www.globalgiving.org/donate/1429/arts-for-all/ ) Arts for All is an arts outreach organization serving in-need children ages 4-19 in greater New York City. Professional artists work with children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge. They hope to open children’s eyes to artistic skills they may not realize they have, to possible artistic careers, and/or to positive alternatives for releasing energy and creativity.As a member of GlobalGiving’s “Pay It Forward Challenge,” I made a $25 donation to the Arts for All ( India Literacy Project . Their goal is to establish 100% functional literacy in India! This begins with educating 3,600 kids in Jharkhand, India, a region with a largely trial and uneducated population. The India Literacy Project hopes to achieve 100% school enrollment and retention of kids in school for 10 years. My $25 donation helped 23 pre-schoolers to enjoy school. What an awesome gift!
Waves for Water ( www.globalgiving.org/projects/karma-kit-w4w-and-clean-water-courier-missions/ ) Many of the places surfers travel to find the best waves also happen to be places where local citizens have little access to clean water. Waves for Water’s Karma Kits contain a filtration system, a canteen, fin key, surf wax and other needed items. When surfers arrive in a village without clean water, they can provide filtration systems to villagers to give them access to clean water for years to come.
Sanitary Pads in Uganda ( www.globalgiving.org/projects/girl-support-project-in-uganda-africa/ ) In Uganda, drop-out rates are high for rural girls, often because they are forced to miss several days of school each month during their periods. The people behind this project in Uganda work to keep girls in school by providing pads, women mentors and teachers, girls-only bathrooms and education about puberty, menstrual cycles, and safe sexual practices.
Alternative Livelihoods and Elephant Rescue Thailand ( www.globalgiving.org/projects/elephant-rescue-thailand/ ) Elephant Rescue Thailand is working to move as many Asian elephants, an endangered species, from circus life back to the wildlife. Living in natural social herds in the forest has a tremendous impact on elephants’ psychological health and provides a balanced diet, dramatically increasing life expectancy. They’ve thought of the elephants’ owners too -- they have included a training program to help both elephant and master live a longer, better, circus-free life.
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