Give the Gift of Education this Holiday Season

I recieved an email from Mama Lucy Kamptoni this week . She was excited to share that out of more than 100 schools in the Arusha district, Shepherds Junior school scored 2nd in class 4 national exams, only 2 points behind the top school.

This year’s TweetsGiving, a global gratitude event sponsored by Epic Change, benefitted Mama Lucy’s school in Arusha, Tanzania. Shepherds Junior currently serves about 350 students. During this holiday season you can help the school offer the opportunity for a great education to even more children.

Choosing one of the gifts below will help a child attended the shool. Your generosity will benefit children who have lost their parents or come from families that cannot afford basic needs.

Each of these items will help a child recieve a good education for a full year:

  • $25 – School Uniform
  • $50 – School Supplies
  • $100 – Daily Porridge and Lunch (annual meals)
  • $250 – A Good Education (annual tuition)
  • $500 – A Loving Home for a Child (annual boarding)

All of these gifts are avialable in the Epic Change Gift Shop.

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TweetsGiving Provides Important Aid to Tanzania

Scheduled for November 24 – 26, 2009, TweetsGiving is a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude. The 48 hour event was created by Epic Change and encourages us to express thanks using online tools and at live get-togethers across the world.

Guest are invited to give to a common cause in honor of those people and things that make them grateful. This year Epic Change will be partnering with Lucy Kamptoni in Tanzania to implement a technology lab at a primary school. The following video gives us a look at Tanzania:

But that’s not the whole story. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, Tanzania faces serious economic and health issues which will be addressed by the next generation. TweetsGiving gives us an opportunity to equip students in Tanzania to take leadership roles in the country’s future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.

Tanzania is in the bottom 10% of the world’s economies. The assistance Epic Change offers to Shepherds Junior primary school in Arusha ensures the necessary tools for the best education the school can possibly provide.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the many blessings and opportunities we share. Visit the TweetsGiving community and sign up for your own profile (it’s free). Then commit to give at least $10 dollars to the cause. You can also find a TweetsGiving event near where you live. Be a part, make history and help the kids in Tanzania.

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Musicians on Call, 12for12k Bring Healing Power of Music to Medical Facilities

A new month brings a new 12for12k charity. October’s chosen charity is Musicians on Call.

Music speaks to us on so many levels. It can encourage us when we’re down, play on our emotions when we’re up, inspire us to live better lives and draw us closer to God. Music even has the power to restore and heal.

With chapters in New York, Philadelphia, Nashville and Miami, Musicians on Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The organization’s efforts complement the healing process in a number of ways:

  • a Bedside Performance Program in which volunteer artist give in-room, live performances
  • a CD Pharmacy Program providing hospitals with CD libraries and personal CD players
  • the Project Playback Program allowing patients to record and produce their own music

So what can we do to help? It turns out that 12for12k’s goal of raising $12,000 per month fits nicely with Musicians on Call’s recently launched One Song campaign.

For just $10, Musicians on Call can bring one song to the bedside of someone who really needs it. Our donations achieve the following:

  • $10 brings one song to the bedside of a patient in a healthcare facility.
  • $50 brings 5 songs to the bedsides of patients in a healthcare facility.
  • $150 brings music to 15 patients through MOC’s Bedside Performance Program.
  • $250 buys 20 “Discmen” for a CD Pharmacy so patients can listen to music in their beds.
  • $500 brings the Performance Program for three weeks to a healthcare facility.
  • $1,000 brings the Performance Program for six weeks to a healthcare facility.
  • $2,500 creates a CD Pharmacy in your name or in honour of someone.
  • $5,000 brings the Performance Program for six months to a healthcare facility.
  • $10,000 brings the Bedside Performance Program to a healthcare facility for one year.

By supporting 12for12k and Musicians on Call this month we can easily provide patients in a medical facility with in-room, live musical performances for a whole year.

