Some of the best grassroots fundraising for projects in developing countries take the form of clothing donation campaigns. Last summer, as part of a campaign I did to support the Cambodian bloggers summit, I got many donations of technology t-shirts. So many generous people donated, that I had enough to distribute some t-shirts to the kids at Roteang Orphanage, managed by the Sharing Foundation, including a foo-camp t-shirt donated by Tara Hunt for Pharoth. More recently, The Sharing Foundation recently ran a successful pajama drive and has over 300 pairs of new pjs for the children at Roteang Orphanage.
The sale of used underwear is banned in Kenya, because, the government says, the garments are unhygienic and harmful to its wearers. But it has been unsuccessful in fully weeding them out, as they manage to find their way to second-hand markets. And without offering an alternative to the cheap pieces, vendors sell them anyway and people continue to purchase them.
Mothers fighting for Others has a goal is to collect new, unopened packs of children’s and young adult’s underwear (ages 3-15). They will then distribute them throughout Africa. You contribute to this campaign by sending unopened underwear packages to:
MFFO Underwear For Africa
27943 Seco Canyon RD #533
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
And, while I'm on the topic of creative ways to support projects in the Africa. charity: water is a non-profit bringing safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations, has launched a September Birthday campaign. (Hat tip Brett Meyer at NTEN) They are asking everyone born in September to give up birthday presents and ask their friends and family for donations to build water weels in Ehtiopia instead. They hope to raise $1.5 million and build 333 wells in Ethiopia. This will serve 150,000 people with the most basic need, and greatly improve health and quality of life. More information here.
My September 11th birthday has come to stand for something terrible. I want to reclaim that day and help make it represent something wonderful.
My 22nd wedding anniversary is just around the corner and since there isn't a specific geek item to represent 22 years, will look at a charitable way to celebrate.
Have you organized or participated in a in-kind donation drive of clothing or supplies for a developing country? Did you use social media to spread your campaign message? Have you celebrated your birthday by designating a charity?