1. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. One of Africa’s foremost civil rights pioneers Nelson Mandela established the Children’s Fund in 1994. The main goal is to develop programs which empower and improve the well-being of children and youth. Visit www.nelsonmandelachildrensfund.com.
2. V-Day. Based on author Eve Ensler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues, V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls in 1998. Cutting edge and unapologetic, V-Day generates broader attention to issues such as rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery. Visit www.vday.org.
3. CARE. Founded in 1945, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to fight global poverty through community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunities and protect natural resources. CARE's underlying goal is to help people become self-sufficient. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. Visit www.care.org.
4. Keep A Child Alive. Keep A Child Alive has become one of the most recognized charities due to its celebrity driven campaigns. Notable celebrities include Keep A Child Alive's ambassador Alicia Keys, Bono, and Goapele. Established in 2002, Keep A Child Alive ALIVE is is dedicated to providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment to children and their families with HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world. Among the projects Keep A Child Alive is involved with are funding sites where AIDS Orphans can be cared for and providing funding for the training or employment of health care workers. Visit www.keepachildalive.org.
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(( Originally Published In MIMI Magazine's December 2006 Issue, Joy To Your World ))