Feb 012015

The donation of February 2015 goes to:

Room to Read - logoRoom to Read – school libraries

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

In order for children to become independent readers, effective communicators and lifelong learners, they need time to practice and exposure to a variety of texts. With age-appropriate reading material extremely scarce in developing countries, many children are expected to learn to read using only a single textbook. Our school libraries fill that void, providing both access to engaging reading material and a safe space to learn and play.

Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.

-Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

Jan 012015

Costa Rica
The donation of January 2015 goes to:

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children - logoFoundation for International Medical Relief of Children – Costa Rica

FIMRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs.

FIMRC is a self-sustainable organization with project related funding provided from business operations – the Global Health Volunteer Program engages approximately 800 individuals annually who volunteer their time abroad and make a contribution in exchange for the experience FIMRC provides. Over 90% of FIMRC’s revenue is derived from their volunteer program.

The donation has been earmarked for Project Alajuelita on Costa Rica.

Dec 012014

The donation of December 2014 goes to:

Frelsesarmeen - logoFrelsesarmeen (Salvation Army Norway)

The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest Christian social welfare organisations with more than 1,650,000 members working in over 126 countries. Frelsesarmeen, the Norwegian branch of the Salvation Army has many projects with which they help people in need.

I have earmarked this months gift for Frelsesarmeen Sarpsborg.

Nov 012014

The donation of November 2014 goes to:

Waterkeeper_Alliance-logoWaterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Waterkeepers defend their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water. Through Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers speak with a single, powerful voice as they tackle the world’s most pressing water issues. The Alliance stands behind every Waterkeeper, increasing their ability to function as community defenders in their efforts to protect the world’s waterways.

We connect individual Waterkeepers to each other, and support them by providing expertise in science, law, strategic planning and communications, making them more effective in their communities’ courtrooms and classrooms, and in the media.

Our proudest accomplishment is the depth and breadth of our member organizations and the unity of their vision for clean water and strong communities.

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 ]

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