Say NO to ANIMAL CRUELTY!

Dear animal ❤️-ers, welcome to my PETA fundraising Money Pot! 1.4 million animals die each year because they are victims of animal testing, including the use of cosmetics and 400K coyotes are killed each year for fur in the U.S alone 🙈 🙉 🙊 ! The number is just astonishing! As you know I feel very strongly about animals and veganism, that's why I've been campaigning for animal rights and working closely with PETA UK charity (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I decided to launch this campaign because I wanted to get more “hands-on” in the fight against animal cruelty,  especially when it comes to the unethical make-up testing  🐶 🐮 🐭  and using animals for clothing (check out my new video at PETA HQ in the updates section).  My mission is to support the charity and their work in raising awareness about how much suffering goes into animal testing and obraining fur. I believe that no animal should be poisoned or killed for us to wear a pretty lipstick or mascara or a winter jacket. It's really sad knowing about all the atrocious and inhumane experiments and practices that take place everyday and not much is done about it...So here I am campaigning 💪🏻! Please join my fight! It would be amazing if your could make a small donation and help me share this money pot page on your social media (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram) to spread the word! When sharing it please use the hashtag #LWfundraiser to have a chance to WIN one of the lipsticks from my Basic Bitch cruelty-free makeup line! Let's all be a part of something good and stop wearing animal blood on our beautiful lips or bodies! 💄 👄  🙎🏽  Find out more from my YouTube video:  PETA is internationally recognised as one of the leading and most influential animal charities in the world. They focus on campaigning against issues of animal cruelty that include topics such as factory farming, fur farming & animal testing. Any issue that involves animal cruelty is on PETA's radar and you can be rest assured that they will do everything in their power to put a stop to it.  BUT, they need funds to do all this amazing work, funds that don't come from nowhere.  If you are an animal lover, or want to help put a stop to animal suffering, please donate.  * 100% of your donation will go to PETA UK charity* Give however much you want* All payments are secureThanks so much for getting involved and supporting this cause!Lucy Watson

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Say NO to ANIMAL CRUELTY!

Say NO to ANIMAL CRUELTY!

Dear animal ❤️-ers, welcome to my PETA fundraising Money Pot! 1.4 million animals die each year because they are victims of animal testing, including the use of cosmetics and 400K coyotes are killed each year for fur in the U.S alone 🙈 🙉 🙊 ! The number is just astonishing! As you know I feel very strongly about animals and veganism, that's why I've been campaigning for animal rights and working closely with PETA UK charity (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I decided to launch this campaign because I wanted to get more “hands-on” in the fight against animal cruelty,  especially when it comes to the unethical make-up testing  🐶 🐮 🐭  and using animals for clothing (check out my new video at PETA HQ in the updates section).  My mission is to support the charity and their work in raising awareness about how much suffering goes into animal testing and obraining fur. I believe that no animal should be poisoned or killed for us to wear a pretty lipstick or mascara or a winter jacket. It's really sad knowing about all the atrocious and inhumane experiments and practices that take place everyday and not much is done about it...So here I am campaigning 💪🏻! Please join my fight! It would be amazing if your could make a small donation and help me share this money pot page on your social media (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram) to spread the word! When sharing it please use the hashtag #LWfundraiser to have a chance to WIN one of the lipsticks from my Basic Bitch cruelty-free makeup line! Let's all be a part of something good and stop wearing animal blood on our beautiful lips or bodies! 💄 👄  🙎🏽  Find out more from my YouTube video:  PETA is internationally recognised as one of the leading and most influential animal charities in the world. They focus on campaigning against issues of animal cruelty that include topics such as factory farming, fur farming & animal testing. Any issue that involves animal cruelty is on PETA's radar and you can be rest assured that they will do everything in their power to put a stop to it.  BUT, they need funds to do all this amazing work, funds that don't come from nowhere.  If you are an animal lover, or want to help put a stop to animal suffering, please donate.  * 100% of your donation will go to PETA UK charity* Give however much you want* All payments are secureThanks so much for getting involved and supporting this cause!Lucy Watson

