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Their Charity Navigator rating.

Dropping this here to remind myself about it closer to the end of the year, when I do charitable giving. Their general aim is to send African girls in rural communities to school.
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Reposted from about a billion posts on my f-list:
[ profile] care_faith_hope is a fandom auction to benefit [ profile] faithhopetricks. Bidding begins on September 28, 2009, Monday, 10 a.m. Pacific time, and closes on October 10, 2009, Saturday, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Please do not bid until bidding opens.

What's the cause?
This auction is to raise money for the medical expenses of [ profile] faithhopetricks and her husband. They have no health insurance and no savings, and her husband requires immediate heart surgery.

Her husband has a congenital condition which caused him to have a heart attack and double stents placed while he was still in his thirties. He now needs to have either multiple stents placed or a bypass operation. Which occurs will be determined by his doctors this week when he goes in for surgery. It has also not been determined how much of the costs of the operation will be covered by the hospital: it may cover most of the costs, some of the costs, or none of the costs.

Regardless of the costs of the procedure itself, he will require cardiac rehab afterward. He also has multiple and, given his heart condition, potentially life-threatening other conditions, all of which have gone untreated or poorly treated due to his lack of health insurance. [ profile] faithhopetricks also has multiple and severe health conditions which have also gone untreated or poorly treated due to his lack of health insurance.

This auction is to raise money for their combined medical and medical-related expenses. (Medical-related includes things like taxi fare to get her husband to his cardiac rehab appointments.)

Some details have been left out for reasons of privacy. Please do not contact [ profile] faithhopetricks to inform her of government assistance programs she can apply for. We are working on that. However, if you know of job openings for an IT professional in greater Seattle, her husband will be seeking a job as soon as he recovers.

How can I help?
You can bid on fanfic, original fic, vids, cookies, memorabilia, critique/betas, and much more! Or you can offer your skills and services as a writer, vidder, baker, knitter, or whatever else you'd like.

This post has full information on bidding.
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[ profile] coffeeandink mentioned a couple more charities to donate to regarding the whole RaceFail thing here.

I'm going to drop a word here about a charity for a cause I have a personal connection to - Nothing But Nets. The cheapest and most effective way to prevent malaria is to sleep under a mosquito net. NBN raises money to buy mosquito nets which are distributed in malarial regions of Africa.

This is especially close to my heart because, as most of you know, I lived in Tanzania as a child - my dad did his PhD research in the Serengeti National Park. And while I was there, I contracted malaria. I'm one of the lucky (actually, luckiest) ones: I had immediate access to excellent medical attention and medication, and I most likely had a very light case of it, as I've never had a relapse.* Had I contracted the worst form, I would have been immediately airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi.**

The vast majority of the African population do not have access to these things. NBN provides them free of charge, and works with the UN Foundation so that 100% of the money donated to NBN goes towards mosquito nets.

It's a worthy cause. If you've got a few extra bucks right now, consider it.


* After 12 years without a relapse, you're declared cured. Red Cross blood donation forms used to say "Have you ever had malaria?" which always led the nurse to rear back in horror and gasp "How did YOU ever get malaria?!" Now they say "Have you had a malaria relapse in the past 12 years?" which is nowhere near as fun.

** I also had access to mosquito nets, and slept under one at home, but not in the hotel in Arusha where we think I was most likely bitten. :) Mom says that we had been lax about taking anti-malarials, but we took them religiously after my diagnosis.

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