Studies show that experiences, not possessions, are what make people happy. So this holiday season, make yourself happy by experiencing helping others through year-end donations to these fine groups.
1. Partners in Health. When the earthquake struck Haiti in January, PIH was ready with emergency aid. That’s because it’s been there for twenty-five years, providing community-based, respectful, holistic healthcare to the poor. PIH also operates in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Russia, Kazakhstan and the United States. If healthcare really was a human right, PIH is what it would look like. Partners in Health, 888 Commonwealth Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215.
2. National Center for Reason and Justice. It’s great that courts take child molestation more seriously these days, but what if the accused is innocent? Jesse Friedman, Bernard Baran, Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen are just a few of the unjustly convicted defendants—male and female—who have received crucial support from the NCRJ. This scrappy group operates on a shoestring, but even a shoestring isn’t free. NCRJ, PO Box 191101, Roxbury, MA 02119.
3. Ubuntu Education Fund. What does it take to change the life of an HIV-affected or -infected child in South Africa? More than a cup of soup or a soccer ball—it takes an investment in raising a whole child. Based in Port Elizabeth, UEF is assisting 40,000 orphaned and vulnerable children to reach university and the world of work by providing them with lifesaving healthcare and essential educational resources. Help South Africa fulfill its promise by supporting its poorest children. Ubuntu Education Fund, 32 Broadway, Suite 414, New York, NY 10004.
4. The Global Fund for Women’s grantees in Gaza. Since 1991, GFW has supported Gazan women’s organizations focused on gender equality, women’s and children’s rights, economic self-sufficiency, health and education. Among their activities: teaching computer skills, job training, cancer screening, helping girls stay in school, producing a radio program on women’s rights, spreading the word about women’s legal rights. (For a list of grantees see globalfundforwomen.org.) The recent war and the Israeli blockade have put enormous pressure on these groups and the women they serve, with trauma and homelessness added to the already difficult conditions of daily life. You can support all of GFW’s grantees with one check made out to the Global Fund for Women with Gaza/Palestine on the memo line. Global Fund for Women, Thara Jinadasa, 222 Sutter St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94108.