Note: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was adopted by Congress in March provides an opportunity in 2020 for donors who do not itemize their deductions to reduce their taxable income (AGI) through gifts to charities such as NCP. Please note that this charitable gift adjustment pertains only to cash gifts of up to $300 for individuals and up to $600 for married couples. It does not apply to noncash gifts such as gifts of stock.
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In early April, NCP raised over $14,000 in response to urgent requests from our partners in East Africa to address CV-19-related food shortages in their communities. On Earth Day, we raised $8000 to help the Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian Amazon keep their dreams of an eco-friendly lodge and reforestation projects alive. In early May, our network contributed $1750 to provide food staples for 50 sex trafficking survivors in Nepal, then $3000 to provide two months' salary for 16 teachers at Queensland boarding school, in Nimule, South Sudan, the girls' school NCP raised funds to build in 2005. Now we are collecting for food, fuel wood, antiseptics, and paying gravediggers on the Dineh reservation in NM, and food relief for native communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
These gifts go to our core budget fund our Sustainable Living Centers, staff salaries, travel and speaking, print and web resources to inform and inspire, accounting services, leading Learning Tours, overseeing our international partnerships, etc. There is a small transaction fee for these donations.
Through our If a Tree Falls… program, NCP supports reforestation in Myanmar, South Sudan, the DR Congo, Rwanda, Nepal, Malawi and the Ecuadorian Amazon. In most areas, $10 plants 100 trees. How? Jimmy Zan in Myanmar gathers avocado pits from local restaurants; in South Sudan, Paskwale Ben is using land his uncle loans him. We've just launched efforts in Nepal through our partner Shakti Samuha, an anti-trafficking organization. "Climate change brings disruption, disruption leads to trafficking," director Charimaya Tamang told our Learning Tour group. Grants from this fund may sometimes be used for something other than tree-planting, such as supporting native communities in the Amazon as they protect the rain forest, or helping rural families in Malawi market their crops, as without this income, many turn to charcoal-making - resulting in widespread deforestation.
We launched our Million Tree Campaign on Earth Day 2019, with the goal of planting 1 million trees over the next decade in East and Southern Africa, South Asia and the Americas. It's all part of our overall If a Tree Falls... program, and is designed to up our game in response to the looming specter of climate change and on-going destruction of the world's forests, even as the number of living creatures on earth continues to drop precipitously as their forest homes disappear.
Give a Girl a Chance is NCP's program to help girls and women around the world have a have a decent chance for a decent life. For the girls, this means keeping them in school in places like South Sudan, where 95 percent of girls are not even enrolled in elementary school. We offer scholarships, shoes, mosquito nets - whatever they need to succeed. Our A Girl and a Bike campaign provides a bike and a scholarship for high school girls in Malawi, where climate change has deeply affected the local farming economy. As for women, they are often reduced to near-slave labor, the sex trade or work that lacks dignity or opportunity. Through microloans or skills training organized by our partners, we help them have better choices.
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