UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project. One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand. But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities.
Learn more about the contest here: www.thelittlebigprojectthailand.com
On October 22, 2012, Hurricane Sandy formed in the western Caribbean Sea. What started as a tropical wave progressed to a hurricane in two days, making its first stop in Jamaica. Over the past week, Hurricane Sandy has made its way through Cuba, Haiti, most of the east coast of the United States, and eastern Canada.
The death toll has reached approximately 160, with 80 of the fatalities in the U.S. alone. As fatalities increase and survivors are left with limited resources to counter the destruction, our NGO partners are providing necessary relief on the ground.
Act now by donating to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts from our NGO partners:
Millions of people around the world are affected by domestic violence & human trafficking, but silence around these issues is still pervasive. Are you aware that, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States alone over 4.8 million women experienced intimate partner-related physical assaults, while less than 20 percent of those women sought professional medical care for their injuries? Did you know that over 300,000 children are forced into child prostitution?
Please join UniversalGiving's NGO partners working to bring awareness to an end this detrimental epidemic. Support their efforts to raise awareness, and provide support & comprehensive resources to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by donating today!
The rising cost of living in Uganda has led people to take to the streets in protest in recent days. Thursday, an intended solidarity “walk to work” day, turned violent as authorities reportedly used disproportionate amounts of force resulting in many of the peaceful protesters being taken to the hospital or to prison. In an attempt to halt the spread of these protests, many opposition political leaders have been arrested, including Kizza Besigye, the runner up in the recent presidential elections. As police continue to assault protesters with beatings, tear gas, rubber bullets, and in some reported instances live ammunition, civilians continue to pour in to local hospitals.
UniversalGiving’s partner Groundwork Opportunities is working tirelessly in Uganda to report the truth on the recent uprising and to provide support to the victims of police violence. GO’s team is currently working directly with the civilian victims of the demonstrations and have made direct contact with a local hospital in Kampala to help these innocent bystanders.
Media Sources: New York Times, BBC News, Groundwork Opportunities
How can you help Ugandans caught in the violence?
Support Groundwork Opportunities efforts by donating to their Stop the Violence in Uganda campaign. 100% of donations made through UniversalGiving will go directly to Groundwork Opportunities, and in turn they are sending 100% of donations to the Mulago Hospital in order to help them care for the victims of violence.
UniversalGiving was one of 15 organizations to win the Opportunity Knocks Fourth Annual Best Nonprofits to Work For Award after being nominated by a UniversalGiving employee. Opportunity Knocks, an online resource for those searching for jobs in the nonprofit sector, based their selection on essays submitted by employees and considered factors such as value of work/life balance, employee camaraderie, adherence to mission and more. While the award surprises no one at UniversalGiving, it is a great honor.
UniversalGiving is thrilled to announce our new partnership with The Carr Educational Foundation- Daraja Academy!
Founded by a Bay Area couple, The Carr Educational Foundation works to provide a transformative education to gifted African girls who would otherwise have few opportunities for a better life. The Foundation’s first school, the Daraja Academy in Kenya, offers students not only traditional classes, but also an education in areas such as sustainable gardening, sex education, and women’s empowerment so that, by the time they leave the school, girls have to tools to reach out to their communities and improve their life and their society. On top of all that- the school is the first free school in East Africa offering secondary education to girls!
Check out their organization profile page here
Watch Girls of Daraja, winner of the Jury Prize at the “Lights. Camera. Help” film festival:
The Girls Of Daraja
Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving's Founder and CEO, spoke at an event recognizing this year's recipients of the Cisco Silicon Valley Impact Grants.
The UniversalGiving Founder and CEO has been invited to serve as a panelist at Harvard Business School's Dynamic Women in Business Conference.