NGO Spotlight: Empower and Care Organization

Empower and Care Organization (EACO) is a Community Based Organization run by Ugandans to address the limited educational and economic opportunities that exist for vulnerable groups of women and children in Mukono County, Uganda.  EACO’s vision to implement activities that provide opportunities to the reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS in the Mukono community.

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EACO interventions focus on poverty reduction and address the effects of HIV/AIDS for a majority of vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.

The Need: EACO seeks to help children attend school in Uganda. Education and poverty go hand in hand, and many of young people don’t have the opportunity or fees to go to school, let alone afford other basic necessities of life. Under this project, ACO provides school fees and materials, medication, and food for needy families.

EACO also leads WASH Projects to deliver trainings on hygiene promotion, construction of latrines for the schools, and repairing the 69 damaged boreholes in the Mukono communities. Additionally, they provide education on the links between water, sanitation and health, and the nature of and threats posed by environmental diseases,

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EACO wants to make clean water accessible within 1 kilometer for 100% of the people in rural Mukono. By constructing and repairing fresh water wells throughout rural areas, EACO will bring relief to thousands of residents, including those in surrounding communities, significantly improving the health and wellbeing of the residents.

The vision and philosophy of EACO is based on the belief that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.

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EACO believes that the first priority is that people should have a sustainable life.

However, almost equally important is that an individual’s life should have meaning and that they should develop independence. This is being achieved through care, then empowerment and support. This begins with infrastructure to give the Mukono communities clean water and latrines and stop the spread of disease. It is only then that communities can benefit from education. With improved health comes the ability to be employable, to generate income and escape from poverty.

To learn more about opportunities to donate to or volunteer with with EACO, which is a vetted NGO partner of UniversalGiving, check out their website!

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NGO Spotlight: Nepal Orphans Home

Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) is many things to many people, but it is one thing to all: a lifeline extended by a warm smile, without politics, without judgment, simply with compassion.

With help from a widespread and deeply committed donor base comprised of everyday people working hard for a living and giving what they can, and sometimes really cannot, afford, NOH attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents.

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NOH is the face an abandoned baby sees smiling down at them, the person that baby feels holding and feeding them. They are a child’s extended family during a medical crisis they would otherwise have to face without cash in a country operating on a pay-for-cure basis without insurance. They are the extension of a remote village where droughthas claimed the last of the food, where runners enter the village saying there is a truckload of rice and other staples where the road ends, waiting for them to come and get it.

NOH is the provider of education for 260 women in their community, free of cost but paid handsomely in return by the smiles, confidence, laughter, and the overall wellbeing of the community.

NOH is the buyer of chemotherapy and pain medication for terminally ill children whose families cannot afford it; they are the smiling presence in the ward, celebrating birthdays and granting last wishes.

NOH is the daily hot and nutritious lunch given to children in an “untouchables” village, who are attending the school built by NOH, taught by teachers whose salaries NOH supports.

NOH was the first face that many remote Nepalese children saw coming to their rescue days after the earthquake in 2015.

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NOH is a family welcoming in children, that for one reason or another have found themselves without anyone, with a loving embrace, good cheer, and daily reminders that they are supported to achieve their dreams. It is a family where every member supports each others’ goals and where everyone comes together to achieve them.

NOH is this and so much more, administered by a Board of professionals, dedicated to helping those in need with their expertise, compassion, and resources.

To learn more about opportunities to become involved with Nepal Orphans Home by supporting a child’s education or volunteering in Nepal, search for them on the UniversalGiving website.

Celebrating Mothers Worldwide

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By Nancy Baah

On Sunday, May 14, children of all ages in the US will show gratitude to their mom with gifts, flowers, or a “vacation day” from motherly duties. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we at UniversalGiving would like to take the time to show appreciation for awesome mothers around the world by saying, “Thank you!” Moreover, while it is important to thank the mothers in our own lives for all they do, UniversalGiving would like to highlight the challenges many mother’s face globally.

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To get involved with helping a mother in need, UniversalGiving invites you to take advantage of the giving opportunities below:

Cultural Canvas Thailand (CCT) is a nonprofit organization that places volunteers at Wildflower Home Foundation, a haven for single mothers in crisis. The WildFlower Home Foundation is a home for single mothers who do not have the means to take care of their kids. For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here.

 

Pandas International is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and propagate the endangered Giant Panda. Currently, Panda International is soliciting donations in efforts to provide formula to raise panda cubs in captivity that are born to mothers who aren’t prepared enough to care for their offspring. Help this great cause.

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NGO Spotlight: KickStart International

Here is a guest blog from KickStart International sharing the story of Grace Ciamay.

You would agree that Grace is no stranger to adversity.

 

HIV positive, Grace is on her own to not only stay healthy, but also to care for her three children in a small village outside of Choma, Zambia.

 

Grace is on her own because she reached her breaking point.Her husband’s ongoing promiscuity for years and years left her and her son HIV positive, and she wouldn’t tolerate it any longer. She left him early last year.

