Spread the Word # 3 : Incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015 (from Mashable)

From their website:

"In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and human waste by a special processor. In February, social workers and computer scientists came up with an algorithm to prevent the spread of HIV among homeless youth. In March, a research lab created a microchip that could actually help bridge the digital divide in developing countries. From a new sneaker that helps people with physical disabilities, to "nanosheets" that can absorb oil spills, to a bindi that delivers much-needed iodine to women in India, these are some of our favorite innovations that truly made a difference in 2015."

*Click through to the website to learn more*

Below, the Help Club features three of their favorite innovations from the list.

**The lamps powered by plants**

"Approximately 42% of rural areas in the Peruvian jungle don't have electricity, according to Peru's latest National Household Survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Information.

The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), which is known for developing innovative technologies in response to pressing world issues, created the Plantalámparas — a lamp that runs on plant power and lights the small village of Nuevo Saposoa.

During photosynthesis, the plant's waste decomposes in the soil, producing electrons during oxidation. The UTEC team captures these electrons by using electrodes in the soil and storing it in batteries. This process can light the LED bulbs for up to two hours."

**The beehive that harvests honey on its own**

"Two Aussie inventors created the Flow Hive beehive, which allows beekeepers to get honey on tap without opening the beehive and disturbing the bees.

The innovative hive's frames consist of partially formed honeycomb cells, which lets the bees complete the comb with their wax before filling the cells with honey. Beekeepers then need only turn a handle to split the cells vertically, so the honey can drip down to the base of the frame and out of the hive.

The Flow Hive has a clear window so you can watch the bees, which the inventors say can help with scientific research without disturbing them."

**The machine that converts poop into clean drinking water**

"Approximately 2.4 billion people around the world didn't have access to basic, safe sanitation in 2015, while more than 660 million people used unimproved drinking water sources.

The Gates Foundation talked to engineers to figure out how we could use technology to tackle these issues. Peter Janicki, CEO of Janicki Bioenergy, developed a machine (shown in the video above) that converts sewer sludge into clean drinking water, electricity and pathogen-free ash in a matter of minutes.

The processor can help developing countries both by providing clean water and energy, as well as employing entrepreneurs to run it in the regions where it's needed most."

Thanks, as always, to the helpers of the world.

 

Human Rights Day : December 10, 2015

Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today’s extraordinary challenges can be seen – and addressed – through the lens of the four freedoms.

First: freedom of expression, which is denied to millions of people and increasingly under threat. We must defend, preserve and expand democratic practices and space for civil society. That is essential to lasting stability.

Second: freedom of worship. Around the world, terrorists have hijacked religion, betraying its spirit by killing in its name. Others are targeting religious minorities and exploiting fears for political gain. In response, we must promote respect for diversity based on the fundamental equality of all people and the right to freedom of religion.

Third: freedom from want still plagues so much of humankind. World leaders in September adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the aim of ending poverty and enabling all people to live in dignity on a peaceful, healthy planet. Now we must do everything possible to realize this vision.

Fourth: freedom from fear. Millions of refugees and internally displaced persons are a tragic product of the failure to fulfil this freedom. Not since the Second World War have so many people been forced to flee their homes. They run from war, violence and injustice across continents and oceans, often risking their lives. In response, we must not close but open doors and guarantee the right of all to seek asylum, without any discrimination. Migrants seeking an escape from poverty and hopelessness should also enjoy their fundamental human rights.

Today we reaffirm our commitment to protecting human rights as the foundation of our work. This is the spirit of the UN’s Human Rights up Front initiative, which aims to prevent and respond to large-scale violations.

On Human Rights Day, let us recommit to guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms and protecting the human rights of all.
— Ban Ki-moon

~ helpful hints for holiday giving from charity navigator ~

From their website:

America's charities, and more importantly, those they serve, need your support. And, as you can tell when you open your mailbox at this time of the year, they aren’t afraid to ask for it. But your support will do little to improve our world unless we all commit to pursuing responsible and informed philanthropy.

We offer the following 5-step checklist to help you maximize your holiday donations:

  • Review last year’s charitable investments: Before making new plans, take a look at the charities you supported last year to find out what they’ve accomplished. You’re not looking for a list of itemized expenses, but instead a progress report. If a charity in your giving portfolio can’t tell you what kind of results they created from your investment, then replace it with one that will.
     