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Moving for a Good Cause: Special Wheelchair for my son Loris and his friends

Moving for a Good Cause: Special Wheelchair for my son Loris and his friends

Hello, My name is Luc Brucher, I work as an Audit Partner at Deloitte Luxembourg and I have decided to challenge myself to support a good cause. My goal is to sponsor a special wheelchair designed to enable runners to push a disabled person in the chair while running. This wheelchair will be donated to Schrëtt Fir Schrëtt, who will use it for various sport activities for disabled people. Schrëtt Fir Schrëtt is a Luxembourg non-profit organization created in 1996 that offers multi-disciplinary conductive education programs for disabled children. They are convinced of the benefits of sport activities for disabled people as it boosts their self-esteem and confidence, reduces stress, and fosters positive social interactions. Here’s a picture of the chair: To complete my challenge, I need your help to gather €6500.I will run the ING Half Marathon in Luxembourg on 27 May 2017 together with my son Loris, who benefits from the excellent work provided by Schrëtt Fir Schrëtt every day. Loris’s wheelchair will be accompanied by his friends in other wheelchairs as well as Deloitte volunteers who will support us during the race. This experience will be fun, inspiring, and impactful and it would be great if you could join me in this endeavor by making a donation on this Leetchi page. Every contribution is welcome, and together we can really make an impact that matters by helping Schrëtt Fir Schrëtt and its beneficiaries. Help spread the word! The more people become aware, the more we can help support Schrëtt Fir Schrëtt. I will post regular updates about my challenge on Facebook, and you can follow me by clicking on the link below:* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/407122482994126/Don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions, and thanks in advance for your support! Luc Brucher

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Make it Better

Make it Better

Water, health care and sanitation, basic rights that many people live without Rural Health Care Foundation fights every day to make thousands of thoselives better Their beliefs and willingness to make lives better inspires volunteers that jointhem in the most diverse projects But that is not enough Unfortunately, they are facing major difficulties to a point where performingtheir mission is becoming impossible They need an extra hand Let's help Rural Health Care Foundation with small donations With your help, thousands of children will have access to clean water andeducation Can you make it better? YOU CAN!  We started this fundraising campaign because unfortunately Rural Health Care Foundation Lost their car, without a car it is very complicated to host volunteers and to reach the rural villages of Mubende. Without a car, their mission is compromised. My experience with RHCF was inspiring, to see how they face all the adversities with a smile on their faces, to see all the children happy for having clean water or a pit latrine. I believe all volunteers leave Mubende with their heart full of ideas and with motivation to help others. Let's not stop it! Now we are back home and everything is "normal" but RHCF is on the field everyday, struggling to help families... that is their normal. Together, we can make it better... IMPORTANT NOTE - If you are using an American Card make sure your bank is informed that you are making an international deposite. Otherwise, the bank might block it!

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Fran, Victoria, Ali, Sara and Bryony's 96 Miles to Nicaragua

