Philanthropy Friday: Shake the World and Provide Life-Saving Water in Ethiopia

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

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My good friends over at B1G1, a social enterprise initiative in Singapore, recently gave me the opportunity to check out their brand new app called Shake the World. It’s a simple and fun app that allows you to provide clean, safe, life-saving water to people in need in Ethiopia for a day. (Note: If you missed my post on B1G1, you can read it HERE.)

Like B1G1’s work with businesses and individuals, the Shake the World app provides another way to give back by completing a simple action. When you open up the free app, you shake your phone until the glass that appears fills with water. Once it’s filled, and your kids are entertained by the sounds it makes in the process, you can share what you’ve done with the in-app share buttons that then appear. From there, you’ll need to enlist a friend to help keep the “water shaking” going. You can create a “friendship ID” and send it along via email or text. And the process keeps repeating until more people shake and provide life-saving water!

Sharon Chan, Shake the World Project Leader, tells me the water is provided through the WellWishers Trust, one of the 48 Worthy Cause Partners at B1G1. Being a Worthy Cause Partner at B1G1 already means that WellWishers has met a series of stringent criteria, which includes having a transparent accounting and reporting system, as well as an efficient way of using their funds to benefit those who really need it most. 100% of the contributions from the app are channeled to WellWishers Trust for the construction of wells in Ethiopia.

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In addition, the app allows you to ‘make wishes’ — a wish that, in and of itself, is consistent with the B1G1 philosophy. It might be something like ‘Every time I dine out, I wish that a child in need could have a nutritious meal’, or ‘every time I jump in my car, I wish that a child in need had access to a bicycle to get to school’.

You might wonder how the water is actually provided to those in Ethiopia via the WellWishers Trust. Each “water shake” is sponsored by a host of B1G1’s small business clients around the world.

To date, those clients using the B1G1 platform have made possible 44,700,000 giving impacts around the world. The Shake The World App will add many more.

Here’s a quick video that explains the app.

Find out more at shaketheworld.me.

Are you ready to Shake the World?

 

Read and Make an Impact with Simplicity and Savings #ImpactEzine

At the end of May, I shared with you a guest post from fellow Global Team of 200 members, Lisa Van Engan and Amy Sullivan, for a Philanthropy Friday. They talked about how they joined their shared passion for making a difference by launching an Ezine called Impact.

I’m happy to share with you the hot off the press summer issue of Impact today. This issue is all about living simply and saving while also leaving space for giving back.

I was honored to be asked to contribute to this issue as well. You can find me talking about monthly giving on pages 12 and 13. As a contributor, I had the opportunity to read through the Ezine over the weekend. I can tell you that there are some great tips in there!

Read the summer 2014 issue of Impact with Simplicity and Savings

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

If you missed the guest post from Lisa and Amy, you can read it here.

Do you have any tips for simplicity and savings to add?

Philanthropy Friday: Empowering Mothers Through Baby Products

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

Since today is a US holiday (Happy Independence Day!), I’ll make this post short and sweet.

I’ve written about how you can make an impact through buying (RED) in a past post. (RED) continues to expand their partnerships with amazing companies who want to join the fight for an AIDS Free Generation.

I just found out about their latest partner, aden + anais. Founded by mother and entrepreneur Reagan Moya-Jones, aden + anais was born out of a mother’s need to care for her baby. In just seven years, the aden + anais brand has become a trusted favorite among consumers, supporting parents in over 63 countries worldwide.

Through this partnership, 10% of every (aden + anais)RED product will help support the Global Fund to fight AIDS and its critical work to reduce the number of babies born each day with HIV.  

The (aden + anais)RED Special Edition Collection features a stylish line of boutique muslin baby products in fun (RED) prints. The best part of the collection, of course, is that it allows mothers to make a smart choice for their babies while also helping mothers across the globe.

Here’s the impact:

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The classic four-pack of swaddle blankets ($49.95) and dream blanket ($49.95) can each provide 12 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

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The classic two-pack of swaddle blankets ($32.00) can provide 8 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

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The two-pack of burpy bibs ($22.00) and a three-pack of snap bibs ($19.95) can each provide 5 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

These special edition collection products are available at adenandanais.com and at key distributors in the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

Who needs to do some shopping?

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