07 May 2010

Globe Trotting

It's been a while since I've done an "Only The Good" post for Shelly over at This Eclectic Life.  One of the things about being retired that hasn't been "good" is having less money to share with those who are in need.  One of my greatest pleasures has always been travel and going to or reading about other places and people.  In order to achieve two goals, I've made it a point to look for charities around the world where there is a great deal of bang for the buck.  Below are several that I have found where the amounts you give can be small but the totals really add up to make the best use of the funds as close to those in need as possible.

If you do nothing else, read about each one and keep them in mind when your circumstances might make it possible to get involved later.

Use Solar, Save Lives - provides solar lamps for villages in Kenya so that there is light once the sun goes down.

Charity Water - a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

Kiva - Micro Loans around the world to provide careers for those in poverty circumstances

Give A Goat - Gifts of livestock to provide food and income.

Shelter Box -  Provides housing and equipment in areas of crisis such as Haiti, China, and Sumatra earthquakes.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation - Help for families dealing with the crisis of a child's illness


JoyACookin' said...

You've managed to hit the subsistence high spots crucial for life: light (sustainable energy), water, loans, goats (food & income), shelter, illness. Brava to you for your charitable generosity, however that is manifest. Information is power, giving is divine.

Travis said...

The first one shocked me. It never really occurred to me that some people go without electricity...something I take for granted every day.

Thank you for these links.