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Plant With Purpose

“Environmental Solutions to Humanitarian Problems”

Deforestation is a huge problem in the farmlands of some of the poorest countries on the planet. Deforestation is the removal of trees or forest which creates an unusable and a nutrient depleted soil. In places like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Tanzania deforestation is making an impact. Although many of the farmers using this land have been doing the same practice for years, they still have yet to create successful ways to harvest their own land. In desperation to feed their families, they cut down the remaining trees which are protecting their soil to sell for firewood. Thus their crops are unsuccessful the following year and the disastrous cycle continues, while they continue to “depend on the environment for survival.”

In this unsuccessful cycle, Plant With Purpose comes to the rescue in 250 communities in six countries through its simple form of planting trees to end poverty. However, Plant With Purpose stands out amongst others, because they do not do the work entirely themselves. That may sound weird, however it actually makes more sense. Instead of sweeping into a foreign land and taking over, they harvest and work with locals “giving them solutions to many of their own problems when given more opportunity, access to resources, and appropriate coaching” and then those local volunteers go and lead their own villages. Those locals work alongside Plant With Purpose, each country providing “a full-time, in-country staff, all native to their respective countries” and knowledgable about their land.

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Report a Crime

Indicators of Human Trafficking:

  • Restricted or controlled communication or transportation
  • Someone has their identification and travel documents
  • Barbed wire or bars on windows to keep one in
  • Large number of occupants for living space
  • Signs of torture such as scars, branding, or malnourishment
  • Massage parlors refusing to service women
  • Men come and go frequently
  • Individuals who have no contact with friends or family or access to identification documents, bank accounts, or cash
  • Homes or apartments with inhumane living conditions
  • Workplaces where psychological manipulation and control are used
  • People whose communication and movements are always monitored
  • Places where locks and fences are positioned to confine occupants
  • For more indicators, click here.

Report if you suspect human trafficking or slavery:

  • 911
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline                 888.3737.888
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking     800.655.4595
  • Children of the Night                                      800.551.1300
  • Treasures Ministry                                         323.937.9525
  • Equal Employment Opportunity                      213.894.1046
  • Law Enforcement                                          866.347.2423
  • FBI: Tips webpage                                        https://tips.fbi.gov/

Cited from Slavery No More and the FBI.

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Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.


Cited from www.globalissues.org

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Get Inspired at…

All good things come out of Indiana. Seriously. We’re convinced that 50% of the NGOs* out there right now are either headquartered in Indiana or run by people who grew up/live in Indiana. It’s crazy. Maybe we should move to Indiana so that we can get in on all this action… If moving means we get to work for the NGO World Next Door…we were so there yesterday.

Since we can’t phrase World Next Door‘s  mission any better than they they already have, we’ll let them give it to you in their own words: “Our mission is to use entertaining, thought-provoking and heart-breaking journalism to change ordinary people into wild-eyed revolutionaries and to unleash them on local and global issues of social injustice.” Basically, they are already doing what we’re trying to do here…but 10x better. World Next Door literally brings the zealous spirit behind the social justice movement to life with vivid pictures and passionate writing, which constantly keeps us begging for more. They said it first; their website is “like National Geographic meets Bizarre Foods meets an online blog, all with a social justice focus…” We love it!

If you don’t click on any other link we post this year, please PLEASE click on this one. At the very least you’ll be entertained. In the process, you might even be moved. And who knows…by the end you might turn into one of those “wild-eyed revolutionaries” they’re referring too.

*”NGO” stands for Non-Government Organization.

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