Today brings 50% match and world of difference to projects like Wuqu-Kawoq

Posted by lisa kays on June 14th, 2010

Today is Bonus Day, when, until 11:59 p.m. EDT, GlobalGiving matches all gifts made at GlobalGiving.org up to $1,000 per project per donor at 50% up to $70,000 total–enabling donors to make their gifts go further and projects to receive significant inflows of funding that make a significant difference to their work.

This was the case for Wuqu-Kawoq, which was able to fully fund a child nutrition project due to our last Bonus Day in March. This year, they hope to do the same for a project focused on helping victims of Guatemala’s Tropical Storm Agatha.

Here’s their Bonus Day story in the words of Peter Rohloff, Wuqu-Kawoq’s Executive Director:

Wuqu-Kawoq addresses barriers to health care for Guatemala’s indigenous Maya population.

When Bonus Day came along last March, the result of our participation exceeded our wildest expectations.

Within one day, one of our projects–Child Malnutrition in the Bocacosta of Guatemala–had exceeded 100% of its fundraising goal, raising more than $10,000 on Bonus Day alone.

We were floored.

By leveraging the GlobalGiving community and matching funds, we were able to fully fund the project much faster than we could have otherwise.

Bonus Day helped reduce malnutrition among children
As a result, we were able to purchase “Sprinkles,” a micronutrient preparation for babies that tastes much better than the product we had been using. We were also able to install water filters in every home in the communities where we work–one of the most sustainable ways to prevent childhood disease and malnutrition.

It worked.

Over the life of the project,  malnutrition in children declined from 70% to 35% and we prevented and reversed stunting in children from 6 months to age three.

Our hope is for Bonus Day to fuel relief efforts for survivors of Tropical Storm Agatha
This year, we hope Bonus Day will help us raise critically important funds to help rebuild following Tropical Storm Agatha.

Our relief project will implement two phases of recovery in the communities where we work, where 1,000-2,000 families are now without homes and the storm destroyed all crops and municipal water systems.

After a thorough needs assessment, which we’ve been conducting over the past few weeks, we will focus on providing critical clean water and medical supplies, and then will turn to re-establishing a stable water source.

On behalf of my colleagues at Wuqu-Kawoq, I’d like to thank the GlobalGiving community for supporting our work in Guatemala.

To further assist survivors of Tropical Storm Agatha and to make your gift go further, please consider making a gift to our relief project on Bonus Day (today!).

Or, give to any project on GlobalGiving.org. All gifts made today through 11:59 p.m. EDT (or until the $70,000 limit is reached) on GlobalGiving.org will be matched at 50% up to $1,000 per donor per project.

Peter Rohloff is the Executive Director of Wuqu-Kawoq, a project of GlobalGiving.

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