2017 was just the worst, wasn’t it? But we got out of bed, girded our loins, and got to work—hurray, Alabama! Whether at home or in the developing world, these excellent organizations need your generous help to climb the mountain that is 2018.
§ Indivisible. There are several organizations devoted to winning back our country for Democrats and/or progressives, but Indivisible is the most grassroots-oriented, with 5,800 groups across the country. Some of you may belong to a local Indivisible group already—if not, be sure to put it on your to-do list for 2018. If Indivisible were a right-wing organization, it would be rolling in money from the Mercers, Kochs, and other reactionary zillionaires—but since it isn’t, we have to fill the kitty ourselves. We can do that! secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/indivisibleproject
§ Afghan Women’s Fund. The women of this poverty-stricken, war-torn country still need education, health care, and human rights. The Afghan Women’s Fund, run by the redoubtable expatriate Fahima Vorgetts, builds and maintains schools, distributes school supplies to destitute children, runs literacy and computer classes, and provides nonviolence training for teachers and others. Donations have fallen off in recent years as new causes take the spotlight, but you can help change that. Current goals include constructing a school in Ghazni province that would be the only school building for girls in a 10-mile area. Estimated cost: $150,000. afghanwomensfund.org/donate
§ Canadian Harambee Education Society. This secular-humanist volunteer project funds school fees and support for girls in rural Kenya and Tanzania who have passed the admissions test for high school but cannot afford to go. You can sponsor a girl for $40 per month, follow her progress via letters, and change her life forever. You can also make a donation of any size, which will be combined with others. canadianharambee.ca/donate
§ Dr. Willie Parker Fund for Abortion Access in the South. Paying for an abortion is hard for low-income women everywhere, but especially so in the Deep South, due to restrictive laws, punitive social attitudes, and a severe lack of clinics. The National Network of Abortion Funds has set up a special fund for Mississippi and Alabama patients and named it in honor of Dr. Parker, one of the very few ob-gyns in the region who perform abortions. Your gift can give a woman back her life. abortionfunds.org/introducing-dr-willie-parker-fund-abortion-access- south