When one of the most popular bloggers in the world writes about sex trafficking, the world pays more attention. In what is perhaps the best use of blogging celebrity we’ve seen, Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com has made known the work of The Exodus Road, an organization that,
“…exists to empower the deliverance of sex slaves. Operating primarily in Southeast Asia, India, and the United States of America, we find teams already on the ground doing the vital work of finding and freeing victims with local police and we fuel their work by providing covert gear, operational funding, training, and networking support.” (Source)
The problem of prostitution- especially forced prostitution- in Asia has been around for many, many years. Stories of Korean comfort women are only recently coming to light, with the latter slapping their own government with a lawsuit that claims that the government forced them into the sex slavery; the ultimate betrayal for sure.
The Exodus Road, while a small organization, is doing great work, as you can see in the video below:
Besides sharing her personal experiences in Asia, Heather also features Thrive Rescue Home, which offers safe refuge to the younger victims of sex trafficking. A short video of some of the work Thrive is doing is below:
Categories: International Aid | Tags: Korean comfort women, sex trafficking
It’s a fact that children learn from example. As such, they get to imitate the things they see their parents, teachers and older siblings are doing.
Yes, role modeling is still an effective way of teaching children the right way to do things. This is despite the modern techniques people and psychologists now use to raise kids. Even the teens can still be influenced by what they see their mom or dad are doing inside and outside their homes.
This being the case, parents need to instill in their children the value of giving to charities while they are growing up. Not only should this be done in their early years but even in their teens. Read the rest of this entry »
Categories: Activities, Charities, Fundraising | Tags: community projects, donate to charity, fundraising activities, teens donating to charity
A scared dog named “Theo” was rescued after a year of living on the streets of Los Angeles. The images of Theo, from the Mutt Scouts website, shows his before and after pictures. Underneath all the matted hair and dreadlocks was a frightened little dog. He was rescued by Eldad Hager, founder of Hope For Paws, was able to lure the pup to safety with treats and a little love. With the help of Jf Pryor, founder of Mutt Scouts, Theo was able to get help. Shortly after he was taken into custody, he was treated to a haircut and relocated with a foster family.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is the reality for many abandoned pets. Luckily for Theo, he was rescued. Many innocent animals face the cruel reality that many people neglect their pets with heart wrenching outcomes.
Why Are There So Many Homeless Pets?
- Their families relocate to new places that don’t allow pets
- Sometimes animals accidentally get loose or lost
- Some people abandon their pets when they can’t handle the responsibility
- Many cities and towns are banning certain breeds of animals
Numerous people forget that pets are not equipped to fend for themselves. They often assume that animals will be able to find new families or survive off the land. The number of abandoned pets is a serious problem affecting many cities and their pet populations.
What Can People Do To Help?
- Adopt a shelter animal
- Protect your pets with appropriate identification or microchips
- Foster animals for rescue charities
- Raise awareness about abandoned animals
- Support local pet rescues by volunteering or donating
Theo managed to get a his happy ending, because of compassionate people who care about abandoned pets. Stav Ozbada, Theo’s foster parent, gave Theo a new leash on life. The small dog is now sporting bowtie collares instead of matted dreads. His soft hair curls and remains clean. Theo’s days now consist of playing with his new pawed friend, Beastly, and his adopted family.
Categories: Animals, Charities, News | Tags: abandoned pets
During the Second World War, tens or even hundreds of thousands of women in Asia were made as sex slaves by the Japanese soldiers. Not many people knew about this until in the early 1990s when, one by one, these so-called comfort women gradually came out in the open to reveal their tragic stories.
Specifically, it was the women’s movement in South Korean that first raised the issue of forced recruitment of Korean women back in 1990. The movement’s sole purpose is to obtain recognition and compensation for surviving comfort women. A year after in 1991, a former Korean comfort woman testified in public and revealed her suffering during the war.
By 1992, women leaders in Korea and Japan including surviving comfort women and legal experts have called on international organizations to include the United Nations to investigate the matter and conduct hearings.
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Categories: News, Women | Tags: comfort women, Japanese government, Korean comfort women, World War II
Giving to charity is an admirable act and one that should be taught even to small children. Some kids exposed to charitable giving at an early age find it worthwhile to donate part of the monetary gifts they receive when they reach the age of 16 or 18. Some adults, however, start out in this endeavor at a later age.
There’s no age limit to the act of giving to charities and regardless of when you start donating, what matters is you are sincere in what you do. It’s a different kind of personal fulfillment if one is able to share his or her blessings, particularly hard-earned money.
But the question is, “Do you need to ask for an official receipt every time you donate money to a non-profit charitable organization?”
Ideally, a charity should issue receipts to donors. It is a legal obligation of a non-profit group to do so. Also, people who have donated money will need official receipts in order to make a claim on their annual income tax returns. Read the rest of this entry »
Categories: Charities, Fundraising | Tags: charitable-organizations, Charities, issuing receipts, receipts for donations, registered charities