Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.
Today is World Water Day, so it seemed fitting to feature WaterAid America for Philanthropy Friday. I’ve blogged about WaterAid before. I think they are an amazing organization, and I truly enjoy partnering with them through the Global Team of 200. My aim is to help spread awareness about access to clean water and sanitation. Because 11% of the world’s population do not have safe water to drink. This lack of access, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 2,000 children dying every day. (Read more statistics on water and WaterAid) As I type this post, I have a big glass of clean water next to me. Clean, delicious water that I have access to by simply walking in my kitchen and turning on the faucet. (via Philanthropy Friday: Water is just the beginning - another jennifer)
We’ve all heard of charity events that involve running, walking or biking. You may have participated in a few. But did you know that you can participate in your own run / walk / bike for charity in your neighborhood? (via Philanthropy Friday: Fitness for Charity)
Another State of the Union address is happening tomorrow (2.12.13). President Obama will be talking about many topics, including his proposal to curb gun violence. Image via Save the Children While I don’t want to get too political on this blog, I do want to make my readers aware of a campaign from Save the Children. Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Their vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. (via Sign a Petition for a National Commission on Children)
How often do you stop and think about the water you drink every day? Probably not too often. We simply don’t have to worry about the availability of clean water. Or access to sanitized latrines for that matter. But to many people in developing countries, access to clean water and sanitation is severely lacking. (via WaterAid: Helping Children Through Access to Clean Water and Sanitation)
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking, the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor, is not exactly a topic we Americans bring up on a regular basis. But did you know that an estimated 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, an illegal enterprise that generates billions of dollars in yearly profits? And if you think human trafficking is a problem that happens in other parts of the world, think again, because human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States. Every state. Rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York. Thousands of children right here in the United States have been bought and sold, forced into prostitution, or made to work in hard labor jobs with little to no pay. It’s hard to believe, but true. (via Zero Exploited Children)
As we near the end of 2012, I wanted to share with you another great organization worthy of a donation. As I noted in my December Giving Pledge post, December is typically the most popular time of the year to give money to charity. The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger and is funded entirely by voluntary donations. (via A great way to “feed it back”)
An absorbent core for pads is actually made from banana fibers without using any chemicals or super absorbent polymers. According to the website, “SHE intends to fulfill girls’ and women’s unmet need by helping local women in developing countries jump-start their own businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable, quality, and eco-friendly sanitary pads.” (via Philanthropy Friday: SHE’s Innovative)