Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Epic Change, Epic Thanks- Suggestion 7

I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving- as I'm sure you all do. I could think of at least 15 things right off the top of my head. 

Tonight, and for the next three days, I'm going to be celebrating Tweetsgiving- a global event that was started by Epic Changean organization that "amplifies the voices and impact of grassroots changemakers by sharing their stories in ways that raise visibility and funds to support their extraordinary efforts to create hope in our world". They've given voices to individuals and their efforts all over the world. And this Tweetsgiving- a concept they started two years ago- they are inviting all of us to be a part of Epic Thanks- a campaign that recognizes global gratitude for those who have chosen to live their lives as change makers in this world. 

This group is one of the most effective in rallying those on social media and getting folks to actually either contribute or participate in raising awareness. Throughout the week, they'll be hosting "Gratichats" (tweeted from @Gratichat)- interviews on Twitter with change makers about their work. I'm excited for the chance to both be interviewed and interview some amazing people! 

One of my favorite campaigns of theirs: To Mama With Love- a campaign that raised over $15,000 for a children's home in Tanzania. 

So here's the deal- money raised from this Tweetsgiving will go towards three "change makers". Here are their bios: 

Mama Lucy: 
Her village in Arusha, Tanzania did not have many good schools. So, she started a primary school in 2003 with money she raised from a small chicken farm.  I began with only 10 students.  She now serves more than 411 kids and her school is currently ranked #2 in her district out of 123 schools.  

Subhash Ghimire
After being the first in his family to graduate college, Subhash began work to build a school in Nepal to teach children peacemaking for a country that is recovering from years of war.

Mike Halley
Mike is a retired marine who started an organization for veterans returning from war. How does he do it? The goal of the organization is to provide service dogs to disabled veterans of all ages, to help these veterans overcome their invisible disabilities in order to become more productive and functional, and to inform the public of the need for service dogs other than seeing eye dogs.

Thanks to @stevejennings1 for nominating this wonderful organization. And gratitude goes to Stacey Monk for pioneering an amazing movement.
So what do you think folks? Should these guys win the cash?



Anonymous said...

Amy, thanks for teaching me so much for helping me others. I am thankful for having you as friends.-Sitara

Anonymous said...

Mama Lucy, Subhash Ghimi and Mike should win this they are helping so many people .