Let’s end extreme poverty for my birthday. NBD.

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I'm almost out of my thirties. Well, in one year and three weeks. I have led a fairly charmed life in these (almost) thirty-nine years. I've spent 16 of them married to my best friend. I've given birth to four healthy, smart, funny kids. I've never wanted for food or clean water. I've always had a roof over my head, shoes on my feet, and clothes for my body. I've had educational opportunities. But so many do not have the same experience that I have had. Many are lucky to make it to celebrate a 39th birthday, and if they do, they face struggles for food, clean water, and education.  Nuru International is helping to change that.  By giving people loans to purchase grain and teaching them better farming techniques, they have increased their maize yield 123%. With this, farmers … [Read more...]

Battling Real Injustices

Last week the internet was all abuzz with news about Chick-fil-A. Why you should eat there. Why you shouldn't eat there. And a fair chunk of talk about why the whole thing didn't matter. In her popular post, In the Basement, Jen Hatmaker spoke about retreating from the storm and getting to "the business of loving people and battling real injustices and caring for the poor and loving Jesus." I really want this to be enough. But here's the thing. For a lot of people, this is a real injustice. Somewhere up to 40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBT, and of those, almost 80% left because their families rejected them when they came out. That's a real injustice. There are more than 1100 federal benefits denied to same-sex couples. That's a real injustice. LGBT youth … [Read more...]

My Birthday Gift to You (and me)

First, I want to ask you to please consider making a donation to Nuru International today. Huge thanks to those who have already made donations! You are changing lives RIGHT NOW. Feel very good about that. But now to you! My friend Shawn Smucker (who I only a little bit hate for being so incredibly talented) has graciously offered to give away a copy of his ebook Building a Life Out of Words for my birthday. The catch is that in order to get this book, you need to sign up for my newsletter. I know, I know. More stuff in your over-crowded inbox. I get it. But I promise. It's not that bad. I only remember to send out newsletters maybe once or twice a month. I'd like to be more organized and send them out more regularly, but I'm me. So you're not inundated. Also, I always write … [Read more...]

The Face of the Jubilant

This is Margaret Matinde. She is someone whose life has been changed through the work of Nuru International. There is joy all around us, even in places that might seem too dark for joy. My birthday is 2 days away, and I am still far shy of my goal of raising $500 for Nuru. I would love it if you would consider making even a small donation. They are helping to change lives. They are helping people lift themselves out of poverty. To find out more about how Nuru does this, check out their FAQ. No matter the size of your donation, you will be helping to put a smile like Margaret's on the face of many more who are living in extreme poverty. You will be helping to make others jubilant. Click here to donate. ++++++++ This is a part of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival hosted … [Read more...]

I Want Your Money

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It's officially my birthday month. Granted, my family doesn't do much in the way of celebrating birthdays. I didn't grow up with big birthday parties, and things are pretty low-key in the Wright household. If I happen to bake a cake somewhere within 2 weeks of a family member's birthday, I might find a candle (possibly the big 3-wick thing that sits in the living room), plop it on there, and sing to you. Odds are good that if you live in this house, you may have to remind someone to wish you a happy birthday. We're just not birthday people. But for the purposes of this blog, I'm declaring all of June my birthday month. And I want your money. Well, not all of it, and not for me. Nuru International is an organization that I have written about numerous times. They offer … [Read more...]

Nuru International and CAWST Competition

Okay, so I know that I said that Nuru International and CAWST are not in competition just a week ago. And that is totally true. These two organizations work together to help end extreme poverty through micro-loans and education. I love the way that they play on one another's strengths and empower people to escape the cycle of poverty.All that said, I'd like to extend a challenge to you, my readers. I'd love to raise an extra $100 for both of these organizations this holiday season. So I've set up a Holiday Wish to ask you to donate to Nuru International. And I will match up to $100 to CAWST. I've already seen you raise $370 for Nuru earlier this year and I can't explain how much that means to me. And I would love it if you could help me get money for BOTH of these groups to close out the … [Read more...]

Working Together: Nuru International and CAWST

You read my blog, so you know that my favorite NGO is Nuru International. I love the work that they do. I love the people that work for it. I love the methodology they employ to empower people living in extreme poverty.Nuru works by giving loans to people living in extreme poverty. Through these loans, people are able to purchase good grain so they are able to earn more money for their families. When they have this money, they are able to feed their families and educate their children. This creates a whole new trajectory for these families, allowing them to pull themselves from extreme poverty. The payback rate on Nuru loans is 95%, which means this works.You can follow the excellent work that Nuru is doing through Twitter and you can also follow them on Facebook.Because I love Nuru, it … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Nuru!

If you've been reading my blog for any time at all, you know that my all-time favorite humanitarian group is Nuru International. I love the work that they do and I love the way that they do it.Tomorrow, this amazing organization turns 3 years old. In 3 short years, they have touched over 10,000 lives, helping people escape extreme poverty. By providing loans, teaching basic sanitation, helping to dig wells, teaching better farming techniques, they are providing people with a way to lift themselves out of poverty and lack.To celebrate this occasion, the media team for Nuru produced the following video. Take a watch:Really and truly, I just love these guys and watching that makes me all weepy and happy. I love hearing directly from the folks whose lives have been changed by what Nuru does. … [Read more...]

Let’s Make 37 Young

photo © 2011 Kirsty Hall | more info (via: Wylio) So I'm a bit older today. I was talking to Jason's grandmother last week and she told me that at 37, I'm still young. And really, here in the first world, that is absolutely true. I'm not old. I might not be young, but I'm certainly not old. But in places plagued by extreme poverty, I would be very old. The life expectancy in most of these nations is just not that much older than I am today, and in some places, even younger. Unclean water. Not enough food. Preventable, treatable diseases. At the beginning of the month, I asked you to consider making a donation to Nuru International for my birthday. And I love that we've already raised $198. That is severely cool and I am so thankful to those of you who have donated. You have … [Read more...]