I hope you’ll join me in giving to Musicians on Call. You can donate or get more information at

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12for12k Launches Redesigned Site

The 12for12k Challenge is a combination of awareness and fund-raising that employs the power and outreach of social media to change the lives of millions worldwide. Founded by business consultant Danny Brown, the organization’s aim is to raise awareness and funds for 12 charities over the course of 2009, with a new charity supported each month.

August has been a month of change for 12for12k, reflected by a site redesign. Gone is the old blog design; in is the new, more aesthetic look and feel.

The new design includes:

September’s chosen charity is Doctors Without Borders. Your involvement with 12for12k could make a significant difference in the lives of people all over the globe. Look around the redesigned site, check out the changes, offer feedback, but most of all join the 12fo12k Challenge in bringing the power of social media to the people who need it most.

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Eye Care for Kids Video Reveals Vision for Kids' Eyesight

12for12kEvery childhood dream begins with a vision. Eye Care for Kids makes sure that vision can happen. Eye Care for Kids has provided humanitarian aid to more than 20,000 children since 2001. Their program helps visually impaired kids from poor and low-income families, across the state of Utah and including Native American reservations, get the treatment they need.

In this 2003 video, individuals connected with and benefitting from Eye Care for Kids discuss the importance of the charity’s mission.

12fo12k has chosen to assist Eye Care for Kids throughout the month of July. A donation of $25 ensures one child an eye exam and a pair of glasses. We can make it more than just a vision; we can make it a reality.

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12for12k Teams with Eye Care for Kids to Provide Vision

12for12kEye Care for Kids has provided humanitarian aid to more than 20,000 children since 2001. Their program helps visually impaired kids from poor and low-income families get the treatment they desperately need. They treat up to 200 children every week from across the state of Utah, including rural areas and Native American reservations.

According to state statistics, as many as 65,000 kids currently need the services that Eye Care for Kids provides free. Not only can this help with education and learning difficulties, it can prevent more serious long-term damage as well.

Their goal is to eventually help restore every child’s vision. 12fo12k has chosen to assist Eye Care for Kids throughout the month of July. We can make it more than just a vision; we can make it a reality.

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Follow Friday: More 12for12k Supporters

Follow Friday is a Twitter meme which seems to be spreading to blogs and other social networks. This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and groups worth following on Twitter and elsewhere on the net. I forget where I saw it first, but I think placing the recommendations in blog posts is much nicer than short tweets.

The following people are all supporters of 12for12k, the non-profit which supports a different charity each month. War Child, Stop the Silence, Share Our Strength,, Hospice of Peel and UNICEF’s Believe in Zero campaign have benefited from the efforts of these people who believe the power of social media can change lives for the better.

 Darin Berntson@iGoByDoc

Entrepreneur and single dad Darin is owner of All Aces Marketing Inc. and WSI Franchise. He’s a fan of Disney, but we’ll forgive him that. He also fashioned all those really cool 12for12k avatars. Rants, raves and other communications from Darin can be found at The Doc Block.

Danny Brown@DannyBrown

Danny provides branding and consultancy services to consumer and commercial markets. Not only is he my favorite Canadian, he’s also the founder of 12for12k. He keeps a social media and marketing blog by his name, and (for those who can’t get enough Danny Brown) posts insightful tidbits to Posterous.

Beth Ziesenis@AvenueZ

It’s ZEES-nis. This crazy writer lady cool writer chick is a speaker, marathoner and freelance copywriter. Beth writes about the trials and tribulations of freelancing at Life on Avenue Z.

Last but not least, let’s not forget 12for12k itself. The organization’s aim is to raise a minimum of $144,000 for 12 charities over the course of 2009, with a new charity being supported every month.

The concept is simple:

  • 12 months of the year
  • 12 charities, a different charity each month
  • $12,000 per charity

If 1200 people will donate just $10 each month, we can easily give $12,000 per charity. All proceeds raised go directly to the month’s chosen organization. July’s charity is Eye Care for Kids.

I hope you’ll check out the Twitter feeds and/or websites of these fine people and 12for12k. There will be more to come next Follow Friday.

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