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After 333 days of giving I have had the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. I have come to realize the challenges that so many organizations face to raise money for their charities.
One specific place is Africa.
Making a donation with one click through paypal is not always that simple. Due to tax rules and regulations many of the small organizations started by individuals that want to help this struggling nation have difficulty getting the funding they need.
This is the case with my friend Joe. His story is one of inspiration and courage of one individual that is trying to create great change in Kenya but the challenges are great and funding even less. Bringing awareness to the remarkable people that are stepping up to help so many is the least I can do to give back to the people of Kenya.
If Joseph can can have passion and commitment to make change in Kenya can’t we all have the courage to do something to change the world every day?
My name is Joseph Muinde. I grew up in a poor traditional family and learned the act of survival at a young age. I gained the virtues of tolerance, courage, resistance, patience and teamwork. I inherited from my late late father the values of hardwork, individual responsibility self-reliance, honesty, faith, respect for other people, kindness and sense of empathy.
My school life was a rough and dusty road. Lack of school tuition fees was the greatest obstacle that almost brought my career and dreams to a halt.
But I had a dream…
- To change life amongst the poor.
- To one day engage the marginalized rural communities in Africa including women, men and children.
- To fight for justice, equity and their right to education.
- To eradicate poverty.
After completing my education I realized that people in the rural areas in Kenya were still living in the same desperately poor conditions as before. Poverty levels had worsened and many children have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. Children are becoming malnourished. People were dieing due to limited access of medicine. Water is a serious problem. Women walk long distances in search of clean drinking water. Children (especially girls) drop out of school in order to go searching for water. The situation of hunger and the extreme levels of illiteracy, poverty and suffering made me think!
I decided to start an NGO. The Muinde Kaviri Foundation aims at helping the marginalized communities to become self-reliant, to alleviate poverty and to economically empower the poor rural communities. We want to do capacity building and to educate the communities to acquire knowledge and skills in dealing with their economic problems.
Please take a moment to see our mission and help us to realize our dreams.
Do you know that song “Feeling Hot Hot Hot?” That is Toronto right now. I’m talking Canada. Since visiting here the temperature has only been rising. Today it felt like 40C and by tomorrow it will feel like 48C. Today I was running around trying to get some last minute work items completely in the downtown core and I found the perfect way to give when it is so hot you want you don’t even want to go outside.
Day 293: Give 293
I am in Toronto working on a large fundraising event I am producing tomorrow. It’s what I do for a living and event production is a high stress job. I work on this event for months in Vancouver than fly into Toronto a few days before the function and pull it all together. It means my phone never stops ringing, the emails come in faster than I can answer them and I have many last minute details to finish. Giving is not on my top 25 list of things to do the day before an event. It’s 10:30 at night and I am just getting my post done for the day. Only 14 hours behind schedule. Do you have days like this? Do you wonder how you will get it all done?
Today a give presented it self and I walked right past it. I had my “blinders” on as I like to call them and was so worried about my own little life I didn’t want to stop and help. But I did. I actully went back 10 minutes later to complete the give I had so quickly walked past earlier.
I was at a major intersection waiting to cross the road and a gentleman was sitting on the side walk asking for money. It was 40C out with the humidity and he was sitting there with his dog asking for help. I ignore them and just kept walking. I ran into a store to get my errand done and the image of this poor man and his dog sitting in the street haunted me. I couldn’t imagine having to sit there all day just trying to raise enough money for food or more importantly water on such a hot day.
I ran back to the corner where I had seen them and not only gave him some money but gave him the large bottle of water I was carrying. I could get another bottle but I didn’t know if he could.
Tonight I will sleep better knowing I took the time to help another human being in need and his dog. Sometimes we have or blinders on when it comes to giving. Sometimes we don’t find the time in the day to give. But I am living proof it can be done. You can give every day. Just open your eyes and your heart and give – everyday.
Time Commitment: Could have been 1 minute if I did it the first time.
Cost: A bottle of water and $5.00 cash
This is part 2 of a 4 part series featuring remarkable kids that give. Kids are Heroes is a unique organization that embraces and encourages kids to be philanthropic at any age.
Do you teach your child to give? Do you teach your child that they can change the world? Watch this next video and you will see what kids can accomplish.
Day 248: Give 248
This post is about a young girl named Jill from Sidney, Australia. She is 6 years old. That wasn’t a type “O”. She is 6 years old. Jill has created a site called Jilly Bears Jewels. Here is her mission.
Jill is hoping to sell the jewellery that she has spent much time creating and send all of the money she has made to a charity “that helps children who do not have any money to eat”.
Jill is doing this by donating all the money she raises from the sales of her jewellery to the Australian Lutheran World. Just buy watching Jill’s video you are giving Jill the opportunity to show the world that anyone can do anything to create the change that is needed across our planet. Jill feels that even with $1.00 she can create a difference and help other children in the world have food and water that they deserve.
What is your child doing to change the world and are you supporting them in their endeavours? Leave 365give a comment or submit your child’s video to the Kids Are Heroes You Tube Video Challenge.
Time Commitment: 3 minutes
Cost: $25.00 Kids Are Heroes