Alleviating hunger and homelessness in Minnesota

2020 certainly proved to be a challenging year, but with support from KARMAKARMA, OYH was able to improve facilities, ensuring safe and dignified environments for 44 homeless shelters and supportive living centers across Minnesota. The Education Fund helped 12 charities for school and education secure supplies and winter clothing, pay for activity fees and much more so that children and youth experiencing homelessness could participate fully in school and have the same necessities as other students. The OYH Homeless Student Scholarship program provided one-year scholarships to 13 eligible students attending the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. OYH’s Summer Challenge made it possible for 171 Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods at a time when food shelf donations are traditionally low.

You can find even more updates by visiting https://oyh.org/grantee-mondays-highlights/

Thank you and be well.

Impact update: New water well for 375 people in the Binauridih Community, India

GPS Coordinates : 21°47’22.3″N 82°21’57.7″E

Binauridih Community is located in the Bilaspur District of the Chhattisgarh state of India. Although Bilaspur city is the headquarters of the District, Binauridih lies over 30 miles from the city and is a rural community. A majority of the community members are uneducated and rely upon agriculture and day labor for income.

While implementing the bore well, a team of social workers provided awareness classes to the villagers regarding sanitation, importance of preserving water and eco-conservation. The training was specifically useful for the children. Training included specific attention to the importance of hand washing in the wake of the global pandemic.

Water, the most essential life resource, is a far cry for many. Villagers in the Chhattisgarh state travel miles on a daily basis to get water for drinking and for other needs. During summer it is too difficult to fetch water due to scorching heat.

Prior to constructing this bore well, there was no hand pump in the village. A public well in the village once existed, but had dried up and was no longer functional. Community members traveled long distances to fetch water through extreme conditions.

Now, because of your generosity, a new source of pure, fresh water is available that will affect the health and wellbeing of families in Binauridih for generations to come!

The Binauridih Community thanks you for your generous gift!

Go to www.Generosity.org for more information

Thanks,

KARMAKARMA

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Impact Update: Over 5,000 COVID-19 Hygiene Kits Delivered To Unhoused Neighbors

When COVID-19 hit dozens of social services, shelters, and businesses shuttered due to stay at home ordinances leaving many of our unhoused neighbors out on the street with very little hygiene, water, food, sanitation. even worse, with everyone indoors our guests began to feel more isolated, even forgotten, during a time so unprecedented.

In response, our partner lavamae teamed up with multiple partners in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to go directly to unhoused communities and deliver critical supplies such as facemasks, hygiene items, socks, water, food, and smiling faces.

To date, 5,341 hygiene kits have been delivered to unhoused neighbors, serving between 200-250 people per week.

For more information on lavamae, go to lavamaex.org

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Impact Update: Basic supplies for 60 refugee families

Children of War Foundation earmarked funds from the KARMAKARMA community specifically for humanitarian supplies purchased for a refugee camp on the Jordanian Syrian border.   Approximately 60 families benefited from a combined contribution which included, medical aid, wood to burn in heater lamps to keep children warm, warm clothes for children under 10 years old and other basic supplies to help refugee families survive the harsh winters in camps. Thanks again to our community for making a difference!

To learn more about Children of War Foundation, click here

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Impact Update: Completed Well Project India!

We did it again! KARMAKARMA impact makers have built another well in partnership with Generosity.org. This time our impact reached a remote community in Punjab, India. The Aliwal Kotli is a community made up predominately by farmers, masons and small business owners. This community had no access to water and due to their low social ranking, was banned from drinking water from the existing bore wells in the area. These were reserved for those belonging to members of higher classes.

Your impact has allowed for the construction of this new borehole well specifically to benefit this underserved and marginalized community. Prior to this well, the community members would walk long distances and wait for hours to collect water, but now thanks to our impact makers, the 250 community members can prepare food, do laundry and drink clean water from their very own well!

Check out the message below from a Aliwal Kotli community member to our KARMAKARMA impact makers:
“Thank you for the well. We faced a water crisis for quite a long time since there is no constant government help. I had to carry water from a nearby village. Sometimes we waited for hours with buckets and pots for water!

Now I am very much thankful for providing pure water source near our village. Thank you for this wonderful effort.

 

To learn more about Generosity.org, click here.

To make an impact today, click here.

Impact Update: Kindness is powerful. Transforming lives is impactful.

Children of War Foundation (COWF), is a U.S. based nonprofit that works tirelessly to provide medical support and medical procedures to children affected by war and conflict. As of 2019, COWF has impacted the lives of 10,000+ children, improved clinical capabilities at several hospitals and health facilities, as well as, provided further medical education enrichment opportunities to healthcare professional in several countries.

KARMAKARMA impact makers have been supporting COWF work for several years and more recently they supported COWF’s mission to Haiti and Jordon. By providing support for the purchase of essential medial supplies including gauze, bandages, saline rinses and more KARMAKARMA impact makers have helped COWF fulfill their mission.

By choosing to make your impact with Children of War Foundation, you helped transform a child’s life.

 

To learn more about the Children of War Foundation, click here.

To make an impact today, click here.

Making an Impact: Transforming Lands while Conserving Biodiversity

For Earth month this year, we wanted to let KARMAKARMA impact makers see the real difference they are making by choosing to support our impact partners!

