Action 3: Join the Summer Fundraising Challenge
You have been the catalyst in one of the boldest movements in history -- the movement to end genocide, in Darfur and around the world. The fight is only just beginning, but the results of our actions demonstrate how much potential we have to grow bigger and stronger. 25 states divested. Hundreds of millions of dollars in peacekeeping funds and relief allocated by Congress. And thousands of schools and communities across the country committed to ending genocide. Working together, we will continue to set the bar higher for ourselves and for world leaders.
STAND and GI-NET need your support this summer to strengthen our work in Darfur, on Capitol Hill, and in schools and communities around the country. Join STAND and GI-NET's Summer Fundraising Challenge and help build the movement to end genocide.
The Challenge is simple -- just turn your favorite summer activity into a fundraiser. Set a fundraising goal for yourself, then hold a GI-NET barbecue with your friends, a "Strike Out Genocide" backyard wiffleball tournament, or turn a regular lemonade stand into a "Stand Against Genocide." Click here to get more ideas and see some of the people who have joined the Challenge, including STAND students who have challenged themselves to raise $100,000 for GI-NET by running 1,300 miles across the country!
The top 25 fundraisers at the end of the summer will receive a free Darfur Now DVD and a signed Darfur Now poster, and will have their fundraising story featured on the STAND website!
Ending genocide -- in Darfur and around the world -- is no small task. We need your support to make our collective impact even larger. The money you raise will allow us to continue and strengthen all of our programs, including our Civilian Protection Program in Darfur. Highlights from our Civilian Protection Program can be found below, or by clicking here.
This summer, it's up to you to recruit your friends, family and neighbors to join the movement to end genocide. Are you up to the Challenge?
Where does the money go?
The Genocide Intervention Network's Civilian Protection Program takes a unique approach to protecting civilians on the ground at risk of violence from large-scale atrocities. Current projects include:
- Income Generating Activities: Your support over the past year has provided over one thousand of the most vulnerable households with materials and training for income generating activities. Over the next two months, GI-NET will expand this program to an additional 1,000 households.
- Propane-Powered Kitchens: GI-NET is currently pilot testing an outdoor propane kitchen -- the first of its kind in Darfur. This kitchen, suggested by women and camp leadership in Darfur, does not require any firewood. After our first kitchen has proven to be successful, we can rapidly build more propane kitchens in this camp, and others, to provide the most vulnerable women with an alternative to firewood collection.
- Supporting Firewood Patrols: GI-NET is currently seeking a partner on the ground who can facilitate UNAMID firewood patrols that would protect women who still must leave the IDP camps in order to find firewood for cooking meals.
- Putting UN Police Units on the ground in Darfur: GI-NET is funding a contractor who is an expert on policing in UN missions to develop the standards and training courses needed in order to train the Formed Police Units (FPUs) that are being deployed to Darfur. Without GI-NET funding now, this project would be pushed back until late 2008 when the UN could fund a team of trainers for the FPUs. Your support allows the FPUs to be trained and deployed now so that they can begin protecting civilians in Darfur as soon as possible.
- Eastern Burma: GI-NET has sent an assessment mission to eastern Burma to learn more about the crimes against humanity committed by the government against ethnic groups there. This allowed us to develop a project that will help to protect civilians against attacks by the Burmese Army. More information on this project will be available shortly once we have completed our plans.
- Protection Fund: In addition to the specific projects mentioned above, our Protection Fund provides us with the flexibility required for rapid responses to urgent protection needs. With our Protection Fund, GI-NET can assure that money is immediately available for protection projects where there is not enough time to fundraise. Our goal is to raise $2 million for our Protection Fund before the end of the year.
Please click here for more information on any of these projects.
Click here to join our Summer Fundraising Challenge, and use your summer to make a difference for the people of Darfur, Burma, and other places of mass atrocity.
Help us expand our Civilian Protection Program. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today.
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