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Archipelago

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Charity recommendations
« on: February 25, 2019, 01:14:36 PM »
Hello, I am in search of a charities that specialize in the following, all of which specifically apply to developing nations:

1. Providing contraceptives to women
2. Expanding immunization
3. Reducing child malnutrition
4. Tuberculosis
5. Malaria
6. Early childhood education in Africa
7. Providing aspirin for heart attack therapy

I have searched Google, but there are so many charities out there. I'm looking for ones that are well managed that have good track record.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 01:37:55 PM »
GiveWell keeps a list of the most cost-effective charities out there (1). Year after year, the Against Malaria Foundation nets (get it) one of the top spots for their work distributing mosquito nets - the cheapest way to prevent the spread of malaria (2). There is actually a MMM donation drive to AMF (3).

Upon looking up GiveWell's site, I see they are also now promoting a charity that distributes antimalarial drugs to children during malaria season (4).

I encourage you to check out GiveWell's other recommended charities for your topics of interest. There are lots of great charities that aren't necessarily cost-effective, but the effective altruism movement is a great place to start overall.

One final note that doesn't fit perfectly into your listed interests, but that you might still be interested in, is a charity I donate to: the Fistula Foundation (5). They pay for surgery to repair childbirth injuries in developing nations.

(1) https://www.givewell.org/
(2) https://www.givewell.org/charities/amf
(3) https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/mustachian-giving-challenge-mustachians-against-malaria!/
(4) https://www.givewell.org/charities/malaria-consortium
(5) https://www.fistulafoundation.org/

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2019, 11:42:24 AM »
GiveWell keeps a list of the most cost-effective charities out there (1). Year after year, the Against Malaria Foundation nets (get it) one of the top spots for their work distributing mosquito nets - the cheapest way to prevent the spread of malaria (2). There is actually a MMM donation drive to AMF (3).

Upon looking up GiveWell's site, I see they are also now promoting a charity that distributes antimalarial drugs to children during malaria season (4).

I encourage you to check out GiveWell's other recommended charities for your topics of interest. There are lots of great charities that aren't necessarily cost-effective, but the effective altruism movement is a great place to start overall.

One final note that doesn't fit perfectly into your listed interests, but that you might still be interested in, is a charity I donate to: the Fistula Foundation (5). They pay for surgery to repair childbirth injuries in developing nations.

(1) https://www.givewell.org/
(2) https://www.givewell.org/charities/amf
(3) https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/mustachian-giving-challenge-mustachians-against-malaria!/
(4) https://www.givewell.org/charities/malaria-consortium
(5) https://www.fistulafoundation.org/

Thank you very much for taking the time to provide this information @Tass . Against Malaria Foundation looks like an excellent choice. It'll be added to my donation list.

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 10:28:10 AM »
I've worked with Water Wells for Africa (WWFA) in the past - they don't quite hit on the things you're looking for but they have partnered with an organization in Malawi called Project Heart 2 Heart. That one is run by a Malawian nurse whom I've met - they go into rural villages and host medical clinics. They are currently working to help with the relief efforts from the devastating flooding in Malawi. Project Heart 2 Heart definitely treats Malaria and would probably love to expand into immunizations if they had the funding. I don't know if they are as established as you're looking for, but I thought I would at least mention it! The nurse I have worked with, Isaac, speaks really good English so you could message them on Facebook with any questions that you have.

I, personally, like supporting WWFA because it is local people doing the majority of the work (and getting paid for it). They are run out of Manhattan Beach, CA but employ a couple people in Malawi and use a Malawian drilling company for each of their wells. They're not only bringing clean water and 100% reduction in cholera to villages, they're also stimulating the Malawian economy by not just bringing in American resources. They don't pay for education, but more girls are able to go to school in villages with wells because they don't have to spend as much time collecting water. Through connections I made during my 3 trips to Malawi, I've helped pay for one man's college degree and I'm currently helping pay for a young girl's college degree. All this to say, sometimes supporting the "little guys" helps you see where your money is going on a more personal level.

(Stepping off my soap box now - sorry about that)

Because Project Heart 2 Heart is a Malawian organization I'm not totally sure if donations are tax deductible, but I *think* you can donate to WWFA for the deduction and they will get it to Project Heart 2 Heart. If you're interested enough to ask questions, you could reach out to Kurt Dahlin with WWFA and tell him Shelby sent you. He'll probably invite you to the yearly trip he takes to Malawi.

https://waterwellsforafrica.org/
https://www.facebook.com/projectheart2heart/ (they post pictures from almost all of their clinics and a yearly update).
https://greatnonprofits.org/org/water-wells-for-africa


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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 09:29:09 PM »
Doctors without Borders (the US branch of Medicines Sans Frontieres) does 1, 2, 4 and 5 directly. In addition, the MSF group of charities is considered one of the most efficient and transparent charities by Charity Navigator. They won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 as recognition for their outstanding contributions. I donate to them routinely and will be applying to volunteer with them once qualified - they have stringent requirements due to the large number of physicians and nurses who apply to volunteer with them, despite the significant dangers associated with that work.
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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 06:31:24 AM »
Thank you very much @shelbyautumn and @Abe

It sounds like Doctors Without Borders would be a fantastic organization to support.

I appreciate anyone contributing to this topic even if the original post is older. I will keep checking up on it.

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2019, 07:15:30 AM »
@Archipelago I am glad that you revived this topic. A charity that may hit some of your items is Mully Children's Family. He was a homeless kid who became very successful and then he and his wife took in hundreds and hundreds of homeless kids. Been around for close to 30 years. You can read his journey here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Mulli


http://www.mullychildrensfamily.org

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2019, 11:18:07 PM »
I have contributed to Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) for many years. It provides primary and secondary school scholarships to girls in Africa--so, this is not early childhood education, but as you probably know, in many African countries, primary and secondary education is not free, and girls are often shut out.

Camfed has very high scores on Charity Navigator. I've been impressed by how rarely they contact me--clearly they don't spend lots of money on marketing.

www.camfed.org

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 04:58:03 PM »
I contribute to both MSF and Against Malaria for the reasons mentioned above.

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2019, 07:50:44 AM »
I contribute to both MSF and Against Malaria for the reasons mentioned above.

Just set up contributions for both!

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2019, 07:52:16 AM »
I have contributed to Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) for many years. It provides primary and secondary school scholarships to girls in Africa--so, this is not early childhood education, but as you probably know, in many African countries, primary and secondary education is not free, and girls are often shut out.

Camfed has very high scores on Charity Navigator. I've been impressed by how rarely they contact me--clearly they don't spend lots of money on marketing.

www.camfed.org

Awesome cause, but I am going to contribute to birth control for those women. Appreciate you showing your passion :)

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Re: Charity recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2019, 10:31:29 AM »
Marie Stopes International for contraception.
TB Alliance for tuberculosis.

There are lots of options for vaccines. I think that Unicef is actually a pretty good choice here because they have such an expansive network.