Apr 012014

The donation of April 2014 goes to:

Looking Glass logothe Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders

Recovery is possible. We have seen it, been through it, and have helped others find their way along the path to recovery. This is our story and why we believe in what we are doing.

We are parents and friends who know the fear of living with a child suffering from an eating disorder. We know that eating disorders are not a choice you make but rather, serious illnesses that deserve serious attention. In 2002 we came together for mutual support in order to over come the fear that comes from being alone, unable to find help. At that time, community programs were overburdened, hospital admissions meant long wait lists and families seeking residential care were forced to find it outside of Canada at tremendous expense and personal sacrifice. We recognized the desperation of families and the tremendous need for appropriate, accessible care in Canada for all adolescents facing the challenge of eating disorders.

With the passion only those touched by this illness can know, a small group of concerned parents formed The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, a not-for-profit charitable foundation seeking to serve adolescents across Canada. Looking Glass is dedicated to creating a better understanding of eating disorders, improving access to care, and providing urgently needed programs and services previously missing from the continuum of care. We work in close partnership with medical professionals and the Government of BC to assure the highest quality of care.

As a result of this vision and mission, since 2002 we have developed a variety of essential programs and services for adolescents. These include: Ongoing support groups (online and face to face), scholarships, an annual summer camp program, and the Woodstone Residence, Canada’s first residential recovery centre for adolescents specializing in the care and treatment of eating disorders. We offer our heartfelt thanks to the many generous donors and committed volunteers who have helped us realize our dream.

[hat tip: Magda Apanowicz]

Mar 012014

The donation of March 2014 goes to:

Right to Play - logoRight to Play

The UN recognizes play as the right of every child. Play is NOT a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, and a game of tag can teach about malaria. Play helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like cooperation, leadership and teamwork.

Right To Play’s mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.

Right To Play’s vision is to create a healthy and safe world through the power of sport and play.

[donation made via Right to Play Norge]

Feb 012014

The donation of February 2014 goes to:

Internet Archive - logothe Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

Jan 012014

The donation of January 2014 goes to:

Philippine Red Cross - logo
Philippine Red Cross
(Typhoon Haiyan/Typhoon Yolanda)

The Philippine Red Cross is leading this response effort and their volunteers have been caring for people even before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. Prior to the arrival of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine Red Cross worked closely with local disaster authorities to support preemptive evacuations, helping move more than 125,000 families to safer shelters. The Philippine Red Cross also disseminated early warning messages and safety tips in areas along the path of the typhoon.

Days later, Philippine Red Cross volunteer rescue and relief teams continue to provide assistance in the hardest hit communities, including assisting in search and rescue efforts. The Philippine Red Cross has extensive experience in search and rescue and large-scale relief and recovery programs. The Philippine Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organization in the country, with 1,000 staff members and an estimated 500,000 active volunteers engaged in response to this emergency.

The Philippine Red Cross has begun distributions of relief supplies and volunteers are packing more supplies to send to all the affected areas. However, delivery of supplies in the worst affected city of Tacloban has been significantly constrained by damage to local infrastructure. Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of about 220,000 people the hardest with a tsunami-like storm surge pushing a wall of water nearly 10 feet high inland.

Specialized emergency response teams from Red Cross societies across the globe are moving into the Philippines to assist the Philippine Red Cross. These include teams with expertise in logistics, disaster assessment, shelter, health, water and sanitation.

Dec 012013

The donation of December 2013 goes to:

Kirkens Bymisjon - logoChurch City Mission / Kirkens Bymisjon i Østfold

‘We believe in the concept of room for everyone, because we want everyone in our cities to experience respect, justice and care.’

‘We believe in providing room for everyone, because the greatest challenges we see around us are exclusion, isolation and destructive dependency.’

“Room for everyone” also means that everyone is needed – because we wish to invite people’s participation and invoke a sense of community.

“Room for everyone” allows us all to strengthen our belief in freeing up resources and energy.

In Norwegian:
Kirkens Bymisjon i Østfold (SKBØ) er den yngste av 10 bymisjoner i Norge, stiftet 29. september 2004. Vi bygger på de verdier som alltid har kjennetegnet bymisjonene. Visjonen er at alle mennesker i byen skal oppleve respekt, rettferdighet, fellesskap og omsorg. Vårt oppdrag er å avdekke, lindre og endre årsaker til sosial urett og nød.

Vi lever i et land og en by der de fleste mennesker har det godt. Men tross velstand og gode helse- og sosialtjenester er det mange som strever med livet, og kan kjenne seg ensomme og stengt ute fra det vellykkede fellesskap. Helsemessige og sosiale problemer, fattigdom eller rusmisbruk kan medføre at en lever utenfor både arbeidsliv og de vanlige sosiale fellesskap.

Vi vil et samfunn der ethvert menneske blir møtt med respekt og opplever at vi er like mye verd selv om vi er ulike. Vi vil søke å utløse livsmot og mestringsevne der livet er vanskelig.

Kirkens Bymisjon vil være tilstede i byen og nær de mennesker som sliter med livet. Vi vil se den enkelte, møte med respekt, tilby fellesskap og gi den hjelp og støtte som den enkelte ønsker og kan ta imot. Slik møtte Jesus mennesker, og ga alle en opplevelse av Guds kjærlighet, av verdighet og solidaritet. Det er her Bymisjonen henter sitt oppdrag og sine idealer.

Vi er altså et uttrykk for den kristne kirkes oppdrag i verden, med hovedvekt på den praktiske handling i nestekjærlighet og solidaritet, – det som i kirkespråket kalles diakoni. Vi vil også gjerne være med på å åpne troens rom for mennesker som kjenner seg fremmede i kirken, ved å satse på kultur og kunst og nye former for gudstjenester og rom for stillhet og bønn.

Nov 012013

The donation of November 2013 goes to:

SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children believes every child should grow up in a caring family environment.

Across the world, we try to achieve this in two ways. Firstly, we prevent children ending up alone, abandoned or in institutions. We do this through community-based programmes that support families. Secondly, for lone children who cannot live with their family, we provide a loving home in an SOS Children’s Village. We also provide quality education and healthcare in these communities.

Paraguay is in the center of South America. With no significant mineral or natural resources, the economy is largely agricultural. The economic problems in neighbouring Argentina have also affected Paraguay and over 60 per cent of the population live below the poverty line. According to UNICEF, more than 30 per cent of children fail to finish elementary schooling, often because they do not have an adequate command of Spanish, which is the language of tuition.

In the streets of the capital, Asunción, an estimated 30,000 children work as shoe-blacks or newspaper vendors, often to supplement the family income. Most of them are completely neglected and suffer from malnutrition, parasites and anemia.

SOS Children’s Villages Work in Paraguay

We began working in Paraguay in 1970. Today there are six SOS Children’s Villages, one of which is specifically for handicapped children, as well as numerous supplementary social welfare and medical facilities which also benefit the wider community.

[donation made via SOS-barnebyer]

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