“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Every so often, we come across charitable individuals or organizations that remind us of why making even a small difference in the lives of others enriches us all. The three charities I selected today are amongst the best in the world because they not only care deeply but give completely. Sure, I bet there are others you support and love; I’d love to hear about them too so we can applaud their humanitarian endeavors. All deserve that much. Another great charity I like is Make a Wish Foundation.
Smile Train was created in 1999 by co-founders Brian Mullaney and Charles B. Wang to provide free cleft palate surgery to the poorest children around the world. It was created as an act of faith and love and by 2011, it had assisted over 650,000 children. SmileTrain, as a provider of free cleft lip and palate surgery for hundreds of thousands of children around the world depends on the charitable donations of doctors, nurses, individuals like you and me, and corporate donors around the world. They are, according to the New York Times, one of the most productive charities – dollar for deed – in the world.
In terms of the data and breadth of their work; the average yearly program growth is 27.6%. Number of staff members is 50 , 80+ Number of countries in which Smile Train has helped children. They provide 1,000+ Free medical articles & publications. They have 1,100+ Number of Smile Train partner hospitals and organize 1,400+ Number of Smile Train medical conferences. They have an impressive 2,600+ number of partner surgeons and will complete 100,000+ total number of free cleft surgeries. This year, they also provided 2.4 million Free “Smile Pinki” DVDs to educate 30 million Households on useful information about cleft lip & palate.
“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.” St. Francis of Assisi
Charity: Water is on a mission to provide clean water to poor communities globally. It is the brainchild of Scott Harrison, the founder, who was a NYC club promoter for 10 years and founded Charity: Water in 2006 in answer to the pressing concerns around the lack of clean water in many poor nations of our world. We live in a world where almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water; this means higher incidences of diseases and death by waterborne bacteria. This organization works to provide clean water to communities worldwide. Happy 5th Birthday Charity: Water!
In terms of the data and breadth of their work; to date, they have 4,282 projects funded. They know 2,060,000 people will get clean water. Their reach is in 19 countries with 25 local partners. For just a $20 donation, we can provide one person with access to a clean water project. 100% of public donations go directly to water projects and that is making a huge difference in the lives of many around the world. More below.