Every month I choose one great cause to share here. This is in response to all the emails I get asking me for ideas about ways that you can help make a positive difference in the world.
On this site I make a point of letting you know that all opportunities to “help” are not equal. You can read my post on effective aid for links to many more great posts about examples of bad aid. But that’s not going to help you make good choices. That’s where these monthly choices come in.
I’ll generally be linking to a specific request for help, but sometimes I might write more generally about good aid organisations and the ongoing ways in which you can support them.
Maggie has worked with the local community in Surkhet, Nepal to build a home for orphaned, street children, child laborers, ex-child conscripted soldiers, and abused children. The mission of Kopila Valley project is:
To create a self-sustainable living community for destitute children that provides their most basic needs and also contributes to post-war recovery and peace in the nation of Nepal.
Having built the home, Maggie and her colleagues are now building a school. They work closely with the community and they plan to expand the project to include programs with women in the community, which is one very constructive way to support children.
You can read more about the school on Maggie’s website, and you also can find out how to help the work she is doing in an ongoing way.
Maggie has also founded BlinkNow, a “grass-roots organization working to empower young people to become pioneers in developing their own solutions to world poverty”.
Here’s what Maggie has to say about the philosophy behind BlinkNow:
We believe that to solve any problem one must reach the source. Our organization operates at the grassroots level of community and focuses on promoting sustainability and self reliance in everything that we do. This organization will not offer the band-aid solution or quick fix money to individuals. We believe that if given the proper tools and initiatives, people and communities anywhere in the world can raise themselves out of poverty. We will focus on building and growing the communities we work within as a whole, by implementing programs that reach the poorest and benefit the whole.
Maggie may not have an advanced degree in international development, but with an enquiring mind, an open heart and a willingness to learn, she has built a sustainable development model. I admire Maggie and am always happy to support her work.
This month Maggie is dreaming big. Having managed with only a scooter and bicycles for years, Maggie has decided that it is time to purchase a vehicle for the home.
Here’s what she said:
“The time has come for us to purchase our first vehicle and we need your help! Our growing numbers, the new school set to open next month, our recent bout without water, and the political unrest have made it clear that for our safety and utility, we have outgrown scooter/bicycles/walking as our sole means of transport.”
You can visit the ChipIn page that has been created for this request to read more about how Maggie and the Kopila staff will use the vehicle, which include: hauling food, building materials and groups of children; emergencies and visiting children in the outreach program.
More from Maggie:
We will need at least $20,000 for a decent SUV/jeep or truck that will run more than ten years. My dream would be to buy a Nissan or Toyota. I can look into vehicles on my trip to Kathmandu next week. Insurance and mechanic are available now in Surkhet.
This vehicle will not be a luxury but rather an absolute necessity as I carry out my duties as the legal guardian of 30 children as well as up to 300 in the new school. We have reached the tipping point of needing a means of transportation to provide safe/efficient transport of daily sustenance and also as I recently became aware a mode of transportation in the event of emergencies and strikes.
Thank you for your ongoing support from all of us at Blink Now and Kopila Valley!
If you’d like to help Maggie get a vehicle for the Kopila Valley Children’s Home you can do so by clicking on the ChipIn link below.