Charities Working to Improve the World


With the holiday season quickly approaching, The Huffington Post recently completed an article to provide a charitable gift guide, which included several nonprofit organizations that are very transparent in how they employ their cash and time donations. The organizations listed also have a global focus, as they work to make the world a better place with every dollar donated.

Tostan Charity

The first organization mentioned is entitled Tostan, founded by Molly Melching, with an emphasis on ending female genital mutilation, otherwise known as FGM. Melching started with a simple approach—providing courses in her backyard to spread the travesties of those who have suffered from FGM. Through this small town approach, Melching realized that aggressiveness did not lead to effectiveness; she made it her goal to help her participants become activists. As this transformation occurred, her message spread from village to village, leading the organization to become a global effort. Since 1991, seven thousand communities have pledged against child marriage. Three million people have sworn against FGM and nineteen thousand women have managed to enter a leadership position within their community.

Esther’s Aid
Esther’s Aid is an organization that was started by Clare Effiong, with the sheer purpose of helping New York’s children in need. However, after Effiong took a trip to Rwanda in 2000, she altered her goal, addressing those affected by the Rwandan Genocide. The organization seeks to invest in the education of children in need and, through this goal, has shown the power and potential of those previously neglected children. Last Mile Health is mentioned next, an organization rooted in the belief that a lack of healthcare is a matter of inequality. Raj Panjabi, the organization’s founder, has long served on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis. Through this battle, Panjabi has managed to revolutionize how healthcare is delivered to these struggling communities. He has been so successful as to earn Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s complete faith; Sirleaf has appointed Panjabi as the leader of the fight against Ebola. But his efforts are not only based in Ebola; Panjabi has worked to train healthcare workers within the rural villages that need it most. In the process, the individuals are able to help beyond health crises, and create sustainable impact.

Born Free Africa
The goal of the organization is neat and clean—end early childhood HIV infections by 2015. Superficially, the goal should be an easy one to obtain; most cases are completely preventable through the use of one daily pill. However, many organizations have tried and failed in the past. Fortunately, that appears to not be the case for Born Free Africa; in the time the nonprofit has been working towards their goal, the number of new HIV infections is already decreased by forty percent.


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