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Charity Spotlight: Living Goods

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This issue’s charity: Living Goods

Why they’re crucial: When disease hits, many of us are fortunate enough to easily access the medicines and medical expertise we need in order to get well. In places such as Uganda, Zambia and Myanmar, however, prohibitively priced medicines and lack of access can make treatable diseases such as malaria or pneumonia fatal. Living Goods works to provide desperately needed health products in developing countries around the world, and to encourage female entrepreneurship at a local level, through a door-to-door model of distribution. Living Goods trains women in the communities where they live to visit families, provide at-home health advice, and sell health products at an affordable price.

What they do:  

• Distribute simple, life-changing health products such as water filters and medicines to communities in need.
• Create entrepreneurship opportunities for women through a door-to-door sales and distribution model.
• Work to prevent child death from diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
• Create sustainable models for community health in developing countries.

How we can help: Throughout the duration of this issue, we’re collecting donations to this important charity. To join our efforts, visit livinggoods.org. Or mail donations directly to Living Goods, 220 Halleck Street, Suite 200, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 94129. Include the fundraiser name, Mother Earth Living Gives Back, on the envelope or check, if you wish. It’s our goal to collect $2,500 for Living Goods.

Did you know...

• Malaria, pneumonia & diarrheal disease cause up to 60 percent of child deaths in Africa.
• 6 million children will die this year from treatable diseases.
• Many child deaths caused by disease could be prevented for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
• In Africa, there are only 2.3 health-care workers per 1,000 people;in the Americas, there are 24.
• An independent study found that Living Goods’ community health agents reduce child deaths by more than 25 percent for less than $2 per person annually.