Fran, Victoria, Ali, Sara and Bryony's 96 Miles to Nicaragua

A beautiful wild country with a turbulent past, Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Even though the country boasts stunning landscapes which are leading to its rising tourism industry, almost 30% of the families in the country live in poverty and over 8% struggle in extreme poverty, surviving on less than £1 a day. After spending the best part of a year volunteering and living in rural communities across Nicaragua, we’ve found 2 causes that we feel passionate about supporting now that we're home. We are asking people to dig deep to help us support these projects and in return we will be walking a gruelling 96 mile trek. Over seven days we will be traversing the rugged Scottish Highlands, from Milngavie to Fort William, on the West Highland Way. Blisters, chaffing, bogs, Haggis attack, rain and even the very possible destruction of our friendships, we are prepared to face it all, so please sponsor us. We promise to provide plenty of embarrassing video and photo evidence of the ordeal. Any and all funds raised will be used to support the below projects: Yanaira’s University feesWhile most public universities in Nicaragua are free to attend, private institutions heavily outnumber their state-run counterparts and can cost anything up to $1000 for the academic year. For many of the families we worked with in rural communities, this translates to an impossible cost to cover and means that many young bright Nicaraguans do not get to pursue further study at university. However, in the community of Agua Calientes in which Victoria spent 10 weeks living with the Moncadas, Yanaira Moncada, the oldest of the family, is about to enter her final year of university studying English after which she hopes to secure a job in the growing tourism industry putting her linguistic skills to good use. For the last 3 years, Yanaira has been studying, working in a local restaurant and running her own business in pig farming to help pay for her fees. Due to low pay and the tenuous economic situation in Nicaragua she is under enormous pressure to keep up with her studies and in addition, cover the costs of running her own household. With your donations we can help her complete her university and be the first in her family to graduate from university. So please, donate what you can. COMJERUMA - A cooperative of young apiculturists in the Somoto Region.These young entrepreneurs are innovating new ways to market and distribute honey for the national clientele. Apiculture is about as sustainable as a business can get- not only are they developing a product with lots of great health benefits, they're helping to conserve one of the most valuable species on the planet. COMJERUMA are training young people in communities across the region, promoting apiculture and providing employment opportunities.

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From fleeing to seeing: refugee baby girl needs urgent medical intervention

From fleeing to seeing: refugee baby girl needs urgent medical intervention

During the past year and a half over million refugees transited through Serbia, hoping to reach countries where they would find safety and rebuild their lives from the scratch. Children make up over a third of the total number and vulnerable cases among them are countless. It, unfortunately, remains impossible to reach and help them all. However, we can reach and help some. This is about one of them. A baby girl, whose parents are currently residing in one of the refugee centers in Serbia, was born in November last year. She has been diagnosed with bilateral congenital cataract - with a high risk of total blindness if not operated within the first months of her life. Although the costs of medical care for migrants in Serbia are covered by state, the needed intervention that would prevent her from completely losing sight, can be performed only in private hospitals and costs have been estimated to be around 8500€. For a refugee family, stuck in transit after the closure of borders, this amount is simply impossible to reach. Waiting to, eventually, arrive to their final destination, where the intervention might be covered by the state is also not an option as the intervention has to be performed ASAP.  Different actors, as well as individuals, are looking for possible sources of funding to make this operation possible. So far - no solution in sight. I am going for this long shot before the time runs out. Instead, on the 4th of March, I will be running half a marathon in order to kick off this fundraising initiative - you can buy kilometres, meters, centimetres…you can’t buy time. Any donations, small or big, will be collected until the total amount is reached/alternative source of funding is found or, in the worst case, until it becomes too late to perform the intervention. In that case, as well as if we do not reach 8500€, your donations would be transferred to an organisation providing direct support to refugees and migrants in Serbia. Share if you care! Donate before it is too late! Thank you! You can find out more about congential cataract hereYou can find out more about current situation of migrants in Serbia here

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School meals for kids in Volos, Greece.

School meals for kids in Volos, Greece.

Welcome to this money pot !When the volunteers at the Solidarity Kitchen heard me describing a young child in my daughter's class who came to school hungry and had nothing to eat all day, they immediately offered to feed her. Within a very short time, the Solidarity Kitchen's founder Angeliki had visited the school, met with the headteacher and was delivering 25 meals to children in need. This year, the Solidarity Kitchen is providing meals to 60 children in need in Volos schools. What I find most moving about their efforts is Angliki’s dedication to the cause. For example, throughout the summer she slept overnight in her car to set up a stall of hand-knitted and crocheted gifts every morning at a local seaside resort—all to raise money for the children's meals. As a woman in her late sixties, this is no mean task. Additionally, this week I found out that Aggeliki and another volunteer had visited a bazaar in Thessaloniki to raise money for the Solidarity kitchen. Once again, Angliki had slept in her car in order to set up her stall in the morning.. The Solidarity Kitchen needs to raise €3,500 to pay for the meals for the 2017 academic school year. While this seems like a lot of money, it will go a long way and be spread among many. As a mother, I would be very grateful for anyone able to help Angeliki, her team of volunteers, and the children of Volos who are in need of daily meals. Take a look at the Solidarity Kitchen's website to get a feel for the work they do.https://kouzinavolos.org/Of course, it's in Greek, but there are lots of photos and videos!! Click to make a contribution.* Give however much you want.* All payments are secure In Solidarity,Maria McCarthy.

