have the financial stability to keep more girls and boys in school for the upcoming year.

This month your donations will support Empowering Women Through Design In Rural Peru, a project by Awamaki that trains and supports more than 100 rural women artisans, and helps connect them to international markets.

Kennedy Leavens, Awamaki’s executive director, has this message for you:

“Wow! This is amazing news! Thank you so much for choosing Awamaki for your project this month. I deeply admire your commitment to participate in the Club and regularly give to small projects like ours. By pooling your funds you make a huge difference, and I hope that knowing this brings you great joy. Please, if you ever find yourself in Peru, come visit! We are right on the way to Machu Picchu and we would love to show you our work and say thank you in person.”

And she has a great plan for putting your support to use:

“I know exactly how the sum of $6600 can help our project! We work with eight women's cooperatives, and our goal is to use our income-generating programs to give the women the skills they need to run their own businesses. Our most advanced cooperative is a group of knitters. We are preparing them to graduate from our training program so that they can sell their work to any knitwear client, and not just to our local store.

“We have never graduated a group before, and so we don't know exactly what trainings and costs will be required to get them started as an independent business. Costs could range from paying a lawyer to help them register with the national tax authority, to giving them extra trainings on color trends and product design so that they can make marketable products to sell.

“We often write grants to pay for training costs, but since we have never graduated a group before, and we don't know what will be required, we haven't been able to secure funds to help them with this final part of the program. These funds will give us the flexibility to pay for whatever we discover that the group needs and most importantly, to make mistakes and experiment so that we can learn the best way to launch a women's group as an independent business, so that we can replicate this with other women's groups in the region.”

We’re proud to partner with innovative organizations like Awamaki who are committed not only to improving the lives of the people they seek to help, but to improving how they do it. And we’re just as proud that generous, compassionate people like you have decided to back them each month.

Warmly,
Mari + the GlobalGiving Team

Equip Manyatta
Equip Manyatta
 

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