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Half the world -nearly three billion people- live on less than two dollars a day.  
United Nations Development Program - 2007  


Merry Christmas!

**Merry Christmas

**New Project

**New Blog

 

Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here and I just wanted to thank all of you for supporting One Dollar Nation.  I hope that you enjoy whatever holiday you might be celebrating with your family and friends, and that 2011 has been kind to you.  Your continued support means a lot not only to those we help, but to me personally as well.  I am very thankful for your help, encouragement and faith as we continue to build One Dollar Nation.

 

New Project

Cambodia is one of the most landmine affected countries, and with over 25,000 amputees it has one of the highest ratio per capita in the world. This project will clear landmines in Banteay Ti Muoy, a village in northwest Cambodia with 3,484 residents, where minefields severely affect people's safety and ability to farm. Our goal is to be responsible for clearing 20 000 square feet of land in this village while helping to employ locally recruited staff.

For this project, we’ll be supporting The HALO Trust.  It is a British charity and American non-profit organization whose purpose is to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance that might present a danger to civilians.  HALO operates in ten countries and has nearly 8,000 mine-clearers.

You can learn more about The HALO Trust at www.halotrust.org.


New Blog

Find out what I want for Christmas on our blog .

 

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 December 2011 )
 
Update - September 7

**Modest Needs Project Closed

**Update on SchoolBOX Project

**Next Project

**New Site Coming Soon

 

Modest Needs Project Closed

 

We have closed out the Modest Needs Project.  Here's what your contributions to One Dollar Nation accomplished:

Helped a single mother help herself.
Helped a disabled grandmother fix her car.
Provided a computer for a single mom and her children.
Helped a woman in pain pay for her dental visit.

From the beneficiaries:


"I received a package from you today containing a laptop.  I was stunned.  I can only try to express how much this means to us.  I never thought I would be in this spot, but sometimes things happen that make our lives a challenge and I want my children to not worry about their lives.  You have definitely convinced me that we live in a "friendly universe"."

"The weight that has been taken off my shoulders and smile that it has brought and the thought that it was complete strangers that helped me makes me so humble and happy. Because of this gift, I know that I will be able to pay off my son's medical bills and put some money in there school lunches. I honestly did not know what I was going to do, school is starting next week and things are tight, but this will help me get what I need and help get me back on my feet"

"Your help has brought comfort and relief during a challenging period of the year for my wife and myself. When I explained to my wife, at the dinner table last night, that our request had been fully funded she was overwhelmed with emotion, emotion that 'strangers' reached out to ease her physical pain.  For all that you gave up, for your kindness we want to express how moved and touched we are that you reached out to us and helped."

"To all the wonderful, generous people who contributed to my auto repair. People like yourselves give all of hope that there is still someone who is unselfish enough to help out a total stranger. As soon as my finances allow, I will be paying it forward by giving to Modest Needs to help someone else out.  Sometimes we all feel that nobody is listening to anyone out there but obviously Modest needs has touched a spot that once went unnoticed.  Thank you and believe me it is truly appreciated."


Thanks to all of you, these hardworking people can stay above water and not be forced into poverty due to unforeseen circumstances.  You can learn more about modest needs at:  www.modestneeds.org

Update on SchoolBOX Project

 

 We received a letter from the good people at SchoolBOX and I wanted to share it with you:

"Thank you for including us in your projects this year.  We hope to reach over 12, 000 children in 2011 with the gift of a school package and access to education.  Your generosity goes a long way to helping us realise that goal.  Muchos Gracias." - Michelle

Here's a card we received from one such student:

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Next Project: 

Our next project will be announced in the next several days, keep an eye on the site for details.


