It is all over the news these days and you can't help but be concerned. If you want to make a donation you could check out what your favorite non-profits are doing and if they are specifically operating in Africa. It's a personal choice, but my choice is Doctors Without Borders. They are a fine resource for up-to-date information on Ebola in Africa.
However, as the number of Ebola orphans continue to increase, I think that Save The Children is also a fine choice. I added them to the site today because they have a limited offer from an anonymous donor to match donated funds dollar for dollar. This gives you a great bang for your buck!
I have to admit that I did not know anything about land rights until I read through this website. I understand the importance of land rights now, and how land rights relates to poverty, starvation, and economic growth that is sustainable. The website is really nice and very readable.
Last winter I took a course at Coursera called How to Change the World. It was a fascinating overview of world issues as well as some organizations working with these issues. Shining Hope for Communities impressed me so much that I ended up co-sponsoring a little kindergartener. I like how they are evolving. This is one to watch for sure! I do not know much about Africa, but I'm inspired to learn more when I read about Kibera. (I also recently read a book called Bingo's Run which took place in Kibera.) If you want to know more about girls in Africa, this is a good starting point.
After watching her speak I was even more impressed than before, and added her fund to our site. If you have $50 (or any amount really) please consider The Malala Fund.
Africa and motorcycles. Why do they go together? If you're curious, click here and find out.
I've just added Friends of the Orphans under the $500 link, because this amount ($30-$50 a month) allows you to sponsor a child. It's September. School is starting. Wouldn't this be a good project for this year? I've read through this organization's website and see no religious affiliation. It's highly rated by Charity Navigator, so if you are looking for an opportunity to sponsor a child in South Africa or the Caribbeans, please check out this site.
I am currently updating the website and correcting broken links. More to come, and more regular maintenance planned for the future.
There is a lot to read on the website for Women's Rights Partnership. Dig in... good stuff here!
Microfinancing to end global poverty. In short, that is what the Grameen Foundation is about. Can you give $27 a month? Or once, even? That's what started this whole venture. Read all about it here.
Who protects the earth? Did you ever consider that the earth might need a lawyer... or a crew of lawyers? The motto of EarthJustice is "because the earth needs a good lawyer." Their mission is to protect the earth and to defend the right of people to live in a healthy environment. They maintain a list of petitions that you can sign after you have finished reading about what is needed to preserve our surroundings. They've been at it since 1971 and have a significant track record.
Librarian-Educator living in Amherst, Mass.