Money is a tool that should be used wisely.
Did you know that your money could make an immense difference in the lives of less privileged ones?
By partnering with organisations in your area, city or country, you could even visit those you are investing your finances in.
You could also donate to international organisations who have proven to make a difference in the world.
GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.
There are many people on this planet who do not have the privilege of having running water in their homes.
The Water Project is a cool organisation committed to change this reality. They are bringing relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.
Providing clean water in Africa is just one of their amazing projects you could support financially.
Who knows, maybe supporting a project like this, will nourish in you the desire to travel and get to know other cultures.
Almost one third of the world’s 7,000 languages do not even have one translated verse of God’s word. This means that nearly 300 million people are still waiting for a translation of the scriptures into the language of their hearts.
The Wycliffe organisation partners with indigenous churches and Bible Translation organisations around the world to bring God’s Word to them sooner rather than later.
For more info visit: https://www.wycliffe.org.za/about-wycliffe-bible-translation
You can be sure of one thing: every person who is behind bars, never intended ending up where he or she is. An inmate is someone who may have made a series of wrong choices or was set up. Marginalised by society and very often forgotten by their family, inmates try to survive by living day by day by hanging on to hope. The hope that one day they will come out. The hope that one day they will be able to live a brand new life. A much better life.
Hope can also be found through strangers who encourage, guide and help them.
If these words resonate with you, know that there are many ways to support people behind bars. Find out what you could offer to inmates in your local area. Some inmates just want to have a chat, since they receive no visits. Others may be illiterate and would want the company of someone who reads to them.
You may also support organisations financially who specialise in bringing comfort to inmates.
PRISON FELLOWSHIP’s amazing volunteers are making the following possible each and every day:
Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are in hundreds of correctional facilities each day sharing the Gospel, spreading hope, and teaching life-changing classes.
of incarcerated men and women
Children often feel lonely and abandoned when their mom or dad goes away to prison. But Prison Fellowship’s provides local children with the Gospel message and Christmas gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parent. These children also receive a special message from their mom or dad, reminding them of their love.
SUPPORTING SUCCESSFUL REENTRY
helping formerly incarcerated men and women with programs inside of prisons. We prepare for healthy reintegration by providing life-skill classes, mentors, and access to local community resources.
ADVOCATING FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE REFORM
Their advocacy program works closely with legislators to help retool our system to provide a more just experience so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and people convicted of a crime are transformed.
For more information on Prison Fellowship visit: https://www.prisonfellowship.org/
According to Statista there were 18.8 million US Veterans in 2015.
Unfortunately, an average of 22 US Veterans commit suicide per day. Due to the unthinkable things they have witnessed, done and the lack of support they receive when returning home: many of them see no way out. Too many of them become even homeless.
Here too, your help can be essential to help and support Veterans and their families.
The following organisation supports:
Veterans who were wounded in combat and in need of benefits and medical care.
Hungry veterans and their families struggling through tough times.
Disabled veterans who are unable to work and about to lose their homes.
Suicidal Veterans on the edge who call us as a final cry for help.
Homeless Veterans living on the street who need counseling and housing.
Struggling women Veterans through our trained counselors at the Women Veteran Outreach Program.
For more information visit: https://nvf.org/veterans-donations/
None of us wants to be judged. The same goes for prostitutes and drug addicts. Why? Because surely their childhood dreams did not include becoming a “prostitute” or “drug addict”. These are individuals, who trough a series of bad choices have found themselves trapped. They are to be approached with great compassion and love.
If you these words resonate with your heart, you can make a difference in the lives of prostitutes. How?
You could for example distribute condoms and sandwiches to the prostitutes in your local area. Many prostitutes are broke and have to do job after job, without eating a meal.
Prostitutes are used to give so they will welcome receiving something positive for a change.
The story of Dov Bikas.
Dov Bikas used to be depressed and addicted to alcohol. At the age of twelve he immigrated to Israel with his parents. Dov came out of depression and is no longer addicted to alcohol. In 2012 he opened a center in Tel Aviv.
His center helps street addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes, regardless of their race or religion. Basic needs like food and clothes are met. The main purpose, however, is to help people get fully restored, return to normal life and to their families and become a blessing to others.
