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World Water Day 2014

I have committed to raise $500.00 for World Water Day and here is the video that started it all for me.  This was sent to me by Becky Straw of The Adventure Project.

 

 It moved me to take action and start this humble campaign in terms of dollars.

I am starting with a campaign goal of raising $500.00 (US dollars) and  I will personally match all donations (dollar for dollar) that are raised during my campaign.  Therefore, if $500.00 (US dollars) is raised, then double that to $1000.00 (US dollars).

Would you please consider helping me to help One Day’s Wages and The Adventure Project in completing this project.

When you take your next drink of water please think of these facts…  780 million people lack access to clean water, and in Africa, 1 out of every 3 wells are broken. That’s a shocking, and honestly, discouraging stat. Imagine the joy of once having clean water in your village, but now you are trudging back to a river and stream, drinking water that will likely make you and your children sick. This is the reality for 50,000 communities in Africa.

Join me this World Water Day as I stand with the people of Uganda to help them gain sustainable, clean water. Let’s make an impact together:

$20 helps one person gain access to clean water. $100 helps a family.  –>$500 will help 5 families and $1,000 will help 10 families.

Here is the link to my Campaign page at One Day’s Wage:

http://www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/cheries-campaign-world-water-day

 

Thank you so very much!  Much peace.

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**People Making A Difference** — LiveBeyond–Mobile Medical Disaster Relief

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This is my third “Person Making a Difference”, a person who  saw a need and did something about it.  Dr. David Vanderpool, M.D.,  is the founder and CEO of this wonderful organization.

I have to tell you that as I find and read about these caring and giving individuals… each time my heart is stirred to “go”!  All the people I read about have been a great inspiration in their faith, caring, doing, and actions.  I suffered a terrible fall in December which has sidetracked some of my dreams to travel because of a head injury, but I will persevere and continue to highlight the wonderful people who are in the field making a difference.  It is an honor to be able to tell others about the great people and organizations that I find.

The Mobile Medical Disaster Relief mission was born during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.    A truck and trailer was used as a mobile clinic, and Dr. David Vanderpool provided healthcare throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region. As their site states,  it was during this time that they were “establishing a free clinic while the medical infrastructure recovered.  After months of returning to the region with medical and relief supplies, Mobile Medical Disaster Relief was established as a 501 (c)(3) organization.

 I don’t feel I can adequately nor am I qualified to explain the breadth of their mission.  But this is the part of their Mission Statement I found profound…

“We are an organization that chooses to Live Beyond… ourselves, our culture, our borders & this life so that others can Live Beyond … disease, hunger, poverty & despair.” 

Here is a direct link to their Mission Statement:   

http://www.livebeyond.org/Our-Mission.html

 I hope you will visit the LiveBeyond organization’s website and offer your support to them.

May we all strive to live beyond ourselves, borders, cultures, and this life to

reach out to others by DOing, CAREing, and taking ACTion!

Much Peace,

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World Cancer Day – February 4, 2014

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Here is an exciting link to a map of events taking place today on World Cancer Day

http://www.worldcancerday.org/events-map

Debunk the Myths,

Sign the Declaration… I did!

http://www.worldcancerday.org/wcd-declaration

Overarching Goal: There will be major reductions in premature deaths from cancer, and improvements in quality of life and cancer survival rates.To reach these targets we will take action to:

Target 1: strengthen health systems for effective cancer control

Target 2: Measure cancer burden and impact of cancer plans in all countries

Target 3: Reduce exposure to cancer risk factors

Target 4: Universal coverage of HPV and HBV vaccination

Target 5: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer

Target 6: Universal access to screening and early detection for cancer

Target 7: Improve access to services across the cancer care continuum

Target 8: Universal availability of pain control and distress management

Target 9: Improve education and training of healthcare professionals

I will be posting this on this blog and my DO*CARE*ACT Blog also.  Thank you.

God Bless You and Peace to You All and Always!

