Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Bringing equality, protection, health and education services to children is what UNICEF is all about. The United Nation’s Children’s Fund is a global movement for children and the advocacy of children all over the world. With the help of national committees, country programmes, the help of volunteers and generous donations, UNICEF works to provide educational tools to children, prevent the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDs and malaria, and provides emergency humanitarian assistance during natural and man-made disasters.

UNICEF advocates for children about topics pertaining to nutrition, exercise, life skills, education, health, and so much more. They are a leader in providing care and help for children who have been abused, abandoned and become refugee’s from war ravaged countries. UNICEF gives these children a voice.

To learn more about what UNICEF has done, is doing, and will be doing in the future visit unicef.org.

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T is for TRAID

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Charity, Education, Poverty

Textile Recycling for Aid and International Developement is a charity based in the UK that works to protect the environment, reduce waste and educate the public on environmental and world poverty issues. To accomplish these goals TRAID operates over 900 textile recycling banks where clothing is donated and saved from landfills to be sorted through and sold at TRAID shops.

Clothing that is damaged, stained or torn is redesigned and sold under the award-winning recycled label, TRAIDremade. When the organization members are not sorting through clothing they are raising money for expansion of recycling projects and educating the public through assemblies and workshops.

In addition to saving the environment and education the public, TRAID has been actively combatting poverty around the world. Some projects that the organization has been a part of include Africa Now, Every Child, and the Fairtrade Foundation.

To learn more about TRAID, how you can help or to make a donation visit www.traid.org.uk.

ShelterBox is there when disaster strikes to provide emergency shelters and lifesaving supplies. The International disaster relief charity that provides big, green boxes to those who have been victims of natural disasters such as when the monstrous earthquake hit Japan over six weeks ago.

Inside these green boxes are practical and urgently needed equipment. Each box contains one disaster relief tent that holds up to 10 people, a children’s pack (crayons, pens, coloring books), blankets, sheets, gloves, malaria nets, water purification systems, a tool kit (for self sufficiency), and a stove (wood burning or multi-fuel). The boxes are adapted to address the victims in different areas of the world affected by different disasters. Those experiencing devastation after a tsunami may not be affected in the same way as those who have experienced an earthquake’s devastation.

Learn how you can get involved and help ShelterBox. Check out their Young ShelterBox area too for Scouts and Teachers.

“We’re the impossible ones. We want to start revolutions with a pencil and a backpack. We want to test the edge of the world by feeling its curves. We want to see more, be more, do more.” This quote is from the Pencils of Promise Who We Are page and sums up what this organization is all about.

Pencils of Promise was started in 2008 when one child on the streets of India asked for a pencil. In the years since Adam Braun, found of PoP, handed out that first pencil over 20 schools have been created and over 20 projects have been established and started. These projects create schools for children without access to education all over the world.

Justin Bieber is a big supporter of PoP and together have launched a new campaign for everyone out there to make your own fundraiser page to create Schools4All. Whomever raises the most money will get to meet the teen pop sensation along with Pencils of Promise’s founder Adam Braun at the school of their choice.

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The mission of Operation: Blankets of Love is more than just collecting comfort items for sick, abused, and neglected homeless animals living in sanctuaries and shelters. It is about providing emergency first-response to shelters and sanctuaries, advocating for animal welfare, and promoting adoption to decrease animal homelessness.

Operation: Blankets of Love is a non-profit organization that collects, transports and distributes new and recycled comfort items to animal shelters, sanctuaries, foster groups and rescue groups. Some items that are needed year round include towels, blankets, pet treats, leashes, collars, pet toys, pet beds, crates and carriers.

Please help Operation: Blankets of Love by becoming a sponsor, donating or hosting a blanket drive. Your help will provide sick, victimized, and neglected animals with comfort until they can be adopted into good homes.

Can you imagine a place that exists where an entire group of people are systematically and deliberately destroyed based on their ethnicity, race, religion or nationality? One would think that after the Holocaust that genocide would no longer be an issue. It still is but the group behind the Not on Our Watch Project is attempting to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan and beyond.

Genocide was legally defined by the United Nations in 1948 as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Not On Our Watch Project was created by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub to offer lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced. The group is also committed to stopping the mass atrocities of genocide still being carried out all over the world and to giving the voice to the victims of such crimes.

One of the biggest projects that Not On Our Watch focused on was creating the DigitalGlobe and Satellite Sentinel Project which uses satellite imagery to track, document and monitor the violence happening in the Sudan in real-time.

“Read, Give, Grow!” is the slogan on the front page of Milk + Bookies, a non-profit organization that is inspiring children to give back while enjoying a good book. The organization focuses on a peer-based philanthropy philosophy for children and teenagers.

Projects run by volunteers include the Milk + Bookies Class Project, run by teens and college students to earn community service hours, and Milk + Bookies Birthday Parties, run by parents for younger children to learn about giving back.

The idea is that parents along with their children will buy books and/or ask guests for gently used book donations in lieu of presents for the party. The host of the party will then find a recipient group for the book donations. M+B provides support for finding a group in need of books. During the party, the children who are donating the books, will sit at a small table with crayons and inscribe bookplates that are then adhered to the books. After this the children can enjoy story time, milk + cookies, and any other party activities the host has decided on. One suggestion that Milk + Bookies offers is “Blank books for children to write and draw their own story.”

Milk + Bookies supports parents and students who choose to host a M+P party or class project from start to finish. If you are interested in learning more or hosting your own Milk + Bookies party check out their main website for details on how to get started.