Happy Good Friday you guys! And Happy Easter to friends who celebrate it. I love Good Friday, for the obvious reason, that it’s the start of the long weekend, but this time it’s extra special for me because it’s Hulk’s birthday. We are spending it together, in my hometown, doing things he likes, mainly coffee and shopping.
I was thinking what to write for today, then I remembered of a draft I wrote for Christmas, but didn’t manage to post, because I got into a minor accident and got Miaw’s help to take over the blog and write Christmas post.
Today’s post is going to be a little unusual, it may even feel a little preachy, but I really hope that by me sharing it and you reading it, we make more effort to help less fortunate people out there by donating a very small portion of our fortune to these organizations:
I donated to Habitat for Humanity occasionally, whenever I got a salary increment or bonus from work while I was working in Singapore. They sent updates periodically and at times it had pictures of a family in front of their newly built house. Those pictures always gave me a warm feeling and a nudge to give my parents a call.
2. Kiva – A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Loan.
The best thing about Kiva is that it’s essentially a loan, which you can get back in terms of installments (like putting our money into a zero interest savings account instead of spending it on the things we wouldn’t even remember a month later). I lend $100 ($25 x 4) through Kiva since 2012 and have been re-lending the same money over and over again until today. Read more about Kiva from the book The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris.
3. Compassion International – It exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. – Sponsor a child.
I learned about Compassion International from my big boss. He once shared with me a letter he got from his “adopted” children in Brazil. I had never seen him so happy and proud of what I know was a little accomplishment compared to many things he has achieved professionally. I, too, wanted to sponsor a child and share the joy. So that night, I came home and chose someone that I could relate most to: a curly haired girl from East Indonesia. I can truly say that it’s a rewarding experience to know that I am sharing my blessings with someone else every month, someone who I only have letter correspondences with but always mentioned in my prayers.
This is the latest picture of her. She has grown quite a bit, super cute right? I hope we get to meet each other one day, soon. I also want to thank Hulk, who took over the account, when I wasn’t working last year.
4. CARE – It is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. Send a CARE package.
I have only sent once CARE package two years ago, and I couldn’t remember much of the details, but do check it out because there all are for good causes and many of them are time sensitive.
To be honest, as I mentioned before, I hesitated to share about my own insignificant part in these organizations, but maybe by sharing it, I am hoping we all can relate more to it. And speaking of insignificant, I also want you to know that even though I do all these things, my financial state never ever suffered (if anything, it only gets better due to good karma), because it’s such a small scale, that many of us, can easily do it. So what are we waiting for? Let’s start to do good on this Good Friday, however small it’s. Also, I want to know what other charities you believe in and support? Do share in the comment below.
A special mention of my blogger friend, Rima; an amazing cook and a registered nurse who is going to volunteer by using her medical background to serve people in Cusco, Peru in August. She is raising money to cover the cost and could really use our help by donating, spreading the word, or both. Thank you!