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DO * CARE * ACT’s ✿ PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE SPOTLIGHT ✿ One Day’s Wages

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 I would like to introduce you to my second People Making a Difference choice.  If you read through One Day’s Wages’ [ODW]  site you will note all the different causes you can donate your one day’s wages to help.  According to  the ODW site, “One Day’s Wages  is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.

Please meet the founders, Eugene & Minhee Cho + their three children.  What is amazing and beautiful to me is that they donated their 2009 income of $68,000 to One Day’s Wages.  Their response when asked about why they did it was  that they were not willing to ask of others what they were not willing to do themselves.  And over the next five years, they continued to pledge additional funds to ODW to honor their initial public total pledge of $100,000.

[via One Day’s Wages Facebook]

Now consider the impact of your one day’s wages…which is equivalent to about 0.4% of your annual salary. Check out what impact your day’s wages will have.   On their site they have this great little tool that actually calculates how much impact your day’s wages will make, try it!  I did and was so amazed.  Calculate and donate your One Day’s Wages or any amount.

That means that every day when I get up I want to remember I can make a difference today and help someone with just a very small portion of my paycheck!  So when I look in the mirror I am staring at the answer to one of the biggest problems many groups have and that is funding.

[via One Day’s Wages]

According to ODW’s website,  1.4 billion people are living in extreme  global poverty.  What is extreme global poverty?  Just like ODW says, “it’s an important question, and the numbers are staggering.  2.4 billion people live on less than $2/day (USD), and roughly 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.25/day (USD) – the definition of “extreme global poverty.” 

Here are some sobering facts about extreme global poverty: [please click on header to go to ODW’s donate and information page for each topic]  

Water
3.4 million people die every year from water related diseases around the world, and roughly 780 million people do not have access to clean water.

[via One Day’s Wages]

Health
Nearly 11,700 people die every day from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Close to two-thirds of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Education

61 million children of primary school age were out of school. More than half of them (33 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (13 million) in Southern Asia.

Women
A woman dies every minute due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

[via One Day’s Wages]

Human Trafficking
Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade.

Agriculture & hunger
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death for at least 3.1 million children, accounting for 45% of all deaths among children under the age of five.

 Statistics are from the World Bank and the ONE Campaign, and taken directly from One Day’s Wages site.

Here are a few of the causes that I discovered on their site:

**Please note:  When I last checked their website, ODW had 34 pages of campaigns and causes that needed people to donate wages to.

Quality Care for Mothers and Children in Nepal  [click on name to learn more]

Improving Access to Maternal Care in Cambodia [ click on name to learn more]

Typhoon Haiyan’s Devastation in the Philippines [click on name to learn more]

Here is one I found on page 12 of the site:

Providing Hope to Girls Rescued from Human Trafficking | Love146 [click on name to learn more]

Page 15:

One Day’s Wages is Looking to Grant $30,000 for Human Trafficking Projects [click on name to learn more]

There are so many other ways to help this great movement, one is to pledge your birthday, ideas or work cause, here is the link to find out more: http://onedayswages.org/idea.  You can also start a community campaign right where you live!

In closing, ODW refers to themselves as  “ everyday philanthropists.”  Too many times people have the idea that they have to be in a certain income bracket to be a philanthropist,  I agree with ODW and I feel that by pairing everyday  with philanthropist that it helps to remind us that we all have the ability to help… to DO… and CARE… with ACTion.

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Links to follow One Day’s Wages:

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/OneDaysWages

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/onedayswages

GOOGLE+:  https://plus.google.com/+onedayswages/posts

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FREEDOM CLIMB…

I am a little late on this post.  PLEASE FORGIVE ME!   Because January 11 was

http://www.thefreedomclimb.net/

Follow on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheFreedomClimb

On this day many observed it silently because they know the pain of enslavement!

Many spoke out to end the torture!

Many cried for a loved one lost to them… 

and some climbed a mountain!

I wish I could have been there to climb that mountain, maybe next year!

