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Akin Clothing

Wear Akin, Send a Child to School.

“Ben Howells, a student from England, studying on the North Shore of Hawaii saw a documentary in class about children from South America working in mines to save money to pay for the school uniforms legally required to attend school. He discovered that many children world-wide were not receiving an education because their families cannot afford the cost of school uniforms. Thus Akin was conceived.”

“Currently, there are 67 million children who cannot attend school because they cannot afford the resources needed.” Akin is a clothing company devoted to school children around the world by providing the required to attend school uniforms.

Akin works in 4 locations: Samoa, Peru, Tuvalu, and Ghana.

How you can help: 

Shop at their online store

– Get involved and volunteer

Donate

– Share about Akin or your Akin story

 
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Operation Smile

Working in more than 60 countries, Operation Smile is an international medical humanitarian organization who provide free services to children across the globe. Operation Smile is made up of volunteers who provide safe, effective, and free surgeries for cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facials deformities.

The volunteers for Operation Smile are made up of credentialed medical surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, nurses, and other professionals who “donate [their] time and talent throughout the world, giving children a new chance at life.”

Operations Smile believes that “all children deserve to live their lives with dignity. And for those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile.”

 A few facts about Operation Smile and cleft conditions:
  • Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition.
  • As little as $240 can change a child’s life forever.
  • A cleft-lip or cleft palate can prevent eating or drinking.
  • The surgeries can take as little as 45 minutes.
  • Each year, more than 200,000 children are born with cleft lips and cleft palates.
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate can create ear disease, dental problems, and improper speech development.

There are many ways to volunteer your time for Operation Smile:

 To learn more about cleft conditions and the problems they create, click here.
 To learn more about Operation Smile, click here.
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The Mocha Club

Did you know the average American spends about $14.40 a month in coffee shops?* It is approximately $175 annually.* However, what if you gave up two of those handcrafted beverages a month? What if you gave up that seven bucks and donated it toward children living with AIDS? You can actually do that. It’s called The Mocha Club. The 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.”

When you donate $7, you choose the project your donation will support. These development Projects include: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers +
Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Healthcare.

A few examples of how your donation works:

– $1 = $18 in medical equipment shipped

– $6 = emergency food for 1 family for 1 month

– $7 = clean water for 5 Africans for 1 year

To ensure the effectiveness of your donation, The Mocha Club provides monthly updates, as well as details about each project in Africa through videos and their blog.

The Mocha Club partners and features many artists. These artists choose a specific project to support; you can join them by supporting the same project or by supporting the artist themselves. Some of these artists include: Lady Antebellum, Sanctus Real, Lovedrug, Hawk Nelson, Jimmy Needham, John Rueben, and many others.

To learn more about The Mocha Club or to donate your 2 mochas a month, click here.

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Soles4Souls

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and work in some of the poorest villages. In these villages, large families lived in small shacks; living only about two miles away from the beautiful beaches along the Caribbean. However, many of the children had never stepped foot in the gorgeous clear water or even in the warm sand. Although we might find that a crime to live so close to the beach and never experience it, that was the least of their worries. One thing that stood out amongst everything was how little they had. Some children had little clothes and almost no one had shoes. No shoes? How could someone walk around in the glass and rock filed dirt roads with no shoes? Unfortunately, about 300 million children* in the world walk around without shoes every day. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help put shoes on these barefoot children. One unique organization is Soles4Souls.

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Water Changes Everything

Charity Water donates 100% of its public donations to water projects, which bring clean and safe drinking water to those in developing nations. The cool thing about this non-profit organization is that literally every penny “goes to people in need. Private donors, foundations and sponsors cover [their] operating costs — everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies. This allows [them] to continue using 100% of public donations for water projects. Even the credit card fees from your donation are sponsored” to insure your donation is used properly.

Charity Water has successfully provided clean water to 91 projects in clinics/hospitals,  703 projects in schools, and 5,391 projects in communities. Charity Water continues to grow and provide clean water to developing countries, but the unique part of this organization is their website provides proof of every project. Every project can be found through the use of google maps, along with a detailed description of the location, what was successfully accomplished, and who they partnered with. In addition, Charity Water breaks down the process of your donation, step by step, so you know exactly how your money is being used and proving to you 100% of your donation is going directly to water projects.

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