Posts tagged philanthropy
I love that people reach out to 365give and ask for support. I am honoured that so many organizations and individuals feel I am worthy of posting about their giving cause. One of my long time passions have been helping children in developing nations. I have had a dream that one day I will help open and support an orphanage in Africa. Heck, if I could I would adopt a child from Africa and give them a new life. Instead I do everything I can to support organizations that are making a huge difference to children that need our help. Whether it’s starting an orphanage, providing food, medical support or an education, I feel I am doing something to make a difference.
I recently got an email from a volunteer student intern by the name of Clair that is doing just that. Supporting an organization called Building Tomorrow that is helping children get an education in Africa. What better education and life lesson to learn while being a student. Lessons in compassion, understanding and philanthropy.
Day 262: Give 262
Did you know that the cost of putting 1 child in California through grades 1 – 7 is $42,416.00?
Did you know that the cost of putting 1 child in Uganda through grades 1 – 7 is $350?
That would mean that 121 children in Uganda could go to school and learn to read and write for the cost of just one in the US.
1) Donate Your Birthday Campaign: Claire asked her friends and family to join her Birthday Campaign she created right on the BT site and instead of gifts asked for a donation to support Building Tomorrow. She raised $170 that year.
2) Sit for Good: Have you ever thought about life without all the benefits that many of us have at our finger tips every day. Computers, phones, a desk, a pen or pencil. This is a great educational opportunity you can participate in at home, in your school or in your office. Take it all away for one day and see how life is for most of the children in Africa. It reminded Claire that we should not take for granted all the things that make our life so much easier.
Here are a few additional ways you can help spread the word and participate in fundraising events on your own or at school:
1) Sell Brick: $1:00 = 1 brick
…and, in time, that one brick turns into 24,000
…and 24,000 bricks builds a school
…and that school empowers a community
…and that community raises a generation
…and that generation can change the world
2) #IAMBT Campaign: On June 9th, Building Tomorrow started an awareness campaign asking followers and friends to change their Facecbook Profile Picture featuring their IAMBT logo. Long lasting awareness and support are the true building blocks for any not for profit organization. Will you show your support on FB?
3) Spread the Word: This is my give today. Whether you “Like” it on FB, Twitter your support @BldgTomorrow or email it to your friends and family let’s spread the word about Building Tomorrow. You may not donate today but you may tomorrow, or your friends may or a school may start a campaign.
Every child deserves the opportunity to be educated. Education will change their life and change our world. It will bring them opportunities to get themselves out of poverty and into a world of opportunity. Will you give a child a chance today?
Send us a comment how you will help support Building Tomorrow today.
Time Commitment: 1 hour spreading the word
I always worry if the opportunity to give will present itself. I don’t have a list of “gives” planned out ever week or even most days for that matter so I open my eyes really wide and look around to see how I can give. Yesterday I found a few unique ways to stop and offer a hand.
Day 261: Give 261
1) I stopped and asked a senior if she needed help through security at the airport.
2) I helped another senior get her luggage off the conveyor belt.
3) I gave up my cab at the airport (there was a long line to get a cab) to women that had tickets to the Stanley Cup and was trying to make the first puck drop.
There are always small acts of kindness we can find to do everyday, even when travelling, that make a difference to someone else. There was one other “give” I literally bumped into at the airport and it supported a great organization that is worth shining some light on.
The Earth Rangers. When I arrived at the airport I instantly noticed a donation centre as you can see in the picture. I went into my purse and gave. Children, forests, animals – it got me without thinking about it. I didn’t know a lot about the Earth Rangers until now. Their mission is worth sharing and the ambassadors of the organization are very unique.
Across the world, an estimated 25% of mammals, 31% of reptiles and 33% of amphibians are threatened with extinction. One of the greatest threats faced by species today is habitat loss. The statistics are shocking and heartbreaking:
60% of the world’s ecosystems have been degraded
50% of the world’s forests are gone
67% of the world’s wetlands are gone
1.5 billion hectares of ocean floor habitats are destroyed every year
In Canada, 13 species have already gone extinct and over 400 are listed as species at risk
The most amazing part of the Earth Rangers are their supporters. Children are standing up and shouting from the roof tops to stop the damage and help save the planet so we don’t loose any more animal species. The Earth Rangers site educates parents and teachers so we can all pass the information to our kids. If your child becomes an Earth Rangers they can play games, learn about the animals and so much more. This is a tool we can all use to teach the next generation the importance of all the animals on the planet and helping to protect and respect this wonderful diverse place we live.“Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of kids like you to take action to help protect wildlife.”
Time Commitment: 1 minuteCost: $4.00 in change
What if you had no source of transportation to get anywhere? No car, no bus, not even a bike. How would you get to school, to work, to receive medical care, food and in some parts of the world water? What if just a bicycle could do all of those things?
Day 258: Give 258
“In some parts of the world a bicycle is much more than just a bicycle – it’s our access to the vital services of life” A quote from The Bike Factory.
Bikes are changing the face of a continent and there is an organization that is helping to make it happen. The Bike Factory has provided 9332 bikes to Ghana children to date. They have a big goal of 5000 bikes to bring to Ghana for 2011. This is how we can help change the world one bike at a time.
“June is Bike Month all across Canada. Bikes are important all over the world, but is life changing in Africa. Many rural Ghanaians lack access to basic needs such as healthcare and education, simply because they are too far away. So we designed a bike called “nframa” (Ghanaian for “wind”) to suit local needs and bumpy, Ghanaian roads. And every year, The Bicycle Factory program gives Canadians the opportunity to help send up to 5,000 of these sturdy, simple-to-repair bikes to Ghana simply by entering bar codes off participating Cadbury Products.”
Giving doesn’t get much simpler. All I had to do was go into my purse and pull out my pack of gum. It just so happened it was a Cadbury product. You don’t have to be a gum chewer to help! If chocolate happens to be your thing use a Cadbury chocolate bar to give or any Cadbury product.
- One product +one bar code number (UPS #) = 1 “virtual” bike part.
- 100 virtual parts = 1 bike for a person in Africa.
That simple. You can feel good about your next Cadbury purchase by entering your bar code and soon the 2011 goal of 5000 bikes will be reached. No donation required, no volunteering for hours. Give today!
Let us know when you have donated your first virtual bike part by leaving a comment.
Time Commitment: 1 minute
Cost: 1 pack of gum I had already purchased.