Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Help Educate Kenyan Girls

Without access to sanitary pads, many girls and women in Africa miss school and work for a week out of every month.
Our Pads for Peace program is creating a sustainable business in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Women make soft, reusable sanitary pads. Eliminate Poverty Now donates them to girls. They can finish high school and lift themselves out of poverty. Working women buy pads so they can get to work, and feed their families.  

From now through December 31, Eliminate Poverty Now needs 50 people to each donate at least $10 at our GlobalGiving project page: Pads for Peace business educates 2000 Kenyan girls. If they do, we will be able to post ALL of the Eliminate Poverty Now projects at this important website! You can donate easily by clicking on the "give now" button.

Please encourage your friends to learn more about this program by going to, Search on Pads for Peace business educates 2000 Kenyan girls,” and donate $10 each. Or click on the button at the left.

Donations can be in honor of someone. A Red Cross survey found that 79% of Americans would rather get a charitable donation in their  name than a gift they would not use!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Millennium Promise Cites Sama Women's Garden

Dear Friends,

Do you remember the Sama Women's Cooperative Garden Eliminate Poverty Now funded? Millennium Promise cites it in their Thanksgiving message. Read more about it here:

Dear Friends,

In the Millennium Village of Tiby (Mali), the Sama Cooperative Garden does more than provide food. By teaching new skills, the garden enables women to earn an income, support their families, and participate in the community's economic development.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for your continued support of Millennium Promise. Due in no small part to supporters like you, gardens and businesses like this are changing lives all across the Millennium Villages.

As you give thanks this week, please know that your generosity is deeply appreciated and is making a lasting impact on more than 500,000 lives in sub-Saharan Africa. The enclosed video demonstrates how your support has helped thousands realize their full potential.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at Millennium Promise, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.

Peter Neidecker
CEO, Millennium Promise

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jeff Sachs' Deficit Reduction Strategy

Cuts to government spending are inevitable. The question is what to cut. Most Americans think we spend a fortune on foreign aid and should slash it. Actually we spend about $25 billion a year on foreign aid, less than 1% of our $3.5 trillion annual budget. The fortune is spent on the military -- $700 billion annually, more than the rest of the world spends on defense combined!

Jeff Sachs dancing at Sauri Millenium Village

Jeff Sachs, noted economist, educator, author and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (one of Eliminate Poverty Now's partners) offers a strategy to cut $175 billion annually in spending (that's $1.75 trillion over 10 years which is what the Congressional Committee on Deficit Reduction is trying to find) and does it by being penny-wise and pound-wise at the same time.

Here's a link to this important article which appeared in the Huffington Post.