Archive for November, 2011

Let's Make Compassion Viral

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Disease, abuse, and extreme poverty amongst children are never easy problems to tackle.  There are at least two psychological barriers.

The first barrier is confronting the reality of what’s going on.  We don’t like to be reminded that 5000 children die every day because they have no access to clean water.  We wish we did not live in a world where, in the state of Georgia (my home state) alone, 7200 men purchase sex with a child every month — or where, in South Africa, 70,000 babies are born with AIDS every year.  Yet we do live in such a world, and sometimes we need to be reminded of the facts.  Getting involved means getting an education — an education we’d often rather not have.

The second barrier is our own despair at how intractable and insurmountable these problems can seem.  Can our own efforts make even the slightest dent?  When the problems before us are so massive, it’s terrible to contemplate them and tempting to throw up our hands and believe we can’t make a difference.

This is why IAM2.ORG is so very important.  It confronts the first barrier by telling us not only of the challenges and horrors faced by many children around the world, but by telling us also of the most innovative and effective organizations delivering them from their disease, their oppression and their destitution.  The team at Iam2.org will find, vet, and present to you the best nonprofits serving children here in the United States and elsewhere around the world. You’ll have the opportunity not only to support those nonprofits in tangible ways, but to be a part of their story.  We believe that creating deep and lasting relationships between these nonprofits and their supporters will benefit both parties and, most of all, benefit the children they serve. (more…)