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World Relief: Stand for the Vulnerable

“Every second of every day children are orphaned by disease, women are widowed by conflicts, families are devastated by natural disasters and refugees are relocated to new countries. These are the heartbreaking stories of the vulnerable.”

World Relief stands for the vulnerable. Their purpose is to empower communities to holistically serve with initiatives in education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, anti-trafficking, immigrant services, micro-enterprise, disaster response and refugee resettlement. World Relief works within local communities and around the globe. Although World Relief works within several different areas of vulnerability, each area works through the process of healing, reconciliations, transformation and empowerment.

World Relief’s Causes:

Stand/For Children

Stand/For Women

Stand/For the Displaced

Stand/For the Devastated

Stand/For Opportunity


Stand/With Me: Get Involved! To learn how you can help World Relief, click here.

Shop at World Relief’s online store, the Catalogue of Hope. Purchase practical items for those in need: such as backpacks for refugees in the United States, goats for families in Zambia, or help provide services to victims of human trafficking, click here.

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Krochet Kids International

Buy a hat, change a life.

Krochet Kids International provides products, specifically hats, designed by women in Northern Uganda and most recently Peru. These sales help support their communities through holistic approaches. “Through a unique model [they] are empowering the women with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  The result is long lasting and sustainable change.”

One aspect that makes Krochet Kids International special is their strong emphasis on the words Thank You. With each hat created, the artist signs her name inside so you know who made it. You can then go to their specific online profile to learn about your artist and write a personal message and a thank you. How awesome is that?

There are many ways for you to get involved: buy a hat (they specialize in hats, but have other products, also look this summer for their new products such as sunglass cases, headbands, and a clutch), tell your friends, intern in California or overseas, or start/join a campus club.

To learn more about Krochet Kids International, click here.

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An Interview with Rebecca Cicione from Soles4Souls

Who are you?

My name is Rebecca Cicione – I’m a 20-year-old girl from New Jersey living in Nashville, TN. I work with Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing shoes to those in need around the world. We respond to natural disasters and those in abject poverty.

What is your interest in social justice?

I’ve always had a passion for social justice causes. I’ve worked with multiple organizations that past few years because I really can’t stand to just sit by and watch when there’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals around the world.

How did you end up working at Soles4Souls?

Well, it’s a funny story. Back in June of last year, someone I highly respect in the music industry (my other passion) recommended that if I move to Nashvile, that I should contemplate volunteering with this organization called Soles4Souls. I had recently graduated college and was exploring various opportunities. In late August, I was still home in Jersey and perusing job listings for Nashville when I came across one for Soles4Souls. They were looking for a new social media specialist. I remembered the name from our conversation and immediately took to updating and designing my resume. After a few hours of hard work, I applied for the job at about 3am Monday morning…and by 8am received a phone call asking me to come in for an interview. Long story short, I was interviewed over Skype and then asked to make the trip down for one final evaluation before they made me the job offer. So I packed up everything I could fit into my little Honda Civic and relocated to Nashville (probably my favorite city), just a few days after. It was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made!

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Shared Hope International exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. We are leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.

Sexual Slavery. The term preferred by Shared Hope International in reference to human trafficking. Shared Hope expresses their reasoning, “Speak to a victim, and you will not hear that she was “trafficked.” You will hear that she was traumatically raped and brutalized by someone whose sole purpose was to take away her personhood and convert her body into cash. You will hear her tell how men of every age and description act out their violent fantasies on her, and how she becomes both a joke and a criminal in the eyes of her community. Hear her story and it will be clear that she has no one in the world to be her defender.”

Shared Hope International is a fantastic non-profit organization that works with local organizations to fight sexual slavery. Since 1998, they have conquered the world of human trafficking through three action-oriented imperatives: prevent, rescue & restore, and bring justice. Within these three actions, they specifically help the victims of the sex trade, offering safe shelter, therapy, spiritual and physical healing, education and vocational training, and strong dedication to transforming policy and legislation within the law to  provide protection and justice for these victims. While working hand in hand with victims, they also promote community awareness, offering many different training sessions on specific issues or for specific audiences.

This organization is working hard to transform the lives of the sex trade victims, but needs you to help. There are may ways for you to get involved at Shared Hope International:

To find out more about Shared Hope International, click here.

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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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