GlobalGiving In the Field

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alizainthefield:

Our first site visit in France was at Rêves (means “dreams”), the French version of Make A Wish Foundation, at their offices just outside Lyon. We met with two staff members, Aurélie and Virginie, who showed us photos from many of the dreams that have been realized. Like in the US, the most common request is Disney (though of course here it’s Euro Disney in France). Some of the other interesting requests are to meet celebrities (Eva Longoria, Robert Pattinson), or are related to animals, like feeding a baby tiger or swimming with seals or dolphins. Rêves grants wishes to children and teens up to the age of 18, but they work with other groups and are able to refer the cases they can’t take.

Their project on our site is to help a teenage girl with a terminal illness meet a famous horse trainer, and it has already been fully funded. We are always glad to see a successful project, and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to post next!

Read more about this GlobalGiving project here (but no more donating, since it has been fully funded!): http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/meet-frederick-pignon-equine-handler/

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

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alizainthefield:

As opposed to many of the other organizations on the site, our sole Barcelona project is led by a single entrepreneur, Aseel Honein, who came to GlobalGiving through a World Bank initiative. Her project is to empower homeless people by looking to develop long-term solutions to the problems that cause homelessness. In other words, instead of providing temporary shelter for homeless people, Aseel’s project would like to address the causes of the homelessness.
Aseel organizes and hosts brainstorming workshops, and also plans awareness campaigns. During our meeting, Aseel (above), whose full-time job is as a professor of architecture and design in Lebanon, showed us some of her results. In one video, some of her Lebanese students came to spend a week in Barcelona, where they put together a demonstration with a light up swing in a park where children play during the day but homeless people sleep at night. We also saw some ideas from the workshops, including one in which beach umbrellas could have pull-down shades to turn into shacks, and another where these small shops that sell food or magazines along Las Ramblas could have small beds built into the back. As neither Shonali nor myself are art and design people, it was interesting to see these solutions pitched from an architecture and spacial perspective instead of a political one. We look forward to more innovative ideas from this project!
Read more about and donate to this GlobalGiving project here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/barcelona-social-inclusion-empower-2500-homeless/
Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

alizainthefield:

As opposed to many of the other organizations on the site, our sole Barcelona project is led by a single entrepreneur, Aseel Honein, who came to GlobalGiving through a World Bank initiative. Her project is to empower homeless people by looking to develop long-term solutions to the problems that cause homelessness. In other words, instead of providing temporary shelter for homeless people, Aseel’s project would like to address the causes of the homelessness.

Aseel organizes and hosts brainstorming workshops, and also plans awareness campaigns. During our meeting, Aseel (above), whose full-time job is as a professor of architecture and design in Lebanon, showed us some of her results. In one video, some of her Lebanese students came to spend a week in Barcelona, where they put together a demonstration with a light up swing in a park where children play during the day but homeless people sleep at night. We also saw some ideas from the workshops, including one in which beach umbrellas could have pull-down shades to turn into shacks, and another where these small shops that sell food or magazines along Las Ramblas could have small beds built into the back. As neither Shonali nor myself are art and design people, it was interesting to see these solutions pitched from an architecture and spacial perspective instead of a political one. We look forward to more innovative ideas from this project!

Read more about and donate to this GlobalGiving project here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/barcelona-social-inclusion-empower-2500-homeless/

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

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alizainthefield:

Behind on the blogging, so I am condensing posts! We held two workshops in Spain, one each in Madrid and Barcelona. Both were smaller than the ones we’ve been holding in Morocco, mostly because Europe in August is a virtual ghost town. As we have been told time and again these past two weeks, todo el mundo está en vacaciones. However, the organizations that did show up were happy to speak with us about their Twitter accounts, fundraising strategies, and expanding their networks on- and off-line.

It has also been interesting for us to witness the transition to Europe. In Morocco, the organizations identified with the other African projects on the site and did not doubt that they could be successful. But in Europe, we have gotten many queries as to why Americans would bother donating to projects in Western Europe when they could donate instead to AIDS orphans in Africa or educating girls in India. The answer to that is, of course, that a good project is a good project, no matter where it is; hungry and needy people in the developed world are not less deserving than hungry people in Africa. There are so many organizations in Spain with fantastic projects, and many of them would undoubtedly benefit from GlobalGiving. Hopefully the next team to visit Europe will get to meet even more of them as partners instead of prospects.

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

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inthefieldshonali:

Time for an outrageously overdue Spain post! Aliza and I arrived in Spain two weeks ago on the express ferry from Tangier.  After a VERY interesting overnight bus to Madrid (most of the passengers were Moroccan and broke the Ramadan fast halfway through the ride) we arrived in the beautiful capital city! Aliza had studied abroad here several years ago and was thrilled to be back and took the time to show me some of her favorite old haunts (tapas galore!)! 

The next day we had our first Spanish site visit.  We met with Fundacion Juan XXIII, an organization that helps educated and rehabilitate adults Spaniards with mental disabilities.  We toured their extensive facility where we met with both volunteers and beneficiaries.  I particularly loved the mock-apartment the organization has set up in order to teach these mentally handicapped beneficiaries how to independently perform day-to-day tasks like bathing, cooking for themselves and getting dressed in the morning.  

The Fundacion also generously provided us a space to host our Madrid workshops, where we met with a representative from Dell and several health-related organizations.  Aliza and I then spent our last 2 days in Madrid taking in the gorgeous sites (Royal Palace and Cathedral! Plaza Mayor!) before heading to Barcelona! 

We arrived in the iconic beach-front city last Friday, and promptly took advantage of the weekend to do a bit of site-seeing! We toured through Gaudi’s massive Sagrada Familia Cathedral and museums, enjoyed an afternoon on the (very crowded!) beach and ate delicious seasfood paella! 

