Well, this is it. Tonight 2009 smoothly transitions into 2010. This is the time of year when we all ask ourselves, "Exactly what have I accomplished over the past 365 days? Have I made a difference? Have I been the change I wish to see in the world?"
Sometimes, we answer, "No."
We realize we got caught up in the details of life, in the minutia. We didn't always act the way we meant to act, or give what we could have given.
On 2009's deathbed, there is yet chance for conversion. Anne Frank wrote, "No one has ever become poor by giving." So let's give.
For years now, I've been in love with an American organization called Global Giving (which kinda sucks for me, as a Canadian, since I don't get tax credits). If you haven't heard of Global Giving, it's an NFP that allows you to give money directly to worldwide projects doing things you care about. You know exactly where your dollars are going.
Here are a few examples of projects you could support:
Give Trafficked Girls a New Future in Cambodia
The Transitional Living Center (TLC) is a quality aftercare program for about 20 girls each year that have been rescued from situations of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Free and Educate 300 Bonded Nepali Girls
This project rescues 300 young Nepali girls from bonded servitude and provides them with six years of education, which will enable them to graduate from high school.
Survivors of Genocide: Cambodia, Rwanda, Tibet
There are survivors of genocide and crimes against humanity with the courage and the need to tell their stories. We work to make this possible, sharing their stories with compassion and respect.
Trust me, you could spend hours reading about all the ongoing humanitarian projects on the Global Giving website. And, as you read, I'm sure you'll want to give what you can.
Just a New Year's thought.
Bright Blessings for a Happy New Year,