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.
Just added Child Aid in the $500 category. They are working in South America to to give children of the rural indigenous poor a fair chance in life. They have been doing this for twenty years and they partner with local organizations to be as effective as they can. Your money will go far there. Their website is colorful and informative. If you're a librarian you will be tempted to want to go there and help! (Says the librarian....)
Do you like music? Do you like kids? Do you think kids and music go together like P&J? Little Kids Rock is dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. Your donation of $100 could buy two guitars for a classroom. Remember, kids just want to [have] strum!
When I first clicked on the website of Trees For Life I naturally assumed it was about planting trees in needy areas. And that's how it started in the 1980's. But like a tree, this organization has grown steadily in many different directions. The founder is sure that knowledge and working together are the keys for growth. I liked the very simple Trees For Life Pledge. I also like that they have virtual opportunities to volunteer and also internships. This is an organization to keep an eye on and remember for a time in your life when you have both time and money, because working with them would be very interesting and rewarding.
I'm a librarian... what can I say... of course I love this one!
Room To Read works in rural areas of Asia and Africa to establish libraries and opportunities to read. "World Change starts with educated children."
How cute is this laptop? What child wouldn't want to play with this and learn? And how amazing that just $199 can buy this laptop for a child in a remote location. Open a child's world today! You have to love what One Laptop per Child is doing, from the laptop itself to the mission that they have in making education both fun and accessible.
Librarian-Educator living in Amherst, Mass.