Giving Tuesday November 27

Each year we all enjoy many holiday traditions with family and friends that bring big bright smiles to those we love.   Here in US  the Friday after Thanksgiving  has become a HUGE shopping date known as Black Friday.  The development of  the  cyber world has brought the addition of Cyber Monday ….. a big Internet shopping date.  We all now have the opportunity to add  a great  tradition to this string – Giving Tuesday!!
This coming Tuesday  November 27, 2012  many charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.  What a wonderful new tradition to add to the holiday giving season!!!

There are many ways to join this great giving campaign.  Visit the Giving Tuesday website and find resources, ideas and most importantly great ways to get involved.

Together we can make a difference and create a tradition of generosity!

Burmese poetry protest, October 2011. Photo: EnglishPen, Creative Commons Licensed

 

As I march onward through this Freedom Season I am reminded that the work is not done.  There are so many around the globe that continue to fight for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to advance in society.  These are things we sometimes take for granted but they are rights that many around the globe are inhibited from expressing.   We must all take time and use our freedom of expression to speak for those who can not!!  I pray that one day we will live in a world that is fair and just where Freedom reigns.  What are your visions of freedom? 

 

Adinkra symbol for Freedom, Independence

Fawohodie Adinkra symbol that represents FREEDOM

 

I encourage you to visit the English Pen website to see all the great work they are doing there to further freedom of speech. Be sure to check out their current campaigns to learn how you can support freedom of speech around the world.

 

This blog post is part of the Visions of Freedom  Blog project.  Be sure to stop by the main page and visit other blogs offering their visions of freedom

Jam…..Peace Jam

April 11, 2012

knot of pacification and reconciliation

Mpatapo is the Adinkra symbol that represents peace making

J is for Jam…..the amazing work of Peace Jam.   Peace Jam  is an amazing organization working to bring together youth and Nobel Laureates thru the work of community affiliates and volunteers.  The goal of this organization is to educate, inspire and call to action youth to make a positive difference using this powerful combination.  

Peace Jam is educating youth with the powerful stories of Nobel Laureates like Desmond TuTu and the Dali Lama and inspiring them to then go out and initiate community actions that promote peace.   The organizers and leaders of this organization are using their Peace Jam conferences to bring these “Jammers” together for even more inspiration and plans for action.

Peace Jam was founded by Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff in Denver Colorado. This dynamic duo is  now  working to continue their momentum  to keep youth excited about tackling and solving  the toughest issues facing our planet.

As a youth leader within my Church I am really inspired by this organization.  We have had  several discussions with our group about how they can make a positive contribution to their local community.   Are you currently working with youth in your community?  What local issues has your group worked to positively contribute to?  How have you been inspired by their views?

Here is a wonderful video with an Introduction of PeaceJam Global Call to Action

In many parts of the world education is not looked upon as something a girl needs to survive.  This is true in many countries on the African continent.   We know that without a proper education these children will be unable to participate in the modern world successfully.   Many people are familiar with the school built by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa to help address this issue but most are not working to find a way to offer support themselves to this issue.   I have come across several organizations working to positively change the statistics for girls education on the African continent.

World Education has  helped  girls in 12 African countries go to school through the Ambassador Girls’ Scholarship Program.  Last year they were able to assist 12,000 female students to attend classes.  The organization has also developed training for  local professional women who serve as mentors for students in the program. These local professionals guide and educate the girls s on the importance of education, HIV and AIDS awareness, reproductive health and community involvement.  The teachers happily are reporting improvement in the girl students  attendance and achievement level.   Success through this type of program  certainly offers the girls a much brighter future.  Visit the World Education website to find out more about how you can support their efforts:  www.worlded.org

Another organization that I found while surfing the net is Camfed.  Since 1993, this UK  Organization has fought poverty and AIDS by educating girls and empowering young women. Their programs have  assisted and educated  more than 1,451,600 children in  of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi.   Camfed uses a community-based, holistic approach to bring about change in these African nations.

What a better education can do

Better Education for Girls Makes a difference

For more information about how to help girls become educated through Camfed please visit their site: www.camfed.org

I also came across the IADT’s School in a Box program that is bringing innovative fresh ways to bring education to rural areas of Africa and India

Here is a video of their presentation to many of the African Ministers of Education

Have you been involved in any programs that help raise the education of girls around the world?  I would love to hear about them.  Please be sure to share a link here!

symbol of steadfastness, prudence and diligence

With continued hard work and diligence we can raise the education level of girls in Africa

OWO FORO ADOBE is the Adinkra symbol for steadfastness, prudence and diligence –  this is the attitude we must take to make a difference in the education of girls around the world!

ADDITIONS!!

I have recieved some great suggestions that I would like to add to this post.  

 The United Nations Girls  Education Initiativeworks to assist national governments  fulfill their responsibilities towards ensuring the right to education and gender equality for all children, girls and boys alike. This amazing organization promotes strategies that put the needs of the most disadvantaged, including girls and women, first in education policies, plans and budgets of the goverments they work with internationally.

Just wanted to share this Action Campaign I came across over at Mom Bloggers For Social Good!  You can donate $10 to help spread the word in the fight to raise awareness and fight malaria in Africa simply by texting “Dream” to 859944

This simple text will also enter you to win a trip to Africa with TV star Katharine McPhee !   For more about this campaign or to join the positive impact being driven by Moms For social Good please see the link below:

 

 

Action Campaign – Spread the Word About Malaria No More’s ‘Dream Big for Africa’ Campaign

 

 

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Out of Print Books

Out of Print Books on T-shirts

Out of Print Clothing company is currently offering a wonderful way to bring books to children in Africa.  During the week of August 8th through August 14th they will donate one book for each new Twitter follow (@OutofPrintTees) and each new FaceBook Like.The donated books will go  to an African community in need.  The company has partnered with Books for Africa to identify and connect with communities in Africa’  Please take a moment to support this fantastic effort and be sure to share the information this week with your “peeps”  

If you are already a friend of Out of Print books be sure to stop by and check out their fantastic line of unique t-shirts.  You can also support Books for Africa with the purchase of a t-shirt.  Since 1988 this organization has sent over 22 million books to African communities in need. Their mission is to end the book famine on the African continent – What a great thought!

Books for Africa
Support Literacy in Africa

 

Adinkra symbol for Change

Mmere Dane is the Adinkra symbol for Change

Just learned about a great organization  that is working to support positive change around the globe!!  Sevenly is a fantastic organization focused on supporting Charities that make a difference.  Each week Sevenly partners with one charity to raise funds thru the sale of a unique t-shirt design.   This week  (July 3) they have partnered with Hope International to offer families in Congo a chance to change their lives and escape poverty.   

Please consider supporting this organization with the purchase of a t-shirt!   For every shirt sold $7  is donated to the charity of the week. 

Also be sure to link up with them on twitter and facebook to see the new charity t-shirt each week!

Charity of the week - Hope International

Sevenly -t-shirts that make change happen