The center is open 6 days a week and hundreds of addicts pass through it every month. They come daily in all kinds of conditions for a bowl of soup, clean clothes and to get first aid for their damaged arms and legs.
For more information and your donation, visit: http://avivministry.com/en/
You can be sure of one thing: every homeless person never intended ending up where he or she is. A homeless person is someone who made a series of wrong choices. Marginalised by society and very often their family they try to survive by living day by day from the generosity of others. Many would like to be part of society again, but let’s face it: what chances do they have to make a job interview dressed the way they are.
If your heart resonates with these lines, why not make a difference in the life of those nobody cares about? On occasions, you and a few friends could prepare small bags and distribute them to the homeless in your city. The bag could contain a sandwich and a bottle of water/juice. When the weather gets cold, you could add socks in the bag and/or gloves in the bag.
You can also help through organisations who assist homeless people. Find out which organisations there are in your city or visit:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS
This organisation provides blankets, coats, hoodies, JEANS, clothes, hats, gloves, shoes, back packs, tents, tarps, toiletries, etc., & lunches to the homeless.
Blanket for the homeless was founded by Mariah Smith when she was 21 years old.
How can you support kids who are suffering?
The following organisations have committed to making a difference in the lives of many suffering little ones.
TERMINALLY ILL KIDS
These programs and services are designed to give kids with chronic illnesses and paediatric pain a little extra joy and hope, and to bring smiles to their faces.
Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect.
Since 2010, Children Of War Foundation has empowered underserved communities by providing health care and health education, impacting the lives of thousands of children. To date, COWF transformed nearly 2000 children with specialized surgical care and over 5000 children who have been referred, diagnosed and or consulted via our network. We’ve also improved pediatric surgical care and health education at seven existing hospitals and have implemented sustainable programs that will continue to educate local community leaders and doctors in regions of need.
ORPHANS IN BRAZIL
250,000 Children in Brazil are sexually exploited in the commercial sex industry, and the rates are rising. Orphans Living In Brazil: 3.7 Million.
PROJECT FOR ORPHANS provides care for children who have suffered neglect, violence and abandonment. They seek to restore physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual health.
SUPPORT ORPHANS IN AFRICA & ABUSED WIDOWS
We support abused widows in Kenya and beyond with finance, education, family and business management. Also with counselling and agriculture.
They also have a programme for orphans. Where the orphans are provided with love, food, shelter and clothing. Also with education and health services. They also extend their love by feeding children born in prisons, street children and other vulnerable children in society.
Support disabled adults and kids
- Helping others who are less fortunate than us makes us shed light on our situation and realise that we have so much more to give.
- Too often we underestimate our value/ourselves. That is one of the main reasons we justify to ourselves that our life has no value. It’s a LIE!
- By supporting and helping disabled people you are making a big difference in their lives. How? Because these individuals are often marginalised and forgotten.
Why not volunteer your time and search in your local area for organisations who work with disabled adults and kids? Why not visit them, read a book, make an art session with them, singing session or joke telling sessions?
DEMAND is a non-profit organisation which helps disabled individuals in many ways regardless of their financial circumstance.
They supports physical development of disabled kids, helps young people engage with education and develop skills for more independent living.
They supports people’s lifestyles after a life changing illness or injury.
They not only creates equipment which address every-day needs. They also help people to access and enjoy sport and leisure activities.
DEMAND’s technical team can adapted walking frame for elderly disabled.
They also work with charitable organisations to provide equipment for people with disabilities in developing countries.
Find out more about DEMAND:
Believe or not, but you were born to be someone’s superhero. Be it for a minute, a moment, a season or a lifetime. How so? By making use of your talents.
The local area where you live is the first place that could benefit from your talents you can do.
- Teach others how to eat healthy.
- Teach others about hygiene.
- Teach others about first aid.
There are also affordable medical volunteer opportunities abroad to enhance your global perspective on medicine and support the provision of medical care, hygiene campaigns and healthcare education.
For more information visit:
Thank you for considering making a difference in someone’s life.
The benefits of learning sign language:
Communicating with kids, teens and adult not many can or want to communicate with. You can truly make a difference in someone’s life by learning sign language.
This is a free google app for learning sign language:
Very detailed website teaching American Sign Language (ASL). Lots of free information.
Free online ASL classes.
Instructional videos for learning ASL.
