Well we did it ……. we successfully managed to make it through 4 years (48 months) together donating each month to some wonderful causes. I think we have learned and done magnificent things because we did them together. There only remains two projects to take the total tally to 50 which as the title of our group suggests is the ultimate target.
One Day’s Wages was our second project together and now it will be our second last.
In 2011 despite it being only our second month together our support for One Day’s Wages still stands as our most successful month. We had the most number of individual donors (33 people) and we collected the most money of any month in the 4 years ($4026). I hope that this month we can break that record.
A bit about One Day’s Wages ……..
I know many of you were as influenced as I when you first heard about the organisation One Day’s Wages and all that it has achieved. Here are a couple of really short videos to remind you of where they came from and what they are all about.
I would love to encourage each of you to consider donating the equivalent of one day’s to this months project. Be inspired, make a difference.
A bit about the ODW Congo Relief Fund ……..
The UN’s Human Development Index (an index that ranks nations based on the quality of education, living standards, and health care accessible to the population – Human Dev. Index) places the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) tied for last among all nations. This under-developed state in the DRC only fuels the country’s insecurity and helps create a power-vacuum in the absence of a functioning government that opens the door for the armed groups like Mai Mai militias, M23, and Lords Resistance Army.
The organized violence in the eastern DRC has given way to broader trends of sexual and domestic violence. In 2009 alone, there were 8,000 reported rapes. Today, gender-based violence continues to devastate the women of the DRC at an alarming rate. The empowerment of women is a vital step to alleviating poverty in a community. The violence we see in the DRC is not an isolated crisis, rather it’s completely related to the lack of value and equality that women have there, which further deepens the level of poverty.
A very clear statistic that highlights the potential of the DRC contrasted against the dire need is the fact that the DRC possesses over half of Africa’s water reserves, yet nearly half of the population lacks access to safe drinking water.
The issues in the DRC are complex. In order to help the DRC progress, One Day’s Wages has decided to work with multiple organizations in order to approach the issues from several angles. They are currently vetting potential organizations to partner with in the DRC around the issues of Education, Water, Women’s Empowerment, Health, and Economic Development.
To help launch this fund the One Day’s Wages Board has committed $10,000 from their General Fund to be allocated for the DRC Region Fund. We hope and belief is that individuals and groups like the 50four50 will respond to this call to action and help them surpass their initial goal of $50,000.
Now what can we do this month?
Please don’t forget to drop back here to let us know anonymously how much you donated this month.