New Website

Speaking of the site, we are hard at work on a brand new version of www.onedollarnation.org  While the current site has served us well, it is time for a facelift and some new features.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 October 2011 )
 
Update:
** Kits for Kids Update
** Our Next Project

Kits for Kids Project Update


We have completed the Kits for Kids project, and I'm happy to say that we have sponsored 6 kids in Lesotho who are in desperate need of our help.  Our donation will be used to provide blankets, soap, candles, firewood, school clothing, and other essentials to help orphans and disabled children live in comfort. Sponsored children have access to the Phelianong health clinic and are given the support they need to enroll in primary school.

Thanks to all of you, at least six struggling children will have the best year they've yet known.  You can learn more about this program at: www.phelisanong.com

Next Project

Our next project has been selected and I encourage you to take a look at their website.  It's a great idea that is helping to break the cycle of poverty, and I think it's something that most of us can relate to.

Modest Needs is an award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts for the low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten.

Contributions to Modest Needs allow low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses that we've all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, or the unusually large heating bill, for example.

You can learn more at www.modestneeds.org

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Our Next Project

The voting is completed and our next project will be the Kits for Kids program through Phelisanong.

The Kits for KIDS program aims to pair sponsors with orphans and disabled children in Lesotho. Funds are used to provide blankets, soap, candles, firewood, school clothing, and other essentials to help children live in comfort. Sponsored children have access to the Phelisanong health clinic and are given the support they need to enroll in primary school.

Sponsors sign on for a commitment, renewable annually, of $1 per day. Children are encouraged to communicate with their sponsors and send back photos, artwork, and letters whenever possible.

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 January 2011 )
 
June 28

***Vote now for our next project

***SchoolBOX

***Donate your old eyeglasses

***Kiva Update

 

The poll is up on the site for our next project.  The candidates are as follows:

Kits for Kids - Phelisanong

The Kits for KIDS program aims to pair sponsors with orphans and disabled children in Lesotho. Funds are used to provide blankets, soap, candles, firewood, school clothing, and other essentials to help children live in comfort. Sponsored children have access to the Phelianong health clinic and are given the support they need to enroll in primary school.

Sponsors sign on for a commitment, renewable annually, of $1 per day. Children are encouraged to communicate with their sponsors and send a back photos, artwork, and letters whenever possible.

Learn more at:  www.phelisanong.com

 

World Food Programme - Fill the Cup Campaign

There are now 1 billion people online.  There are also 1 billion people dealing with chronic hunger.  Bring one of life’s bare essentials to the world’s most deprived men, women and children.

It takes just 25 cents to fill one of the Red Cups that WFP uses to give hungry kids regular school meals. This food will not only feed bodies but also minds and transform lives.
 
It takes just one dollar to fill four cups with nutritious meals. Working together, we can build a world without hunger.

You can learn more at: http://www.wfp.org/node/222

 

Modest Needs

Modest Needs is an award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts for the low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten.

We do this by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses that we've all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, or the unusually large heating bill, for example.

Since 2002, by working together in this very 'modest' way, Modest Needs' donors have stopped 8,793 low-income individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival.

Learn more at:  www.modestneeds.org

 

SchoolBOX


We have concluded raising funds for the SchoolBOX project.  ODN has raised enough money to purchase almost 400 educational packages for the children of Nicaragua.  We are very proud to think that so many children might attend school because of our efforts, and can't thank you enough for your support in this.

 

Donate your old eyeglasses

We’ll be collecting prescription sunglasses to send to those without access to proper eye care.  We’ll be sending all the glasses we collect to Third World Eye Care Society Canada.  If you have an old pair of prescription glasses gathering dust, give us a call for local pick up (Ottawa area), or you can mail them to:

One Dollar Nation
11-300 Earl Grey Drive, Suite 114
Kanata, Ontario K2T 1C1
Canada

1-866-628-9386

This is an incredibly easy way to make someone’s life better.  Dig through your drawers, call your friends and gather up the gift of sight.  As an added bonus, the first person to donate five pairs can select who our next Kiva recipients will be. 