Learn American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction, videotext and role-playing, and also teach you about Deaf culture.
American Sign Language instructional videos.
Free British Sign Language (BS online lessons).
Learn British Sign Language (BSL) from home in your own time with online lessons.
Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House, is South Australia’s oldest charitable service provider, offering vital therapy and support to children and young people who are blind, vision impaired, deaf or hearing impaired.
Learn Auslan Online 24/7 with unlimited, lifetime access to quality video tutorials & interactive activities, partake in fun informal online quizzes & get a certificate of completion at the end.
Introducing Sign Ninja, an engaging new online game, a way to have fun learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
New Zealand Sign Language resources available for free download.
Thank you for considering making a difference in someone’s life.
Can you read and write? Why not teach others or read to others?
Delight others in your local area with uplifting and funny stories read by you.
Nursing homes, orphanages, prisoners (inmates) and hospitals are just a few institutions who would be delight to have you.
Adult Literacy Programs that Change Lives.
The Sounds-Write training course offers four days of intensive training in phonics teaching to teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, parents and speech therapists.
If you are interested in getting started in a teaching career, this guide will help you learn the steps and key information you should know about how to become a teacher.
This organisation supports educators working with English language learners, with gaps in schooling, those who are new to Canada and those who may have experienced grief, trauma and loss.
An organisation delivering one-to-one remedial therapy to students with reading difficulties.
The Reading Clinic is Eastern Ontario’s only intensive reading clinic for students with reading difficulties and dyslexia. Our goal is to teach struggling readers to decode text and attain fluency skills at a grade appropriate level.
This Practice Reading and Speaking phonics course, will teach ALL of the different spelling patterns in the English language and the sounds that they relate to.
British Council website about Lesson plans, activities and practical articles for English language teachers of kids, teens and adults.
Informative blog about amongst other subject, volunteering to teach adults to read
Offers FREE Adult English Literacy and Numeracy Classes taught by qualified teachers.
This volunteer group provide free one-to-one assistance to adults wanting to improve their reading, writing, spelling, maths and/or IT skills.
This Practice Reading and Speaking phonics course, will teach ALL of the different spelling patterns in the English language and the sounds that they relate to.
New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education
Facebook page. SPELD NZ is New Zealand’s leading not-for-profit provider of assessment, tuition & support for those living with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. They also train educators (NZQA-endorsed “highly confident”).
The benefits of learning a new language are endless. Not only will you be able to communicate with more people, you will also be enriched by learning and understanding other cultures. Your skills can be needed right where you live, but you could also consider to volunteer abroad and offer your assistance in many areas.
The following languages are some of the most useful languages in our time:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
Where is Spanish spoken the most? Spain, South America, some African countries and of course America.
Free Online Language Lessons
Where is Portuguese spoken the most? Portugal, Brazil, some African countries.
Free Online Language Lessons
After the refugee crisis of 2015, many people Arabic-speaking individuals, have migrated or fled throughout the world. Arabic is becoming an essential language to learn for our present and future. Many Arabic speaking people need you and your particular skills. Where are the most Arabic-speaking refugees?
After the refugee crisis of 2015, many people Persian (Farsi)-speaking individuals, have migrated or fled throughout the world. Farsi is becoming an essential language to learn for our present and future. Many Farsi speaking people need you and your particular skills. Where are the most Farsi-speaking refugees?
Central Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Portugal, etc…) America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
Free Online Language Lessons
Are you good with yours hands? Can you build things?
Who could benefit from your help or assistance?
The local area where you live is the first place that could benefit from the wonders you can do.
You can offer your assistance to your elderly or disabled neighbours. For a small or even free of charge.
If you have a little cash, you could even travel, volunteer. Make new friends, for life. Gain an unforgettable life experience.
Help dig wells in underprivileged areas/countries.
Help built houses in underprivileged areas/countries.
IVHQ’s affordable Construction and Renovation volunteer abroad projects enable international volunteers to work alongside local people to support building new structures for community use, renovating existing community buildings, and improving local infrastructure.
Their construction and building volunteer projects are often undertaken to support the developmental goals of schools, orphanages, community centers and recreational facilities where IVHQ volunteers work.