Yesterday, we hosted our workshop here in Barcelona.  Even given the smaller turnouts in Spain (the entire country is on vacation!), Aliza and I have been thrilled to see that these workshops involve high capacity organizations with prior experience in online fundraising! 

This morning we had the pleasure of meeting with Aseel Honein, our project leader who flew in from Lebanon earlier this week to meet with us.  Aliza and I were very curious about this project, which strives for social inclusion of the homeless community in Barcelona.  We learned about the extensive research that Aseel’s team has conducted through canvasing, interviews and community challenges. We look forward to seeing what next steps Aseel and her colleagues take towards ameliorating this issue! 

Aliza and I are sad to leave Spain tomorrow, but we are thrilled to be heading first to Lyon and then to Paris to finish out our last two weeks with the In-The-Field program! 

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alizainthefield:

It’s been a while since I updated, but Europe has been a very different experience than Morocco, and we have been keeping very busy indeed! Last week in Madrid, Shonali started out by visiting a project of Fundación Juan XXIII, our partner through the GG satellite office in London, GlobalGiving UK.

Fundación Juan provides job and IT training to mentally disabled adults in Madrid. Spain does not have the vast social worker system that the US does, so these individuals are often left to be cared for by their families with very little instruction or assistance after they finish the school system at 18. At the FJ center in Madrid, they get job training, grooming and hygiene classes (so they can prepare to live alone), access to gym and arts facilities, and training in a variety of computer and IT skills so they can enter the job market. They also get job training to work in the hospitality industry (restaurants, hotels, etc.), and there is even a cafe on the premises for them to practice - which we visited with Laura, the lovely project leader.

Read more about and donate to this GlobalGiving project here: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/it-space-for-learning-disabled-people-in-madrid/

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

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ellencurrin:

My little brother Simon (who is now quite big) walked me to the bazaar to find a bus to Kuthali, which is about 15km from Charikot. After a bumpy hour with an old (and deceivingly heavy!) woman sitting on my lap, I arrived at the office of Educate the Children and began a busy day of field site visits. First I watched a monthly meeting run by the Aaltareng women’s group, then I rushed off to an ETC cooperative training, and lastly I visited a small commercial farm run by one Aaltareng member as an income generation project. During this last visit we got to sit down and share a cucumber which, despite being larger than my calf, was still sweet and delicious.

In the evening, Mira (the director of ETC) took me to visit two of her friends. Sara (USA) and Mark (UK) are both professors at Yale and they live (and research) in Nepal during the summer months. They have owned their own Nepali house for 15 years, and when I arrived their very young, very blonde daughter was running around naked with a few local Nepali kids. Mark studies anthropology and linguistics, and both man and wife are fluent (I mean FLU-ENT) in Nepali. Mark also speaks Thami, the minority language which he studies. It probably goes without saying, but I am IN LOVE with these people. Despite being way cooler and way more educated than I am, they both spoke with me as an equal and expressed a lot of respect for my ideas and my work. It turns out they both used to be Dragons instructors (I went to Bolivia with a Dragons program…) AND they have a few friends working at UNC!

Ellen is an InTheField team member with GlobalGiving. You can follow her adventures as she travels throughout Nepal this summer! Check out her tumbler at ellencurrin.tumblr.com.

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inthefieldshonali:

Aliza and I finished out our GlobalGiving field work in Morocco with a very promising workshop in Rabat! This was our first workshop attended exclusively by women, a very interesting contract to the workshop earlier this month in Marrakech, where we saw mostly men. It was also one of our most well-rounded workshops, with attendees from women’s non-profit organizations, a groups of representatives from the Moroccan Princess Meryam’s charitable foundation and government employees. We hope to see many of these organizations register for the September and December Global Open Challenges! 

On Thursday, we left Rabat for Fez, about 3 hours inland and 30 degrees hotter.  After 2 full weeks back along the coastline, Aliza and I had to readjust to the sweltering heat of the desert! Check out some of the awesome photos of the Fez medina, the biggest in Morocco housing nearly 500,000 people. We spent a really enjoyable 3 days in Fez, meeting some wonderful people! We also experienced the beginning of Ramadan, which will last until mid/late August. 

Stay tuned for a final Morocco update before we head to Spain on Tuesday! 

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alizainthefield:

Our final Morocco workshop was last week, in Rabat. The 12 attendees were all women, and as a group had the greatest familiarity with social media of any workshop yet. As at the workshops in Casa and Marrakech, there was a lot of enthusiasm and so many great ideas for projects and fundraising. We received some encouraging feedback, and some organizations have already emailed us to ask how to nominate themselves for the next GlobalGiving Global Open Challenge. It was a really satisfying way to end our workshop experience in Morocco!

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.

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alizainthefield:

On Friday we visited a really project in Kenitra, about 30 minutes north of Rabat. The organization, BAYTI (“my home” in Arabic) is already a partner of GlobalGiving through our corporate partnership with Dell. But we’d love to have their projects listed on our main site, so Shonali and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the organization, and to tour the project they plan to list on GG for the next Open Challenge in September: a farm school.

The school, home to 35 teenagers from poor neighborhoods or broken families, provides stability, skills training, and the means to an education for children who might otherwise have turned to drugs or the streets. The students take classes in reading/writing Arabic and maths, and work on the farm year-round. When they graduate, they will have also learned a trade — farming — that they can use to set up businesses. There are plans to expand the program to include more extracurricular options and social activities, which we think is great. 

During our visit, the project leader showed us the vegetable gardens, the cows and chickens being raised, and the new fruit orchards being planted. The farm school has been operational for 7 years, but the staff is always looking for ways to make improvements. We think these are great goals for them to consider as they join the Open Challenge!

Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.