In this truly global community we find ourselves in, the subject of giving back to others comes up repeatedly. There are so many truly wonderful and worthy causes, it can sometimes be overwhelming to find a way to help, to truly feel like we are making a difference. While being so global sheds light on seemingly more need every day, being interconnected through means such as the internet also provides us with many opportunities to offer aid, assistance, comfort, and encouragement.
Small and large, community-based and global, the following links are for a variety of people and organizations that make a difference. Whether in the lives of many or even just a few, they remind us that it it is indeed better to give than receive, and giving really is it’s own reward. Please take a moment to share in their stories.
The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads, and people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell the beads.
The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees — and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.
All profits from BeadforLife are invested in community development projects that generate income and help people work their way out of poverty.
One is Greater than None is a charity started by a group of 14-year old girls, who were touched by a story on Oprah called “The little boy Oprah couldn’t forget”, featuring a story about enslaved children in Ghana, Africa. The girls were determined to help, and pledged to use their craft and jewelry making skills to raise money. They reasoned if they could only make enough to save one child, one was greater than none. A cause and a movement was born.
The first cause of “One is Greater than None” is to sponsor rescue missions to save the trafficked children in the fishing villages of Ghana, Africa. It costs the International Organization for Migration (IOM) approximately $4,300 to save one child from inhumane and brutal conditions. This provides 2 1/2 years of shelter, food, warmth and an education to the fortunate who are saved.