Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.
We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
We send the actual products displayed on the site. For example, if you purchase a mosquito net, we deliver mosquito nets. However, we respond to the real needs of children around the world, and as a result, there may be some cases in which the Inspired Gift you have selected will be substituted with one from the same category, because there is a greater need for it. For example, if necessary we may supply jump ropes if a school already has soccer balls. That way, you will always know which area of our work you are supporting and can feel assured that it really is helping the world’s children.
Tetanus Toxoid (TT) Vaccine sends vital protection to women in developing countries, enabling them to stay tetanus-free through the child-bearing period. Your purchase will provide 412 doses of vaccine.
Vaccines save lives. But it can be difficult to keep them at the right temperatures in hot climates. That's why this gift is so inventive. Your purchase will provide two cold-box vaccine carriers that will help make sure we get vaccines to children in remote areas who need them.
How do you wrap 50,000 litres of clean water? Simple, send it in tablet form. Imagine how many children's lives you could touch with this gift of 10,000 water purification tablets, each able to turn 4-5 litres of dirty water into drinking water. This gift is definitely worth raising a glass to.
These high energy/protein biscuits contain minerals and vitamins and have been developed for malnourished children during emergencies. They are easy to distribute and provide a simple solution to quickly improving the level of nutrition. Your purchase will provide 1,200 high energy biscuits, especially developed for young children caught-up in emergency situations. Within one month of the earthquake in October 2005, UNICEF distributed more than 200,000 high-protein biscuits in Pakistan.
This is probably not the most glamorous gift idea, but it's certainly effective. For $36, you can protect so many children from the misery of worm infestation- and make for an interesting answer to the "what did you get for your birthday/Christmas/anniversary/graduation" question.
Buy UNICEF's innovative 'School-in-a-Box' and help UNICEF set up a temporary school for at least 40 children during times of emergency. The box contains books, pencils, erasers and scissors and even a radio, while the aluminium lid of the box doubles as a blackboard. Few gifts are as innovative as this a temporary school for children that costs just $256. Since the mid 1990s, UNICEF has delivered the School-in-a-Box to emergency situations all over the world, providing the chance for children to continue their education during the most extreme crises.
This smart little box contains all the drugs and antibiotics needed to protect a baby from HIV infection - in the womb, at birth and while breastfeeding. For mother's living with HIV it's the perfect delivery.
Friday, November 26, 2010
It is estimated that there are 1 billion pairs of unworn shoes taking up space in closets and basements in homes across the U.S.
Soles for Jesus is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that collects new and gently used shoes and sends them to designated schools, hospitals, orphanages, and drop-in centers in Africa, as well as organizations like Project 61 that are changing lives in Korah, the city dump.
From the Soles for Jesus website:
Why Africa? Why Children?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
In the last 4 years, Charity:Water has raised more than $20 million and funded 3,196 water projects in Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Honduras.
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.
With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
They also sell some really cool t-shirts and accessories, which fund administrative costs so that all donations can fully fund the water projects.
And did you know that Charity:Water proves all its projects with videos, photos, and GPS? They do, which is pretty darn cool of them.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.
Toms even has a shoe that is close to my heart:
charity: water Earthwise Women's Classics\
The purchase of these shoes helps fund the building of 3 new clean water wells in Ethiopia, as well as provides a new pair of shoes for a needy child. I received these shoes a few weeks ago and I absolutely love them. They are so comfortable and didn't need any "breaking in." I wear them around the house, to the store, anywhere.
Toms come in some classic colors, but they do throw some funky ones in the mix for those who like to spice it up.They even have Wedding styles and "Tiny Toms" for kids! They also offer hats, shirts, and jewelry.
These shoes would be a great gift for those crazy teenagers you never know how to shop for, or put a Toms giftcard in your Secret Santa gift, and the recipient will spend all year thinking how they can top your gift next Christmas. Score!
(Plus, knowing that a child somewhere in the world has a new pair of shoes is pretty wonderful. )