  • Be specific: As you consider which charities to support this year, remember that there are roughly one million of them. That means you don’t have to settle for an organization that isn’t a perfect match for your beliefs and goals. No matter what cause you want to support — whether it is providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees, helping our returning troops find work or finding a cure for a particular disease — there’s a charity out there that matches your intentions. Take the time to find it and confirm (not just assume) it offers the programs and services that match your charitable interests.
     
  • Look under the hood: Before you give to any charity this holiday season, be sure to check that the charity meets these three criteria..
    • Examine the charity’s finances: Financially healthy organizations - those that are both financially efficient and sustainable - have greater flexibility and freedom to pursue their charitable mission..
    • Ensure the charity is accountable and transparent: Charities that are an open book and that follow good governance practices less likely to engage in unethical or irresponsible activities.
    • Look for signs of effectiveness: The charity's ability to bring about long lasting and meaningful change in the world is the key reason for their existence so make sure you find evidence of its impact.   
  • Donate online: If you want to deduct your charitable contributions on your 2015 tax return, you have until December 31st to make your donations. Online giving at Charity Navigator offers the luxury of waiting until the last minute and the convenience of maintaining your giving records in one place, making your life easier at tax time.
     
  • Concentrate your giving: Diversification isn’t an important consideration when giving, like it is when investing in stock. A few well-placed larger donations go farther and have the potential to do more good than a wide array of smaller gifts. Besides, the bigger your gift, the more motivated you will be to do the necessary due diligence.

Learn more.

~ read the charity navigator "nice list" ~

Civil Rights and Advocacy

Highest Rated
Physicians for Reproductive Health
(New York, NY)

Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Highest Rated
PAWS Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Highest Rated
Friends of Acadia
(Bar Harbor, ME)

Children's and Family Services

Highest Rated
Forever Young Foundation
(Mesa, AZ)

Community Foundations

Highest Rated
Community Foundation of New Jersey
(Morristown, NJ)

Development and Relief Services

Highest Rated
Meds & Food for Kids
(St. Louis, MO)

Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

Highest Rated
FSH Society
(Lexington, MA)

Environmental Protection and Conservation

Highest Rated
Fauna & Flora International
(Chevy Chase, MD)

Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution

Highest Rated
Midwest Food Bank
(Bloomington, IL)

Foreign Charity Support Organizations

Highest Rated
India Development and Relief Fund
(North Bethesda, MD)

Fundraising

Highest Rated
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
(Oakland, CA)

Homeless Services

Highest Rated
Upper Valley Haven
(White River Junction, VT)

Housing and Neighborhood Development

Highest Rated
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Florida
(North Fort Myers, FL)

Humanitarian Relief Supplies

Highest Rated
Books For Africa
(St. Paul, MN)

International Peace, Security, and Affairs

Highest Rated
Synergos
(New York, NY)

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Highest Rated
The Seattle Public Library Foundation
(Seattle, WA)

Medical Research

Highest Rated
The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
(Bethpage, NY)

Multipurpose Human Service Organizations

Highest Rated
Higher Ground Sun Valley
(Ketchum, ID)

Museums

Highest Rated
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York, NY)

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research

Highest Rated
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
(Jamaica, NY)

Other Education Programs and Services

Highest Rated
Step Up For Students
(Jacksonville, FL)

Patient and Family Support

Highest Rated
Camp John Marc
(Dallas, TX)

Performing Arts

Highest Rated
Houston Ballet
(Houston, TX)

Private Elementary and Secondary Schools

Highest Rated
Epiphany School
(Dorchester, MA)

Private Liberal Arts Colleges

Highest Rated
Davidson College
(Davidson, NC)

Public Broadcasting and Media

Highest Rated
WYEP
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Religious Activities

Highest Rated
International Messengers
(Clear Lake, IA)

Religious Media and Broadcasting

Highest Rated
Lamb & Lion Ministries
(McKinney, TX)

Social and Public Policy Research

Highest Rated
Middle East Forum
(Philadelphia, PA)

Social Services

Highest Rated
Boca Helping Hands
(Boca Raton, FL)

Treatment and Prevention Services

Highest Rated
Community Volunteers in Medicine
(West Chester, PA)

Universities, Graduate Schools, and Technological Institutes

Highest Rated
University of Tulsa
(Tulsa, OK)

Wildlife Conservation

Highest Rated
Wildlife Conservation Network
(San Francisco, CA)

Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Highest Rated
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
(Phoenix, AZ)

Zoos and Aquariums

Highest Rated
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
(Clearwater, FL)

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The world’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction: International Cheetah Day

From their website:

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) needs your help as you celebrate International Cheetah Day. Make sure to gather more information about cheetahs and spread the word about wildlife conservation. Try making small changes in your everyday life to help your local wildlife and stay involved through service projects or fundraising to help international wildlife.