About Third World Eye Care Society Canada:

TWECS is a 100% volunteer registered Canadian charity whose mission is to collect old unused eyeglasses and distribute these eyeglasses in conjunction with eye exams given by properly trained individuals. The distribution of eyeglasses shall be in developing countries where, because of poverty or lack of availability of eye care services, individuals are unable to obtain eyeglasses and primary eye care.

 

Kiva Update

The six loans we made via Kiva have all been completely repaid.  We’re proud of the entrepreneurs that we supported, and wish them all the best in their endeavors.  While the amounts may have been small, the benefit was massive.  Below is an update concerning one of our borrowers in Peru:

Luz used her loan to purchase groceries to sell at her store. She says that her business has improved since she received this loan. She enjoys attending various training sessions. Luz's village bank is currently working on women empowerment and discussing how to eliminate domestic abuse and violence. Luz hopes to continue improving and expanding her businesses. Luz’s attached picture was taken on February 11, 2010.

The best part about this is  that we get to loan out the repaid funds again.   As mentioned, the first person to gather five pairs of prescription glasses and get them to us will get to select our next Kiva recipients.  

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Update: June 2nd

**SchoolBOX project

**Project Submissions

**Coming Soon

 

SchoolBOX project

We have concluded raising funds for the SchoolBOX project.  We don't have the final tally yet, but expect to purchase over 350 educational packages for the children of Nicaragua.  We are very proud to think that so many children might attend school because of our efforts, and can't thank you enough for your support in this.  Keep an eye on this page, we'll be posting more details soon.

Project Submissions

With the conclusion of the SchoolBOX project, we are now accepting submissions for our next project.  Several worthy groups have already been nominated, so get your suggestions in soon.  We will be accepting nominations until June 10th, at which time we will post the poll in our forums.  You can suggest a project via email, the forums, or our facebook page.

Coming Soon

We've received some updates on the loans we made through Kiva and will be sending these with our next email.  

We're organizing a couple of special projects locally this summer.  We're still in the planning phase, but should have things finalized within the next month.  We will likely be asking for some help with these, so if you're in the Ottawa area drop us a line if you'd like to take part.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Update - January 24th

**Next Project

**Haiti Relief

**PayPal Changes



Our Next Project

The voting was close, but SchoolBOX came out on top.  We'll be purchasing school supplies for children in Nicaragua.  Learn more below and at their site.


SchoolBOX

In Nicaragua many children don’t attend school for lack of the most basic of supplies. A notebook can literally stand in the way of a child receiving or not receiving a basic education.  SchoolBox provides an educational package with sufficient materials (notebooks, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler) for a student to study for an entire semester.  It is simple, cost effective and it works!

www.schoolbox.ca



Haiti Relief Efforts

We've received a lot of requests concerning the relief efforts in Haiti.  We encourage all of you to do whatever you can to help.  This is a tragedy of epic proportions and your help is certainly needed.  Having said that, our mandate is to vote on projects suggested by our membership.  There are many great organizations on the ground in Haiti already, and we ask all of you to support the ones you are comfortable with.  A couple that we recommend are:

Direct Relief International  www.directrelief.org

Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca

In addition to your financial support for Haiti, we'd like to ask all of our citizens to bring in a pair of shoes to your local SoftMoc location.  They are collecting donations of shoes and delivering them to the survivors.  You can drop off up to five pairs at any SoftMoc location until January 29th.  


PayPal/Donation Changes

It's been a long, long time coming.  After months and months of technical difficulties with PayPal, you can finally donate without leaving our site.  This makes joining One Dollar Nation much easier, and removes the need for a PayPal account.  We're very excited about this, it should have been this way from the start.  Now would be a great time to invite all of your friends, family and colleagues to join us.  It's never been easier.  Special thanks to John at PayPal for getting this sorted out.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Update: November 29th

**Facebook Migration

**Voting open for our next project

 

Facebook Migration

We're moving from our group on facebook to our page at www.facebook.com/onedollarnation   This will allow us to add more content and interact more with our supporters.  We appreciate your taking the time to become a fan and look forward to hearing from you.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.  

