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One Great Charity for Every Millennium Development Goal

With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) quickly approaching, now is the time to give back to help the world’s poor. Below is a collection of one topnotch charity for each of the first four MDG. All charities listed have a score of 88 or higher on Charity Navigator, so you can trust that your donation will effectively help the cause.

MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Where to donate: The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project works in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to help rural communities become self-reliant in food production. According to the organization’s website, “The Hunger Project urges people not to wait to be rescued, but to take action now to meet their basic needs.”

The Hunger Project’s programs first work to empower women food farmers in poor, rural communities. The organization provides professional training, easy credit access and leadership workshops to help women help themselves. It then rallies communities at the grassroots level with the Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop, which gives each participant a specific project to help their community become hunger-free. The Hunger Project also partners with local governments to bring about lasting change in the community

MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Where to donate: United States Fund for UNICEF

This U.S. branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund does fantastic work for children internationally. You can donate specifically to UNICEF’s Education Programs by going to the Education and Schools tab on the organization’s website. These projects will help build safe schools, train teachers, and send School-in-a-Box Kits, which set up temporary classes within 72 hours of a disaster.

Through UNICEF’s Change for Good program, you can even donate your leftover foreign currency to the cause.

MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Where to donate: Camfed

While global rates of primary school enrollment for girls have grown exponentially, many families in low-income countries cannot afford to have their daughters complete their educations. Since 1993, Camfed has helped over 3,500,000 girls in the poorest regions of Sub-Saharan Africa through secondary school and beyond. The organization provides school-fees, uniforms and supplies for girls throughout their entire educational experience—even through college. It also trains young women as small-business owners, health care workers and teachers. Many of Camfed’s graduates go on to take leadership roles in their communities.

MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

Where to donate: United Nations Foundation- Shot@Life

Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a preventable disease. Vaccines for diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea, the two biggest killers of children under the age of 5, can save millions of children’s lives in low-income countries. The system is simple—your donations directly fund life-saving vaccinations. For only $5 you can protect a child from measles and polio for his or her entire life.

Through June 19, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Shot@Life every time you share a post through Global Moms Relay.

– Caitlin Harrison

Sources: The Hunger Project, UNICEF, Camfed, Shot@Life
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