“All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 16:17
I wanted to share a quick update on our action steps following the Justice Conference.
This afternoon, in just 15 minutes, Rich and I more than doubled the amount of charitable giving we did in all of last year. We decided to finally put our money where our mouth is.
We gave ourselves a budget for donations and each month I decide where 50% of the giving goes and Rich will decide the other 50%. We will be providing recurring monthly payments to some organizations, while others may be on a month-to-month basis, and switched out with other causes as they come up, or as we feel led.
Here are the organizations we’ve decided to support, their mission statements/about us info, and websites:
“Somaliland’s health care system was utterly destroyed by the civil war leaving the country with, among other problems, the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world. It is a goal of the Hospital not only to train fully-qualified health care professionals but also to train and dispatch 1000 midwives throughout the country. Another very important goal is to fight the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is endemic throughout this region.”
“A human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems - police, courts and laws - effectively protect the poor. IJM's justice professionals work in their communities in 16 field offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.”
“A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.”
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Here is a link to the project we gave to this month:
“Dedicated to the eradication of slavery and the empowerment of its survivors, based on the vision and life's work of Cambodian survivor Somaly Mam. Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery. Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.”
“Seeking to bring quality, reliable and consistent health care to a nine-village cooperative located in the Cabaret Region of Haiti. Building a road following God's chosen path. Together with our brothers and sisters of Haiti, we strive to serve the cooperative of HASWEP through Listening, Educating, Supporting, Praying, Working, Advancing. LESPWA means HOPE in Creole. We are full of hope for Haiti.”
“To transform the lives of those suffering with trichotillomania, skin picking and related body-focused disorders - this has been the heart of our work since 1991. From our National Conference to Local Support Groups, TLC offers a wide range of services to meet our community's immediate need for information, support, and treatment, while building a future with better answers and an easier path to recovery.”
What non-profit organizations do you support or are aware of that are doing justice-oriented work and helping the vulnerable?