Voting open for our next project

We've closed out the Ryan's Well project and will have details soon.  The poll is now live in our forums for our next project.  The candidates, as suggested by you, are as follows:   

 

School Box

In Nicaragua many children don’t attend school for lack of the most basic of supplies. A notebook can literally stand in the way of a child receiving or not receiving a basic education.  SchoolBox provides an educational package with sufficient materials (notebooks, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler) for a student to study for an entire semester.  It is simple, cost effective and it works!

http://www.schoolbox.ca


Mobile Library Program

The Mobile Library Program provides library facilities and books to disadvantaged communities in, and around Jakarta, Indonesia.  Particularly in poorer areas, libraries are nonexistent even at the school level. This makes it very difficult for under-privileged children to practice and learn the joys of reading since most would not be able to afford to buy books from the store.  A token annual membership fee allows the children to learn to appreciate the library and books and develop a sense of ownership in the program.

http://www.yayasan-emmanuel.org//default.php?page_id=1


School Lunch Program

A lunch program ensures that children do not go hungry while at school.  $500 provides a six month lunch program for a school.  The Free The Children team implements the Adopt a Village program in rural and marginalized areas in Kenya, China, India, Sierra Leone, Ecuador and Sri Lanka. Designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities and eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education, Adopt a Village is made up of four pillars crucial to lifting communities from poverty: education, alternative income, health care, and water and sanitation.

http://www.freethechildren.com/whatwedo/international/

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Update: November 1st

**Ryan's Well

**Facebook Page

**Credit Card Renewals

**Next Project

 

Ryan's Well

We'll be closing out the Ryan's Well project shortly.  Our initial goal was to purchase a hand pump for a well that they're building.  I’m happy to say that we’ve surpassed that goal and will be able to make a significant contribution to their efforts.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the great work they’re doing at www.ryanswell.ca  


Facebook Page

We’ll be migrating from our current group on facebook to our facebook page at www.facebook.com/onedollarnation   This will allow us to add more content and be more interactive with our community.  We’ll be sending a message out this week to members of the group asking you to become a fan of the page.  We’d appreciate you taking the time to do so. 


Credit Card Renewals

A quick reminder for all of our citizens.  If your credit card has expired recently, you will need to update your credit card information with Paypal in order to keep supporting our efforts.  All transactions are done using Paypal’s system so as to ensure your information is kept secure.  We cannot update your credit card information via phone or email.  If you have any trouble doing this, we’ll be happy to walk you through the process, but we can’t do it for you.  Send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll do our best to help.

Next Project

It’s time for us to choose our next project.  If you have an organization that you’d like One Dollar Nation to support, post  in our forums or send us a message at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   We’ll be opening the voting on our site soon, so get those ideas in to us.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
Update - August 3rd

**ODN at Mischief Ottawa

**Kathy Waters run total

 

ODN at Mischief Ottawa

Mischief is holding an event at Suite 34 in Ottawa to support One Dollar Nation.  An informal collective of creative people in the communications industry, Mischief will be holding their first event in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 5th at Suite 34.  Keith will be speaking about ODN and our current project - Ryan's Well. 


 

For directions, see here.

You can view more details about the event on the facebook page.

From Mischief's page:

Join us on Wednesday August 5th, when Suite 34 will be transformed into the Liquid Lounge to raise awareness for One Dollar Nation, a project where we all decide how to change things for the better.  We're getting together for cocktails, and fun, with the hope that putting enough creative people in one room just might spark an idea that can save a life.  Make sure to come by for some good conversation, a performance by Alyssa Munaretto and the always excellent hospitality of Suite 34.

Update on Kathy's run

With donations still coming in, Kathy's 10k run for One Dollar Nation has already generated $980 CDN.   Her efforts translate into a handpump for a well through Ryan's Well.  Thanks to everyone who has supported Kathy in achieving her goal, and of course our deepest thanks to Kathy herself.  Your hard work will reward an entire village for years to come.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 )
 
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