♥ Activism ♥

Because everyone should be about something…

Allow me to introduce you to two of my favorite charities…

1. Room to Read – The founder and executive chairman of Room to Read is John Wood. John Wood launched Room to Read after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools. He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages to build sustainable solutions to their educational challenges. Now, Room to Read works to provide children and adults in countries such as Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Laos, South Africa, Zambia and Bangladesh with opportunities for education and literacy by building schools and libraries and suppling teachers. John Wood wrote a book called “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” which is all about his visit to Nepal, his decision to leave Microsoft and his decision to start Room to Read.

2. Charity: Water – The founder of Charity: Water is Scott Harrison. Scott Harrison had been a nightclub and events promoter in NYC and in 2004 found himself living selfishly, desperately unhappy and “spiritually bankrupt.” With the desire to reignite a lost Christian faith and after asking himself, “What would the opposite of my life look like?” he left for a trip to the shores of West Africa aboard a floating hospital with a group called Mercy Ships. After seeing the struggles and poverty of the people in West Africa, some of who lived on less than $1 a day and had no clean water, he came home with a renewed strength and purpose and founded his organization. Charity: Water now has over 3,811 projects in progress looking to provide clean and sustainable drinking water to developing countries.


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