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The Work These Folks Do Is Nothing Short Of Magic. Watch Closely — You Might Be Mesmerized.

What if we used our privilege to help change the world in small but powerful and sustainable ways? These folks are doing it.

The Work These Folks Do Is Nothing Short Of Magic. Watch Closely — You Might Be Mesmerized.
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This is some amazing work they do; empowering local populations through helping to build schools, clean water systems, women's alternative income programs, medical centers, and a sustainable food supply. In addition to all of the win-win-wins that provides, this keeps big oil from buying up their land — and the rainforest — in order to ... well, you know the drill. Pun intended.

To date (December 2014), Change Heroes has accomplished a lot.


Projects funded:

  • 100+ schoolhouses Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, China, India, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Laos, and Tanzania
  • Libraries in India and Bangladesh
  • Water projects in Nepal
  • Girls scholarships in India
  • Anti-sex-trafficking work in Cambodia

Stats:

  • Over 5,000 people have given $3.33 a day for three months from over 40 countries.
  • Campaigns have launched in Swedish, German, French, Spanish, and English.
  • They plan to expand to hundreds of more cases in 2015.
  • Approximately 154,000 people will be affected by the projects to date.

Countries served:

  • Kenya
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana
  • China
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Nicaragua
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Tanzania

They also have a page on their website that keeps updating how they're doing. Here's one from Dec. 10, 2014:

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Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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