Some Christmas presents you can feel good about!
The BOGO flashlight
“Two billion people living in the developing world rely on kerosene lanterns, candles, and single-use battery flashlights for light at night. Not only are these options expensive, dangerous, and harmful to the environment, they also
negatively impact health, education, and security…. Our lights provide an opportunity for children to read at night and to extend school hours. This is especially important in developing countries where most children spend all day tending crops, taking care of livestock, or working in cottage industries. Kerosene is increasingly expensive, especially given the recent rise in the price of petrochemicals, so many families cannot afford it. Flashlights are even more expensive, and candles do not provide adequate lighting to read. As a result, many children will never learn to read and will be trapped in a life of poverty. Our lights give them a chance at a better life, thus education is one of the strongest pillars in our vision to light the world. “
We own one of these flashlights, and after a year of nightly use and frequent abuse (dropped off top bunk, left in rainy window, etc) it still works great. The light is super bright and good for reading by.
When you purchase a light, you donate one to a cause which you are able to choose for yourself.
One Laptop per Child (Give a Laptop, Get a Laptop)
The One Laptop Per Child Organization
“Founded in 2005 by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop Per Child has a simple mission: to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each and every one with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, creative, self-empowered learning.
By giving a laptop, you are helping bring education to children in some of the world’s most remote areas.
You are connecting them to each other. To us. To hope. And to a better future.”
I wish we had some spare cash around for this. It looks really rugged and able to withstand hardcore use; and the older kids are now needing to share a computer for schoolwork. Plus, it’s energy efficient; AND, of course, the price covers the donation of a laptop so that another child gains an education.
Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes, donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair purchased. He has set a goal of 30,000 shoes by Christmas to be given in Ethiopia, to help combat Podoconiosis, a preventable soil-transmitting disease.
Watch the video, and pass it on: