Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Where to Give: Part 4

Friday (January 6th), I wrote this post.  However, my usual link to social media sending thing wasn't working.  So ONE person read it!  Normally, I would be all upset about that, but I'm not.  I am taking that as a sign, that I do need to talk more about these companies and a few others.  So I'm going to do a short series on Wednesdays about where you can give to make a big difference. 

If you know of a company or organization that I need to feature, please comment or email me.
Earlier in the series:  Products that give back
                               Sponsor a child

I plan on this being the last of this series.  If I have missed someone let me know and I can do one more next week.  Rather than try to explain them myself, I thought I would just copy information from their website.  Most of these organizations are multi-faceted and serve in many different ways.  If you are interested, I would encourage you to go to their website and read up on ALL the ways you can help out.

Mocha Club Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, etc.
Mocha Club is an online community of people giving up the cost of 2 mochas a month – or $7 – to fund relief and development projects in Africa. We work in five main project areas: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers + Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Healthcare.

A21  United States, Greece, Ukraine, Australia
The A21 Campaign is comprised of individuals, organizations, government officials, and people like you who are committed to abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Our goal is four-fold:

Love 146 India, Asia, United States, and Europe
Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions while contributing to a growing abolition movement.

International Justice Mission  Asia, Africa, and Latin America
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems - police, courts and laws - effectively protect the poor. 

Not for Sale  International
The Not For Sale Campaign bridges knowledge to action.
With your help, we are working to raise awareness and collective understanding about human trafficking. But we live in a time and place where people are restless “to do something”. In recognition of this desire to act we will be completing and distributing handbooks for action. What can yourathletics team do? What can your university do? What can your community of faith do? What can your business do? What can you do as a musician?

 Not For Sale: End Human Trafficking and Slavery

58: Campaign  International
We are a movement of Christians who are willing to make personal sacrifices (or “fast”)  to free up resources to help the poor… who give to effective projects led by world-class poverty fighting organizations (the 58: Alliance), and who pray to align our hearts with God’s will as expressed in Isaiah 58:
to loose the chains of injustice… to set the oppressed free… to share your food with the hungry…
to provide the poor wanderer with shelter… when you see the naked, to clothe them”

Loose Change to Loosen Chains  International
Zach began doing research on the problem -- and knowing he might be able to end slavery on his own, he was convinced that he could do something. He founded a student-led fund raiser in his school and church.  And, that was the birth of Loose Change to Loosen Chains.  Now student groups around the world are doing the campaign and are becoming modern day abolitionists.  In the beginning, the campaign was launched to support the work of IJM - an organization Zach's mom worked for.  Now, Loose Change to Loosen Chains funds the work of several credible and effective abolitionist and human rights organizations that have been hand-picked by Zach.

Tiny Hands that Hold my Heart  United States
A crisis pregnancy booklet version of Tiny Hands that Hold My Heart is available for women facing unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.  There is a special introduction message of hope and inspiration and a final page with resources to find help anywhere in the United States.

The Sound of Hope  Thailand, Swaziland, India, and Burma
The Sound of Hope exists to raise funds and awareness for orphans and vulnerable children around the world. We are committed to helping children break out of the cycle of poverty by partnering with programs that offer holistic care. We seek to educate, engage, and empower others to join the movement in creative ways.

I have personally given to The Sound of Hope and Tiny Hands that Hold my Heart.  I follow them on Twitter and Facebook respectively.  They do wonderful work abroad and here at home.  One project that The Sound of Hope is working on is building a school in a trash heap in India and a self-sufficient children's home in Burma.  Both Rusty and Erica have a passion for helping these vulnerable children and it shows in their work.

Tiny Hands that Hold my Heart is raising money to send booklets to Australia.  The booklets have been purchased, but this shipping is expensive.  You can also purchase the book Tiny Hands that Hold my Heart.  From the website:  "Inside these pages you will find a brief description of your baby’s development each month. Be in awe of the breathtaking photography that shows what a miraculous creation your little one is, and how quickly he grows and changes. You will also read specific and relevant scripture that correlates to how your baby is developing."

Wherever you decide to give your time, your influence, and your money, make sure it is a cause that is close to your heart and something that will benefit the world.  I'm sure there are so many causes to which you can donate.  I have only highlighted a few of them that are close to my heart.  

The worthy cause you decide to give to doesn't matter, it's the giving that counts.  

"Be ashamed to die unless you have won some victory for humanity."  Horace Mann


  1. Andrea, I have loved this entire series. Thanks for sharing these ministries with us, and for reminding us all that the way we live oor lives matters. Blessing to you my friend!

  2. Thank you for the kind words. I'm so glad that this series made you think.