Here are 10 things you can do to help us celebrate International Cheetah Day on December 4th:

  1. Be a wildlife ambassador. Tell your friends and family about the cheetah.
  2. Show solidarity through fashion. Wear cheetah print (a single accessory or head to toe!)
  3. Swap your online profile photo for a cheetah. Choose one further down the page.
  4. Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay. Use our special made Tweet Sheet to send tweets simply and easily. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button in the right-hand column to instantly post to your Twitter page.
  5. Download our Cheetah Activity Packet designed by CCF Namibia’s education staff. When you finish print out your Certificate of Cheetah Achievement included!
  6. Watch and share this special International Cheetah Day video message from Jeff Corwin.
  7. Just for kids (or maybe not): download our template to make your own way-cool cheetah mask. It’s fun to impersonate a cheetah! Post a photo of yourself and your cheetah mask to CCF’s Facebook page! (Mask also included in the Cheetah Activity Packet).
  8. Text to Give a $10 donation to CCF by texting “Cheetah” to 27722.
  9. Get some stylish cheetah gear from the CCF Store at Cafe’ Press, so you can spark conversation about the cheetah all year ’round.
  10. Sponsor/adopt a resident cheetah from CCF’s sanctuary. Click to Sponsor a Cheetah!


Why December 4th?

It is the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah Dr. Laurie Marker raised from a cub at Wildlife Safari, in Oregon. Khayam was trained for the first research project in rewilding and inspired her first trip to Namibia in 1977. Dr. Marker took Khayam to Africa to see if she could be taught to hunt in the wild.  Through trial and error, Dr. Marker was successful in her efforts, and she eventually brought Khayam back to the US. It was during this time that Dr. Marker found out about how cheetahs were being exterminated by Namibian farmers who viewed them as vermin, and she vowed to do something about it. So Dr. Marker became the cheetah’s champion because of Khayam, and chose this animal’s birthday as a day to promote cheetah conservation in honor of her memory.

Learn more.

The Help Club : a gathering place for helpsy people

I started this website & a fb page to promote helping each other on this earth.  Helping with hope.  We can choose to focus on goodness, on possibilities, on positive change in the world.  It's not always an easy choice, and sometimes I fail in that regard personally.  But the Help Club is a not about me or you or any one person.  It's us.  I intend for it to become a gathering place for any *helpsy* person regardless of their story.  

So what does that all really mean?  The HelpC website will update regularly with new features on people & places & things who need help or give help.  The Help Club fb page will post similar stories.  Stories that will hopefully inspire you... To help?  Sometimes.  But also to help you remember that there is so much goodness in the world, if only you look to see it.

thanks for visiting

jbp

Spread the Word #2 : Write for Rights

From their website:

This December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. 

It’s all part of Write for Rights, our global letter-writing marathon. It’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events and carries on a long tradition of people like you writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs. 

And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards… Whatever you think will have the biggest impact, and help bring about change.

