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I've made a commitment: to do one good deed per day. Large or small, it doesn't matter. Self-sacrificing or not, extraordinary or mundane, it doesn't matter. Just one thing every day, that's all.

The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Raising awareness for charities

The last month I've worked so hard on the Genocide Prevention Ritual that I've hardly had time to look into other charities. But over time the ones I learn about pile up, and today I posted quite a number of them to Polytheist Charity.

Mercy Corps - a team of 3700 professionals helping turn crisis into opportunity for millions around the world; a vast list of programs addresses nearly all areas of humanitarian concern.

Heifer International - giving livestock as an economic base to struggling families in developing countries; recipients agree to pass on offspring and knowledge to others.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - a worldwide mission to help victims of conflicts and internal violence, whoever they are; efforts help people affected by armed conflict in some 80 countries in 2009; Sudan is currently the organization's largest humanitarian operation, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.

The American Red Cross - the Red Cross in America

Oxfam International - a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change; working in development, emergencies, advocacy, campaigning, and policy research; campaigns in health, education, agriculture, climate change, arms control, and trade.

Best Friends Animal Society - rehabilitates abandoned pets deemed "un-adoptable" and finds them good homes, rescues animals from disasters, and educates about setting up animal shelters and programs

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - not a crusade against alcohol consumption - MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) - Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981, SADD has been committed to empowering young people to lead education and prevention initiatives within their schools and communities. SADD now highlights prevention of all destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, impaired driving, violence and suicide.

Central Asia Institute - works with local people of remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote education and literacy among girls; also awards scholarships

Nike Foundation - works to get girls on the international agenda and drive resources to them; researches the critical importance of girls in the developing world; finds the best programs for girls

The Girl Effect - initiative of the Nike Foundation communicating the importance of girls in the developing world

BRAC - works to fight poverty in the developing world through a broad set of services ranging from education to health care, emphasizes poor rural women as agents of change

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ONE GOOD DEED: Raise awareness for important charities.

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