New York, NY, January 15, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) announced today that one of its supporters made a $50 contribution to an ISLP campaign that pushed the total dollars contributed to GlobalGiving member organizations past the $100 million mark. The donor, a man named Saunora, gave to ISLP’s “Help 200 Cambodian Villagers Evicted In Land-Grab” campaign, which was launched on the GlobalGiving fundraising website in November, 2013. The campaign supports ISLP’s partnership with the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), a Cambodian nonprofit, as it pursues a potentially groundbreaking case in an English court on behalf of subsistence farmers who are seeking fair compensation from two multinational companies that bought sugar grown on land from which the farmers were illegally evicted.
ISLP is backing CLEC’s efforts by providing pro bono expert lawyers in the UK, USA, and Cambodia. Saunora’s gift – along with those of everyone who participates in ISLP’s GlobalGiving campaign – will cover basic costs such as printing maps showing the villagers’ land holdings and travel for the villagers from the countryside to Phnom Penh to meet with their legal team.
GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects donors with grassroots projects in the developing world. Pioneers of the “crowdfunding” model, GlobalGiving was created to unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen. NGOs like ISLP that are accepted onto the GlobalGiving site must meet certain requirements developed to give donors confidence that the organizations have a good track record and that their work has an impact.
Saunora was happy to learn that he helped GlobalGiving achieve this milestone. “I learned about ISLP’s work on the land-grabbing of these poor farmers in Koh Kong from one of the ISLP volunteer lawyers. I wish I could help lots more. I am very glad that GlobalGiving could reach this important target. It was the best Christmas gift I ever received--to hear that.”
Heather Eisenlord, Director of ISLP’s Human Rights Program, is very encouraged by the response of donors: “We’re delighted that GlobalGiving provided us with this platform, which has enabled us to reach a much broader pool of global citizens who are concerned about the growing epidemic of land-grabbing. The donations that we’ve received will go a long way toward finally achieving justice for the evicted Cambodian villagers, and toward building a successful legal model that can be used to seek justice for future victims of land-grabbing, in Cambodia and all around the world.”
Founded in 2000, the International Senior Lawyers Project provides the pro bono services of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to promote human rights, equitable and sustainable economic development, and the rule of law worldwide. ISLP helps build the legal capacity of governments, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions to advance the rights and well-being of their citizens. For more information, visit www.islp.org.