Category Archives: Action Campaigns

Each week we spread the word through social media and blogging about the amazing work our partners are doing for those in need. Please feel free to browse through our action campaigns to make a difference through a simple tweet, blog post, +1, or status update. Every little bit helps!

Social Good Moms Impact Report: March 30 – April 5

The idea behind Social Good Moms from day one has been to rally a community ofconscious bloggers who believe in using social media and blogging to spread awareness about the most pressing global issues, especially those that affect women, children, and families in a sustainable way. And beyond that it has always been important to scale our efforts as a community of committed mothers to reach as many as we can through the power of the Web.

Starting today, we will put together impact reports that show our progress periodically to gauge how far we’ve come, how far we can go, and to also encourage more mothers to join us in our social good efforts.

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News: Social Good Moms is Now 3000 Members Strong

3000membersThe Mom Bloggers for Social Good community recently surpassed 3000 members!

We have always said that the greater our numbers the greater our impact! As the Social Good Moms community continues to grow the more good we can do collectively to spread the word about important issues like world and domestic hunger, maternal health and mortality, newborn health, HIV/AIDS and its opportunistic infections, malaria, water and sanitation and a whole host of global health and development issues.

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Three Avocados Creates Clean Water and Education Projects Through Coffee Sales

For over five years Three Avocados has funded global water and education projects in Uganda and Nicaragua through the sale of their coffee and branded products like tumblers, T-shirts, and coffee mugs.

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I recently received two bags of Three Avocados arabica ground coffee  – one from Nicaragua and the other from Uganda. Both are quite good.  I am a big fan of very strong, dark roast coffee and Three Avocados definitely does not disappoint.

When I opened my box of samples, the smell of coffee hit me before I even saw the coffee bags. I loved that Three Avacados Coffee - Projectsimmediately. In my experience if I can smell ground coffee before I even open the bag I know it will likely be very good.

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9 Last-Minute Virtual Valentine’s Day Gifts for Good

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If you’re like many of us you may have waited until the very last-minute to buy your loved ones Valentine’s Day gifts. While you can still run out and buy a wealth of flowers, cards, and chocolates, here are nine virtual Valentines’s Day gifts you can give that also give back.

Oxfam Unwrapped: Oxfam recommends giving duos of animals for Valentine’s Day: a pair of chickens ($18), a pair of sheep ($80) or a pair of goats ($100).  Send lovely animals to families in need.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: EGPAF is asking its lovely supporters to send Valentine’s Day e-cards to spread awareness about pediatric AIDS. It costs nothing, but the gift of awareness is always key. Click here to spread the love.

Midwives for Haiti: We all believe in the power of saving mothers’ lives. This Valentine’s Day donate to Midwives for Haiti and help them stock their medicinal chest with life-saving medicines for the entire year. Donate with love to Midwives for Haiti.

Vaccine Ambassadors: There is no doubt that vaccines save lives. Vaccines are one of the best ways to show love for children around the world. Buy vaccines with love for children whose lives can be saved by this easy intervention. $10 vaccinates 19 children against the measles.

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Malaria No More Launches #MalariaSucks Campaign

As you might know last Friday marked World Malaria Day, a day to encourage the global health community, the private sector, governments, NGOs, and everyday, ordinary people to keep up the fight to help defeat malaria.

Every minute a child dies of malaria somewhere in the world, most of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, 90% of children who die from malaria live in Africa and 40% of those live in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to WorldMalariaDay.org. There is encouraging news, however. From 2000 – 2012 3.3 million lives were saved due to scaled up malaria control interventions. What many might not understand is that malaria is completely preventable and treatable, a fact that is repeatedly reiterated by the World Health Organization and others. Interventions such a insecticide-treated bed nets, residual indoor spraying, and draining of stagnant water helps to control malaria. One of the reasons many children, especially those under the age of five, die from malaria is because they are not treated in time or remote areas do not have access to rapid diagnostic tests and treatments.

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A mother and son in Chongwe District Hospital outside of Lusaka, Zambia. He was recovering from a severe bought of malaria. Copyright: Jennifer James

Malaria No More, an international NGO that is determined to end malaria, launched its Malaria Sucks campaign on World Malaria Day that encourages donations, as low as $1, to help save more children from dying from malaria. Malaria Sucks’ icon is an orange lollipop that signifies what children in malaria prone areas miss out on – their childhoods. One donated dollar goes to rapid diagnostic testing and full treatment for one child, so a dollar indeed makes a difference.

Celebrities have taken on the issue like Anthony Bourdain and James Ven Der Beek who tweeted their support of the Malaria Sucks campaign.

“MalariaSUCKS is a fun, tangible way for supporters to connect to an issue that may seem distant from their everyday lives,” said Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund in a statement. “We’re putting our supporters in the spotlight – asking them to help us create real change through an everyday activity like posting a selfie and spreading a powerful humanitarian message through their social networks. It’s our pink ribbon, only sweeter.”

Global social engagement is key to the success of the campaign and Malaria No More is making it fun. Anyone can join the conversation by donating money to www.MalariaNoMore.org/MalariaSUCKS and by posting to #MalariaSucks.

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You can also generate a lollipop selfie and share with your friends. Here’s mine.

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Visit www.MalariaNoMore.org/MalariaSUCKS to save a life.

Full disclosure: I traveled to Zambia with Malaria No More in October 2013 to cover the global launch of its Power of One campaign.