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Kurshaid Ambulance Fund

Kurshaid Ambulance Fund

Welcome to this money pot !HISTORY1Kurshaid Nawab was born 1st March 1966 in a remote village called Tindrah in Khaniwal District Pakistan.  Her family were poverty stricken and worked on the land they lived on.2Not long after her birth, relatives noticed she had a congenital eye condition which rendered her visually impaired. The condition was quickly spotted as her brother suffers from the same complaint.Her father, wishing the best for them, guided and protected them both as much as possible throughout his life.  Her mother, equally concerned, ensured Kurshaid had a respectable Islamic upbringing for similar reasons.3Kurshaid could not attend school as there was nowhere locally that catered for her special needs.4Kurshaid acknowledges that while she lived with her parents, she was under no obligation to carry out house working tasks.Unsatisfied with this arrangement, Kurshaid proceeded to throw herself in to completing as much housework as she was able to do for her family, partly to keep up with contributions made by other members.  She often recalls the intense anxiety experienced at night after a day’s work, when visiting the outside bathroom with her sisters, as she was unable to go safely independently due to her visual impairment.5During the early 1980’s, Kurshaid’s uncle, my father, visited Tindrah from the UK.  Upon seeing his nephew and niece’s plight, he was emotionally moved such that he made arrangements to try and bring them back with him for possible treatment to improve their quality of life.6BACKGROUND Kurshaid finally came to the UK in 1986 and lived with her uncle, my father and our family which is when I first met her.  She attended Southwark College London, where she learned English and a little braille.  The more she learned, the more she empowered herself.7Since being acquainted with Kurshaid, I have perceived five fundamental characteristics inherent to her personality which preserved her wellbeing, such that at times it appeared that she lived the life of two people.  These characteristics were: Zakat: Generosity, Kurshaid rightly felt we all have a duty to raise money for those less fortunate than ourselves, despite her own plight.  To this end, she supported her own family, often sending clothes money or equipment for those she knew of who had special needs. Additionally, she often prompted us to collect our second hand clothes, shoes and money for UK charities frequently hurrying to get to collection points. Salat: continuing to pray five times a day no matter what, together with an acceptance that god knows best whatever happens in life and that we have little control over events.  She lived by this mantra throughout her life. Gratitude.  Kurshaid was grateful for everything, every day, from when she rose to when she slept.  I believe this too contributed to her overall happiness and is an example to us all. Her mental and physical capacity.  Kurshaid was steadfast in her Islamic beliefs. When faced with adversity, she prayed to Allah for help to either accept or change matters for the best.  Kurshaid was also physically stronger than she appeared. She occasionally surprised us all by moving heavy cumbersome furniture independently when the need arose.These four characteristics when combined, produces a fifth.  This is to care for anyone who were fortunate enough to cross her path.8MOTIVATION TO RAISE FUNDS Kurshaid nawab passed away after four anxious weeks in hospital on Thursday 9 March 2017.  No one properly knows how much money she raised since 1986, as she never counted what she gave.  We do know that it must have been significant.  Kurshaid was very resourceful in completing her objectives and was relentless in this task since being in the UK.She leaves a wonderful twelve year old boy, Khalil and loving husband who now both have to learn to live without her.On 10 March 2017, the day of kurshaid’s Jannaza (funeral), those who attended, was testament to her astonishing personality.  Everyone

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Nick & Mary Ann's Tiree Half-Marathon 2017

