Thursday, November 13, 2008

Do Something!

This holiday season I humbly urge you to think outside of the box... One less gift = lives changed forever in our world... It doesn't take much...

Want some perspective? Where do you stand? I am in the top 0.98% of the world in terms of income....

Here are just a few organizations I believe are worth supporting. There are many, many more, so please comment and add others.

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

Blood:Water Mission exists to promote clean blood and clean water efforts in Africa, tangibly reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic while addressing the underlying issues of poverty, injustice and oppression. Blood:Water Mission is building clean water wells, supporting medical facilities, and focusing on community and worldview transformation, both here in America and in Africa.

ENOUGH is a project of the Center for American Progress which aims to answer questions about what is really happening and offer a clear path to sustainable solutions. We were co-founded by CAP and the International Crisis Group in early 2007, setting out to establish a new paradigm for action.

Heifer Project:
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Around the country and across the globe, the Save Darfur Coalition is inspiring action, raising awareness and speaking truth to power on behalf of the people of Darfur. Working with world leaders, we are demanding an end to the genocide, and our efforts are getting results.

As the ONE CAMPAIGN, we are raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in the world's poorest countries. As ONE, we are asking our leaders to do more to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that allocating more of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries.

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in six might be easier. One in six people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions of people.


Brian, Thanks for this inspiring entry. I was making my Christmas list when I got it. he, he. Thanks for the help re-focusing.

Ahhhh yes, good to think outside the box. Still, I can't help but chuckle at the irony of having your gift registry list at the top. Funny!

yes, it is ironic... but the purpose of the gift list is to limit people who get me gifts from getting things I would never use... and thus just be adding to waste.


PS: Now that you clicked on the gift list, you have to get something on it...


great list brian. rebecca showed me the AC video a few weeks ago & it is awesome. I am going to post it on my blog and link your blog to it(like anne did) so people can see the organizations that you recommend :)


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