I wanted to share this post from the Co-Founder/Chief Water Giver, Cody Barker.
Invisible Children (IC) is a movement which exists to bring a permanent end to LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) Atrocities.”Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have been abducting, killing, and displacing civilians in East and Central Africa since 1987.” Invisible Children (IC) uses Media, Mobilization, Protection, and Recovery to bring awareness to civilians in East and Central Africa. Media brings Documentary Films to share the knowledge and “inspire global action”. Mobilization means mobilizing groups of people to “support and advance international efforts to end LRA”. Protection warns civilians about LRA attacks and strongly urges LRA members to surrender, peacefully. Recovery brings hope to the children who have been effected by LRA, education and solutions for “lasting-peace”.
With over 150 workers and the support of 100,000+ people, Invisible Children (IC) has team member in both the U.S. and Africa. Spreading the word that their lives, the civilians in East and Central Africa, are worth fight for; they have the same right to be alive just like the rest of the world. “Some organizations focus exclusively on documenting human rights abuses, or exclusively on rehabilitation. Our comprehensive model is intentional and has proven to be very effective.”
If one does not know much about Invisible Children (IC), one would most likely recognize KONY 2012. Logos on t-shirts and pin-buttons beside shirt collars. The new film Move premiers online October 7 at 7pm PDT on KONY2012.
With every movement there are positives and negatives that are brought out by non-followers and followers. Invisible Children (IC) encourages people to visit the Q and A page of their website and WordPress blog. They want to set the facts straight.
-Video from Invisible Children’s website
Everyone knows about TOMS. The company who gives a pair of shoes to a child in need overseas, whenever someone purchases a pair. The customer receives a TOMS shoebox filled with a pair of shoes, a sticker, and a burlap style flag. Now have you heard about BOBS by Skechers?
If you have, it is probably the conservancy between these two company. Most of what I have heard is talk through Twitter and Facebook. I did not know too much about BOBS except that their “idea” was, mostly likely, not original.
I looked on their site but could not find any information explaining their reasoning for the movement. The website was filled with shoes and the prices, so basically the revenue for the company.
I found a post on the blog site We First which is run by Simon Mainwaring. “Simon Mainwaring is founder of We First, a social branding consulting firm that helps companies, non-profits and individuals use social media to build communities, profits and positive impact”. In the post, he basically re-said what I wrote in this nutshell-of-a-post. The title of the post is TOMS vs BOBS: How Skechers Shot Themselves In The Foot. That is definitely a eye-drawing title. I agree with what Simon Waring said in the post,
“Skechers would have done far better to copy TOMS in a different way. They should have sat down and thought through what they stand for and then acted on that with equal generosity. Then would consumers have a way to connect with the brands that warranted admiration.”
All in all, yes both TOMS and BOBS are great movements and are helping children in need of footwear. It would have been nice though, to find more information about “their” cause on the Skechers website. To know where they got the idea, maybe even explain why they chose shoes and not sweaters or soap. To know the company’s’ heart behind starting the movement.
TOMS footwear were not brought to my attention until I arrived at my college campus. Thinking TOMS footwear was a college trend I decided to become more of a college student and join. Conducting my own research, I found out the more to TOMS footwear is a movement and purpose.
One-For-One is what TOMS, the For Profit Organization, puts behind every footwear sale. Researching paid off for I found out that for every shoe a customer buys, a child in need overseas receives a paid of shoes. Shoes that will grant them a smoother walk around their area.
Blake Mycoskie is the founder and chief of TOMS. Blake’s vision for One-For-One came into view in 2006 when he witness children roaming the roads barefoot in Argentina. Blake returned the following year along with family and friends to give 10,000 pairs of new shoes to children.
In 2007 TOMS received the People’s Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. In 2009 both TOMS and Blake Mycoskie received the award that celebrates companies’ commitment to corporate social responsibility, innovation, exemplary practices, and value worldwide. The Secretary of State’s 2009 award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) was presented by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.
TOMS sells a multitude of merchandise to bring the profit towards placing new shoes on children. TOMS footwear range from closed toe flats to wrapped boots, both made with light weight and comfortable fabric. In the last couple years, TOMS eye-wear is now part of the world changing company. Purchasing a pair of TOMS eye-wear will provide one of the three: prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment. Realizing that not everyone has the same eye needs, TOMS decided to create those three options to better help those in need. TOMS is currently giving sight to more than 10 countries, including Cambodia, Nepal, Tibet, Ethiopia, Egypt, Guatemala, Pakistan, India, the United States, Paraguay and Bangladesh.
Since I am living on a college campus I decided to ask a fellow peer about her relationship with TOMS. Grace, a senior at Southeastern University, discovered TOMS through a friend and through the TOMS campus-wide event, A Day Without Shoes. The campus-wide event, A Day Without Shoes is when college students take one day out of the school year and keep their shoe in their closets. Walking around campus barefoot, felling more connection with movement. Grace conducted her own research and found out that the prices given for one-pair of shoes was reasonable, even more so because one pair equals two. “If I could buy glasses at TOMS every time I would. Giving sight to others is incredible!”. Grace and her fiance Johnny, have started giving TOMS to family members for their birthdays. “Our family automatically knows what they are getting for their birthdays. They put in requests”. Grace feels it is worth it to bring sight and shoes to those in need. Grace and her fiance combined currently, have given five pairs of shoes to kids in need and they do not plan on stopping.
Personally, I find the movement addicting and that is in a positive way. I myself was given my first pair of TOMS last year for Valentine’s Day (thanks to my amazing fiance). Just that summer, a few months later, I bought another pair. Yes, TOMS footwear are comfortable and great for everyday life. BUT the main focus is giving shoes to children in need.
