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Fistula Repair in the DRC

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Odette Kusiku Mbaku Maswaku, 40 years old. Odette was in labour for 3 days. She said – "I was suffering a lot. I was thinking I just want to die – the pain was too much."

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In a few days, more than 85 million mothers in the United States alone will celebrate Mother's Day, 2014 with gifts and meals, surrounded by family. It's also a great occasion to think about the one million women in developing countries who suffer from obstetric fistula, and what we all can do to pull them back from the chasm of ostracism and chronic ill health.

Patients Wait for Treatment at Hospital in Sudan

This Mother's Day, Give a Mother the Gift of Life

In honor of Mother's Day 2014, we are featuring one of our recommended charities,
The Fistula Foundation Donate.

Charlie Bresler shares some facts and a video from Fistula Foundation that inspire us to do something for these women, who developed obstetric fistula as a result of their poverty-stricken conditions when giving birth.

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Spending Money on Others and Personal Happiness

If you found an unexpected $20 bill in your coat pocket this afternoon, what do you think would be the best way to spend this money to maximize your happiness? Take a minute to think about your response. If you imagined spending this $20 on something for yourself—such as indulging in a foamy cappuccino and lunch at your favourite cafe — you might want to rethink your spending decision. In fact, you may even want to turn to entrepreneur Warren Buffet for expert financial advice.

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The World: Available Now in Your Local Produce Department

The catchphrase "think globally, act locally" helps us focus on how local actions have a global impact. The Life You Can Save's core message is that a small change in our consumption habits can help alleviate extreme poverty. As Professor Singer shows, skipping a latte or two a week at the local café would let you donate enough to prevent an infant's death in Africa. You'll never miss the lattes.

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How Much Makes a Difference?

Can you really make a difference in the lives of others? Live Below the Line shows us just how much good we can do.

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Spreading the Message Through Live Below the Line

Spreading the Message Through Live Below the Line

How do you spread a message nobody wants to hear? Learn what Claire Knowlton is doing to tell friends and family about extreme poverty.

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Bravo AMF!

Bravo AMF!

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) Donate has once again demonstrated why they deserve to be among our top-rated charities. Their recent agreement to distribute bed nets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is likely to save many lives and provides further evidence that should encourage donors and inspire NGOs.

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Choosing to Give

Choosing to Give

Monetary sacrifices seem less burdensome when weighed against the alternative: living with the knowledge that we could drastically improve the lives of others, but instead choose to ornament our own.

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How Much Should Go to the Cause?

How Much Should Go to the Cause?

Think of your favourite charity. Now imagine that they reported overhead costs (admin, salaries, etc.) of 40% or more. Would you still hold them in such high regard?

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