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There are still around 1 billion people living at the margins of survival on less than US$1 a day.  
United Nations Development Program - 2007  


Past Projects

The HALO Trust

The HALO Trust  is a non-political, non-religious registered British charity and American non-profit organization whose purpose is to remove the debris left behind by war, in particular, landmines and unexploded ordnance that might present a danger to civilians. HALO has remained faithful to its mission statement, "getting mines out of the ground - now" and has cleared more mines than any other comparable organisation.

HALO operates in ten countries and has nearly 8,000 mine-clearers.

Learn more at www.halotrust.org

 

Modest Needs

Founded in 2002, 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 9,570 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.

 

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

 


 

Kits for KIDS

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 back photos, artwork, and letters whenever possible. One-time donations are also warmly welcomed.  You can learn more at:  http://www.phelisanong.com/handicrafts/

 

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!

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.

 

**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

Be sure to check out the card we received from one such student at:  http://www.onedollarnation.org/images/stories/card%20sized.jpg

 

 

 Ryan's Well

The mission of Ryan's Well is to BUILD, EDUCATE and MOTIVATE.  Our BUILD program supports water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in partnership with local non-governmental and community based organizations in developing countries.


The Ryan’s Well Foundation grew out of the commitment of one boy, Ryan Hreljac, who learned of the great need for clean and safe water in developing countries. At age seven, Ryan's first well was built in 1999 at Angolo Primary School in a Northern Ugandan village. This well continues to serve the students of Angolo Primary and the surrounding community with safe water. Ryan continues to engage youth around the globe and inspire countless people of all ages to take action in the quest to provide clean water, improved sanitation and health and hygiene education to those who need it most.

You can learn more about Ryan’s Well at:  http://www.ryanswell.ca

 

LifeStraw - Rotary International

 **Update**

Late last week, we purchased approximately 300 LifeStraw portable water purifiers through Rotary International.  These devices are an incredibly easy way to provide safe drinking water to people without access to clean water sources.  The LifeStraw is portable, and can provide up to a year’s worth of safe water to the recipient.  They will be distributed to children of the Masai tribe in Tanzania through Rotary International.  They have distribution infrastructure in place, and expect them to hit Tanzania in approximately 8 weeks. 

Thanks to all of our citizens who made this possible.  With 4500 children dying daily from water related diseases, this is a project that will have an immediate and dramatic impact on the lives of the recipients.  To learn more about the LifeStraw and to find out why Forbes called it “one of the ten things that will change the way we live”, follow these links:

http://www.gizmag.com/go/4418/

http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw.htm

Martin Brody from Rotary International sent us the following note:

Thank you so very much for helping us make a difference.  As I mentioned our objective is to provide children in Tanzania and Kenya with Lifestraws as a temporary solution while we try to raise money to implement wells which will be sustainable.

 We hope to have film put up on our web site sometime in september - so stay in touch and I will keep you posted.

Thank you for your support

Martin D. Brody

 

Half of the world's poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people - mainly children - die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water.  LifeStraw® personal is a portable water purifier that effectively removes all bacteria and viruses responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. LifeStraw® personal requires no electrical power or spare parts and can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean water.  The cost to provide a LifeStraw to a person in need is only $5.  $5 buys someone safe drinking water for a year.


The distribution of this product will be through the infrastructure of Wheel Chair Foundation (created by Rotary Ft. Lauderdale chapter) which provides wheel chairs for those in need around the globe. This ensures successful arrival within the target country, the avoidance of expensive import duty taxes, and the facilitation of delivery to local Rotary Clubs for successful field distribution and training. Rotary will be working closely with the Vestergaard Frandsen field personnel for training purposes.


Microfinancing

Our current project is to provide a loan to an entrepreneur in the developing world through www.kiva.org .  We  hope to help a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), we can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when we get our loan money back, we can relend to someone else in need.

 

*update* 

 

We have made loans to 6 entrepreneurs in the developing world through the good people at Kiva.  Our loans total $1200, which is great considering the timeframe involved.  I am extremely proud of these loans, and happy at what we’ve managed to do thus far.  These people are struggling to improve their lives and your donations will have an immediate effect on their situation.  What’s even better is that once they repay their loans, we can then lend the money out again to others.

If you haven’t taken a look at the Kiva site , I highly recommend it.  I should also mention that 100% of our donation goes directly to the recipients.  You can learn more about the recipients on our page at Kiva .  We’ll be receiving updates on their progress and tracking the repayment of the loans.

 


Dairy Cow

We've partnered with the people at Heifer International to reach this goal. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day - enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements. And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that's a gift worth giving! A donation of $500 is enough to provide a heifer and training in its care, that brings health and hope to struggling families. Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal's first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.

"The idea behind Heifer ... is similar to the notion that it's better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself than to give him a fish that will feed him just once. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community."

 

 
 
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