Learn more.

~~~ five ways to HELP on Giving Tuesday 2015 ~~~

There are countless ways to give of yourself to others and to the world.  Not everyone can give the same amount of the same thing at the same time.  But everyone can give something.  Here are five different ways to help on #givingtuesday 2015.

  • Give money - the first and perhaps most obvious.  Financial donations make a huge difference to your favorite cause.  However, this is often the most challenging way to give for many people who are struggling, who need help themselves.   That's okay!  There are at least four other ways to give...
     
  • Give time - to a cause, to a fundraiser, to family, to a friend.  Volunteer for the day, for the night, for the weekend.  Help the person in your life who needs something.  Your time well spent can change the world.
     
  • Give energy - If you don't have money and you don't have time, you can give of yourself by focusing your energy on performing a positive action that can be accomplished quickly, like sharing a good cause online or promoting a person who is making positive changes in the world.  For Giving Tuesday, and any day, focus your attention on the goodness of people.
     
  • Give thanks - for what you have.  Last week on Thanksgiving, many people shared what they were most grateful for as they gave thanks at the dinner table.  This week, do it again.
     
  • Give love - to whomever & whatever you love.  **On Giving Tuesday and beyond**

Happy Giving Tuesday 2015!

TWIN CITY PAWS : STOCKING STUFFER RAFFLE

Support the creatures of Central Mass!

TWIN CITY PAWS : A fellowship for pet support, advocacy and education

Buy a raffle ticket this holiday season to support their cause!

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From their website :

We are a fellowship for pet support, advocacy and education.

We gather food and supplies to support dogs, cats and other animals sheltered or homeless in the Fitchburg / Leominster region.

We provide an education program in the Fitchburg schools, and visit classrooms and grades in Leominster and surrounding towns.

We collaborate with the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center (our fiscal partner) and have created an emergency pet food pantry and funding for vet care for low-income families and individuals.

Our aim is to help our animals and help people be more responsible pet owners.

~*~*~ To purchase Stocking Stuffer raffle tickets at this time, contact the Twin City Paws facebook page. ~*~*~

Want to help?  Donate to the Twin City Paws Wish List

WISH LIST :-)

FOOD
dog food (canned and kibble), peanut butter, plain yogurt
cat food (canned and kibble), cat litter, cat toys

SUPPLIES
leashes, collars, bedding, including old towels and sheets, crib mattresses, carriers, crates...

DROP OFF LOCATIONS INCLUDE: 
FITCHBURG
Fitchburg Municipal Building, 166 Boulder Drive
Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street
Preppy Pet Suites, 147 John Fitch Highway

LEOMINSTER
Ginny's Closet

We can also arrange pick up -- email Sally and Maureen at sallycragin@verizon.net and moesmemos@yahoo.com
One of us will be in touch. Thank you for wanting to help shelter dogs and cats.

Adopt an aquatic creature from Oceana : "We envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life..."

"We envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life. Where enormous schools of anchovies, sardines and other fish are common sights. Where marlins, sharks and tuna roam the seas in large numbers; where coral gardens, sea-grass meadows and other ocean landscapes thrive and sustain its life; where dolphins, whales and sea turtles flourish; where local fishing cultures and economies blossom rather than decline; and where seafood is a healthy and plentiful source of food for hundreds of millions of people."

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From their website:

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide. They provide livelihoods to countless fishermen and others around the world. They also feed hundreds of millions of people and have the capacity to provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day. Unfortunately, the oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management — which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana is dedicated to advocating for science-based fishery management and restoring the world's oceans.

Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean.

 

Adopt an aquatic creature to support the cause!  Here are just a few of the options available on their website :

Sea turtles are in jeopardy. Each of the six sea turtle species found in United States waters is listed as either endangered or threatened and they may go extinct in the foreseeable future. Fishing gear in US waters kill thousands of sea turtles and injure even more each year. Other threats include ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris, pollution, coastal development, poaching, vessel strikes, climate change and predation by invasive species.   How Your Adoption Helps Save Sea Turtles:   Oceana's campaign to save sea turtles is dedicated to the protection and restoration of sea turtle populations in the world's oceans. Your donation will support our campaign to reduce sea turtle bycatch in fisheries and protect sea turtle habitat. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Sea turtles are in jeopardy. Each of the six sea turtle species found in United States waters is listed as either endangered or threatened and they may go extinct in the foreseeable future. Fishing gear in US waters kill thousands of sea turtles and injure even more each year. Other threats include ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris, pollution, coastal development, poaching, vessel strikes, climate change and predation by invasive species.