Find out more about IVHQ: https://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-abroad-projects/construction-and-renovation/
Believe it or not. In this Technology age, many are those who are clueless when it comes to using a computer or even a smartphone. You could make a difference by offering to help those who struggle to live in this technological time.
Teach others about the basics of using a mobile phone (elderly or illiterates).
Teach others about the basics of using a computer (teach elderly, illiterates or underprivileged individuals).
Teach others about the basics of using the internet.
Thank you for considering making a difference is someone else’s life.
Cooking is a great way to focus on something positive. It’s also a fun experience when done as a group. Why not teach others how to cook and/or bake?
You could also cook for free for others. Why? Just to put a smile on many faces. Your local nursing homes, orphanages, homeless on the streets would be delighted to receive your delicious and yummy creations.
A trusted friend or family member could even help you with this great and honorable task.
So, you have a heart for animals? That’s great. Working with animals can be a great way to make a difference. You could either find out locally how to offer your services or volunteer abroad to help to the condition of animals.
VolunteerHQ offers great opportunities to work with animals:
Sri Lanka – Wild Elephant Conservation
You can choose to contribute to wildlife conservation efforts in Victoria Falls, wild elephant conservation in Sri Lanka, or sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and Bali. There are also opportunities to provide care for abandoned cats and dogs in animals shelters in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.
For more info: https://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-in-sri-lanka/
Costa Rica – Protection and care of animals
Because of over-exploitation and illegal trafficking, many animals are injured and other orphans are injured. The Center helps these animals recover and after healing their wounds and are autonomous, they are helped to return to their natural habitat.
Tenerife, Spain – Whale & Dolphin Conservation
- Make a valuable and significant contribution to the conservation of vulnerable whale and dolphin species
- Gain hands-on marine conservation experience
- Explore incredible Tenerife
Create unforgettable memories and make lifelong friends.
Do you like spending time in nature and could see yourself helping to improve our planet?
Why not see in your local area or abroad how you could volunteer or work to improve nature around you? International Volunteer HQ offers great opportunities to work with nature:
Peru – Cusco – Jungle Conservation
Volunteer in Peru with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most affordable and trusted volunteer organization. Volunteers are based in Cusco and the surrounding valleys of the Peruvian Andes. You can choose from 10 volunteer project options in Peru, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Construction and Jungle Conservation.
For more information visit: https://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-in-peru-cusco/
Do you have musical talents?
- Uplift others with your musical talents.
- Give free teaching lessons to underprivileged kids, youth or adults in your area or abroad.
How about teaching music abroad or volunteering in the arts to share your creative passions and inspire young learners to develop their artistic abilities?
IVHQ’s affordable Arts and Music volunteer projects enable international volunteers to be immersed in new creative environments with new cultural influences to share their talents and foster artistic learning among students abroad.
- Depression Helpline free phone 0800 111 757
- Anxiety Line 0800 ANXIETY (2694 389) – talk to a therapist.
This helpline is open all day, every day.
- Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
- Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline 0800 229 6757
- Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655
- Quitline 0800 778 778 – dedicated support to help you beat the smoking addiction
- Carers Australia – Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support
1800 242 636
- Headspace – free online and telephone service for people between 12 and 25 and their families.
1800 650 890
- Kids Helpline – free and confidential, telephone and online counselling for young people between 5 and 25.
1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia – telephone and online support for men dealing with relationship problems.
1300 78 99 78
MindSpot Clinic – online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.
1800 61 44 34
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) http://www.naccho.org.au/
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services in each state and territory.
02 6246 9300
- QLife – Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people.
1800 184 527
- Relationships Australia – provides of relationship support.
1300 364 277
- SANE Australia – information about mental illness, treatments and where to go for support.
1800 18 7263
- Support after Suicide – information, resources, counselling and group support to those who lost someone to suicide.
- Lifeline 13 11 14 Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 MensLine 1300 78 99 78
- Black Dog Institute (https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help) have a list of support groups in every state and territory.
