The United Nations established March 22nd as World Water Day to bring attention to water issues around the world - but water is just the beginning. The lack of water coupled with poor sanitation, results in 2,000 children dying every day. International non-profit organization WaterAid helps the world’s poorest people to plan, build and manage their own safe water supplies and to improve their sanitation and hygiene. These basic services transform lives. (via Crazy Casa K: It’s World Water Day)
One in five kids in the US struggle with hunger. No child should grow up hungry. I can’t even imagine sending my child to school hungry, yet so many kids do. No Kid Hungry, a non-profit that brings attention childhood hunger, is building awareness of this issue by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. (via Crazy Casa K: No Kid Should Go Hungry)
I was very excited to find out about Kaboom!, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States dedicated to saving play for children. They have served over 6 million kids through building, improving or opening more than 14,000 playgrounds. (via Crazy Casa K: Kaboom!’s Playground Love Contest!)
In 2012, Shanti Uganda assisted in bringing 113 new lives into the world safely and peacefully, tested over 400 mothers and partners for HIV and other STIs, provided 1000 antenatal care appointments and run a weekly infant immunization and family planning program. Now they need to expand their services to meet the increasing needs of the community. (via Crazy Casa K: Good Work - The Shanti Uganda Society)
If you are still looking for meaningful ways to give this season - either as a gift or as a donation, please consider giving to Maternity Worldwide, a British organization dedicated to improving maternal health in developing countries. Every year 287,000 women die in childbirth worldwide - that’s one mother every two minutes, 800 every day. Most of these deaths could easily be prevented - most of these woman die from complications and/or conditions that are readily and routinely treatable in other parts of the world. Currently, Maternity Worldwide is working in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda. (via Crazy Casa K: Maternity Worldwide ~ Give for Christmas)
As I delve into my pocket books to buy gifts for my loved ones this season, I started to think about opportunites to give twice for each gift :) Instead of just buying another gift from a big company, I wanted to think about small businesses, non-profits and groups that give back for every purchase. One organization that fits this bill is 1000 Shillings - their goal is that you get to know the woman you are buying from, and then, through purchasing her products, you help her to become a self-sufficient businesswoman that is able to support her family. (via Crazy Casa K: ‘Tis the Season for Giving: 1000 Shillings)
#GivingTuesday is a campaign all about giving. It is a national movement with a unified message aimed at supporting brands and individuals that make giving back a priority during the holiday season. The initiative is supported by some big companies, such as Skpye and Microsoft and is supported by the UN Foundation. The goal is to recognize November 27, 2012 as a day of giving, just like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days of buying. #GivingTuesday is an incentive for us to give more, give smarter, and to celebrate the spirit of contribution.
Everyone deserves a chance at Education. Every woman. Every Child. No one deserves to be shot for promoting education for girls. No one. Especially not a 14 year old girl.