Waitsfield-based Global Health Media Project (GHMP) raised more than $30,000 in their six-week matching-grant summer fundraiser to support a new film series on breastfeeding. The organization received $16,595 from 100 donors — primarily Mad River valley residents —and will receive the full match of a $15,000 challenge grant offered by Win Smith and Lili Ruane of Warren.

The summer fundraiser also featured an Ethiopian dinner through East Warren Community Market. Thirty-five of the 100 GHMP donors provided support for the nonprofit by purchasing meals from EWCM.

"The response to our challenge grant has been extraordinary and humbling," said GHMP founder and director Deb Van Dyke. "The funds will help us complete a new film series on breastfeeding – our top priority this year. As many as half of the three million newborn deaths that occur each year worldwide could be prevented with improvements in breastfeeding practices. These films will support mothers and health workers with practical visual guidance. We are very grateful to Win and Lili, East Warren Community Market and our entire community for making this fundraiser a great success!"

"We are very happy to again support GHMP this summer," said Smith. "These films are having a huge impact in the lives of women and children who lack access to basic health care in some of the poorest regions of the world. Lili and I are so proud to have this organization based in the Mad River Valley."

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) seeks contributions of any amount to support the production and distribution of their life-saving films. Donations may be made at www.globalhealthmedia.org or by sending a check to Global Health Media Project (30 Common Road, Waitsfield, VT 05630).