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Day 303: Give Gifts That Change the World

Have you ever given a gift that change the world. Have you received a gift that change the world? One of my favourite ways to change the world is to give gifts that keep on giving. It has been refereed to as Ethical Giving. If we all gave back to a cause that we truly believe in instead of adding more “stuff” to someone’s life imagine that change it would create all over the world.

Day 303: Give 303

Giving gifts is a billion dollar industry. Imagine if just half of that money went to people around that world that truly need it. We could feed the children of the world, help eradicate AIDS /HIV, provide mosquito nets to stop malaria and the list goes on.

It was recently my Mother’s birthday and she asked for just one thing. She wanted me to choose my one of my favourite charities from 365give and make a donation. I had the perfect gift to give to a new not-for-profit that truly needs all the help they can get.

After 300 days of giving I have been introduced to so many fantastic organizations around the world doing so much good. I have a soft spot for one called the Atin Afrika Foundation. I was recently asked to sit on their Board of Directors and I am honoured to do what I can to help. This organization was recently started by a local Vancouver women, Chelsea Peters and her partner who lives in Africa, Owiny Morris.

There vision is simple:

To create a society where orphans and other vulnerable children can achieve equitable development under secure care and love, and enable them to live to their full potential with their rights defended.

It has been a life dream of mine to start an orphanage in Africa. I have told my husband often that I would adopt a dozen children from Africa and bring them home if we were able to. Being part of Atin Africa has allowed me to be part of the process of getting children off the streets of Uganda and into a clean safe bed where they will be supported and educated. On Day 269 I did a post on the first children that were brought to their newly acquired home. The story brought tears to my eyes.

In honour of my Mother’s birthday I am donating a FLIP video camera to Atin Afrika. Chelsea Peters is on her way back to Uganda after many monthsHelping the street kids in Lira Uganda fundraising here in Vancouver to get the money they needed to start the shelter. It is time for her to see first hand how her hard work has paid off. I believe if more people see and hear the story of these children awareness and donations will be generated to keep Atin Afrika in the business of saving children’s lives.

The next time you have a birthday coming up and you are racking your brain to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life consider an ethical gift. It will be the gift that keeps giving long after the candles are blown out and the wrapping paper has gone to a landfill.

If you have given an ethical gift share you story with us so we are able to bring fresh ideas to everyone about ethical giving.

Time Commitment: The same time you would spend to buy a birthday gift most likely less

Cost: Can’t tell you my Mother will be reading this!

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)