"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most
successful global anti-poverty push in history.
organizations, and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in
half the world’s extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children
are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria,
tuberculosis and AIDS. There are less than 1,000 days to accelerate action on
issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal
health and gender equality.
Get involved and join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags: #EndPoverty | #MDGmomentum
Heifer International fights world hunger by creating
sustainable, self-reliable solutions for families on every continent.
Founded by Dan West, a Midwestern farmer, the concept for
Heifer International was formed during the Spanish Civil War while he
was a relief worker feeding needy children. West realized these children and
families needed more than mere temporary handouts - they
needed permanent solutions. West believed that people “could be
spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.” He formed
Heifer for Relief in Pennsylvania, and sent 17 heifer cows to Puerto Rico
Since this humble beginning, Heifer International has focused its efforts on populations with the ability to develop and create their own food through farming, livestock, and training.
The Heifer process starts with a family that is gifted with a cow, sheep, llama, a flock of geese, or a trio of rabbits. For example, a Heifer llama will provide families in indigenous Latin American communities with invaluable sources of transportation, income, and wool, which is prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope. The gift of a Heifer Milk Menagerie will do wonders for a needy family in Rwanda by providing milk, labor and wool from four milk-producing animals. Families are trained in the care and livelihood of the animals. As the cows and goats reproduce, the family passes on their resources to other neighbors in need. "Passing on the Gift" is a foundation of Heifer's work and success.
Gifting a Heifer animal is made easy with the option to
donate the Full Animal, or a Shared Animal (from $10).
Other gifted resources include trees, honeybees, and various theme ensembles: Promise Basket, Hope Basket, Flock of Hope, Milk Menagerie and a Gift Ark, to name a few. Create a Gift Registry for a birthday, wedding, a class project, in honor of a deceased loved one, or for any occasion that will encourage contributions.
To date, Heifer International has helped over 105.1 million people in 125 countries around the world.
Actions You Can Take Now
Gifting a Heifer animal is easy with the option to donate the Full Animal, or a Shared Animal (from $10).
gifted resources include trees, honeybees, and various theme ensembles:
Promise Basket, Hope Basket, Flock of Hope, Milk Menagerie and a Gift
Ark, to name a few.
Create a Gift Registry for a birthday, wedding, a class project, in honor of a deceased loved one, or for any occasion that will encourage contributions.
World Food Programme
Headquartered in Rome, the World Food Programme works to
supply food to refugees and crisis populations around the globe. As the United
Nations’ food aid agency, the WFP is focused on alleviating the realities of
hunger by “improving nutrition and the quality of life of the world's most
vulnerable people at critical times in their lives.” Hunger efforts are
targeted at those experiencing natural disasters, refugees from war torn
countries and other emergency response situations where food and water are
primary and immediate needs.
The 2006 film “Blood Diamond” demonstrated the work of the WFP with the Sierra-Leone refugee population in 1999. Other recent areas of WFP focus include Haiti (2004), Pakistan (2005), countries in the Indian Ocean (2004-5) and the on-going Darfur crisis in Sudan, East Africa.
Most importantly, the WFP works to break the cycle of poverty by initiating programs to remedy specific hunger situations. Current programs focus on school children, individuals with HIV/AIDS, single mothers and women, and Food for Work benefits.
The World Food Programme has a well-developed logistical operation plan to provide food, such as high-energy biscuits, protein and rice, to needy recipients. (Food rations depend on local circumstances and the availability of cooking facilities.)
*The relief process begins with a request from the local government for aid.
*Following an urgent request, a local WFP Emergency Assessment
Team determines such factors as: How much food is needed, and for how
long? How will the food get to the recipients? Based on the team's findings, an
Emergency Operation Plan is devised detailing who will receive food, what
ration amounts, and what type of transportation will be used.
*Then, WFP asks the world community for contributions and
support. All of the WFP’s aid is
donation-based. More than 60 governments have voluntarily contributed
to WFP’s global work.
*As food, supplies and aid arrives, the logistics team works to deliver and distribute the specified rations ASAP. WFP relies on 30 ships to carry supplies around the world for a majority of its cargo, but implements buses and local animals for transport, such as llamas, camels, donkeys and elephants. In extreme environments, air shipments are used to deliver food.
*As the food reaches refugee camps, feeding centers and emergency shelters, it is distributed by WFP employees, local governments and non-government organizations (NGOs). In 2005 alone, WFP distributed 4.2 million tons of food to 97 million people in 82 countries around the world.
You can choose the program or country you wish to support, such as: Where Most Needed, Child Hunger, East Africa Food Crisis, Southern Africa or Darfur.
Actions You Can Take Locally
Contact your local food collection site, soup kitchen and/or homeless shelters. Volunteering one Saturday a month to prep, cook and distribute meals helps fight hunger locally and makes a positive difference in the community.
Ask what supplies or food is currently needed the most.
Click here for a directory of soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the 50 states.
The Humane Society
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) works to
protect animals domestically and abroad with the help of over 10 million
members, partners and activists.
With a focus on advocacy and legal support,
the HSUS campaigns for 4 primary interests: factory farming, such as poultry
and pigs; animal fighting and other forms of animal cruelty; the fur trade; and
inhumane sport hunting practices.
Other efforts involve puppy mills, greyhound racing, and unacceptable animal testing and research. Many disturbing and cruel actions happen to animals behind closed doors (and closed cages), and the HSUS is working to protect and legislate for animal protection in necessary industries.
HSUS can use your support for current legislation. Click on http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/ to complete an easy-to-follow online petition that reaches your state’s Senators and Representatives. (For international support, see the website.) This requires no $$ - just 2 minutes of your time - and can make the difference between life and suffering. You will receive follow-up emails about the status of bills and legislation, and information about other issues needing support. Every email and phone call matters.
Actions You Can Take Locally:
Every state and most communities have animal shelters,
adoption agencies and similar services to help animals from all backgrounds and
breeds find a loving, caring home. As with most non-profit organizations, there
is never enough money, supplies or resources. But there are easy ways you can
*Make inexpensive donations of food, litter, medical
supplies and/or toys.
*Pick up an extra bag of dog food on your next trip to the store, and dropping it off at the shelter on the way home.
*Volunteer one day a week to help the shelter with its administrative or adoption needs.
*Or, best of all, adopt a furry friend for life! Expand your home to include 4 more paws, 2 ears, and a tail.
Women for Women International
We are energetically able to support each other in unlimited ways right now, and one means of doing that is through conscious
We have the ability to lift up our global sisters and improve their lives in practical ways while connecting with the power of sisterhood and success. And the right organizations are the perfect channels for this intention!
Women for Women International is an NGO
(non-governmental organization) that helps women in war-torn countries rebuild
their lives in practical, sustainable ways.
For over 20 years, they have impacted and improved the lives of 420,000 women – and counting!!
As an Ambassador for Women for Women International, I am committed to raising global awareness and inspiring actions in others (like yourself!) that will result in practical changes in women’s lives.
You have to check out their amazing results at the link!