And I've been pretty impressed with the response we've been getting- considering that this is such a grass roots effort. I wanted to bring up one more thing - each individual can only vote 1x per day- forgive me for not clarifying. So please, when you vote, just leave your initials, your name, or your twitter handle. One vote per person each day, please!
On to suggestion three! (Thanks Rich!) World Neighbors- Inspiring People. Strengthening Communities. Another one I'd not heard of before this all started! So, what's this organization all about? Here's a bit from their website:
With over 50 staff located around the world, the organization works with the community and their leaders to develop solutions to the pressing issues- specifically hunger, poverty, disease and environment. The numbers are pretty amazing too- 500,000 people in 13 countries around the world benefit from the 70 programs. They've been around for a while too- almost 60 years, providing education and support to over 25 million people. But in all the numbers one thing is consistent- they don't give away material goods. From their experience, working with the leaders to create ownership of solutions has been the most effective.
To offer an example of how their staff works- in order to address the issue of hunger, World Neighbors offers support and education in sustainable farming. They provide support for savings and credit, seed and grain storage banks, processing and marketing of products, and income generation through small enterprises. All of these programs have a rich education component- training the community to do what it wants to do- create better lives for themselves and their families.
World Neighbors has a network program called Work of Women or WOW, a network much like Opportunity International's WON, where women can come together and work on behalf of other women in the world through fundraising, education and awareness. WOW! provides ample ways to get involved too- like their Walk for Women and offering ideas on how to throw a party for a cause.
Got to say- impressed by what I've seen. It's been around for a while- doing work in 4 key areas (love the environmental piece!) and recognizes the importance of women in dealing with the effects of abject poverty.
So what do you think? Should they get the money? Remember, every comment = 1 vote!