With our partners at WeForest, KARMAKARMA impact makers have planted:

806 trees in Zambia

528 trees in Brazil

158 trees in India

Planting trees in previously forested areas creates a long list of positive environmental impacts, from increased water tables, greater soil health and lower erosion, decreased carbon, and increased wildlife habitat. By choosing to redeem your KARMAKARMA Points with our impact fulfillment partners at WeForest, KARMAKARMA impact makers are doing so much more than just planting trees!

In Brazil, the Pontal do Paranapanema, in Western Sao Paulo state has been hugely deforested. Recently, KARMAKARMA impact makers have planted 528 trees within this area to help connect forest corridors and increase safe habitat for some incredible wildlife.

Some of the spectacular wildlife that calls this area home includes:

The Black lion tamarin: which for many years, was considered extinct in the wild and remains endangered due to forest fragmentation.

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The Giant anteater: which was spotted roaming our restoration sites. It is estimated that more than one third of giant anteaters’ population has been lost in the last decade, placing this species in the “vulnerable” category on the global IUCN Red List and “critically endangered” in the region of Paranapanema. By connecting previously isolated patches of forest, this project extends safe habitat for giant anteaters.

Thank you to all our impact makers for choosing to plant trees and restore previously lush and diverse wildlife habitat.

 

To learn more about WeForest, click here.

To make an impact today, click here.

 

 

Impact Update: A Dog Named Legend

As a KARMAKARMA Impact Partner, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation strives to help and support as many dogs as possible. This means not only providing for their daily meals, but also providing necessary training and costly medical treatments.

Legend

A Great Dane/Lab and Pitbull mixed pup named Legend was brought to a rural shelter by a family who had had him for about a week. Unfortunately, by the time Legend arrived at the shelter he had been suffering without treatment for over a week with a broken leg.

The rural shelter quickly contacted our partners at A Forever Home Rescue Foundation for their support. A Forever Home Rescue Foundation was able to arrange transport for the puppy and provide the over $4,000 medical surgery, thanks to its generous supporters and the KARMAKARMA community.

Legend’s surgery was a great success but his struggle did not end there. He required physical therapy in order to learn to walk again without his broken leg. This process included a special brace, a lot of hard work and patience for both Legend and his foster parent. After mastering to walk again, Legend faced one more hurdle before he was ready for his forever home.

Legend was a big, strong puppy with little manners. By employing a trainer to work with him, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation helped prepare Legend for a successful transition to his forever home.

Legend is just one of their many special needs dogs and pups that need your support. By helping provide funds to feed their puppies, A Forever Home Rescue Foundation can focus on providing each dog its best chance at thriving.

THANK YOU to our KARMAKARMA impact makers for making a real difference in the lives of dogs like Legend!

To learn more about A Forever Home Rescue Foundation, click here.

To make an impact today, click here.

Impact Update: Completed Well in Haiti

KARMAKARMA users have made some incredible impacts over the years, one of which is fully funding a clean water well in the community of Piedor, Haiti with our partners Generosity.org. Haiti, is a country often hit with natural disasters and is perpetually rebuilding itself for survival. Many communities lack access to clean water and basic sanitation, therefore with your impacts and contributions, KARMAKARMA was able to work with our fulfillment partners at Generosity.org to not only build a clean water well, but provide community leadership training, along with health and sanitation training. Community members will continue to receive inspections and monthly mentoring for up to two years in order to ensure the well’s sustainability and success.

The community of Piedor is located in Fort-Liberte and has a population of 109 individuals. Each of these 109 individuals will directly reap the benefits of this well for decades to come. The Piedor community located near one of the oldest cities in Haiti relies heavily on agricultural crops for their livelihoods. Prior to the building of the KARMAKARMA funded well, community members would walk up to 2 hours to the closest water well in neighboring communities, a burden that often fell on the women and children.

Well Type: Hand Pump Well

Community: Piedor, Fort-Liberte

GPS: 19.57715 N – 71.85751 W

People Served: 109

Thank you to all our impact makers for making this possible.

To learn more about Generosity.org, click here

To make an impact today, click here

 

Impact Update: Supporting our Communities

Lava Mae is transforming the way communities see and serve people moving through homelessness. Founded in San Francisco, California they provide what they refer to as ‘radical hospitality’ to the homeless community. By providing access to showers through their mobile shower system, they provide opportunity, dignity and hygiene to those in need.

Below is a story from one of many lives that have been touched by their impact and your support.

This story is about one of their wonderful guests, Randy – a fun-loving, good-humored and highly personable Lava Mae regular.

“Randy was one of our very first guests when we initially launched our mobile shower service, and has since gone from being a regular guest to serving as a regular volunteer, helping out at our mobile hygiene service at least 3 to 4 times a week!

He’s an exemplary volunteer – always arriving on site early, always helping to keep our showers spick and span, and always eager and curious to learn more!

Originally from Pampa, Texas, Randy is a Desert Storm Veteran who has also previously worked with various traveling carnival companies. Now, his ultimate dream is to create a mobile shower service for people experiencing homelessness in Texas!”

Your impact helps Lava Mae reach those in need, giving them the opportunity to thrive.

To Learn more about Lava Mae, click here.

To make an impact today, click here.