Excellent Video from Mama Hope. http://www.mamahope.org/
"Build a Future. Not a Stereotype."
Day 261: Mothers Without Borders
Today’s give comes from a suggestion on Facebook, while researching Mothers Without Borders, I was moved by the work of the founder, in 1996 Kathy Headlee, a single mother of five decided to step up and help the orphans of the world. For the past 15 years, she and her organization have been actively helping children in orphanages all over the world. It is a true testament to power of one person and how one person, like you and me, can indeed make an impact and change the world for the better. Mothers Without Borders is currently working in Zambia and raising money to build a school for the 53 children who are attending school in a cleaned out chicken coop. Thanks for the heads up, Michelle.
Mothers Without Borders was formed in response to the global orphan crisis. Serving children in orphanages in Romania, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal and Bolivia and those living in the streets in Africa and India, it is our goal to send a message of hope and offer real solutions to the serious problems these children face. MWB supports the efforts of local communities and non-governmental organizations in addressing the needs of our world’s most vulnerable population - orphaned children. MWB supports community-based initiatives and develop partnerships with local organizations to find long-term, sustainable solutions. Mothers Without Borders is a child-centered organization that approaches the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in a holistic manner. They address the needs of the whole child: physical, emotional, social and educational.
Amount Donated: $10
To support Mothers Without Borders, please visit: http://www.motherswithoutborders.org
Day 224: The Samburu Project
Today, I’m spreading a little Crowdrise love, so my give goes to fellow Crowdriser Carol who has three projects, one of which is The Samburu Project, led by awesome crowdriser Chiara. There is nothing in the world like a glass of clean, refreshing water and in most areas of the world there really is nothing like that, most of the water available in these communities is unsafe to drink. I strongly support the organizations and people working hard to provide the resources needed to bring clean drinkable water to those in need. Clean water is the first step in eradicating deaths and illness caused by water-bourne diseases. This project makes me say H2YES!
The Samburu Project is a 501(3)(c) non-profit that collaborates with communities in developing countries to enhance the daily lives of men, women and children by providing resources that address immediate needs while promoting long term sustainability and self-sufficiency along with cultural integrity.
The Samburu Project’s current initiatives are aimed at providing easy access to clean, safe drinking water to communities throughout the Samburu District of Kenya. This is a community where the closest clean water is numerous miles away and often unsafe to drink. Only with clean water will it become possible to impact other aspects of community life including education, healthcare, income generation and women´s empowerment. With water, development happens.
Amount Donated: $20
Day 186: (RED)
There is still a lot of work to be done to fight AIDS and malaria avoid the world. The more work we can do to preventing the disease, the more lives we can save. Africa is one of the hardest hit countries, due to the lack of resources needed to fight AIDS and malaria. So, today I am supporting (RED) and their partners in their fight to end AIDS.
(RED)™ is a simple idea that transforms our collective power as shoppers into a financial force that helps those affected by HIV in Africa. To date, $150 million has been generated and 5 million people have been helped through Global Fund programs that (RED) supports. When you choose to buy products from (RED) partner companies up to 50% of the profit goes towards eliminating AIDS in Africa. Everyday over 3,800 people in Africa die of a preventative and treatable disease. That disease is AIDS. You don’t have to be a large corporation or a governing body to donate to the Global Fund inspired by (RED). Anyone can do it. There are millions of dollars at work on the ground in Africa thanks to individuals who donated.
Amount Donated: $5 to the Global Fund inspired by (RED)
To join (RED), please visit: http://www.joinred.com/takeaction/donate
Day 135: Africa’s Children - Africa’s Future
Today’s give comes on a recommendation from another reader of the blog, Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future is a relatively young organization based in Canada. They are dedicated to investing in the future of the world: children. Their focus is on orphans and children affected by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Through various programs, AF-AC works to provide education, awareness, and training to help these at-risk youth obtain a healthy and promising future and that is a wonderful mission.
AC-AF's vision is a future in which all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We offer a wide range of programming worldwide that encourages empowerment amongst youth by providing the tools for them to increase and share their awareness of HIV and AIDS.
