Falak Naz is a little 9 old girl who is scared and needs your help. She has no clue if she will grow up to be normal and needs to know she is not alone. If it was her reading this post about you.. she would not walk way by just “reading” this post .. like most of us do! She would donate a small sum and know it’s not another sad story.. it’s her reality! And an unfortunate one for her existence.
What if this was you or your daughter or granddaughter??
So please don’t just “read” this post and donate even if it is a small amount and feel good. We want you to feel good!! 🙂
This is her reality.. please read: http://www.givetheneedy.com/?page_id=1559
Recently an article “Inside the hidden world of thefts, scams and phantom purchases at the nation’s nonprofits” published in The Washington Post highlighted issues of financial accountability among nonprofits. The report examined embezzlement, fraud, and other irregularities at more than 1,000 nonprofits.
The Center for Investigative Reporting identified America’s 50 worst charities based on the money they diverted to for-profit solicitors over a decade. The reporters observed that there is a considerable gap between the total funds the charities collected and the amount spent on their actual cause. The CIR report implies that the charities with high overhead spending in the name of fundraising and other program expenses are dishonest. However, some philanthropists classify the program expenses such as salaries, advertising, research, fundraising, as overhead and consider these expenses to be legitimate for the large charities. They reiterate that if we cut down on these expenses, that are actually an investment toward achieving the charity’s defined fundraising goals and help solicit donations, we are likely to fall short on our goals.
When it comes to donating money individual donors will mostly give to charities close to their heart or those referred by the friends and family. Whereas for some donors it is not a simple matter to pick a charity that deserve their donation, and therefore they look at a nonprofit’s financial information to see how best the charity utilizes the funds it receives, most importantly, if they are keeping their overheads low.
On the other hand, a small charity is more likely to have low overhead and it may take some years for donations to grow enough to reduce the percentage spent on overhead. Therefore, small donors prefer new or underfunded efficient charities with low overheads’ where there funds will have greatest impact.
.. Hina Faraz
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.-
The spirit of giving is known to all of us, each one of us has experienced it in some way or the other throughout our lives. I feel that people are becoming more socially responsible now and the concept of giving back to the society has been elevated to a new level in the past few years. We observe with admiration how people, individuals and in groups, have reached out to help the victims of natural disasters and catastrophes around the globe. This spirit of giving to the least fortunate is the sign of a truly developed society.
Today, we see many celebrities generously giving away money to those in need across borders. Several have set up their own charities to raise money for causes close to their hearts. Millions have been raised in the process and spent on those who needed it the most. From small-scale, native charities to global philanthropic institutions across the globe all are working to improve the social and economic well-being and health of the poor and under privileged by supporting child health and nutrition, basic education for all, skill development and job creation. The philanthropists and charities are working to improve lives of the poor in different parts of the world, transforming lives of many every day. We need to put our trust in these people and play our part in fostering a culture of philanthropy that draws on generosity and helping others.
.. Hina Faraz
Poverty has a major effect on the lives of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world, especially in Africa and parts of Asia. Approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty (less than one dollar per day).
While talking of poverty, let us look at the various reasons for the persistence of poverty facing Kenya. According to a recent government survey, 16.5 million Kenyans – over half the entire population – live below the poverty line. The poorest communities can be found living in the barren areas in the north.
Since most of the land in Kenya is arid, it has suffered from frequent droughts over the years causing severe food crises in parts of Kenya, leaving millions of people facing malnutrition and starvation. Since Kenya’s economy depends heavily on agriculture, the effects of climate change have contributed to declining agricultural yields over the past decades. In addition, the population growth has outstripped economic growth, together with deteriorating infrastructure and extreme disparities of wealth has translated over time into declining income per head, worsening unemployment and thus increasing poverty.
Rural women are a particularly vulnerable category because they do not have equal access to social and economic assets. Subsistence farming is the primary – and often the only – source of livelihood for about 70 per cent of these women.
HIV/AIDS is most prevalent among young and middle-aged Kenyans, the most productive segment of the population. The illness leaves orphans and households headed by women that are even more vulnerable to poverty. The burden of waterborne diseases, malaria and HIV/AIDS weighs heavily on both the country and Kenyan families, affecting income, food security and development potential. (Source: IFAD)
In my view, and you all will agree that when communities invest in women and work towards eliminating inequalities from the society, their economies flourish and are less likely to be plagued by poverty. Educated and economically empowered women in return will raise healthier and better educated families contributing to an economically prosperous society.