How Your Adoption Helps Save Sea Turtles: Oceana's campaign to save sea turtles is dedicated to the protection and restoration of sea turtle populations in the world's oceans. Your donation will support our campaign to reduce sea turtle bycatch in fisheries and protect sea turtle habitat. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

The smallest, and one of the most common seals in the far north, a ringed seal pup weighs no more than 10 pounds at birth. Raised in an ice den, their white furry coats help them camouflage in the Arctic’s icy landscape. Adult ringed seals feed mainly on fish and shrimp, and stay close to the ice for their entire lives.   How Your Adoption Helps Protect Ringed Seals:  Ringed seals are susceptible to the effects of ocean pollution and are influenced by the changing shape of the ice flows of the Arctic coast, some that are melting due to global warming. Oceana works to combat climate change and promote clean energy. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

The smallest, and one of the most common seals in the far north, a ringed seal pup weighs no more than 10 pounds at birth. Raised in an ice den, their white furry coats help them camouflage in the Arctic’s icy landscape. Adult ringed seals feed mainly on fish and shrimp, and stay close to the ice for their entire lives.

How Your Adoption Helps Protect Ringed Seals: Ringed seals are susceptible to the effects of ocean pollution and are influenced by the changing shape of the ice flows of the Arctic coast, some that are melting due to global warming. Oceana works to combat climate change and promote clean energy. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Dolphins continue to face threats to their survival. Dolphins are susceptible to toxins and pollution, so oil spills are especially dangerous to their health. Dangerous fishing practices can entangle dolphin in fishing gear.   How Your Adoption Helps Save Dolphins:  Oceana works to protect marine mammals such as dolphins from being caught as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Your donation will also help support our work on Capitol Hill to promote clean energy and protect our coasts from oil pollution. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Dolphins continue to face threats to their survival. Dolphins are susceptible to toxins and pollution, so oil spills are especially dangerous to their health. Dangerous fishing practices can entangle dolphin in fishing gear.

How Your Adoption Helps Save Dolphins: Oceana works to protect marine mammals such as dolphins from being caught as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Your donation will also help support our work on Capitol Hill to promote clean energy and protect our coasts from oil pollution. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Icon of the Arctic, the polar bear is the largest mammalian carnivore and has amazing resilience and power. For centuries, the polar bear has been hunted by native peoples of the Arctic, without numbers declining. However, thinning of the Arctic’s sea-ice by global warming could seriously reduce its access to food.   How Your Adoption Helps Protect Polar Bears:  To best protect polar bears and other wildlife, Oceana is focused on addressing all of the threats affecting Arctic wildlife. Your donation goes to support our campaigns to fight climate change, industrial fishing, ocean pollution, and oil and gas exploration and development. All gifts go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Icon of the Arctic, the polar bear is the largest mammalian carnivore and has amazing resilience and power. For centuries, the polar bear has been hunted by native peoples of the Arctic, without numbers declining. However, thinning of the Arctic’s sea-ice by global warming could seriously reduce its access to food.

How Your Adoption Helps Protect Polar Bears: To best protect polar bears and other wildlife, Oceana is focused on addressing all of the threats affecting Arctic wildlife. Your donation goes to support our campaigns to fight climate change, industrial fishing, ocean pollution, and oil and gas exploration and development. All gifts go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks are vulnerable to overexploitation. They grow slowly, mature late and give birth to few young. These top predators are now in grave trouble.  Sharks are caught for their jaws, teeth and fins, which are in high demand worldwide. Of the 307 shark species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 50 are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.   How Your Adoption Saves Sharks:   Oceana is working internationally to protect and restore shark populations. Your donation will help us push for true shark finning bans, species-specific shark management and reduced deaths through bycatch. The loss of sharks will have devastating and unpredictable consequences for ocean ecosystems. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks are vulnerable to overexploitation. They grow slowly, mature late and give birth to few young. These top predators are now in grave trouble.

Sharks are caught for their jaws, teeth and fins, which are in high demand worldwide. Of the 307 shark species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 50 are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.

How Your Adoption Saves Sharks: Oceana is working internationally to protect and restore shark populations. Your donation will help us push for true shark finning bans, species-specific shark management and reduced deaths through bycatch. The loss of sharks will have devastating and unpredictable consequences for ocean ecosystems. All donations go towards making our world's oceans healthier and safer, for generations to come.

Black Friday Alternatives : Buy the Gift of Giving

If you are seeking a wonderful present for the helpsy person in your life, consider a rescue gift from the International Rescue Committee. 