Nick & Mary Ann's Tiree Half-Marathon 2017

Welcome to Mary Ann & Nick's Fundraiser! We hope you'll help the Watercolour Music team raise some money in the Tiree Half-Marathon! Picture it. The Celtic Connections festival, January 2017. The Tiree Songbook gig - a big musical love-in for the island my dad grew up on - is a sell-out success. Backstage, Mary Ann, Musical Director for the night, is swept along on a windsurfing wave of feel-good and agrees to run in this year's island Half-Marathon. Thanks, Angus Skipinnish...! Well, the training is well underway (the shoes are the genuine instruments of pain article!), and Mary Ann has enlisted the other half of Watercolour Music - the lovely Nick - to run as a team on April 29th. Rycote the dog is also doing a very fine impression of Burgess Meredith in Rocky mode. So, we'd like to take the opportunity to raise some money for two organisations close to our hearts. The first is Ewen's Room, based in rural Lochaber, and which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues. It's run by Rosie and Malcolm Gillespie in memory of their son, who had schizophrenia, and finally committed suicide in 2008. Ewen tried very hard to deal with his problems on his own, and his parents are now working hard to spread the word that it's OK to be open about mental health. From our own encounters with issues of mental wellbeing, we couldn't agree more, although it's still not an easy thing to do, and we support all their hard work - they are a wee organisation but with a big job to do!   The second is Mary Ann's beloved Inverness Gaelic Choir with whom she's been associated for many years. Their music, love and friendship have been a source of support at the bestest and lowest of times over the years, and this is our way of saying thank you and helping to ensure that they carry on as the great musical team they are, and can continue to push their music in new directions. We would be so grateful for any donation, big or small, to this moneypot which will be divided equally between the two groups once we've made our final tally after the race. We have been overwhelmed by people's generosity since we launched this fundraiser, as have Rosie and Malcolm Gillespie and all at Ewen's Room, and everyone in the choir as well. As a result we've exceeded our first target and we're now aiming to achieve £2500. As ever, all your help is much appreciated - a real inspiration!  Click on one of the following links to add to the pot.* Give however much you want.* All payments are secureAnd you can follow Mary Ann on Facebook for occasional updates in the lead-up to the race. Thank you - Mary Ann & Nick !!!

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Art Therapy Project in Nepal

