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Missions Monday – Global Newborn Health Conference

8 Apr
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.


UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Today I would like to do a little something different and share with you about an upcoming event called the Global Newborn Health Conference

This conference will be taking place in South Africa from April 15-18th. Individuals from around the globe will gather to focus on how to take interventions that save lives and encourage their use in regions of the world where newborns are most at risk of dying.

UN Photo/Fardin Waezi 

Did you know that nearly 3 million newborns die each year globally?
Did you know that 99% of these newborns die in low- and middle-income countries? 
Did you know that a newborn is 45X times more likely to die in the first month of life, when compared to age 1 month to 5 years? 
Did you know that the major causes of newborn death are prematurity, infection, and birth asphyxia when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or right after birth are?
Did you know that complications of preterm birth are the second leading cause of death in children before their fifth birthday?
And, did you know that the majority of these newborn deaths can be prevented?
Dr. Gary Darmstadt

Dr. Darmstadt is the Director of the Family Health Division of the Gates Foundation. You can read more in this article on the Impatient Optimists website hereYou can also follow him on Twitter (@gdarmsta) as he will be sharing more “Did you know?” facts about newborn health.

To follow along, you can search for the hashtag #newborn2013 on Twitter. 
You can also follow these supporters of the conference – @mchipnet@gatesfoundation@unicef@savethechildren and @usaid 
along with these additional supporters – @jhpiego@jsihealth@laerdalmedical
They will all be tweeting facts from the #newborn2013 hashtag.

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Missions Monday – No Kid Hungry

11 Mar
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
No Kid Hungry.

From the website:

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. 
Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

You can learn more about this organization
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
No Kid Hungry – Website

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
No Kid Hungry – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
No Kid Hungry – Twitter

Missions Monday – KaBOOM

25 Feb
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to

From the website:

Missions Monday – Shanti Uganda

28 Jan
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to

From the website:

The Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

We imagine a world where birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS are supported, empowered and able to develop to their full potential.


You can learn more about this organization and how 
you can get involved by visiting their website here:

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and follow them on Twitter here:

Missions Monday – #GivingTuesday

19 Nov
On Tuesday, November 27th, giving will have it’s opening day with #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action, culminating with a new national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season and to inspire giving every day.

From the website:

On Tuesday November 27, 2012, charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.


How can you get involved as a family?

Beth Teitelman and Fretta Reitzes, co-authors of Wonderplay and Wonderplay, Too!, share some big ideas here:
  • Honor the people in your community who keep everyone safe and healthy. Prepare a meal and deliver it to their place of work. Keep it simple, healthy and tasty. Include hand made cards, placemats, and thank you notes so that everyone in the family gets to contributes something. Deliver the meal together as a family. It is especially meaningful to share this moment together.
  • Have a family conversation about your favorite foods and the healthy foods you having been trying to eat.  Take some of those foods from your cabinets (non perishable) and bring them to your local food pantry.
  • Home Treasure Hunt! Look in your closets at home …kitchen tools, dishes, towels and sheets, toys, books, school supplies. Collect what is not being used, what hasn’t been used in a long time, and the extras you have, and donate to a program that sets up families in new homes.
  • Talk as a family about causes that are important to you, perhaps one that has had an impact on your family. Research to find a walk, bike ride, or run supporting that cause and join in as a team. Get your family, friends, and neighbors to support you. Set a goal and raise it for your cause.
  • Keep your family’s commitment to giving alive throughout the year! As a family, take out a calendar and mark four days on the calendar (one in each season works well) that are not connected to traditional holidays. Donate food to your local food pantry on those days. Most places are flooded with donations of gifts and food around the holidays. It’s the other times in the year that are more challenging.

You can learn more about #GivingTuesday
and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and follow them on Twitter here:

Malala Day – Standing for Girls Around the World

10 Nov
Today is Malala Day
A day that we unite to show our support to make possible 
education for girls in Pakistan and children all over the world.


The day is named after a brave 14 year old girl named Malala Yousafzai. 
Malala began speaking out about the importance of education for girls in Pakistan when she was 11 years old. Three years later she was shot in the head by the Taliban for this very reason. Malala is recovering from her injury, but has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of her.

Today we stand for her and the 32 million girls around the world 
who are denied an education simply because they are girls.

Here’s how you can help:

First, sign the petition to call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education to all its children, at IamMalala.org. On November 10, Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, and his wife will deliver this petition to the Pakistani president.

You can also show your support and stand together by using your 
Facebook account and Twitter to post #IamMalala on 11/10/12.

Will you join me in standing with these girls today?

Missions Monday – Oxfam America

15 Oct

It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to

From the website:
“Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are one of the 17 affiliates in the international confederation Oxfam.”
Our planet produces enough food for everyone, yet nearly one billion of us 
(1 in every 7 people) still go to bed hungry.

Oxfam is joining forces with organizations around the world 
for World Food Day on October 16th.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is rolling out five easy ways for people who care about hunger to help. Trying any of these principles, and encouraging your friends and family to as well, could make a real impact and help address the problem of millions of people that still don’t have enough food on their plates.




To learn more about the organization and 
how you can get involved, visit their website here:
Oxfam America – Website

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
Oxfam America – Facebook
and follow them on Twitter here:
Oxfam America – Twitter.