By Cheryl Mahoney
When I’m not writing posts on here, I also do all kinds of other work with UniversalGiving, much of it involving tracking news on philanthropy, or spreading the word of UniversalGiving’s services, or working with other exemplary organizations–some of this work then leads to blog posts. That’s the case today. Lately I’ve been communicating with Clodagh Cares, an organization UniversalGiving is proud to be in partnership with.
Clodagh Cares is a website where you can buy a camel–and use it to change a family’s life. Clodagh Cares is dedicated to alleviating poverty by giving impoverished families the tools they need to thrive. Education is a particular focus, and wisely so–we’ve discussed the power of education to improve an entire community before. Clodagh Cares supports two schools, The Azama Project in Ecuador and The Thorn Tree Project in Kenya. Both projects have been fully vetted through UniversalGiving’s unique QualityModel, so you know they’re places where your money can have the most impact, if you choose to give. In fact, you can see exactly what impact your dollar can have, if you click to “Learn More” about each project. A mere eight dollars will buy a school uniform (I don’t remember my uniforms being that cheap when I was in school–another advantage of international giving!) and ten dollars will buy a mattress–that’s barely the price of a movie ticket. If you have a little more to share, you can send someone to college for just $600 a year.
Clodagh Cares was founded by Clodagh, a designer (of everything from make-up packaging to hotels) and bestselling author, known for her belief in design promoting well-being, with an emphasis on Feng Shui, sustainability, and green design. You can find out more about her at Clodagh.com, and also about her book, which emphasizes home as sanctuary. I love that idea.
I also love it that you can buy a camel for just 200 dollars. Who knew they were so reasonably priced? Or that it was so easy to have a real impact on the world?