July 22, 2011

Charity of the Month for July 2011: Plan

7/22/2011 Posted by Mel Got Served
I'm a bit late on my July donation, which makes me feel a bit guilty. I was having a hard time finding something new to bring more awareness to (and thank you to my Twitter followers for suggestions). After Googling some terms, I happened upon a charity I hadn't really heard of before, but as soon as I read on the site, I loved it.

Plan is an organization in over 50 countries working to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. With so many children in this world struggling to get by, giving towards a cause like this is something I believe in. What I really liked about Plan is that you could donate in different ways, like sponsoring a child, supporting an issue, general donation, or the way I donated: a Gift of Hope. The Gifts of Hope are items you can purchase directly for the children and their families. They range from things as small as wrap for a newborn baby, to a girl's latrine system, to community gardens. As part of their I Am a Girl program, which promotes girls' rights to a safe childhood, a complete education, and a healthy family in developing countries around the world, I gave a Gift of Hope to that program. For only $25, I was able to give to childhood vaccinations that would protect a child from 6 of the deadliest diseases that kill millions of children. As the website says "You are literally saving a life" and it's on $25. Who can say no to that?