Advocates for Africa's Children is currently focusing on Swaziland. Why Swaziland? Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world, leaving behind an estimated 100,000 orphans in a country with just under 1 million people. With AIDS taking so many of the family breadwinners and parents, too many orphans are left to fend for themselves. They are hungry and malnourished. Boys and girls resort to exchanging sex for a meal. Provision of basic necessities give the children hope for a better future and prevents abuse.
What you can do:
Founded in Hawaii in 1871, the Woman's Board of Missions aids women and their children throughout the Pacific Islands, wherever there is need. Partnering with sister organizations sharing common goals, Woman's Board of Missions offers whatever is needed to empower women to become self-sustaining, contributing members of their community. Survivors of domestic violence, women in transition, homeless families, incarcerated women, teachers-in-training, victims of human trafficking, recent immigrants from the Pacific Islands, survivors of natural disasters, and countless others are currently being served by the Woman's Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands, an affiliate organization of the United Church of Christ. Historically, many churches and several schools (including KCAA Preschools and Mid-Pacific Institute) owe their beginnings to the Woman's Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands.
What you can do: Donate! Donations of all kinds are always needed and appreciated. Current ongoing needs include:
* feminine hygiene products * school supplies ~ notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, erasers * small stuffed toys * art supplies *
* travel-size toiletries ~ especially shampoo, lotion, conditioner, body wash, soap, toothpaste * combs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes * women's clothing (in good condition) *
* gift cards ~ Longs, Walmart, Safeway * more feminine hygiene products * monetary donations in any amount * your prayers
To donate, please contact Rebecca directly. She will personally deliver the donated items or funds to the Woman's Board of Missions office for distribution where most needed, or as specified by the donor. You will receive a donation acknowledgment for tax purposes.
All of these organizations were founded by women, and most are currently being led by women in Hawaii.
YOU can make a difference today that will change another person's tomorrows.
Here are a few organizations I partner with that truly transform the lives and futures of the women and children they serve. It all starts with compassionate LISTENING and PAYING ATTENTION to those we wish to serve, rather than imposing our preconceived ideas of what we think they need. Some of the ways we partner with them include providing tools, micro-loans, scholarships, education, HIV/AIDS testing, clean water, financial and friendship support, spiritual nurture, food security, and training in entrepreneurship, human rights, leadership, job skills, vegetable gardening, or whatever they need to achieve self-sufficiency for the long term. It's offering a HAND UP, not a HAND-OUT.
The beneficiaries then pay it forward, changing the lives of their families, their communities, and the world.
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We're changing the world one woman at a time.
What we do:Help women survivors of war rebuild their lives.
What you can do:Your sponsorship of only $35 a month for one year provides job training, rights awareness, direct financial aid and leadership education for one woman, equipping her to be self-sustaining. Each woman then pays it forward, thereby strengthening her family and her community.
This small "resale boutique" accepts donations of gently used clothing, books, shoes, household items, furniture, toys, jewelry, handbags, etc. and offers them for sale to the public every Wednesday and Saturday 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Central Union Thrift Shop, located at 1660 S. Beretania Street in Honolulu, is staffed by dedicated volunteers.
What we do: The shop assists the homeless, families in transition, and others in need. Profits fund scholarships and various ministries benefiting women and children.
What you can do: * volunteer * donate * shop
147 consecutive years of service to women & children in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Islands