1.Because I’m now Madison and Mason‘s Guardian Angel, they will always be take #1. Due to her age, Madison’s ONLY chance at a family is to be adopted with Mason! If you’d like to adopt them, let me know and I will have a matching fund drive on my blog as I did for Larisa.
Mason must think he’s a ladies’ man.
Madison is lovely.
2. Do you know a family who could adopt these kids? Maybe you do and you don’t realize it yet! Spread the word – these kids can’t get adopted if nobody knows they exist!
3. This week’s (belated) takes are all about almsgiving. First up are Kiva and Unbound! I’ve talked about Unbound (formerly CFCA) here and here. Kiva is a site that allows people to contribute to microfinance loans for entrepreneurs in developing countries. A microfinance organization meets with the entrepreneur, get his/her story and take photos of the entrepreneur and the business. The lending partner disburses the loan, and then it’s posted to Kiva, where people like us can help fund the loan. You can lend as little as $25 at a time. When a loan is funded, the money is given back to the field partner to replenish what they’ve loaned to the borrower. Over time, the borrower pays back the loan, which means you get your money back, which you can then turn around and loan to somebody else. Self-sufficiency is very important to me, and I love that both of these organizations give people the tools to be more self-sufficient.
4. Our next contestants are Nothing But Nets and Malaria No More. Both of these organizations are committed to eradicating malaria. Nothing But Nets, as the name implies, does nothing but provide insecticide treated mosquito nets for people to hang over their beds (most malaria transmission occurs at night). Malaria No More provides nets as well as treatments and rapid diagnostic tests.
5. Next up we have We Care Solar and the Catholic Medical Mission Board! Sporadic electricity services are a huge difficulty for maternity hospitals in Africa; without electricity, it becomes impossible to contact doctors about an emergency, keep blood supplies fresh, or even see what in tarnation you’re doing. We Care Solar provides Solar Suitcases – a photovoltaic system that powers LED lights, charges phones and has rechargeable LED headlamps. CMMB has provided medical care to the poor for over 100 years. It strives to create sustainable health systems in developing countries, build supply chain capacity, and train local practitioners.
6. Finally, we have Sight Learning! Sight Learning takes donations of old eyeglasses and provides them to needy students. Donate your old glasses and help some kid use their God-given talents!
7. It’s Lent and it’s take #7, so we need a hymn. This week’s hymn is the Salve Regina Solemn Tone.
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for orphans!