- The Samaritans 0845 790 9090
- Child line 0800 1111
- National AIDS helpline 0800 567 123
- Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline 0345 023 468
- Sexual Abuse Centre 0117 935 1707
- Counselling (Youth) – Maidenhead 01628 636 661
- Youth Info Services – Milton Keynes 0173 334 9932
- Lesbian & Gay Switchboard 0121 622 6589
- Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – Scotland 0131 556 4049
- US Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433
- NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group 800-826-3632
- Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433
- Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline 630-482-9696
- Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information 800-422-4453
- Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis 800-233-4357
- Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish) 800-992-2600
- Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents 800-632-8188
- Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential) 800-231-6946
- Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish) 800-223-5001
- Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999
- National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD) 800-787-3224
- National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663
- Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7
- Text: 45645 Available 5pm-1am ET
- Chat: crisisservicescanada.ca Available 5pm-1am ET
The following spiritual facts are based on the research and teachings of Dr. Caroline Leaf:
Science is the technical understanding of what God has giving us. That includes you and the world around you.
HE has designed us in His image. He is brilliant so we are brilliant. Your are designed to reflect a unique part of the image of God. The laws of science have to align with the bible because they are written by the same author. The Bible also teaches that God is a spirit John 4:24. You, are in fact also are a spirit. You are a spirit that has a soul that lives in a body.
- YOU ARE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY
The spirt is the highest part of man and is supposed to dominate. The mind is separate from the brain. Your brain and your body can do NOTHING except what the mind tells it to do. Intuition resides in the mind.
- YOUR THOUGHTS
Your thinking becomes your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words and actions. Your words and actions become your future.
- YOUR DNA
It’s your attitude, not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.
If we allow ourselves to learn and operate in fear, it creates chaos and havoc in our brains.
- YOUR CHOICES
I can’t: is already a decision: it’s a choice.
Forgiveness sets you free and cuts you loose from the people that hurt you, so they can’t hurt you anymore. Unforgiveness keeps you entangled so they can still hurt you.
For more info about Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://drleaf.com/
What does science say about spirituality?
Let’s first establish the fact that you are not only the body you inhabit. Did you know that a human being is made out of visible and invisible parts? Yep. That’s even scientifically proven.
Dr. Caroline Leaf, is an expert researcher in neurology and neuroplasticity. In other words she is an expert when it comes to analysing and studying the human brain. This Scientist, Therapist, Author and Speaker states among other things that the human being is made of a body, a mind and a spirit. She also states that our intuition resides in our spirit.
For more info about Dr.Caroline Leaf: https://drleaf.com/
Dr. Kelly Turner a Harvard graduate, is a New York Times bestselling Author, a Screenwriter and a Producer. Dr. Turner specialised in research focusing on the reasons some cancer patients heal despite being given a few months to live.
In one of her articles (full article here) she discusses how choices make based on our intuition lead to better outcomes.
For more info on Dr.Kelly Turner: https://kelly-turner.com/
- Young people
- Older people
- Pregnancy and early parenthood
- Multicultural people
- LGBTI – individuals whose sexual preference are not aligned with the traditional norms. People who have undergone a physical (surgical sex change have reported developing depression )
- Religious individuals
Causes for depression
Depression can be genetic or slowly develop in a person.
The main causes for depression are:
- genetic – if one or both of your parents suffered from depression, medical research has concluded that the children might developed depression as well.
- abuse – a person suffering from verbal, psychological, physical or sexual abuse can develop depression.
- break-up – after a relationship or a friendship ends, the person who is most sensitive and emotional may develop depression.
- alcohol – some scientifically documented side effects of alcohol consumption are depression, self-harm and suicide.
- drugs – similar to alcohol (alcohol is actually a legal drug) some scientifically documented side effects of illegal drug consumption are depression, self-harm and suicide.
- pharmaceutical drugs – some drugs may cause depression. If you are on medication check the document provided with your medication to see if depression is listed as a side effect.
- environmental – a person’s living conditions, city or country they live in can cause depression.
- war veterans – having been through and witnessed many unspeakable things, war veterans are at a high risk of developing depression.
- former cult members – after leaving a sect, the former sect member usually struggles to live a normal life. Depression might develop as a result.
- loss – a person might develop depression after a financial loss or after loosing a loved one.
- religious individuals – people who believe in God but don’t know him personally. Find out more about this.
- atheists – people who don’t believe in God usually believe and science. However, science does not provide answers to important questions such as: “If there really was a big bang that started life, who made the bang? Who created me and why? Where do I go after I die? I have everything I need (health, food, shelter, money) but why don’t I feel happy inside? Uncertainty and not having answers for all or some of the above mentioned question, can lead atheists into depression.