When Mataphelo returned with several beautifully beaded dolls, the three women immediately realized the potential for both marketing the dolls and reviving the almost forgotten African tradition of beadwork. With that, the non-profit organization, the MonkeyBiz Bead Project, was created as a means for disadvantaged women to make a living. The group has now grown to almost 400 woman crafters in the Macassar community near Cape Town, who are given complete freedom to use personal inspiration and interpretation to create their designs and are paid according to the aesthetic quality of each doll.
Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and take care of the earth, by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide. They care for the earth's natural resources through training in livestock management, pasture improvement, soil conservation, forestation and recast. Every family and community that receives assistance promises to repay their living loan by donating one or more of their animal's offspring to another family in need. This practice of "Passing on the Gift" ensures project sustainability, develops community and enhances self-esteem by allowing project partners to become donors--a classic example of Ubuntu. â€¨â€¨
Under the guidance of Dr. Harris, the Terma Foundation has operated remarkably innovative, culturally adapted public health programs that interconnect the areas of child survival, maternal health, nutrition and infectious disease. Direct beneficiaries of these programs are Tibet's most vulnerable: women, children and the elderly. They are the ones most endangered by tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, micronutrient deficiencies and malnutrition.
The EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that's committed to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. The EWG's mission is to keep toxins out of our air, water, food and bodies.