Art Therapy Project in Nepal

Languages: English, French and SpanishNamaste ! We are two French volunteers, currently on a 3-month volunteering mission in Lalitpur (located in the Kathmandu Valley) in Nepal. We are working in a Nepalese NGO called Saathi, which is dedicated to women empowerment. Indeed, Saathi's goal is to create a safe, violence free environment for women and children. Since its creation in 1992, Saathi has developed several programmes promoting gender equality, helping victims to recover from the earthquake that occurred in 2015 and even programmes defending the LGBT+ community. A women's shelter has been set up to rescue victims of rapes and/or domestic violence, and five homes have been created to host children and teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds and who did not have any access to education. Website : www.saathi.org.np We intend to develop two projects during our volunteering mission in order to make our contribution to Saathi's great work. However, we need you to carry out these projects ! Saathi is an NGO which is mostly financed by donations, therefore there is only a very limited budget allocated to the different shelters. * Art therapy project at the women's shelter (Painting, musicotherapy, dancing, cooking, drama club, sewing...) * Project on the "Sustainable Development Goals" at the Children's homes (workshops encouraging debate, discussion and cooperation, intercultural activities, gardening, creative writing workshops, craft activities, outings...)Here is the equipment needed for such projects : paint cans, coloured pencils, sheets of paper, chalks, fabric, sewing threads, needles, balloons, ball, boxes, craft materials, seeds, plants, budget for transportation (outings), cardboard boxes, ingredients (for the cooking workshops)... Essential donations : diapers, baby milk, clothes for the children, blankets, computers, books... To keep you updated on the project progress, please feel free to contact us on Facebook or via email : Léa Bottot - bottot.lea@gmail.comMarie-Lou Chauvin - marie-lou.chauvin@outlook.fr Thank you for your help ! Namaste ! Nous sommes deux volontaires françaises actuellement en Service Civique à Lalitpur (située dans la vallée de Katmandou) au Népal pour une durée de 3 mois. Nous réalisons notre volontariat au sein d'une ONG népalaise nommée Saathi, spécialisée dans le droit des femmes. En effet, Saathi se bat pour créer une société plus sûre et dépourvue de violence envers les femmes et les enfants. Depuis sa création en 1992, Saathi a développée plusieurs programmes tel qu'une aide juridique, de la prévention sur l'égalité des genres, une aide aux familles victimes du tremblement de terre de 2015 ainsi que la défense de la communauté LGBT. Un refuge pour les femmes victimes de violences domestiques a aussi été mis en place ainsi que 5 refuges pour enfants issues de milieux défavorisés et n'ayant pas accès à l'éducation. Site internet: www.saathi.org.np Nous souhaitons développer deux projets au sein de cette ONG durant notre phase de volontariat afin de pouvoir contribuer à notre échelle à cette cause qui nous est chère. Afin de mener notre projet à bien, nous avons besoin de vous ! Saathi étant une ONG financée principalement par des donations, le budget alloué aux refuges reste restreint. Nous organisons donc ce fundraising en comptant sur votre générosité afin de nous aider dans notre mission. * Projet d'art-thérapie au sein du refuge pour femmes (Peinture, musicothérapie, danse, cuisine, théâtre, couture...) * Projet sur le thème des Objectifs du Développement Durable au sein des refuges pour enfants (Ateliers d'expression, jardinage, ateliers d'art créatif, ateliers d'écriture, sorties "découverte", activités de coopération, ateliers interculturels, initiation au débat et à la prise de parole...) Matériel nécessaire à la réalisation des projets: peinture, crayons de couleurs, papier, craies de couleurs, tissu, fils, aiguilles, ballons, balles, boîtes, accessoires de travaux manuels, gra

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The Edinburgh 2017 Galloping Gorillas

The Edinburgh 2017 Galloping Gorillas

Welcome to the Edinburgh 2017 Marathon Galloping Gorillas campaign!  Who we are running for: The PRWOP campaign, Bring the PRWOP Kids’ Crew Back To School, seeks to bring back to school eight children who all lost their fathers who were protecting the wildlife of the Democratic Republic of Congo. PRWOP aims to help establish independent livelihoods for the widows of Park Rangers in the country. These rangers lost their lives in work related incidents and now their families are doing it tough.Helping these families will allow them to access primary school education for their children. These families believe that education can bring about lasting change in the lives and livelihoods of their households and communities. You can find the campaign here: carolinebec.wixsite.com/fundraisingsite   About us:  We are a motley bunch of friends from different parts of the world. Australian, English and French, we are all living in Edinburgh and for some reason we all seem to enjoy running in Scottish weather (which is usually involves ice, rain and/or wind… on a good day). We have all decided to run for PRWOP, where we hope our travails can help out the PRWOP kids’ crew. Some of us have more experience than others, but we are learning (and suffering) together every time we sweat in the great city of Edinburgh. May 27th, three of us will be prancing through the 10K and May 28th, two of us will rock the Half Marathon.  Meet the Galloping Gorillas: JOHN  John is from northern England and spends much of his time as a PhD student looking for Vikings. Like the Vikings of old, he plans to charge like a maniac through the streets of the UK… only this time to fundraise for the PRWOP kids, instead of for gold and glory. Though he’d still like a seat at the table in Valhalla for his efforts. John is running the 10k. JACK  Jack is from the English midlands. He is doing a PhD in alien-hunting (no joke). In his picture he can be seen stoking a large fire-beacon, which he uses to try and communicate with distant planets. He also likes to run (presumably in preparation for outrunning the tractor beams when they come for him). He has decided to put in an effort at the half marathon in aid of the cause. TAS  Tas in an Aussie with Grecian roots, who is thought to be looked over by two Greek gods: Dionysus, the god of debauchery; and Hermes, the Greek god of athletics. The former means that he knows how to relax (see picture). The latter means that he can run like the wind. He has decided to put this last talent to good use in doing the 10k run in support of the PRWOP crew. GEOFF  Geoff is Australian. He likes gorillas - as evidenced by his gratuitous selfie with a silverback on the border between DRC and Uganda. He says that the rangers who took him to the gorillas were total dudes. He also sometimes pretends to like to run. So he’s dusting off his long neglected running shoes to have a crack at a half marathon to try and raise some funds for the PRWOP crew. CAROLINE  Caroline is the French program manager of the PRWOP campaign. She also knows some Kung Fu. She is running a 10k for the first time ever and, as she did not want to suffer alone, used her Kung Fu to pacify this group of troublemakers and invite them to run with her. Fate decided that she will celebrate her 24th birthday the day of the race and this is giving her even more motivation.   Help up to raise funds for the Bring the PRWOP Kids' Crew Back to School   Your support will help the children to stay in school and reach their full potential.Thank You!

