"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
These are all good answers... but they leave out the multitude of grassroots efforts in the developing world that have incredible potential or are already being highly successful -- and that desperately need support.
An article in today's BBC online tells about two web-based organizations that connect donors with micro-organizations that need them. The first (www.globalgiving.com) provides a sortable database of MDG-related organizations that are potential targets for your gifts. Once an organization meets its funding target, it goes off the active list and gets listed in the funded project catalog.
Globalgiving.com doesn't have a huge database -- currently about 300 are listed -- but that's because they are carefully vetted multiple times so you can be sure your money is going to something legitimate. And they are continually adding new organizations.
The second (www.kiva.org) is a microfinance program that allows you to become a microlender to grassroots businesses in Africa.
If you follow the links for each organization on globalgiving.com, you'll also see the depth of information (including staff bios and progress reports) that is provided. Take a few minutes and do it yourself.
Then pass this email along... and link to these sites on your sites.
EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."