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October, 2016
  • Meghann Riepenhoff

Charlie's Short Takes

Charity Voices

  • Global Awareness Day
    The month of October has numerous Global Awareness days related to extreme poverty. We hope you'll use these as an impetus to increase awareness in your social circles about the many debilitating health issues that poverty causes, and the great things our Recommended Charities are doing to address these issues. Your support of this work is a great way to share some of our good fortune with those who have not had such luck.

    October Global Awareness Days
    11     International Day of the Girl Child (All of our Recommended Charities)
    13     World Sight Day (SevaFred Hollows Foundation)
    15     International Day of Rural Women (All)
    16     World Food Day (Oxfam, Project Healthy Children)
    17     International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (All)
    21     Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day (IGN, GAIN)
  • “In East Africa, life for the blind is paralysing. Many women are too poor to afford the bus fare to the clinic or hospital, or for a family member to stop work for a week to take them there.” Dr Ciku (Wanjiku) Mathenge is a highly-trained senior ophthalmologist who has transformed the lives of countless people. During her career, Ciku has witnessed several positive changes to eye health in the region, but there is still a noticeable disparity between the rate of blindness in women and men. The answer to this problem, Ciku believes, lies in education and training. 
  • On October 24-28, the global Micronutrient Forum will be held in Cancun, Mexico, covering a wide range of topics related to reducing micronutrient malnutrition, or “hidden hunger”, with a focus on women’s nutrition. Three of TLYCS’s recommended charities are featured this year: Project Healthy Children (PHC), Iodine Global Network (IGN), and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
  • At Give Directly, we have good news and more details to share on our work to launch a first-of-its-kind test of a basic income guarantee. 

    Thousands of donors have come together to support the effort, with total commitments at $21 million and $9 million to go to fully fund the study. We are now preparing to begin payments to an initial pilot village in late October. This will test the operational details of the model and also generate qualitative insights which we will then feed back into the ultimate quantitative evaluation.

Highlights from Our Blog

Team Picks

  • In addition to being a fantastic volunteer for The Life You Can Save, Nick Hopkinson hosts the Britpop Revival podcast.  Definitely worth a listen! 

    --Jon Behar
      COO & Director of Philanthropy Education
  • Revisionist History is the new podcast series from renowned author Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point, Outliers, The New Yorker) in which he goes in depth on an overlooked and forgotten topic or event. Always entertaining and engaging, the whole series is a delight, but I've picked out this episode, My Little Hundred Million.

    In it, Gladwell looks at educational philanthropy and why the biggest donors flock to those universities that already have unspendably large cash reserves rather than those where the donation could do the most good.

    --Nick Hopkinson, 
      Director of Development, UK & Europe
  • This Guardian article about a wonderfully successful anti-stunting program in Peru is well worth celebrating, especially in light of this month's awareness days for supporting women, girls, healthy food, and overall poverty eradication. Key to the program's success was "coordination between government ministries, regional governments, health professionals and NGOs," the types of multi-stakeholder partnerships that all of our Recommended Charities are dedicated to and that make their anti-poverty work so effective.

    --Amy Schwimmer
    Director of Operations
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