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Improving Mental Health for the Poor in Cambodia

Improving Mental Health for the Poor in Cambodia

This page is to donate money to Prof. Alex Wood to help some of the poorest people in Cambodia to get better mental health care. The money is planned to be used as part of an ongoing project to improve the treatment of mental health in the region, or to be donated to a hospital which gives good healthcare to the poorest people for free (or at a cost affordable to them).Best value charitable donation - no middle menA key challange with giving to charity is knowing how much actually gets to where it is needed. Alex is able to personally take the money to where it is needed and use or give the money directly to the hospitals. No middle men, no employees, no advertising, none of the normal worries about the efficiency of charities.Our Mental Health ProjectImproving mental health services is a key health challenge for developing countries across South East Asia. Cambodia faces particular challenges following a genocide and series of wars in the 1970s and 1980s. During this period health care and university services were nearly entirely destroyed, including through a particular targeting of medical practitioners and academics for execution during the Pol Pot era. In the last two decades, Cambodia has made impressive efforts to rebuild its health and educations systems, including through the establishment of a basic infrastructure of hospitals, medical education universities, and aspirations to conduct international quality research. This has led to notable improvements in physical health as seen, for example, in arrested and declining HIV rates. However, mental health needs have been nearly entirely neglected, and the Cambodian population is largely without access to even rudimentary psychiatric or psychological treatments in both primary and secondary care, leading to several problems.First, rates of untreated mental illness are very high, with associated suffering and stigmatisation. Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression alone causes more suffering than that generated by all physical disorders combined. This suffering may be expected to be exceptionally high in Cambodia as almost no one in the older generation will have avoided witnessing or experiencing highly traumatic events, and the younger generation will have been born and parented in the recent aftermath of the trauma.Second, mental health conditions are often miss-diagnosed as physical, leading to inappropriate treatment that both wastes resources and risks harming the patient through unnecessary treatment, which in many cases exacerbates the mental health condition.Third, the treatment of chronic physical health conditions is complicated through a lack of assessment or treatment of co-morbid mental health conditions, resulting in the physical health conditions being more difficult and expensive to treat, as well as causing a considerably worse prognosis for the patient. For example, key challenges of HIV programmes include; (a) missed appointments, (b) patients dropping out of the system, (c) the need to locate patients that have so disengaged, (d) lack of adherence to treatment leading to both the emergence of opportunistic infections and HIV medication failure, (e) the need to use newer, more expensive medication due to first line medication failure, and (f) erratic medication compliance risking the emergence of drug resistance at the population level with international implications. Much of these problems emerge from patient disengagement and non-compliance, a key predictor of which in other countries is untreated simple mental health conditions such as depression. Adding a mental health assessment and treatment protocol may both reduce these problems and lead to a net financial saving for the programme.The implementation of an evidence based mental health programme is not currently possible due to the near total lack of research on how to assess or treat mental health in Cambodia, and there is no current mechanism to disseminate new p

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