Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday--Mom Bloggers For Social Good Featurette

I am so very proud to be a founding member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good.  I blogged about this when the site went live, but a lot has happened since I last spoke of them.  Curious about it?  Read on. is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

This is one of their newest partners, and some of the facts I have read on the site just tug at my heart.  
  • Every 20 seconds, a child died from a water-related illness.  
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
  • The number of people who lack water in the world exceeds the population of the U.S. times three.
  • The majority of illness is caused by fecal matter.
  • More people have a cell phone than have a toilet.
So what can we do about the water crisis? works with members of the communities affected to bring about change.  But you can imagine that is easier said than done.  And not everyone can interact with communities that need clean water.  

  • Sign up for the newsletter on their site.
  • Participate in fundraisers.
  • Join with and help a community.
  • Get the word out--use your voice!

February 29 is World Rare Disease Day.  
1 in 10 Americans are affected by RARE disease and more than 350 million people are affected worldwide. 75% of RARE diseases affect children and 30% of children with a RARE disease will die before their 5th birthday.

The Global Genes Project is trying to bring more awareness of these rare diseases because, unfortunately, only about five percent of these diseases have cures.  

And here is specifically what you can do:
What you can do:
  1. Join the “1 Million for RARE” movement and like the Global Genes Project Facebook page:
  2. Tweet @GlobalGenes. Use #1Mil4RARE
  3. Forward to a friend!

More Than Me is another partner, and this one tugs at my heartstrings.  Its mission is to help young girls in the slums of Liberia go to school.  Not as easy as it sounds.  These girls are coming out of poverty, prostitution, and situations where they may have even been raped.  There are lots of ways to help, and here are just a few.

  • Donate your birthday.  
  • Host a ladies night (this sounds really cool!).
  • Volunteer.
  • Sign up for their newsletter.
Find specific information about these opportunities here.

Did you make any resolutions this 2012?  A lot of us make the ones about weight loss, organization, etc.  But are any of these going to make a difference in anyone else's life but yours?  Sometimes I think that we become very egocentric, and we forget that there are other people in this world who need help.  We focus on how bad things are for us, and we forget that there is always someone else out there who has it worse than us.

Resolve this year to volunteer more.  The Mom Bloggers For Social Good Blog has some terrific ideas to implement this resolution.  The best thing I read was to do good this year--intentionally!  I promise you that it just won't happen.  You know that.  You have to plan for that, and Volunteer Spot can help.  And they make the sign-up promise very easy and user-friendly.

Hopefully there is something that spoke to everyone here.  I promise you that if you start helping others this year, you will feel much more fulfilled, and you will be less stressed.  God created us to help each other in a community.  We are not intended to be hermits and loners all the time.  (And this advice comes from a loner!)

Are you a blogger who would like to become a member of the Mom Bloggers for Social Good?  There is still time to sign up.  Just click here.  You'll be so glad you did!  Together, we can make a difference!


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