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Day 297: 365give’s Top 3 Ways to Give to the Horn of Africa

Nearly 11 million people are at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa,including 500,000 children who “are suffering from imminent, life-threatening severe malnutrition,” according to UNICEF. 1.6 million additional children under five years old are severely malnourished.

“The United Nations has declared a famine in Somalia, where a nightmarish situation is spreading to Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda by the hour.” quoted from World Vision.

We need to stand together to help today. Every day that goes by is more suffering and death to so many. How will you give today and help save lives. We all live on the same planet – we need to help each other.

Day 297: Give 297

There are times in our world when we all need to step up to save lives on our planets. Again and again it is due to environmental issues that no one has any control over. Tsunami’s, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and drought. It doesn’t matter where you live in the world any more. It could happen anywhere. In this mornings news they were already predicting a major earthquake (9 or higher) right here in British Columbia.

Today the tragedy is in The Horn of Africa. Everyone is suffering. Hunger, malnutrition, starvation, disease – the list goes on and keeps growing with every day. They need our help and in the last 24 hours I have been asked to step up and lend a hand.

Here are the 365give top 3 ways to help bring relief to The Horn of Africa before millions of people die.

ONE Petition to help the Horn of Africa1) Sign the ONE petition to get our politicians on their feet and doing something dramatic to help. The cost is nothing but you can use your voice to help make a difference. I signed and was number 53,423 towards a 100,000 signature goal. 

2) The Government of Canada is matching donations until September 16, 2011. Here are a few suggestions how you can double your donation through Canadian Disaster Relief organizations:  World VisionUnicef (text Food to Unicef 864233 to give a $10.00 donation) / Red Cross / Save the Children /

My $20.00 donation is now worth $40.00!

3) Tweet, Facebook, You Tube share and blog! Spread the word every day. Get the world to stand up and take notice in any and every way you know how to mobilize the world to give.

You don’t have to give money to create change but you do have to do something. Can you really just sit back and watch millions of people die in conditions out of their control and live with yourself?

Send us a note (changetheworld@365give.caTweet us, Facebook us, tell us how you are going to do something to help the people in the Horn of Africa.

Time Commitment: 3 minutes to donate

Cost: $20.00 donation now a $40.00

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Day 296: 365give Shares Stories of Giving from All Over the Globe

Giving to Kids in AfricaI am on Day 296 of 365 Days of giving and it amazes me more each day the every day heroes that are reaching out all over the world to create a positive impact.  I get to meet people through You TubeTwitter and Facebook that I would never have met other wise. Since I am new to all the social media outlets many of my friends ask me if it’s strange to have exchanges with strangers but what I have come to discover are the wonderful things about social media. You get to meet people like minded people from all all over the world and you have the opportunity to build your own “tribe.” A village of people with a similar goal and mission. Mine happens to be making the world a better place and my new “tribe” of social media friends are doing just that – changing the world.

I met my guest today via Facebook. Anthony is a remarkable man that has putting “giving” as his priority in life and combines it as a career in Africa. Anthony’s story is unique as he has come from a family that includes 25 children in a country where the challenges of the people run deep. If I can give someone a voice that may not always get heard in North America I am happy to make it my give of the day.

Give 296: Day 296 by Anthony Kalulu 

Beautiful Children of AfricaPersonal Anecdotes: Giving for Social Inclusion.

My work as a volunteer and giver dates back to the time I completed my Teacher Education and has since been two-faceted:

1) Social Inclusion

2) Environmental Conservation

I had a pitted childhood as my late Dad (a polygamist with over 25 children) stopped paying my tuition in my first year of secondary education. My mother, a non-working class poor woman who herself never went to school at all, started distilling alcohol as an income source and managed to take me through the 4-year Secondary Education, a tumultuous year during which Dad violently sent away Mum, all my maternal siblings (all 5 of them girls) and myself from home. Mum had bought a plot of land in the same village a year back; this is where we ended up until today.

At our new home, Mummy talked to a man who took me to work at a Maize Mill in Uganda’s Capital [Kampala]. I was a small boy and could not lift maize flour bags of 100 – 130kgs. I quit in two days. I did not want to return to the village either—as Dad was vocally sarcastic of my failures. I wandered the City’s streets for work at Car Washing Places and Construction sites, and ended up working at a Motorcycle garage.

When I started earning my own money at the Motorcycle repair shop, I shed off some of the home trauma I had sustained for 19 years. In the same year, the government introduced free teacher education. Upon course completion, I wanted to be a person who changes lives for others, so that I could see my own abused childhood from the other side of the line. When I began teaching I started a ‘Social Inclusion/Inclusive Education’ advocacy organization, the “Endowment of Special Education Promotion and Advocacy Foundation” (ESEPAF).

As a teacher, my initial idea was about main streaming the educational opportunities of children seen as being physically disabled. I spoke on the premise of “special education”—but, in retrospect to what I had personally gone through as a child even as I wasn’t disabled—my ultimate vision was that of “social inclusion” for children of all backgrounds and abilities. ESEPAF’s goal is that of promoting Inclusive basic education and social inclusion by involving schools and communities in developing inclusive policies and practices.

Giving to ALL children to be in school:

School Kids of AfricaI knew schools hosted a whole heterogeneous child population who were subject to a myriad of home and school-based factors that leave them susceptible to school dropout. As I couldn’t help individual children, I needed a movement that engages everybody—school children, teachers and parents—in building communities in which every child is supported.

My personal GIVING to children (as a teacher):

I started my teaching career at Mutekanga Memorial Primary School. It is a public school providing free education to all school-age children. As a rural school located in a purely subsistence farming village, the school mostly hosts children from very poor households, many of them staying with their grandparents—often as orphans. Nearly a quarter of the school population is HIV/AIDS-orphaned children, supported with scholastic materials from Plan International-Uganda.

The best I can personally do and what I have done for the kids at this school is GIVING them inspiration and a feeling of being loved by adults. These are kids coming from very poor households.  I bought a digital camera as a unique way to capture their school experiences.  I trained children of all ages on how to use it and on a daily basis I let them take snapshots of themselves seated with their peers and teachers. They always talk about it when they go back home and indeed this thing alone has brought many new pupils to join our school. Namikisa Resty, the 10-year old Grade 5 girl who turned out to be the most skilled in photography, the school became her newfound loving home. She is an orphan; her Daddy died of AIDS and her mother also passed away last year. The camera gave her a love for school.

One of the other ways I have given back is by helping kids acquire new school uniforms from my little money. For some it was their first school uniform in years in school.

My giving is now evolving as I have found a need in Uganda that is so great. I am now in the process of transitioning from my teaching career to fully engage with the non-profit “Organic Perspectives” (also started by myself) on its mission of

1) Helping smallholder farmers in Uganda’s drastically deforested countryside to regenerate forests

2) Find an alternative household energy solution

3) Enhance their income levels through sustainable and economically viable agriculture

All my time, commitment and giving moving forward will be Organic Perspectives’ work.  You can click through to read about my newest project Organic Perspectives. Giving never stops it is a life journey that we can all pursue. (Please note that as this website is hosted by aUKpartner, we are not able to post project updates on it. The information was our initial ideas of 2007, yet the work we are doing now has greatly evolved since.)

Anthony Kalulu | Organic Perspectives, P.O Box 16– Kamuli, Uganda| E:

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