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.
Well, not all of it, and not for me.
Nuru International is an organization that I have written about numerous times. They offer micro-loans to people living in extreme poverty and they have an impressive record of success. The people who have been helped by Nuru have seen an increase in their crop yield (an average of 250%), an increase in children being able to attend school and receive an education (about 350 youths a day), and a sense of ownership (95% loan repayment). (source)
I love that Nuru works within a community to help the people there help themselves out of extreme poverty. They are not there to fix things for them, but to give the people of that community the tools to help themselves.
Once again, I want to ask you to help me raise money to help Nuru continue with the excellent work that they do. Because I have a couple more readers than I did last year, I’m bumping up my goal and want to raise $500 for Nuru this year. Here are some ways you can help:
- Actually donate some cash. This organization is awesome, but it needs money to continue to be awesome. Head to this page to make a donation in honor of my birthday. Seriously, even if you just have a few bucks, it makes a difference. Please do not think that $5 doesn’t help – it absolutely does.
- Offer a matching donation. I’ll go first with this one. I will match up to $100 for the next 24 hours (until 7am EDT on 6/5). So if you give $10 today, it’s worth $20. That’s a good deal. If you would like to use your donation as a way to encourage others to donate, let me know and I will make sure to let the people know.
- Share this post on Facebook and Twitter (or G+, if that’s your deal). I would love, just once, to see a post about overcoming poverty be one of my most read posts. Your shares and tweets and pluses make that possible.
- Write about it on your blog. You probably have readers that don’t come here. I would love it if you would share about Nuru on your blog. If so, please include this link somewhere in the post so your folks can make a donation. If you want to take that opportunity to wish me a happy birthday, I would not object to that either. If you do write a post, please let me know so I can share your words all over the internets.
- Do that social media thing. Go like Nuru’s Facebook page and give a follow to their Twitter account. Share their page with your friends. Do a #FF for @IAMNURU. Help get the word out about this amazing organization and follow along to find out more about why I think they’re awesome.
- Donate money. I know this point has been addressed, but really, I told you this in the title. The other stuff is wonderful and genuinely appreciated, but let’s be honest. I want your money. And Nuru NEEDS your money (which is far more important). Go dig around in your winter coat pockets, old purses, under couch cushions (you needed to vacuum that out anyway), wherever money might be hiding, and when you find it, donate it to Nuru.
Thank you so much for your past support of Nuru International. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to see you step up here and show love.
Be hope, be light, be Nuru.