Notable Charity Giving Traditions

Different types of people are passionate about giving to charity. Some are the wealthy philantrophists while the others are the average working people who have a big heart to give to causes they value.

In certain countries, however, they follow a tradition that encourages their citizens to regularly give a portion of their income or monetary gifts they receive to charitable organizations.

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The Jews are among those who practice tradition when it comes to charity giving. They give at least 10 percent of their income to charity. Read More




Cambodia-Years Behind on Women’s Rights


Cambodia is still struggling to regain its footing after years of warfare and harsh regimes. The country is making great strides but one area it falls short in is women’s rights. A study conducted by ADHOC Cambodia in 2012 revealed how far behind the country is in protecting and promoting women. Women in Cambodia as subjected to abuses with little legal recourse available to them. Although women were granted an equal rights status during the 1990s, they are still considered lesser in Cambodian society. Domestic abuse, human trafficking, and sexual violence are daily realities for women living in Cambodia. Read More




Sex trafficking and prostitution in South Korea

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The streets of the red-light districts in South Korea are teeming with people looking for sexual gratification. There is little to disrupt business in this sex capital. Young men and women go into these district and rarely come out. The sex industry in South Korea generates enough capital to make 4% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Sex tourism thrives in South Korea as johns travel from all over the world to engage these girls in sex acts. Girls are either stolen or forced into prostitution to pay off debts. Girls from all nations are in danger of being trafficked into the sex trade.

Traffickers have specific targets for their victims. A large number of migrant women are lured into the sex trade. They fall prey to marriage scams that promise an honest marriage but they end up in a brothel. Women are also lured into thinking they have received a job offer when it’s just a cover to force more girls into prostitution. A large number of North Korean defectors end up as prostitutes because they can’t find any other kind of work. The large influx of migrant workers and defectors are prime targets for traffickers. Internally, girls with high levels of debt or runaways are common victims of pimps. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to trafficking. Teenage girls are promised they will make enough money to purchase luxury items. And like with most women they are promised freedom after earning a certain amount or paying off their debts. In most cases, these women are never let go. There are approximately 200,000 runaways involved in prostitution, according to Al-Jazeera news. It is only after a police raid or a successful runaway that these girls are free. So what makes the sex trafficking and prostitution viable in South Korea?

The red light districts operates openly in front of the law. Places offering sexual services are not limited to brothels. Meetups happen at salons, coffee shops, and even shopping centers. Sexual encounters are often arranged online to prevent police interference. Johns can solicit any type of prostitute online which often goes undetected. This is also how the underage sex trade thrives. Pimps will over underage prostitutes via online channels. This makes it less easy to track and be found out by law enforcement. There is also prevalent attitude that prostitution is simply another form of business. It’s viewed as being a natural part of life. There are even prostitution unions that organize to protest better working conditions. The government has taken action to stamp out prostitution but until attitudes and demand change, it’s likely that sex trafficking and prostitution will continue to remain a problem.

The sex trade continues to grow in South Korea. The demand for girls and underage youth doesn’t diminish, despite internal and external pressure to eliminate prostitution. As long as sex trafficking continues to fly under the radar, women will still be at risk to falling prey to sex trafficking rings.

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Malaysia – Is It Becoming a Hot Bed of Human Trafficking?

Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Thailand said Saturday it suspected a group of 200 people recently rescued from a human trafficking camp were ethnic Uighur Muslims, as calls mounted from the international community to protect the group and ensure they are not forced back to China. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

Malaysia’s human trafficking has grown significantly over the years. Even though it has not reached the levels of countries like South Korea and Thailand, it is still a serious problem. Men and are being forced into prostitution and labor by the thousands. The victims are mainly migrant workers coming to Malaysia to find work. Because of their undocumented status, it’s easy for them to disappear into the sex trade and other illegal work. The migrant workers have little protection against traffickers. Foreign women are especially vulnerable when working in Malaysia. Read More




Two-Year Old Girl from the Philippines Needs Cochlear Implant


Rhyka Tiangco turns two today but there won’t be a big birthday party for this girl from the Philippines. Her parents, Rhyan and Kathrina Jane, need all the money they can get for a cochlear implant for their daughter. Rhyka was born with profound deafness in both ears, noticed only when she was 15 months old and unable to say a single word.

Rhyka was delivered by emergency caesarean section due to her mother’s condition of having low amniotic fluid in the sac that held the baby. This condition hinders the proper development of the child in the womb and may even lead to death. To complicate matters, her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Born premature and underweight (1.6 kgs), Rhyka was in the NICU for 10 days.

