Recommended Charities & Charitable Organizations

In order to fully express the principle of magnanimity, we need to give to others and help to make the world a better place through sharing time and financial resources. The following are some charities and charitable organizations which are doing a great job in transforming communities around the world, helping to overcome poverty and exploitation, and supporting educational initiatives, particularly for girls and orphans. I recommend that you look into these charities and charitable organizations and consider setting up direct debits or one-off donations to each.

 

Msingi wa Tumaini

Msingi was Tumaini literally means ‘Foundation of Hope’ in Swahili, which is the national language of Kenya. Founded in the UK in 2012 by the author of this book and his wife, Grace Bridgewater, Msingi wa Tumaini is dedicated to helping vulnerable children and girls to gain access to education. We also do child-protection training in Kenya and have had two successful training programs so far. At the moment, our focus is on the village of Uyoma in Western Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria, where there are a huge number of orphans who do not have access to clean water, education or school lunches. We have initiated a food programme which helps to provide maize meal for school lunches, enabling many rural children to access education at Gagra Primary School in Uyoma. We have also set up campaigns to deliver toys, books, school uniforms and sanitary towels to children at the school. Your donations will help to achieve these or other education and charitable objectives.

 

You can find more information and send donations at http://mwtumaini.org/ Please make sure to follow us on Twitter @mwtumaini (https://twitter.com/mwtumaini) and like our page on Facebook (search for Msingi wa Tumaini). We also have a JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/msingiwatumaini

 

Mona Foundation

Mona Foundation is a US-based charitable organization dedicated to providing fair education for girls. Amongst other things, they have helped a community-led project in Haiti to become a vocational training centre; they have helped an orphanage in Brazil to extend education to over 4,000 children per day; they have helped Zunuzi School in Haiti to become a haven for hundreds of students and families; in Panama, they have helped Badi School to become renowned for arts, music and community service; as well as Badi Institute in India, which helps to educate young rural and tribal women, so that they can become agents of change in their communities. You can find more information about Mona Foundation at http://www.monafoundation.org/

 

Tahirih Justice Center

This US-based non-profit organization, founded by Layli Miller-Muro in 1997, has helped nearly 19,000 people to escape violence. They have a vision of being able to help support every woman and girl who needs legal protection from violence. Currently, they are only able to help 1 out of every 6 women who reach out to the Center for help, so more donations are needed to help them to fulfil their objective. Some of the values of the organization include celebrating unity in diversity and recognizing men as essential to the achievement of equality and progress in society. For more information or to donate, see: http://www.tahirih.org/

 

Badi Foundation

Founded in Macau in 1990, Badi Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization. For two decades, the organization has been working to design and implement education and training programs with the goal of helping to develop the greater China region. In 2005, they launched the Institutional Capacity Building Program, which encourages the development of community-based organizations in order to contribute to sustainable social and economic development. For more information, see: http://www.badi-foundation.org/en/

 

Hope is Life Foundation

This is a US-based non-profit organization which works to create vibrant communities across the globe, with a particular focus on helping children. The organization’s goal is to eradicate illiteracy and provide hope for children, especially in parts of the world that suffer from extreme poverty. The co-founder and chairperson of the organization is Natascha Yogachandra. See http://www.hopeislife.org/ for more information.

 

Gocongo Foundation

The Gocongo Foundation, founded in the UK in 2009 and registered as a charity in 2011, is a not-for-profit organization which has started a primary school (Nakhjavani Community School) and a training centre for teenagers and adults. The organization is committed to developing human resources at the local level and provides for the needs of individuals, families and communities in rural areas within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. See http://foundation.gocongo.cd/ for more information.

 

Malala Fund

Malala Fund is dedicated to developing a world in which every girl can complete 12 full years of education. They invest in developing country education leaders, who can best understand girls and their communities, especially in regions where most girls do not have access to secondary-level education. They currently have programmes in Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya, as well as working with Syrian refugees. The organization was founded by Malala Yousafzai (b. 1997) and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, in 2013. For more information, see: https://www.malala.org/

 

LibriVox

Founded in 2005, LibriVox provides free, volunteer-read audiobooks which have been downloaded more than 400 million times. With no paid staff, no offices and no fundraisers, donations to the organization definitely go where you expect them to—keeping the servers and software systems running so that they can produce more and more free, downloadable audiobooks for the world to enjoy and benefit from. LibriVox really is a tremendous way to spread education and learn new things. All of their books are in the public domain and can be downloaded on any device, anywhere in the world. As of November 2016, the total number of completed projects in the catalogue was 10,918 recorded in 94 languages (5,700 of which are solo projects). The author of this book, Abú-Jalál NJ Bridgewater, has personally read many chapters and books for LibriVox as a volunteer, which can you download for free and enjoy.[i] For more information, see: https://librivox.org/pages/how-to-donate/

 

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a tremendous resource which stores websites (currently over 279 billion sites), as well as serving as a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, website and other resources. In the American Libraries section of the page alone, there are over 2,430,000 items, while the Community Texts section contains some 666,900 items, the Community Audio section contains some 1,520,000 items, and the Community Video Section contains some 369,000 items. Internet Archive is currently aiming to raise some $5,000,000 to support its continual running and expansion. See: https://archive.org/

 

Project Gutenberg

Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free digital books, which can be downloaded or read in a number of formats, including free epub and Kindle books. This is a wonderful source of free knowledge and information for the whole of humanity. All of the books may be freely read in the United States, where their copyrights have expired. Gutenberg also relies on continuous donations to continue its service to humanity. For more information, see: http://www.gutenberg.org/

[i] See: Nicholas James Bridgewater (LibriVox catalog page). Available online at: https://librivox.org/reader/1618 (accessed 23/12/2016).

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