The holiday season is a time of giving, but it’s important to look beyond just our friends and family if possible. There are millions of people around the world struggling to meet basic needs, and plenty of other social issues deserving of our attention. It can be tricky to know where to donate though—will your donation go to the right place? Will it actually be used to help the cause you’re passionate about? Below are a few impactful organizations doing incredibly important work that are definitely in need of our help this holiday season. They’re all international, so bishes everywhere can donate and help make a difference.
Save The Children
Save The Children is an organization dedicated to helping children around the world—in 120 countries, to be exact. Your donation will be used to provide much-needed healthcare, education, and more. Recently, Save The Children has been involved with relief for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, as well as aiding Syrian refugees. Check it out at Save The Children.
Project HOPE is another organization working to assist Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, to name just one of their many projects. They also distribute essential medicines to global citizens living in poverty, fight the spread of infectious diseases like HIV, and care for children’s health. Make sure to check out their numerous projects at Project HOPE.
Pencils Of Promise
Illiteracy and the lack of access to education is a major issue in many countries, with celebrities like Rihanna working to combat the problem. You can help too, by donating to Pencils of Promise. This organization is working to build schools and encourage education in countries like Laos, Guatemala, Ghana, and Nicaragua. Everyone has the right to education, and Pencils of Promise is working to make that a reality. Check them out at Pencils of Promise.
World Wildlife Fund
There’s a staggering number of issues facing our environment these days, like species extinction, destruction of habitats, increasing effects of climate change, and pollution, to name a few. Thankfully, the WWF is working to combat these issues, and you can help by donating. They provide education, encourage action from governments, and support endangered species, among numerous other vital actions. The state of our environment should be of concern to everyone, so check out WWF to see what you can do to help.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is an organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth who may be struggling with depression, and is working to end suicides among such young people. Through education, crisis services, advocacy, and more, The Trevor Project is a non-profit group that’s making an important difference for numerous at-risk young people needing support. Learn more at The Trevor Project.
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