New Year’s resolutions are often focused on making yourself a better person. Recent research has shown that our lives become more meaningful if we also care more about others. What you can do range from caring and being generous in the daily life to people you meet. You can also support organizations working for human rights such as Amnesty, Hand in Hand or Ecpat. It’s important if you donate that you’re aware of how the funding is spent. Below is a list of some support organizations and sites to check if you’re interested in knowing more.
Amnesty International – Haiti and Pakistan natural disasters
Amnesty International is a global movement of 2.8 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. One year has passed since the earthquake took place which killed 230.000 and injured 300.000 people in Haiti. Today women in the camps face an increasing risk of sexual violence and rape, on top of this the cholera epidemic is expanding quickly. In August 2010 Pakistan was hit by one of the worst natural disasters in modern history with over 20 million people affected by the floods that followed the monsoon. Read more at Amnesty.
World Childhood Foundation
The Childhood organization founded by the Swedish Queen Silvia Bernadotte supports young mothers, girls, sexually abused children in the World. The donations are given to local organizations and the results are followed up. Administration is 15% of the total donations. The popular childhood bracelets can be bought for €30 at www.childhood.se.
GiveWell is a web service in the US that rates help organizations based on their proven effectiveness and shown value for the donated money.
The organization Hand in Hand focus on women’s entrepreneurship, democratic development of countries, health, environment and elimination of child labour. The administrative costs are no higher than 5%.
The Ecpat organization works to hinder child porn and trade of sex with children and humans in general. This is done mainly through lobbying to legislators and the police. The organization also cooperates closely with market leading actors in the Internet, finance and the travel industries. The administration costs are approx 19%.
Playing for change – Sweden’s best social entrepreneurs
Do you have an idea on how to make the world a better place for children and youth through play, playfulness and removing barriers? Apply to become one of eight social entrepreneurs that become part of a the Playing for Change Incubator. You’ll receive salary and funding, and also probably the most importantly support from some of the Kinnevik Group’s best team members.