 

Liberated? Yes. Scared to not have his financial support any longer? Absolutely.

 

I drove about two hours off the main road to get to her small village, and though the landscape is beautiful and neighbors are friendly, it didn’t look like the area offered much opportunity. It would be easy to roll over and feel defeated – but Grace knew her future could be brighter. She was determined to make it on her own.

 

Her family needed food and money, two things, she learned, that an irrigation pump could bring her year round. It was just six months ago when Grace purchased a MoneyMaker pump on credit, and you should see her now.

 

“After getting a pump, my farm work is now easy. I went from three hectares of land to almost five. Before I used the buckets and it was hard.”

 

Her excitement was palpable. She was eager to tell me she has already doubled her monthly income and expects to quadruple it by the end of the year – and this is only the beginning. She is also investing her money in new businesses, quite obvious ones as I waded through the flocking chickens around her property.

 

But nothing made Grace’s face light up more than when she talked about her children.

 

“I teach them, as future leaders, that I did this and they will know that they can [make it] too.”

 

When we thought of the idea of KickStart – the model, the tools, the approach – we envisioned the millions of people that were struggling to provide for their families. We have given 820,000 people a kickstart out of poverty—and now that mass of millions is starting to take shape; with faces, names, and stories of fight, dignity, and hope for their children.

 

A generous donation of only $330 gave Grace the opportunity to transform her life and change the course of her children’s’ futures. But our work isn’t done yet. There are millions more still living in poverty and you have the power to unleash their potential.

 

Grace is now earning enough to put her children through school. Her daughter dreams of becoming a doctor and her son will never miss a dose of his life-saving medicine.

 

Grace paused, looked at me and said,“The sky is the limit for me.”

– KickStart’s Website

KickStart’s mission is to get millions of people out of poverty quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. KickStart creates opportunities for poor, rural, entrepreneurial farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to make money and offers a permanent solution to address the deepest root of poverty; lack of income.

Help lift a family out of poverty here.

Click here to view more giving opportunities with KickStart.

Spread the Love

“I have a slice of bread, that’s it, I don’t eat unless you eat, so we share this. I will not eat the slice of bread. Even though I need it more than you do, I will give it to you” -Katli Sekete

This is Ubuntu.

I spent six months in the Joza Township in Grahamstown, South Africa assisting a family of 25 Xhosa orphans and their one mother. Through my service I became part of the Ngcangca family. They taught me the South African word Ubuntu which is over-generous human kindness to one another because we are interdependent and exist because of each other. 

“I can’t live without you. I can’t be free if you’re not free, because I am who I am because of you. Everything you do directly has an impact on me”

In pockets of South Africa Ubuntu lives on. It is deep enough that a family who has gone two or three days at a time without food will give food to their neighbors. My beautiful South African family taught me invaluable lessons about how to spread the love.

Spread the love and volunteer in South Africa!

By UG Team Member, Molly Dietrich

Celebrating Mothers Worldwide

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By Nancy Baah

On Sunday, May 8, children of all ages in the US will show gratitude to their mom with gifts, flowers, or a “vacation day” from motherly duties. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we at UniversalGiving would like to take the time to show appreciation for awesome mothers around the world by saying, “Thank you!” Moreover, while it is important to thank the mothers in our own lives for all they do, UniversalGiving would like to highlight the challenges many mother’s face globally.

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To get involved with helping a mother in need, UniversalGiving invites you to take advantage of the giving opportunities below:

Cultural Canvas Thailand (CCT) is a nonprofit organization that places volunteers at Wildflower Home Foundation, a haven for single mothers in crisis. The WildFlower Home Foundation is a home for single mothers who do not have the means to take care of their kids. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit:

http://www.universalgiving.org/volunteer/empower_single_mothers_at_wild/id5299.do

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.  To help accomplish their mission, the International Medical Corps is seeking donations that will be used to provide midwives with essential renewable medical supplies to safely deliver babies. For more information on how you can help, visit:

http://www.universalgiving.org/donate/provide_medical_supplies_for_m/id4937.do

Pandas International is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and propagate the endangered Giant Panda. Currently, Panda International is soliciting donations in efforts to provide formula to raise panda cubs in captivity that are born to mothers who aren’t prepared enough to care for their offspring. To help this great cause, visit:

http://www.universalgiving.org/donate/purchase_formula_for_cubs_and_/id9918.do

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Downsize Your Dreams? Why Your Might be Happier

children-playing-329234_640“Friends” and “Sex and the City” – have been eclipsed by novels about young women abandoning the bright lights and fast track for simpler lives, smaller towns, and more homespun fellas. Even daydreams, this seems to show, can be downsized.”

— John Yemma, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor

Should you downsize your dreams?

I discuss this question in a new AUDIO version of this blog! Get inspired: 


 

At first, this might sound deflating.  A big sigh goes out of you as you think of all the big goals you pursue, perhaps to no avail!

Yet what are our dreams? They are hope for happiness. Continue reading