What Rhyka needs now to grow up as normal as kids her age is to be able to hear other people talking so she can learn how to talk. Her doctor has recommended a cochlear implant since hearing aids cannot help her. She had tried them but can only hear if the sounds are very loud.
A cochlear implant is a device inserted by surgical procedure directly to the damaged cochlea (inner ear) to enable the person to hear sounds from the environment and other people talking. In little children, they will learn how to talk when they are able to hear, and awareness makes them feel more secure with their surroundings. The sooner the implant is done, the better the chances are for the child to grow and develop normally.

But funds are scarce. Rhyan and Kathrina are both working, but their combined salaries for a year can’t pay for the device and attendant costs of hospitalization, etc., let alone their daily expenses. A cochlear implant costs approximately $19,000 (P800,000 pesos) and hospital fees cost $4,700 (P200,000) for a total of $23,700 or P1 million pesos.

Parents will do anything for their children, and Rhyan and Kathrina are no different. After exhausting all resources, they are now appealing for kind hearts to help them give their daughter a chance at a normal life. Any amount is welcome. A few dollars from many people adds up and hopefully, Rhyka can have her implants. If you would like to see this little girl talking and playing with other children, please donate to her cause. There’s a fundraising campaign on Go Get Funding where you can send your donation. Rhyka, Rhyan and Kathrina Jane Tiangco will forever be grateful to you.

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8 Charities Where You Can Send Your Help For The Nepal Earthquake Victims

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 has more than 5,000 people dead and eight million badly affected, as of the latest count. These grim figures are expected to rise rapidly as rescuers continue to dig through the destruction. Nepal’s Prime Minister says the death toll could be as high as 10,000. Reports reaching the world say entire villages have been flattened and almost three million children are in urgent need of assistance.

The earthquake is Nepal’s deadliest tragedy since 1934, when a powerful earthquake also struck the region. Aftershocks and avalanches followed, widening the scope of devastation beyond imagination. And Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. If one in four of its people lived on US$50 cents per day before the earthquake, think how they are faring now and in the days and months to come.

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It’s not enough for us who are in safer lands to commiserate with the people of Nepal by watching the news on cable television or through the internet in the comforts of our homes. Our donations will help alleviate the conditions of the Nepalese and sent immediately, is more valuable. The Better Business Bureau has a list of accredited charities that are assisting in the relief efforts in Nepal.

Or, you can choose from any of these organization you can send your donations to, via their links.

UN World Food Programme

The organization was quick to respond to the disaster in Nepal. It is transporting food and relief supplies to the area and will welcome your donation.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps has one of the largest teams on the ground in Nepal, distributing emergency supplies and assessing conditions. You can send your donations for Nepal through them here.

World Vision

The organization’s staff were in Nepal immediately to bring food and emergency supplies. Its priorities are providing clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and protection and care for children. Its aim is to raise $3 million and provide relief for 100,000 people across Nepal. It also aims to help the children recover physically and emotionally from the trauma. Send your aid for Nepal through World Vision.

International Medical Corps

The organization, composed of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, are in Nepal to provide emergency medical care and supplies for shelter, water purification and hygiene kits. A bonus to donating here is, Facebook will match your donation dollar for dollar. Give now.

Catholic Relief Services

CRS is on the ground in Nepal with its partner Caritas Nepal to bring emergency relief to 10,000 families. The package includes tarpaulins for shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. You can help provide these supplies by donating now.

Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID)

SARAID is a British charity whose mission is to save the lives of innocent victims of disasters. A team is now in Nepal and is working as part of a UN-coordinated rescue operation. They are checking destroyed buildings for possible entrapped persons and have brought an electric generator and power tools to cut through concrete and steel.

SARAID is composed of volunteers and does not accept government funding. Donations are highly appreciated.

Oxfam America

Oxfam America aid workers are in Nepal to assist in providing clean water, toilets and shelter to the affected people. Your donation will help them in their mission. Donate now.


The world’s biggest Buddhist aid organization has sent its Disaster Survey and Medical Team to Nepal to help in emergency medical relief and assess the situation for setting priority assistance. Here’s a note from their website:

【Send Love to Nepal】 Donations from public are welcomed. Please channel your kindness to: Account name: Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Account number: 512491125872 Malayan Banking Berhad Remark: For all donations made, kindly indicate on bank-in slip, “Send Love to Nepal”, donor’s name, contact number and address; and send the bank-in slip to Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch for issuance of receipt. Contact details for Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch: Phone: 03-6256 3800 Fax: 03-6256 3801 Email:onlinedonation@tzuchi.my

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