Besides helping women get loans to start businesses, there are tons of other ways to help. You can help provide safe baby delivery for $68 or help girls stay in school by providing $30 feminine hygiene kits (a big reason teen girls have to stay home or even quit school). Check out all of Care.org gift options: http://gifts.care.org/categories.
How can you make a difference by having dinner with a group of interesting, vibrant women?
I’ve recently joined Dining for Women, and it is the greatest thing! Once a month we have a potluck dinner where we learn about an organization that is helping women around the world (a different one each month). You bring a dish (often from the country of that night’s topic) and also the amount of money that you would have spent had you gone to a restaurant instead. That money goes toward the charity that we learned about. As a result of these small, fun dinners around the country, Dining for Women has given $2.8 million since 2003 to dozens of global grassroots programs that benefit women in extreme poverty.
The organizations have all been vetted by Dining for Women, so you feel good about where your money is going. And, you enjoy delicious, homemade food while having stimulating conversations with like-minded women. What could be a better way to spend your night? Find a chapter (or start one!) in your area.
What are other people doing to make a difference?
Here are some inspiring stories of people making a difference around the world:
It all started with a case of job burnout. As an overworked Microsoft executive, John Wood escaped to Nepal for a much-needed backpacking getaway. While hiking in the Himalayas, John met a Nepalese “Education Resource Officer” who invited him to visit a school in a neighboring village. Little did John know that this short detour would change his life forever. John emailed friends asking for help collecting children’s books, and within two months had collected over 3,000 books. He started an organization called Room to Read, which is on track to reach 10 million children by 2015. Learn more…
Five years ago, Lisa Shannon watched the Oprah show and learned about the savage, forgotten war in Congo, played out in atrocities such as mass rape. Today, she’s rebuilding lives there. She amazes me!
(This video about Lisa is not for the faint of heart. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. )
Gigi is a woman who traveled the world, volunteering and experiencing other cultures. And from her last post (back in 2009), it looks like she she is adopting a child that she fell in love with along the way! As she puts it:
So the beautiful blog I have created about travel has just died in this very instant. And the beautiful life I am living has just begun.