As a result of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, many parents die of AIDS-related illnesses before their children have reached adulthood, leaving many households to be headed by children. Children in these households are vulnerable to financial, social, emotional and health-related difficulties that contribute to a cycle of poverty. AC-AF’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children Support Programme (OVCSP) is designed to address all of these issues in partnership with local communities in Africa. AC-AF provides micro-credit loans to boys and girls in child-headed households so they can attend school. Youth participating in the programme also receive vocational training in which they learn valuable work skills which will in turn allow the children to secure jobs and financially support themselves and their families, through an apprenticeship programme. AC-AF also offers psychosocial support that will enable youth to become confident, happy and productive members of the community. All of AC-AF’s programming is equally targeted to boys and girls, ensuring gender equality.
Over half of all new HIV infections occur amongst young people aged 15 to 25. In attempt to reach the demographic now most affected by the virus, AC-AF launched a creative youth empowerment programme called u+me=we in 2007. u+me=we works with youth aged 12-19 from around the world through a series of workshops that create opportunities for youth to engage in creative, skill-building and leadership situations and to explore HIV and AIDS related issues in order to increase both awareness and understanding. This program works with local health care professionals, artists and development specialists and encourages participants to launch a meaningful conversation about the realities of HIV and AIDS in both a local and global context.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future, please visit: http://www.ac-af.com
Day 110: Keep A Child Alive
There is no doubt the impact that AIDS has on families, it becomes increasingly hard to ignore especially when it has reached the level of intensity as it has in Africa. When 14.1 million of the 15 million children orphaned by AIDS are in Africa alone, that is cause for serious concern and action. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region in the world, and it is important that organizations like Keep A Child Alive are working to fight the disease and help the children and families affected by it.
Keep a Child Alive is dedicated to providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care and support services to children and families whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the fight against AIDS.
Keep a Child Alive focuses on:
Treatment: Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has transformed the lives of people with AIDS in the West, returning them from sickness to health. But only 42% of the 9.5 million people who so desperately need treatment, have access to it. When children are infected, 50% die before the age of 2 and 80% die before the age of 5.
Care: Keep a Child Alive provides first class AIDS care through doctors, nutrition, testing, transportation, and treatment for opportunistic infections, which are all necessary for anti-retroviral treatment to be successful. KCA also provides the care and support to keep orphaned and abandoned children safe.
Orphans: 15.2 million children have lost their parents to AIDS. These children will face enormous risks in their struggle to stay alive. They will often be forced into sexual exploitation or enrolled as child soldiers. Keep a Child Alive supports the children’s extended family caregivers, and builds and sustains orphanages to keep the most vulnerable children out of harm’s way.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Keep a Child Alive, please visit: http://keepachildalive.org
Day 109: The Lunchbox Fund
I tend to look back at my childhood for perspective on how my life has evolved and progressed for the better, which makes me feel more inclined to help as many people as I can. Thinking back to adversities my family and I have faced provides me a sense of what is important in this life. Something as simple as the hot lunch program in grammar school, may not seem like a big deal, but for me it was a guaranteed meal each day. It’s really hard to focus on learning when you are starving, which is why I believe in programs like The Lunchbox Fund.
The Lunchbox Fund was founded in 2004 to address the needs of impoverished students at Meadowlands High School in Soweto, South Africa. The organization has since expanded to include two additional high schools in Soweto, and most recently Alexandra High School in Alexandra Township. The simple intervention of providing a free and healthy lunch, makes a substantial difference in the students ability to reach their potential by alleviating the plight of hunger-stricken children within the South African township school systems, and — as the mission develops — through Central and East Africa as well.
The Lunchbox Fund targets the poorest children and schools and provides them with nutritional meals. Typically the children are fed peanut butter and/or jam sandwiches on whole wheat bread with a piece of fresh fruit daily. For some of these children it may be their only meal of the day.
Amount Donated: $10 (sponsors a child for a month)
To support the Lunchbox Fund, please visit: http://www.thelunchboxfund.org