Align's vision is, "to see at-risk people regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, gender or political belief have an opportunity for basic health, nutrition, clean water and education and to thrive in their community"
Incidentally, I have come to strongly believe in what they do, and the way that they do it.
I love that they work for orphan prevention, and the way they fight to keep families together. I love the way they get behind local churches and communities in Africa so that people can come together and help one another, even when Align isn't around.
Today, I set up their twitter, facebook page and their cause page. I would appreciate (very much) if ya'll would start following/become fans of/support all three, in their respective order.
That's the first order of business.
Second, I suppose that it's about time that I reminded you that I am heading out to put some walk to my talk this summer, and I'm in the midst of raising funds for a two month trip I'll be taking to live in Bombo so that I can help to bring their media up to date, as well as working with local school children, teachers and orphans acclamating to placement in new families.
You can donate to my trip here.
That's the second order of business.
I'm in the midst of setting up a fundraiser for Align...and I'm just a wee bit excited about it. I'll be posting pictures, next week, of necklaces that women (pictured left) in the local village in Uganda have handmade (I've been wearing mine all the time - they really are fabulous).
All of the money from your necklace purchases will go to Align, and straight back to their work in Uganda (another thing I love about them is that 100% of your donation - ALL 100% - goes to the people they are working with in Africa).
In order to better help you understand the need that Align is meeting, I asked Millie, who lives and works with the needy in Bombo (and whose family I will be living with this summer), to send me some information about the school.
She sent me the following about the way donations have made a difference in the lives of local children:
3. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address, and the best way to reach you.
(all photos via align ministries).