26 December 2010

The 12th Charity Of Christmas - Care - Let Her Live, Let Her Learn, Let Her Earn

Care is one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations and has helped millions of people since it's establishment in 1945. Their mission is:
"To serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, to promote innovative solutions and advocate for global responsibility. Facilitate lasting change by:
  • Strengthening capacity for self-help
  • Providing economic opportunity
  • Delivering relief in emergencies
  • Influencing policy decisions at all levels
  • Addressing discrimination in all its forms
Guided by the aspirations of local communities, CARE pursues its mission with both excellence and compassion because the people who are served deserve nothing less."

Care tackles poverty through teaching agriculture techniques and providing resources for income; through education; through health and nutrition; through economic development; and clean water, sanitation, and environmental health projects. Care's 60 years of experience means they have a very in depth knowledge of the roots of poverty.

Care's "Wake Up To Justice" campaign with the Full Circle Exchange supports Fair Trade, meaning that farmer's and women are empowered by being paid fair wages, working in cooperative workplaces, and through growing cocoa and coffee beans with environmental sustainability. I personally believe that fair trade ethics is the best way to eradicate poverty around the world. Families who make products that are sold the fair trade way are able to pay for their children to attend school, children don't have to work because the parents make enough money to provide for the family, people are most empowered when they get good wages for the detailed work that they do, and getting treated fairly in a work environment allows the workers to feel self-respect and raises self-confidence.
Click here to learn how you can help women 
beat poverty and live a life of freedom.

To learn more about Care International watch NBC's Today Show on December 29th, 2010.
Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs
The Progressive Mama

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