In a world where capitalism dominates our habits, I invite you to seek out a few ways in which you can give something that may be small to, but big to others.
There are millions of charities across the world, and any you choose to contribute your time or resources to would be great. If you’re at a loss for one, I’ve compiled a short list, 5 charities in the 5 days leading up to Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas Countdown: 5 Charities | 5 Days
By Carla Maria Emanuel Issa
1. CHARITY WATER
If you have the privilege of reading this you also have the privilege of having access to clean drinking water. According to the United Nations, 738 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Think of all the people who live in the European Union’s 28 countries, plus add the people living in the Middle East’s 16 countries and that would be close to how many people do not have clean drinking water worldwide. What flows from our kitchen taps and is easily purchased for $2-4 per bottle is simply not an option for 1/6 of the people on our planet.
So what can you do? Donate to Charity Water who has funded 211,118 projects in 24 countries to give 6,400,000 people clean drinking water. Your dollar does not just go to give someone a drink of water, but it ensures long-term projects that will give people the technology to have clean drinking water for the future. Remember that saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/
2. SOLES FOR SOULS
Sending money online not your thing? Surely you have a pair of shoes that you can send off to someone who is barefoot. Head over to their website to see where a drop-off location is in your area. Better yet, gather your friends, your workplace, your family, and your neighborhood and get everyone to donate their shoes to make a bigger impact. What is plentiful for many of us is hard to come by for millions of people on every continent. Head over to https://soles4souls.org/about-us/.
3. THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
I recently watched the documentary Unity and its message really resonated with me. People, animals and plants and trees are all united in existing as living breathing creatures. Where that fact has become distorted is due to humans possessing the highest level of consciousness, which has determined that animals and plants are for our consumption. This Wildlife trusts cares for one of the planet’s rarest animals, the African elephant. You can adopt an elephant in Kenya for what you spend on a dinner, and this could be one of your most conscious actions yet. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/about_us.asp
4. HOPE FOR JOSE
Joseph was born on May, 28, 2014 and has been struggling for the past 2 years with severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) due to mutation in gene SP110. This is a very rare disorder and prednisone Joseph to life threatening infection specifically the development of liver fibrosis. Joseph already had many life threatening infections and was intubated and on respiratory ventilation for so long. We left Lebanon to be able to provide Joseph with the best medical support from Cleveland Clinic in the United States of America. We now know that the only cure for SCID is allogeneic bone marrow transplant from healthy, matched donor which will be me, Roy. Cleveland Clinic also gave us an estimate cost of the treatment that our Joseph so urgently needs. This includes pre-and post-operative testing, surgeon’s fees, hospital fees, anesthesia, operating room, medications, supplies and hospitalization stay. The estimate is around $850,000.
The family needs you. Find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hopeforjose/
and donate here https://www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising/bone-marrow-transplant-for-2-years-old-baby-boy
Every donation is greatly appreciated and is a step closer to saving Joseph’s life.
5. KARAM FOUNDATION
Karam in Arabic means generosity. The Karam Foundation was founded in my hometown of Chicago. What began as a local food drive has expanded to impact Syrians in need across Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Syria. 100 million Syrian children are out of school due to the war and they stand to serve as one of the many lost generations of our time. You can sponsor a child or a family so they can take a bus to school and not become child laborers or be forced to live in extreme poverty. Your actions today affect their lives tomorrow. http://www.karamfoundation.org/.