here are 4 non-profit organizations that need your help and support. i realize there are so many more, but if you want to do something now — here you go!
Kiva is a non-profit that empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Kiva allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur across the globe. You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq – and as they repay their loan, you get your money back. It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty. Check it out at kiva.org
Debra is set on finding a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare genetic skin disease that causes the skin to be so fragile that the slightest friction can cause severe blistering–inside and outside the body. The organization raises awareness, provides services to patients and families (bandages can cost thousands per month), and funds genetic research. Resulting from the lack of a protein that bonds skin layers together, the condition causes patients (mostly children) to have fragile skin and mucous membranes that blister easily. Scarring is so severe that it often leads to loss of limbs, disfigurement, and early death. Today the only treatment is daily wound care and bandaging. Help Debra make progress toward a cure online at debra.org.
Knowledge and literacy are the most powerful forces in the fight against poverty and oppression. Pencils of Promise locates villages and towns around the globe where schooling is not accessible but desired and works within these communities to create sustainable education. We understand if you can’t drop everything to move abroad and help, but a donation in the hands of the right people can go a long way. Help out online at pencilsofpromise.org.
The conflict and horrors in Uganda are well-documented and the people affected by them the focus of many aid organizations. None, however, are quite like The Voice Project,which backs groups of women who are using music to spread the message of peace and forgiveness, bringing former soldiers home and rebuilding communities. Your donation will support programs on the ground — a full list is on the site. While you’re there, check out sweet cover videos by artists involved with the cause. To donate and for more info, go to voiceproject.org.