TOMS One-For-One, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
A few years back my college, Southeastern University, had a guest speaker. This guest speaker talked about the non-profit organization Charity Water. All I knew about this non-profit company was they had water bottles with their name displayed on the front. I felt it was time to know more than what their water bottles look like.
100% of donations directly fund water projects such as pump heads, cement, pipes, and local staff. I would like to focus on some of their accomplishments of providing clean drinking water to developing countries.
One of the stories I will be focusing on is when the team traveled to Honduras to visit six wells that had been built thanks to the partnership and funding of Saks Fifth Avenue. Within a matter of twelve weeks $500,000 was raised providing 100 plus wells in Africa, India, and Honduras. Rio Plantano, Honduras struggle and all because they do not have clean drinking water. Students missed school because of sickness caused by drinking dirty, trash infested waters. Bathrooms are a walk away for a good reason too. Houses are built on stilts because when one starts to dig in the ground, brown murky water arises. Medication is rarely given out to sick patients, once again because of not have clean water at their disposal.
Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue, wells were built to bring clean water so the education can be restored, bodies can become healthy again, and locals can wash their hands after using the restroom. I never knew so much of life would be effected just because of not having access to clean drinking water.
Emily Ramos is a 31 year old teacher and she just received a well close by her. Emily said her and her two kids would get sick at least every week from drinking the water. She was never shown how to properly chlorinate her water from the pit thus causing illness to her and her family. Now that Charity Water has placed a well, Emily Ramos and her family are doing better.
The members of Charity Water that visited Honduras said, “Since the freshwater well was put in six weeks ago, she hasn’t been sick, nor does she know anybody who’s been sick. The 20 kids at her local school are healthy, and she says the kids love the taste of the water. She said there were many important things about the water pump but the best thing was the ability to control the illnesses they were getting from the holes.”
Emily Ramos refers to the pump as “a blessing from God and pretty much the greatest thing ever. ” The people of Honduras are thankful, including Emily Ramos. This joyous blessing would not of been possible without Charity Water‘s vision and Saks Fifth Avenue donating $500,000 towards 100 plus clean water wells.
So now you are asking how can you get involved. Go to their website and sponsor. Every little bit that is donated goes toward the cause of providing others with the water that we take for granted almost every day. I know that I forget to say thank you for my water purifier in my fridge daily.
Donations can be given in any form. Charity Water has a store where anyone could find at least one item they would not mind buying for the cause. Even if you do not see anything you like, buy a friend a “just because” gift. Two gifts in one package. How beautiful is that? The store includes items such as iPad cases, reusable water bottles, jamboxs, gelskins for iPhones and more. Say you do not want to buy an item, you can give money donations.
Once you give a donation you can use their Proof of My Charity, it is also called Dollars to Charity. Donations this way happens in three easy steps (1) donate the money (2) 100% of your donation goes directly to the field and (3) once the project is complete Charity Water‘s partners send the organization photos and a GPS location so you, the donator, can see where exactly your money went.
Blessings come in many forms and for Charity Water it is in the form of clean drinking water, pumps, cement, and more. Let’s start taking part of this world and bless others.
This past summer I found myself sitting in front of the television every Monday night at 9pm, ready to watch The Bachelorette. After the Season Finale, I became curious as to what organization Jef Holm is the founder of. Thanks to the handy social network, Facebook, I stumbled upon a post about Jef Holm and his organization. The “for-profit, caused-based business” is called People Water. People Water has more than one way of going about their simple idea of, “… the easier it is for people to help each other the more they’ll do it.”
“People Water is not a charity nor is it a non-profit organization. We are a for-profit, cause-based business that is committed to alleviating the global water crisis. We subscribe to the concept of a double bottom line, which is the concept that beyond a company’s financial performance we should support businesses that create positive social outcomes.
At People Water, we measure success in two ways. First, as with any good business, we look to increase sales, improve margins, and generate a return for our shareholders. Second, we also measure our success based on the amount of clean water we make available. Fortunately, our two goals are interconnected: if we are successful with our first goal, we will be successful with the second.” –People Water
One of the ways is called “Drop For Drop“. For every water bought from People Water, an equal amount will be given to people in need of clean, healthy drinking water. Another way is People Water created an Eco-friendly water bottle. Bottles that when one drinks water, there will be no traces of plastic (aka. the leaching effect). People Water also goes to places in need and provides clean water wells. Just this summer Founder Jef Holm announced the opening of two new water wells in Uganda thanks to their partnership with Generosity Water.
Want to get more involved? People Water has an Ambassador Program with four options. Street, Campus, Corporate, and Online. Street Ambassador gives those who are not in school the chance to bring People Water to new places and spread the word with water. Campus Ambassador allows students the chance to make a difference in the town where they are attending school. Sharing People Water and allowing fellow students to take part in this movement. Corporate Ambassador is the business side, allowing businesses to get their feet in the door. I do not know about you, but I would like to walk into a gas station and be able to buy water that also gives back. Online Ambassador is for those who live a crazy, hectic life but in the midst of all that, still want to help. With the Online Ambassador, muti-media will be used a the tool to expand the know about People Water.
People Water provides more opportunities for everyone to join in and make a difference. At least look at their page, you never know what will tug on your heart strings and lead to a post about a profit organization. Why not buy a water from People Water and provide clean water to someone in need?! Let’s do our part and buy water from People Water.
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“Where there is a will, there is a way” – English Proverb