Saturday, June 26, 2010
Making the World A Better Place
Do you ever wonder "What can I do to make this world a better place?"
If you are one of my regular readers, I am sure you will answer 'yes' to this question. Perhaps you donate a certain amount of money per year to charities?
Maybe you participate in sponsored events (e.g., walk to cure cancer) to raise money for a cause? Do you sponsor a child in a developing country? Do you donate blood? Do you foster or mentor a disadvantaged child?
I am fascinated by what people choose to do. Please share with us what you do, and why you chose your particular cause...
I admire my Canadian friend Heather for her work in a charity called FreeSchools, which raises funds to build schools in India and Thailand. Freeschools focuses on educating girls in particular. Families tend to prioritize educating their sons only, but educating girls leads to improved outcomes for the whole community in area such as health and hygiene. Heather and her 9 year old daughter Hayley travelled to India in early 2010 to visit the schools personally, so they could give a first-hand account of the benefits when fundraising back home.
One charity I recently discovered is the Blacksmith Institute, which raises funds to fix grossly polluted environments in developing nations. One typical example is lead poisoning in Nigeria. A gold rush in Nigeria has resulted in people processing gold ore in their villages. Unfortunately, lead is present in gold ore, and the processing released it in the form of lead dust. The lethal effects of the lead only came to international attention when an immunization campaign discovered that several villages had no children under 5. They had all died. Today the Blacksmith Institute is very busy cleaning up the lead pollution, and working alongside Medecins Sans Frontieres to give urgent treatment to the surviving children, to remove the lead from their blood.
The reason I like the Blacksmith Institute is that they provide practical, cost-effective solutions to pollution problems. Many of the problems they encounter with would never be tolerated in our Developed nations, or at very least they are a thing of the past, thanks to campaigners such as Ellen Brockovich. In Developing nations it is often ignorance, not simply greed, that leads to tragic mistakes. One of the ways the BI acts is through educating the local people on new, safe ways to operate in their environment. You really have to admire that!
Click on the links if you want to check it out. I am most likely going to do something to raise money for this organization. Haven't decided what, just yet. But it will be something... Should I busk for money by playing my trumpet? That way, I would get to practice AND raise money at the same time...
What do you do, to make the world a better place? I'd love to hear it...
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