I'm a little late posting this, my health and getting my other projects up and running caused some delays. But it's only February, so there's still plenty of time to do something to help someone else out this year, and make a difference.
3. SOMALIA and the famine in East Africa: The entire time I was in the hospital, and started feeling sorry for myself, I chanted (in my head) "I don't have cancer, and I don't live in Somalia". In Summary, according to Amnesty International: "Armed conflict between armed Islamist groups and pro-government forces continued in southern and central Somalia. Thousands of civilians were killed or injured as a result of indiscriminate attacks and generalized violence, and at least 300,000 were displaced during the year. Access by aid agencies to civilians and the displaced was further restricted by armed groups and insecurity. Humanitarian workers, journalists and human rights activists remained at risk of killings and abductions. Armed groups controlled most of southern and central Somalia and they increasingly carried out unlawful killings, torture and forced recruitment."
Another great organization to get involved with is Women for Women.Org. "Since its creation, Women for Women International has given hope to more than 299,000 women survivors of war and conflict and helped them move toward economic self-sufficiency with our year-long program of direct aid, rights education, job skills training, and small business development." Go to their website to see how you can help - this is their program model:
5. Hookers for Jesus. That's right - HOOKERS FOR JESUS! I saw a retweet by this group, and thought it was a joke. I ended up reading their website from top to bottom, I was so enthralled by the founder Annie's story, and what they do to rescue women from the slavery that is prostitution, focused in Las Vegas. "The primary services and programs of Hookers for Jesus are mission driven and are designed to minister healing and restoration of individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation. The primary services of Hookers For Jesus is to Hook (Outreach), Heal (emotional & spiritual restoration) Help (Transitional Assistance) through the Destiny House program." Hook, Heal, and Help. I love it. They are providing safe homes for men and women, they patrol the streets of Vegas looking to help prostitutes, and do many other incredible things to save sex slaves from their captors. Go check out their site and find one of the many ways you can get involved in this very real problem that exists today.