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Exodus Refugee

Per their website, "Exodus has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylees from many countries, cultures, languages, faiths, and political opinions. We began in 1981 with the mission to serve the legal needs of immigrants and Cuban refugees, who had arrived as part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Since that time, Exodus has helped thousands of refugees establish their lives in Indiana.

In its 34-year history, Exodus has served refugees from more than 20 countries. Our board of directors, staff, and volunteers are passionate about securing the dignity and human rights of people around the globe."

For more information and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.exodusrefugee.org/index.html.  

 

Imani Workshops

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The Imani Workshops is in need of several volunteers to help with sales of crafts made by HIV-positive artisans in western Kenya. Imani Workshops markets its goods at community events in Indianapolis throughout the year. They do provide some training and if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elsie Rotich at erotich@iupui.edu.

About the IMANI WORKSHOPS

Imani Workshops was established in January 2005 as a branch of the Family Preservation Initiative under the IU-Kenya Partnership‚s AMPATH program. The Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (AMPATH) is a working model of urban and rural HIV prevention and treatment services in the public sector of Kenya. AMPATH currently cares for more than 60,000 HIV infected adults and children in Western Kenya.

Imani Workshops is a revenue-generating social enterprise focused on producing high quality crafts by HIV+ artisans in western Kenya. Due to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, many AMPATH patients have a hard time securing a job or accessing credit for a business loan. The Family Preservation Initiative and Imani Workshops gives these people a second chance at getting their life back on track while, at the same time, promoting economic self-sufficiency. Imani Workshops is currently comprised of 21 full-time employees and 20-30 part-time employees all earning a living by creating the products that you see here.

100% of the income earned through sales is reinvested in the Workshop through which artisans benefit from employment, skills training and other forms of empowerment.


Oxfam Action Corps

"Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change."

For more information on the organization: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/.

Apply to volunteer in Indy: https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/s/apply-to-join-the-oxfam-action-corps.

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ActionAid

"We work in more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, with over 25 million poor people. Our work seeks to create and sustain better futures by providing relief from disasters and conflicts, empowering women, fighting hunger, holding governments accountable, and making education accessible.

We listen to and learn from poor people to identify and help them fulfill their own needs, encouraging them to lobby decision-makers in their own countries, and campaigning and calling for change from those who hold power on the international stage.

ActionAid works with coalitions of poor and excluded people from around the world, bringing their perspectives to bear on US policies that affect developing countries. We bring their voices into the American political arena and strengthen domestic support for changes in development policy."

Learn more and consider signing one of their petitions for change at: http://www.actionaidusa.org/.

Free Rice

Play a game for a good cause. For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice will be donated through the World Food Programme.

Check it out: http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1402.

ONE

"ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now."

Sign a petition at: http://www.one.org/us/.

 

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