Friday, September 25, 2009

Click to Help Fight Poverty

Did you know Malawi is among the world's least developed and most densely-populated countries? Because of the extreme poverty in the region, Malawi has a low life expectancy (44 years of age) and high infant mortality (89 deaths per 1,000 births, the 14th highest in the world).

I recently learned, through MyBlogSpark, about a unique commitment between General Mills and CARE: Join My Village, an innovative online community that is fighting poverty in Malawi through the empowerment of women and girls.

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Visit Join My Village and join one of ten village teams to benefit approximately 75 villages in Malawi
  • As a village team member, you will get to know the women and families in Malawi through frequent updates, photos and stories
  • You can also track how dollars are creating change and improving lives in Malawi
  • Through simple online activities -- answering a quiz question, telling a friend about Join My Village, or joining a village team -- $1 will be unlocked by General Mills and will go to CARE's poverty fighting programs in the Malawi villages (limit of 3 activities per person per day, and $15,000 per online village team - or $150,000 in total)
  • Additionally, General Mills will match personal contributions dollar-for-dollar for up to $50 per donor, $15,000 per village team or $150,000 in total
  • CARE will distribute all funds raised directly to Malawi to provide economic opportunities for women and increase access to quality education for girls.
I joined Village Team Tembwe. I invite you to join my team or choose another village if you'd like to participate in this opportunity to help General Mills and CARE help the people of Malawi.

2 comments :

  1. That is an admirable activity! Thank you for spreading the word! I'll go visit your village!

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  2. I will have to pass this one to our orphan adoption ministry leader at church. I blieve they support children in Malawi and visited there this summer.

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