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Scarlet Threads

Scarlet Threads empowers rural women through employment.

It all began in 2007 when Carrie and her husband moved from the USA to China to work with special needs orphans. As they began working and knowing the cases of the children, their new direction was clear. Poverty. “Children become orphans due to poverty.  As [they] learned more and talked to people, [they] began to understand that so many of the social problems [they] saw were fundamentally rooted in poverty.”  So they believe that with knowledge comes responsibility, and so they sought out ways to help.

In 2009, they met their first seamstress. “After doing a few small projects for [them], [they] grew more and more impressed with her skill and attention to detail.  [They] learned that she wanted to do more work to help support her family”, and that was when Scarlet Threads was born. They decided to practice Fair Trade ethics and help support the local Chinese community.  Continue reading

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From a Humanitarian

The fact is that this generation — yours, my generation … we’re the first generation that can look at poverty and disease, look across the ocean to Africa and say with a straight face, we can be the first to end this sort of stupid extreme poverty, where in the world of plenty, a child can die for lack of food in it’s belly. – Bono

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Rebuild Global

Building For a Social Purpose.

As a San Diego based nonprofit organization, Rebuild Global’s purpose is to develop socially responsible and sustainable architecture and design solutions. They work in areas of great need;  both locally and within developing countries such as Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, and Kenya.

Rebuild Global is composed of professionals and students within the architectural and design field who strive to solve humanitarian problems. Rebuild Global pair professionals with local and foreign nonprofits who are in need of designers. The designers “have the opportunity to provide their expertise to address poverty and hunger, improve education, promote equality and combat infant mortality and infectious diseases.”

Why Design?

“Design has the power to impact every aspect of our lives. Design, in its simplest terms, creates the situations in which we all act, and situations have a stronger impact on personal behavior than anything else. Race, education, religion, up-bringing all impact what we do and how we act, but not nearly as much as the situations we are in. Designing systems for irrigation and food production, shelter, education, and healing that inspire the best in people will change the world.

Design and architecture are too often viewed as unnecessary luxuries: aesthetic finishing touches that do little to affect the utility of a building, garden, or home. It is our environment that affects our behavior and our well-being more than any other factor. It is through design that simple structures can be transformed into spaces that inspire. Hospital rooms that improve healing. Classrooms that motivate learning. Homes that unite families and work environments that foster cooperation and creativity.”

If you are a designer and want to volunteer locally, click here.

If you are a designer and want to volunteer overseas, click here.

If you are an organization in need of a designer, click here.

To donate or learn more about Rebuild Global, click here.

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One Day’s Wages

What if you took one full day of your wages and donated it? Did you know that would only be .04% of your yearly pay? It really isn’t all that much money and I am sure we could survive without one days pay. One Day’s Wages is an organization that is “a new movement of people, stories and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.” They “exists to promote awareness, invite simple giving, and support sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. [They] believe technology + relationships is one way to engage millions of ordinary people across the world in the fight against global poverty.”

Their vision is to encourage people internationally by donating one day’s wages and to “renew that pledge monthly, quarterly or yearly –  or to start campaigns with a cause.” One Day’s Wages encourages you to create your own campaign for a cause. You choose how you want to make a difference or you can give to their general fund. They require that 100 percent of your donations go directly to projects, although you decide and choose where to invest your donations they have to be from One Day’s Wages current partner projects and funds, and they also require complete transparency as far as the money being raised, who is being funded, and the impact of those investments. Even with those guidelines, they allow you to specialize your campaign to fit your needs. Forming your campaign is where you can get creative. You can have a birthday party for a cause, an idea for the cause, a group for the cause, or work for the cause.

“While compassion is an important aspect of our humanity, One Day’s Wages goals are not merely to distribute funds, but rather, to partner with organizations already working to allow people to lift themselves out of poverty.”  You can help these organizations by donating to their funds, sharing this organization with friends and family, joining them on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets, or by joining their global street team.

 Did you know?
– $20 can provide clean water for one person for 20 years.
– $10 can purchase a bed net to help prevent malaria.
-$100 can provide a woman with a sewing machine and job training.
To learn more about One Day’s Wages, click here.
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World Vision

Have you ever considered sponsoring a child? In other words, have you ever considered caring for a child you do not know and probably never will, but needs a roof over its head, food in its stomach and some unconditional love? With a simple donation every month, you can help provide comfort to a child and his/her village through a number of non-profit organizations.

World Vision is one of the largest and most respected “Christian humanitarian organizations dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.” One of the many ways World Vision serves is through child sponsorships, which give a child a gift of hope and help restore their communities.

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