You can be actively involved in one of our trips wherein a team travels together overseas (or domestically) to accomplish a specific objective (like digging wells for fresh water or building an extension onto a village hospital)
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This type of contribution enables iCompassion with the flexibility to meet needs when they arise and are urgent. It also helps iCompassion “keep on the lights” – running the day-to-day needs of the organization.
There was once a time, not many years ago, when Venezuela was a prosperous country and even its poorest citizens had basic services and life’s essentials.
‘Isabella’ and ‘Javier’ grew up in a rural part of Venezuela and their childhood was normal. They attended school and played sports and enjoyed family time.
Unfortunately, things changed and the country slowly slid into economic collapse and ruin. Jobs vanished and government help programs collapsed.
Isabella and Javier’s family has been on the brink of starvation for the past two years. They don’t have suitable clothing or shoes and they lack nutrition and medicine. Their situation is life-threatening.
Fortunately, iCompassion has been sending boxes of humanitarian aid to Venezuela (rice, beans, nutritional supplements, basic medicines, clothing, and shoes) and their family has received some of it. It is barely enough to keep them sustained, but it has helped. We hope brighter days are ahead for Isabella, Javier, their family, and their nation.
Any money you donate to our Venezuela outreach will help families, like Isabella and Javier’s, and other members of their community by providing the essentials of food, medicine, and clothing.
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Oral health is a silent epidemic affecting the most vulnerable citizens (poor children, elderly, and other minority groups) in the United States and some of them are not able to achieve basic health due to lack of insurance, cost, lack of access and transportation. We are mobilizing our resources to provide free dental clinics and need your help. We have already helped many, but are now committed to expanding what we already do. We are specifically raising funds for our start-up costs (legal, tax, equipment, etc.).
Here are a couple of our success stories.
Luis an 8-year-old boy came into our clinic with his mom, Carmen. Luis was in a lot of pain and not able to chew food. Mom was concerned about why Luis was in such a pain and when he was seen, the dentist noticed he had a lot of caries in his mouth. After x-rays, the dentist did an extraction and Luis felt better. Luis was able to go home and come back for a checkup the following week. When he came back with his mom, he was very thankful for the treatment and wanted to get his teeth fixed. After that traumatic visit, Luis was able to learn about oral care and visit the clinic regularly until his entire mouth was restored.
George was 68 years old and came to the dental clinic because he had a lesion in his lip. He didn't know what he had in his mouth but was concerned. The dentist took an x-ray and detected a large lesion which then got removed. George was very happy it wasn't anything too severe and that he did not have the lesion in his face anymore. His smile was precious..
Humanitarian crises hit developing countries the hardest, and those that are most hurt are young children and those hurt the most among children are orphaned children.
iCompassion is helping orphans in Venezuela - which is suffering through a brutal humanitarian crisis. iCompassion will be supplying food via a local farmer who will bring rice and beans to an orphanage on our behalf every week. We also hope to be able to ship additional supplies as conditions allow.
Please help those that are the most impoverished, exploited, and vulnerable. Please consider what you can do to help these precious children.
Then, partner with us to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have been displaced by the long-running war in Syria. Check out real examples of what we are doing: https://youtu.be/NKhZh0FklFU
Here are some ways that you can help:
What can you do?
Uganda, like many central African countries, has its own share of economic challenges. With a population just over 40 million people, 72% are involved in agriculture for their livelihood -- that is approximately 30 million people.
Our vocational training program, sited on an 18-acre property we own, is geared toward training young men and women to plant crops, farm the land, conduct animal husbandry, and use modern methods for all such agrarian work.
The property we have is well utilized but sits relatively unprotected from trespassers and is the target of thievery. A fence has been constructed, but now must be "hardened". Recently, in addition to some petty theft, solar panels used to power our freshwater well pump were stolen and the well pump is not functioning. We have made "hardening" of the fence a priority and the approximate cost is $45,000 USD.
How can you help the people of Uganda today?
In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh there is a city that is built around commercial fishing. Consequently, there are many widows as a result of fishing work-related deaths. These are extremely poor, lowest-caste women and children left in deep poverty.
We started a project in 2014 to teach these widows valuable sewing skills so that they can be self-sustaining with a decent income. At the conclusion of their training program, we give them their own sewing machine! So far, over 20 women have successfully completed their 6-month training course. There are over 100 such widows in this area.
The first phase requires approximately $5000 USD to rent space where the widows can train. Upon completion of the training program, each woman is given her own sewing machine and assembled workplace, which costs approximately $150 USD.
How can you help today?
In the commercial fishing area where we work to eradicate poverty, there are 320 fatherless [semi orphan] children & 60 orphans staying in homes with foster parents. They are receiving lowest level education and some no education at all. There are 35 children who receive no education at all due to family problems & financial difficulty causing extreme poverty. We must break the poverty cycle through education of the children.
In the State of Andhra Pradesh the literacy rate is only 67% in a population of 49 million. Children in this society without sufficient education end up working by 12 years of age on boats, in gravel pits, are trafficked, or forced to work under inhuman conditions where their miseries know no end. Simply stated, they are exploited, despite child labor laws.
Total Cost for two years for educating these children is approximately $22,000 USD. Approximately, $8000 of this is for the purchase and shipping of 35 Chrome laptops to India (which is a one-time cost). The remainder is approximately $7000 per year for teachers, snacks, internet,and small supplies. Imagine being able to educate a child for only $200/year.
What can you do today to help these precious children?
iCompassion is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. All contributions designated for specific projects shall be applied to those projects, and we may assess up to 10 percent to be used for administering the gift. Occasionally, we receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need.