A gift guide for the whole planet

A gift guide for the whole planet

My husband and I stopped exchanging gifts a few years ago. Instead, we donate and do something fun, like see a play. That’s great: no shiny new books to add to the teetering tower of unread tomes, no scarves to add to the basket overflowing with these, and especially no complicated kitchen equipment to look reproachfully next to. this never used air fryer I got from a neighbor on Freecycle. Whether or not you give gifts to your loved ones, here are some suggestions for your end-of-year gifts.

1. Give directly. What do low-income people need? Money! That’s the idea behind GiveDirectly, which sends stipends of around $40 a month for three years to poor villagers in Uganda, Liberia and other African countries. It’s amazing the difference that small amount makes. For the price of your weekly deli and soda sandwich, recipients can pay for their children’s school fees, fix their homes, start a small business, or get medical care.

2. The Bail Project. The cash bond system is completely unfair. Got the money? Go home. Do not do it? Stay locked up. Not only does this keep prisons full of people who have not been convicted of a crime, but it prevents those people from working their cases effectively, separates them from their families, jobs and schooling, and can destroy their lives even if they end up being found not guilty. The Bail Project is simple: it pays your bail, and after the trial, the money goes back into the kitty to help the next person. So far, it has bailed out more than 26,000 people. Help them to help more.

3. Afghan Women’s Fund. Do you remember Afghan women? Despite fierce Taliban repression, which even bans them from visiting amusement parks, they continue to fight for basic education, health care and equity in one of the world’s worst countries for women. . Though it must work with care—two of its volunteers have been murdered and one has been tortured—AWF perseveres, sending school supplies for girls to use at home, helping women use their skills in sewing for a living and keeping local elementary schools running. . Plans are underway for a new program that could bring education within reach of tens of thousands of Afghan girls and young women. “The struggle continues,” says Fahima Gaheez, AWF Founder and Leader, “and we will overcome this brutality.

4. Funds related to abortion. There are plenty, and the National Network of Abortion Funds has a list of where you can find some in your state. A few specific funds to check out are next.

5. Brigitte Wedding Ring helps women and others who have to travel for an abortion. He pays for everything except the procedure itself: transportation, accommodation, food, childcare, whatever it takes.

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