.. Hina Faraz
Originally from Lahore, PK. I am now living in Irvine California due to my husband’s job here. I have been associated with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Pakistan, one of the leading universities of South Asia, for the past six years managing the affairs of the Vice Chancellor’s Office (equivalent to President’s Office in the U.S.). Much of my time these days is spent at home watching toddler learning videos and informational documentaries with my 2 year old daughter, thou it can be challenging at times but has its own sweet rewards too. Lately I have been thinking to use my energies and time for a cause, but I didn’t know where to start from and how to go about it. Luckily I met Mali Armand, Director of the Give The Needy Foundation at a friend’s place where I got to know about the foundation and the work it is doing to help families in need. Mali and her team exude a passion for this foundation that goes beyond a commitment to raising funds to improve the lives of women and girls in different parts of the world.
Volunteering for this foundation has awarded me the great gift of being able to help, to give my share to those in need. This is an absolutely satisfying feeling to be there for others. I am sure all of us are compassionate and giving and this is what life is all about. When I was a child I was told that each time you treat yourself with a fancy meal or dine out… think of it as your responsibility to feed a poor too. By giving away or sharing what you have you lose nothing, I believe whatever we give to needy is returned to us in some way, may not be in material gain and it may not happen right away.. but as the saying goes: “do good and good will come to you”.
You transform all who are touched by you – RUMI
We would like to thank everyone again for attending the event for Give the Needy Foundation on Saturday.
We really appreciate Samina Ahmad’s presentation on “Achieving Optimal Wellness” and enlightening us.
Please visit our web site givetheneedy.org to help us and donate for our cause.
Deborah is a 45 year old single mother of five girls. She lives in Kwangware, largest slum in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It has a population over 600,000 people. The living conditions are very poor; there is no access to piped water and no sewage system. The crime rate is very high in this area and due to the overpopulation diseases like HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are very common due to the poor sanitation situation. This community is trapped in the cycle of poverty for generations.
It is unfortunate that Deborah has to support her children under these conditions for a better future. Since she was abandoned by her husband; she does not have any property rights to a potential family home or to purchase any land. In developing countries, women have less access to property ownership, medical care, training and employment. She was mistreated by her husband and was never given support or freedom to accomplish her dreams.
She wrote us a letter in which she mentioned a tragic incident that transpired. Her ex-husband who abandoned her… not only had he married another woman; but he was tormenting and threatening her for the custody of her children to start a new life with his new wife. She wrote in distress that her ex-husband had barged into her house and started beating her up brutally. Her injuries were so severe that she was admitted in the hospital for three days. We took care of all her pending bills and medical needs to help her out. We are inspired with her strength that with all the trauma and hopelessness that surrounded her she appreciative of the help and support for her deprived kids.
This is one of many incidents we come across from various women who are abandoned to help them. Please help us support these families in need to break the cycle of poverty and also to help abandoned women of Kawangware and other slum areas of the world by providing them with food, shelter and help for their medical needs; for as little as $15 a month, you can become a part of our cause.
By Ayesha Mirza
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Let’s work to change that with Give the Needy Foundation.
3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
What is water crisis? It’s a situation where the demand for fresh water outruns the supply (water shortage). The two most dangers to global water stability are population growth and ground water depletion.
Human infectious diseases are the most common effects of water pollution. Some of the illnesses caused by water pollution are hepatitis A, typhoid, Gastroenteritis, Paratyphoid Fever, Shigellosis and diarrhea.
88% of cases of diarrhea worldwide are attributable to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene.
Some of the solutions to water crisis are reducing nutrient and pesticide pollution, reducing sewage pollution, improving storm water management, stopping deforestation, reducing pollution from oil and petroleum liquids, repairing old water systems, using less water for agriculture by using drip irrigation, increasing water conservation and focusing resources on watershed management.
In the future, water crises will become increasingly common. The world’s population is estimated to grow by three billion and 90% of this growth will be in the developing world. Unless sustainable water solutions are scaled fast, regions already stressed for safe water sources will be over capacity.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
My name is Ayesha Mirza and I am the treasurer of Give the Needy Foundation. In my opinion eradicating the extreme poverty and hunger is one of the main problems in the world. Child poverty is of urgent concern, yet understudied.
Give the Needy families we support
Countries or nations with an average income that is relatively lower than in highly industrialized countries, and are in the process of change toward economic growth. They are comparatively lower than the developed countries in terms of health care, literacy, and per capita income.
In most of the underdeveloped countries, people are unable to afford basic human needs, which include clean and fresh water, shelter, nutrition, healthcare and education.
Six million children die of hunger every year – 17,000 every day
There are many causes of poverty, some of which are overpopulation, unequal distribution of resources, inability to meet the higher standards of living and costs of living, medical care, inadequate education and employment opportunities and changing trends in economy and job markets. This epidemic is affecting everyone in any society. We should work together to eradicate this problem from our society and make it a better place.
‘Let’s help the children who live in poverty!’
– Elena Georgievska