We've all gotten them - those emails that tell us if we forward that message Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or some other high profile wealthy person will give us money or help a great cause. Or that if you click a link, a child will get a new kidney or much needed medical care. At some point you probably figured out those are not legit.
So if someone told you that you could click a link and one million dollars would be given to help children in Uganda and Haiti, you would think that was the same sort of scam.
And you would be wrong.
Chase corporation is donating one million dollars to the qualifying charity that generates the most online votes before midnight tonight. One of those charities is Invisible Children, a San Diego-based organization that is working to raise awareness about the plight of children caught in areas of conflict around the world. They are seeking to end the use of child soldiers in Uganda and the Congo, and build schools for war-affected children in the region.
The group originally planned to use the million dollars for their efforts in Africa. But this contest started before the tragic earthquake hit Haiti and with no Haitian non-profits represented in the 100 finalists, Invisible Children felt the need to help Haiti in this time of crisis. So they are planning on implementing $100,000 in an Invisible Children relief effort to Haiti.
This is not one of those charity groups that raise funds and little if any of the money actually goes to the cause. With the money they’ve raised, 760 Ugandan students have been provided with scholarships, 11 war-destroyed schools have been rebuilt and numerous microeconomic programs have been implemented to jump start village economies. A million dollars will help take these programs to unprecedented heights.
You can help make this happen. Invisible Children is a finalist in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition to win $1,000,000 for their efforts to end Africa’s longest running war.
More so than at any other time in history, we are all connected, looking out for each others. As we continue to help build a sustainable economy for those who have been affected by the war in Uganda, we have seen what the hope of a new beginning can bring. It’s one rooted in refusing to ignore the cries of our neighbors and providing the help needed for them to build back up a better way of life.
Please take moment and click here. Take 30 seconds to cast your vote for Invisible Children, providing $100,000 for their relief work in Haiti and $1,000,000 to bring child soldiers home from the battlefield and build schools for war-affected children.
Social networking has already raised $21 Million for Haiti. That is an astounding statistic. You can help to continue to use this platform to make life better for children around the world…and it won’t cost you a dime!