Oct 012014

The donation of October 2014 goes to:

IFRC-logothe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. Nearly 3,200 people have died and over 6,800 cases have been reported across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal.

Entire villages in Liberia have been isolated following confirmed cases of Ebola. Hospitals are filling up with Ebola patients, leaving no capacity to deal with other health needs. Food shortages are expected due to price hikes, border closures and a lack of labour to harvest maize and rice crops. Many schools have closed indefinitely and some 2,000 children have been orphaned.

The disease has a 48% survival rate with the right supportive care, so it is vital that people who are infected seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Red Cross is going door-to-door helping people understand how Ebola is spread, how to protect themselves, and where to get help. We are providing medical treatment and care, helping people to safely bury loved ones who have died, and following up people who have the virus to see that they get the care they need. In total, the international Red Cross Movement has reached 37.9 million people with information.

There are now over 4,000 trained volunteers at work in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea alone, with more being trained in other countries. Because these volunteers live in the places affected by the disease, they can understand and talk honestly with people about their fear and grief, and teach them how to protect themselves and prevent the virus from spreading.

Volunteers also have the sad but crucial job of helping people to safely bury loved ones who have died from the virus. Red Cross volunteers have so far buried around 1,353 bodies and followed up 16,730 people at risk of Ebola.

For more information on the ongoing epidemic of Ebola, see this Wikipedia article.

[donation made via Røde Kors (the Norwegian branch of IFRC]

Sep 012014

The donation of September 2014 goes to:

Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge - logoDyrebeskyttelsen Norge Fredrikstad og omegn
(Animal Protection Norway – department Fredrikstad and surroundings)

The main business of the animal shelter in Fredrikstad is relocation/adoption of homeless animals in need in the Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg-Hvaler area.

The animals receive shelter, food, care, vet check, medication if needed, vaccinations, sterilization / castration and ID-tagging. If it is suspected that the animal has had an owner, it will be advertised with image in the local newspapers, websites, etc. If no one claims the animal, it will be adopted out to a new loving home.

The animals that are in greatest need are given priority. Homelessness among cats is the greatest. Then, rabbits and other rodents.

[text summarized/translated from: http://iloapp.frdb.no/blog/www?Home&category=7 ]

Aug 012014

The donation of August 2014 goes to:

Home of the Sparrow - logoHome of the Sparrow

Home of the Sparrow serves the community as a transitional shelter program providing housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children in McHenry County and Northern Illinois. Through the generous support of donors and friends, Home of the Sparrow celebrated its 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. Each year, more than 165 homeless women and children reside in Home of the Sparrow’s shelters and scattered site apartments. At any given time, up to 65% of residents are children. Since Home of the Sparrow’s program began, over 2,500 women have reached out to Home of the Sparrow, seeking help and hope and ultimately, lives of independence and self-sufficiency. We also provide women in crisis situations with information on additional advocacy services and prevention programs within our community.

The doors of Home of the Sparrow are always open. Utilizing all resources available, we strive to meet the needs of as many women and children as possible while keeping our waiting list at a minimum.

Jul 012014

The donation of July 2014 goes to:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - logoSea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Jun 012014

The donation of June 2014 goes to:

African Library Project - logoAfrican Library Project – Lesotho

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Our grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa. Our method makes a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents.

Lesotho is the home of the first African Library Project in Malealea Valley, begun in 2005. Since then, ALP has partnered with the U.S. Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, and local citizens to start/improve more than 239 community libraries; this includes libraries in schools and hospitals.

In 2009, Lesotho hosted the 2nd ALP African Partners Summit. Among other activities, the Summit featured library tours and the launch of a new tracking system to measure the progress of ALP libraries.

May 082014

Canary Islands
The donation of May 2014 goes to:

Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias - logoCáritas Diocesana de Canarias

Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias is organized in order to respond to the reality of the social exclusion of the diocese, with the basic criteria of the person who is the center of all action and activity.

The task of Caritas serves primarily in groups Caritas Parish, where the community organizes and chooses the service to people in vulnerable situations or social exclusion, and it is here where most exercises its voluntary social work.

To enhance coordination among the various parishes and with the aim of developing a common task Arciprestales Coordinators and the different territorial areas where volunteering is taking his pulse task set, all accompanied by a volunteer who will be the coordinator and arciprestal healing companion.

People arciprestales coordinators of the 21 deaneries of the Diocese of Canarias form together with the management team on Diocesan Council , a body that exercises the government corporately Caritas Canary executing the decisions taken earlier in the Diocesan Assembly, where it has representation all volunteers from Caritas.

The Management Team consists of the leadership positions, Deputy Director, manager / a, episcopal delegate and secretary general. Is the executive body of the Diocesan Council, and your task is to encourage and coordinate activities and actions Caritas de Canarias , and manage the General Diocesan Services, both in technical and volunteers that form as the material resources feature.

The General Services Diocesan develop a specific technical task in the service of Caritas de Canarias and volunteering. Its three main areas will be Social Action, where the direct intervention of people volunteering to giving it serviced greater professionalism accompany; from Institutional Development will take care that the projection of Caritas and the development of their work and attend to their identity and mission from Secretariat support will be provided and all administrative, bureaucratic and infrastructure task will run. You are three areas are divided into programs / projects / departments that are responsible for the completion of tasks.

[translation via Google Translate]

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