On Feb. 18 we kicked off our 40 day “Killing With Kindness” campaign, inspired by what we know historically was Jesus’s encouragement of all people to be kind to each other. Over the last six weeks we’ve highlighted organizations from around the world that do incredible work to help veterans, the homeless, the sick, and even our friends in the animal world. For a full list of all those featured you can visit our blog posts here and here and here and here and here and here; on social media using #killingwithkindness; or by downloading the PDF here. Our final five organizations are listed below. We hope our readers have discovered new and worthy causes to support throughout this campaign.
WEEK SEVEN ORGANIZATIONS
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, promote democratic values and aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Established in 1962 as an affiliate of the Organization of American States, PADF has reached more than 50 million people in every country in the Americas. Headquartered in Washington D.C., PADF has field offices in Miami, Haiti, Colombia, Suriname and Belize. We implement development projects on behalf of vulnerable and excluded people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we can build a Hemisphere of Opportunity for All.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness.
With guidance from scientific research on trauma, brain development and learning, Turnaround for Children has developed a deep understanding of why many of the nation’s high-poverty schools are struggling. The organization has designed a school-wide intervention, grounded in science, which aims to mitigate the stress of poverty and put children on a course for academic success and healthy growth. In each partner school, Turnaround creates a student support system that provides expedited access to quality mental health services for the highest-need students, trains teachers in strategies to build safe, supportive and productive classrooms, and works with school leaders to execute a school improvement plan that leverages data, puts positive disciplinary practices in place and fosters a culture of high expectations. This allows every child to develop the social, emotional and academic skills to succeed in school and in life.
The SOLD Project works in prevention of child exploitation in Northern Thailand. Thailand has a reputation as the sex trafficking capital of the world, with an estimated 40% of the prostitutes being children. The majority of these children have come from poverty and since education is not free, often lack an education. The SOLD Project believes that education affords freedom, and currently offers scholarships to 140 children at-risk. Statistics show that an average of 50% of children in the north drop out of school by grade 6. In five years of operation we have seen only 5% of our students drop out. Our aim is to not only offer opportunity for these children to stay in school, but to offer them the resources and mentorship necessary to achieve their dreams.
The mission of the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is to advocate for sarcoma patients by funding research and by increasing awareness about the disease. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients and caregivers. The goal of the Sarcoma Foundation of America is to eliminate pain and suffering due to sarcoma by: Advocating for increased government funding against sarcoma; Creating alliances with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to rapidly develop new and better sarcoma treatments; Increasing public awareness regarding early detection of sarcoma; Educating sarcoma patients; Thanks to our dedicated supporters, the SFA has been able to invest more than $5 million over the past 11 years in much needed Sarcoma research. These contributions have helped the SFA become the leading voice for Sarcoma patients and for the incredible need for increased Sarcoma research.