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Camfed - www.camfed.org
Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) was founded in 1993. Camfed fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women to become leaders of change. Today, the organization works with 3,667 schools in rural parts of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi. It has provided support for more than half a million children to attend primary school and countless others to attend secondary school and obtain advanced degrees. We like this organization because of its focus on African girls.
Nepal Youth Foundation - www.nepalyouthfoundation.org
The Nepal Youth Foundation, based in Sausalito, California, brings together the best of two worlds – the resources of generous donors in the developed world, and the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of destitute children in Nepal. In addition to education, NYF provides programs that rescue girls from indentured servitude and that give abused children a safe home. We like this program for its holistic approach to caring for children, providing help ranging from housing and health care to life-enhancing services, like education and counseling.
Nurse-Family Partnership – www.nursefamilypartnership.org
Nurse-Family Partnership focuses on first time moms, in the United States, by supplying nurses to provide support for moms to become knowledgeable and responsible parents who can then provide their babies with the best possible start. We like this organization for their direct impact on children.
Partners In Health – www.pih.org
Partners In Health is committed to improving the health of the poor through access to health care, education and public health policy. Their model has been replicated in 12 countries – combating disease and poverty by partnering with communities. Rooted in social justice their motto states, “We listen. We learn. We Serve.” We like the commitment to providing a voice for the voiceless and powerless through health care and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable.
Polaris Project - www.polarisproject.org
Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach. Polaris Project protects children from sex trafficking and forced labor. The group's efforts are concentrated in the U.S.A. and Japan. We like this organization for its 24-hour hotline available to assist trafficking victims, including children and youth, and to dispense and receive information on trafficking issues.
Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org
Room to Read is dedicated to promoting child literacy in the developing world. We like this organization because of their special focus on using local language reading materials – they even publish high-quality children’s books in the local language.
Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org
Save the Children works in 120 countries to save impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children who are at risk of or affected by natural disaster, conflicts and ethnic violence. It combats the exploitation and trafficking of children. We like this organization for encouraging donors to change two lives forever: you and the life of your sponsored child.
World Vision – www.worldvision.org
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities throughout the world to overcome poverty and injustice. The focus of the organization is divided into five major areas: emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice. We like them for their sponsorship of a half a million children and their ability to connect a specific child to a donor.
Global Grandmothers Criteria for Charities
Our recommended charities have a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator and also meet the criteria of Charity Watch, GiveWell or Wise Giving. These charity watchdogs, listed below with their websites, use various criteria to assess the quality of a non-profit organization:
Our recommended charities also appear, and have been filtered through, two social networking websites where reviews are posted but no criteria for recommendation has been standardized:
All charities are reviewed annually, or as additional information warrants.
We recognize that you may wish to give to charities of your own choice to fulfill your Global Grandmothers pledge. We hope you will review those charities to establish their transparency and effectiveness. The websites we list above offer good tools for that purpose. These websites also appear, with more information, on our Resources:Charity Watchdogs page.
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