Either way, I can give what I have and that is money and time!

I can give my heart and speech!

I can DO what I can to HIGHLIGHT this issue!

I CAN make a difference!

I will take ACTion to stop this human horror story!

Will you join me in donating your voice, your money, your time

to stop

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

SLAVERY!

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”   
Proverbs 31: 8-9 NLT

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Update — DO * CARE * ACT Blog!

This blog is new and I am currently in the early stages of rearranging things around.  My plan is to stay with WordPress because I really like it here!  But I want to find a better “Theme” to handle all the things I want to showcase on here.

From time to time, you may see different color schemes or a different appearance as I test different looks out.  I am shopping around now!!  If anybody has any ideas, please let me know.  No spam please!!

I want a multi-column blog where I can showcase the different charities/organizations, show the month’s current “Person Making a Difference” and a page that will showcase past choices, and finally a spot for my current blog post.  As my vision for this blog grows, I am sure the blog outline will also grow.  It is my hope that whatever theme I find will be able to handle multiple pages that will be easily navigated by visitors.

I already have several great posts in the works and my next “Person/Organization Making a Difference” choice!  I am excited for you to meet them.

Keep DOing, CAREing, and taking ACTion!

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DO * CARE * ACT’s ✿ PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE SPOTLIGHT ✿

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It is written on their site that 4Love Founder, Lindsey Parry, also founded Sowing Seeds of Love [SSOL] which is a non-profit focused on empowering women and children through education, arts and team sports. As a result, all women employed through 4Love, have the opportunity to be educated! For many of these women, this is the first time they have been given the chance to learn. The women of 4Love, plus many more in the community, are learning how to read, write and do basic math. They are also attending classes focused on health and hygiene. [information was copied from www.4loveclothing.com]

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Their bright and beautiful clothing!

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Dresses, Skirts, Tops and Accessories! 4Love!

According to their site, “4Love was born out of a heart-wrenching book that would forever change the course of my life– Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn. With each page that I read, I knew I wanted to find a way to empower women. I wanted to give women a greater voice so they can make decisions that benefit them and their family. I wanted to give them an opportunity to learn how to read, to learn how to write and give them the feeling of self-worth! According to the Chinese proverb, “women hold up half the sky; women are the solution to breaking the cycle of poverty – not the problem – and I want to play a role in this growing revolution.”          ~ Lindsey Parry (Founder)

When you buy from 4Love:

*You’re providing stable employment to the indigenous women that 4Love employs, where they’re paid fair-trade wages.
*You’re empowering these women and giving them confidence — two things that they have never experienced.
*You’re helping to extend the reach of SSOL, since a portion of proceeds supports this non-profit organization (SSOL provides the women of 4Love, their families and others in the community the opportunity to be educated. For many of them, this is the first time they have been given the chance to learn how to read, write, do basic math and attend classes focused on health and hygiene).” [information taken from www.4loveclothing.com]

Here are more links to find this worthy company that is DOing, CARing, and ACTing!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/4loveclothing

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/4loveclothing

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/4loveclothing/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/4loveclothing

Blogger:  http://www.4loveclothing.blogspot.com/

And you can join 4Love’s mailing list, just look for the little envelope✉!  Please support this young company and Lindsay’s endeavors to empower women.

I want to give a little shout out to DesignGood.com where I found the wonderful 4Love Founder, Lindsey Parry.

http://designgood.com/

Yes, there will definitely be a post about Design Good in the future!

So I just want to say in closing that I noticed that Lindsey Parry needs some uplifting and support for her efforts!  So I would like to ask my fellow bloggers, tweeters, handmade artists, humankind, activists, google+ followers, and people who care and I know there is a lot of you out there… please send your support for 4Love Clothing and Sowing Seeds of Love.  We can all make a difference by helping those out there on the front lines!

And thanks to Lindsey Parry for being brave and moving to a different country and opening her heart to a different culture, way of life and trying to change the lives of women!

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