Here are just a few of the options available on their website :

Lighting the way to safety  In places like Iraq and Syria, where millions are fleeing violence, families often have no access to electricity. The IRC provides WakaWakas, an innovative solar lamp and charger, to families caught in crisis so they can move safely after darkness falls and charge their phones to connect with their loved ones elsewhere. $25 can supply a WakaWaka to help ensure families are protected through the night.  - See more at:  http://gifts.rescue.org/product/emergency-relief/light-in-dark#sthash.9EHjSOmH.dpuf

Lighting the way to safety

In places like Iraq and Syria, where millions are fleeing violence, families often have no access to electricity. The IRC provides WakaWakas, an innovative solar lamp and charger, to families caught in crisis so they can move safely after darkness falls and charge their phones to connect with their loved ones elsewhere. $25 can supply a WakaWaka to help ensure families are protected through the night.

- See more at: http://gifts.rescue.org/product/emergency-relief/light-in-dark#sthash.9EHjSOmH.dpuf

Caring for mothers-to-be  Every day, approximately 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth—often from preventable causes. In places like Kenya, we train local women to be midwives, who provide critical care for expectant mothers from pregnancy through childbirth. A trusted midwife provides a mother-to-be with the advice, medical assistance and other support she needs to keep herself, and her baby, healthy.  - See more at:  http://gifts.rescue.org/product/health/healthy-pregnancy#sthash.mxApdVTA.dpuf

Caring for mothers-to-be

Every day, approximately 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth—often from preventable causes. In places like Kenya, we train local women to be midwives, who provide critical care for expectant mothers from pregnancy through childbirth. A trusted midwife provides a mother-to-be with the advice, medical assistance and other support she needs to keep herself, and her baby, healthy.

- See more at: http://gifts.rescue.org/product/health/healthy-pregnancy#sthash.mxApdVTA.dpuf

The opportunity of her life  When crisis forces families to make difficult decisions about schooling for their children, often it is young girls who are kept at home and denied a chance at a better life. In places like Afghanistan, Congo or Lebanon, including girls in schools is critical: educated girls become smart, strong women committed to leading their communities toward stability. In Afghanistan alone, we helped educate more than 13,000 girls in 2014. $58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a girl needs to attend school for a year.  - See more at:  http://gifts.rescue.org/product/education/year-school#sthash.rk2JyIq8.dpuf

The opportunity of her life

When crisis forces families to make difficult decisions about schooling for their children, often it is young girls who are kept at home and denied a chance at a better life. In places like Afghanistan, Congo or Lebanon, including girls in schools is critical: educated girls become smart, strong women committed to leading their communities toward stability. In Afghanistan alone, we helped educate more than 13,000 girls in 2014. $58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a girl needs to attend school for a year.

- See more at: http://gifts.rescue.org/product/education/year-school#sthash.rk2JyIq8.dpuf

A very valuable asset  In places like South Sudan, where ongoing conflict has spurred a food crisis, milk can be scarce. The IRC is helping families to survive and rebuild their lives with the delivery of baby goats. A goat can give a family in need nourishment as well as a sustainable source of income and a chance to regain economic independence.  - See more at:  http://gifts.rescue.org/product/rebuilding/donate-a-baby-goat#sthash.dckNCxrN.dpuf

A very valuable asset

In places like South Sudan, where ongoing conflict has spurred a food crisis, milk can be scarce. The IRC is helping families to survive and rebuild their lives with the delivery of baby goats. A goat can give a family in need nourishment as well as a sustainable source of income and a chance to regain economic independence.

- See more at: http://gifts.rescue.org/product/rebuilding/donate-a-baby-goat#sthash.dckNCxrN.dpuf

Lifesaving winter gear  When cold weather sets in after a catastrophe, protection from the elements can mean the difference between life and death, especially for families who have lost everything. The IRC distributes lifesaving emergency winter kits filled with warm blankets, coats and boots, protective sheeting and other critical winter gear to Syrian refugees and other families uprooted by crisis. $114 can help a family in desperate need survive the harsh winter.  - See more at:  http://gifts.rescue.org/product/emergency-relief/warmth-through-winter#sthash.chutihSQ.dpuf

Lifesaving winter gear

When cold weather sets in after a catastrophe, protection from the elements can mean the difference between life and death, especially for families who have lost everything. The IRC distributes lifesaving emergency winter kits filled with warm blankets, coats and boots, protective sheeting and other critical winter gear to Syrian refugees and other families uprooted by crisis. $114 can help a family in desperate need survive the harsh winter.

- See more at: http://gifts.rescue.org/product/emergency-relief/warmth-through-winter#sthash.chutihSQ.dpuf


Share Your Strength with Malala Yousafzai on Giving Tuesday 2015

2013 Establishing the Malala Fund

Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. In 2013, Malala and Ziauddin co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential and to demand change.

Learn more about the Malala Fund.

SPREAD THE WORD #1 : Giving Tuesday 2015

WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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