orin brought this project to my attention. A friend of hers is trying to raise $1600 for two charities with less than two weeks to go.
The charities involved are:
- NY chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Asha for Education (which supports educational programs for underprivileged kids in India).
All of the proceeds from this project go to these charities.
Yanking this shamelessly from aravist:
‘आशा = "asha" = "hope" in Hindi
hope of finding a cure
hope for treatment to make it more manageable
hope for a chance to learn and make it out of the destitute situation you were born into’
MS has no cure. The degrees to which it takes a hold of people varies. But it is never easy, and the research going into it can change people's lives. And for me at least, it is personal. That is why I offer a personal take on it because I’m just one person but there are so many others out there who are dealing with it and worse.
More about Asha for Education:
1. To provide education to underprivileged children in India.
2. To encourage the formation of various local groups across the world to reach out to larger sections of the population.
3. To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.
4. To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.
5. To provide opportunities to individuals living outside India who wish to participate in Asha activities in India.
6. To address, whenever possible, other issues affecting human life such as health care, environment, socio-economic aspects and women's issues.
(Via Asha for Education)
Privilege is something many of us are familiar with, in so many shapes and forms. Most of us finished high school or college, or are attending a university at the moment. Most of us had a choice, roofs over our heads, food and clean water, and clothes to wear. Most of us know the privilege of having control over our motor functions.
The money going to these two charities will help fund these two extremely important causes, and every dollar counts.
If the goal of $1600 is not reached by October 1st, the charities will get nothing (and those who pledge money will have their pledges returned).
We are so close to the goal -- only $368 away, and I am hoping that each of you are willing to show some support by pledging even just $1. And if you feel like you can't even give up a dollar, or don't have a means of payment online, (as is the case with me) then please spread the word by reposting this on your journal or link your friends to it.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Make this go viral. We need as much word of mouth and awareness as we can get on this project.
There are only two weeks left, and the money that will be raised to help these charities will go a very long way.
EDIT: Another friend brought an also awesome charity thing to my attention, though this one is more long-term, and can help a ton of different causes at the individual level! Check out http://www.kiva.org to look at how you can deposit a little money and help a lot of people with it by turns.