Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
|| A DC-10 has been set
up as a hospital operating room specializing in eye surgery. For 20
years this organization has taken the best in equipment and techniques
all over the world to attack the problem of blindness.
The World Heath Organization estimates that blindness affects 45
million people, 90% in developing countries and 80% of which would
be preventable with decent care.
What I especially like about this group is their focus on training
local staff. Video equipment and lecture facilities in the DC-10
allow local medical staff to watch the surgery being performed and
to discuss techniques. Thus, the work can be multiplied after the
Volunteer pilots from major airlines and over 400 surgeons who
donate their time work with corporate sponsor and a small staff
to make this work. I'm also taken with how the plane has been welcomed
to all sorts of "hostile" places - and even got a free
load of fuel from Libya. We should have a thousand things like this
going on. Lean more at the Orbis
site and from an article in Airliner
World June 2003.
|How do you know if your charitable
giving is really going to people who need it? There are several organizations
that rate charities, ranking them on criteria like how much of a donation
goes to actual programs, how good their financial controls are and
how open they are. These include the American
Institute of Philanthropy for example. Charity
Navigator also includes criteria for growth of the size of the
charity, which tends to penalize good groups that aren't fashionable
at the moment. The Better Business Bureau's Wise
Giving Alliance judges charities against several criteria and
provide financial data on each group they evaluate.
Charity rating organizations
American Institute of Philanthropy
Online they just list top rated. (Up 8/27/11; posted 12/13/06)
Rating 1-4 stars, gives detailed comparative data. (Up 8/27/11; posted 12/13/06)
Give - Better Business Beaur Wise giving Alliance (Up 8/27/11; posted 12/13/06)
Center for Victims of Torture
||The Center provides
comprehensive assistance to those who have suffered torture, helping
with the specialized medical and psychological problems such people
|Based out of Minneapolis,
they worked with over 200 clients there each year and more on site
in countries where torture is going on. Established in 1985, they
also train health providers, do research about the effects of torture
and advocate for the end of torture. Their website has resources for
those dealing with torture victims.
||Child fund (formerly Christian Children's Fund) provides both direct aid to
individual children and to the schools and other institutions that
support children in many poor countries around the world.
|The means for that support is linking
donors to individual, specific kids and providing updates on their
progress and insights to their world. I've supported three different
children over the 25 plus years that I have been contributing and
have enjoyed and learned from the school reports, personal letters
and other correspondence. I've been challenged to write to "my
daughter" in a way that explains my life to someone who regards
clean water as a luxury.
|KSU Biochemistry Department
|I don't expect you to support this. I set up a memorial fund upon my father's death that supports grad students in his old department.
Innocence Project fights to free those wrongfully accused.
|The rise of DNA evidence has offered a near-infallible
way of checking a fraction of criminal convictions. Organized in 1992,
the Innocence Project works to use DNA evidence to free those who
are innocent. Reasons for false convictions turn out to run the gamut
from false confessions, to mistaken ID, to actual misconduct. The
Innocence Project is organizing the Innocence Network to connect various
groups who work to free innocent men and women.
|Last modified 8/27/11; posted 11/26/05, original content © 2011, 2005 John P. Nordin