Give, Bond, Support!

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Yesterday, our CEO Pamela Hawley bought the UniversalGiving team Chinese food for lunch! It was great to sit down together and have a meal to relax from work. At UniversalGiving, we cherish these moments when we can share our unique experiences and draw connections and similarities. For Thanksgiving, we hope that you find time to sit down with those who support you to talk about the little things, the big issues, and the humanity that brings us all together.

Looking for giving opportunities to support food access around the world in honor of Thanksgiving? Check out the three below!

Provide food for an entire school for one day in Kenya

Create a sustainable food system in Costa Rica

Support food projects for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe

 

 

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

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According to the Christian Science Monitor, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have increased at a record rate. 1,601 civilians have been killed in 2016 and 3,565 have been wounded. Close to a third of the casualties are children.

 

This kind of statistic is unacceptable.  Kids should not suffer.  Let’s help them now!

 

Do your part and donate to our partner organizations to support at-risk populations in Afghanistan.

 

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, working in the United States and 70 countries around the world, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people impacted by poverty and emergencies. Direct Relief has assistance programs in Afghanistan that focus on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response. These programs are tailored to the specific circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

 

Mercy Corps concentrates on community building to help relieve poverty and suffering. Working in over 40 countries, this organization provides emergency relief in times of hardship, assistance to countries in recovery from oppressive regimes and economic downturn,and sustainable change by concentrating on the needs of locals. They are seasoned philanthropists with over 30 years of experience in giving aid to those who need it most.

Visit UniversalGiving to learn about more giving and volunteer opportunities.

NGO Spotlight: Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation

In a world filled with poverty, philanthropists must ask themselves how they can break this unfair cycle where poor families continue to stay poor.  Children all across the globe are at a distinct disadvantage because they lack the resources and guidance needed to gain career opportunities.  How do you make an impactful change to address this issue?  By providing children with an education and keeping them safe from harm.  This is what the Shirley Ann Sullivan Foundation does on a daily basis.

        Since 2001, Shirley Ann Sullivan has been making children’s lives better by providing them with a framework for a healthy life.  The main focuses of Shirley Ann are sending children to school, protecting children from bullying and exploitation and helping youth figure out career opportunities.  Putting a child into a classroom and getting them off the streets makes a world of difference. When you give a child the opportunity to learn in a safe and friendly environment, that child has the potential to become inspired to do something with their life that they may have not thought to be possible beforehand.  Education creates successful and fulfilled people and leads to progress in both the community and the nation.

        Child safety is a big problem in today’s world.  Children are especially vulnerable because of their size and sense of reasoning.  Shirley Ann has come up with an innovative way of alerting people that you are in danger while being silent.  They call it the V sign.  One simply places their hand on their chest and spreads their thumb apart from their other fingers to make the shape of the V.  Parents are educated to call the police if they see a child or teen using the V sign in public.

Lastly, Shirley Ann empowers the youth by providing education through employment workshops.  These educational workshops give young people a sense of direction and a goal to work towards.  This NGO is in favor of supporting youth-run organizations for these workshops.  These organizations prepare young people for success in the global nongovernmental marketplace.

If you want to learn more about Shirley Ann Sullivan Foundation, you can check out their page on the UniversalGiving Website    

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