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What’s saving Grace? a word from Helene D. Gayle, CARE

“The corn should be this high now,” Grace Orwa says, holding her hand far above her head. “But the rains came late.”

In Grace’s village in western Kenya, rain was scarce this year and the corn crop — which villagers depend on for food and income — will be meager, if it comes in at all.

The good news is that Grace and her neighbors formed a CARE community savings and loan group, which provides a vital financial safety net during tough times. Even if the crop fails, the villagers have the means to make it through to the next harvest. Thanks to her group, Grace has enough money to keep her children in school.

Your tax-deductible gift today can help poor people access tools and resources to become as resilient and self-sufficient as Grace is today. Here are some ways your gift can help change lives:
$75 can provide three village savings and loan groups with a lock box, ledger and other start-up supplies to help them manage loans and help start small businesses
$115 can provide a community mobilizer with a bicycle to reach village savings and loan groups in remote villages
$150 can provide a farmers’ association with soil testing equipment to help improve harvests
With the price of food skyrocketing, many families are struggling to afford food — and experts predict prices will continue to rise in the future. Veronica Okongo was worried that the increasing cost of food would jeopardize her ability to pay her children’s school tuition. So she moved her life savings from a bank to a CARE-created community savings and loan group where she earns more interest.

 Unlike banks, CARE’s community savings and loan groups are owned by their members, and interest earned from repaid loans is shared among group members. The more money Veronica saves, the more interest she earns! Today, Veronica is confident that her children will be able to stay in school and she will be able to afford the food they need to stay healthy and focused on their studies.

Your tax-deductible donation to CARE today will help women like Veronica and Grace build a brighter future for themselves, their families and entire communities.

 Thank you for all you do to help empower women and girls to escape hunger and poverty — for good.


Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE

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“The defining human tragedy of this century.”

That’s how a recent Oxfam report described the fact that rapid climate change is exacerbating hunger all around the globe.

It’s a story that’s too often missed. And as world leaders gather at a climate change summit in Cancun this week, we have just a few days to shine a bright light on how climate is intimately connected to hunger.

Stand up for the world’s poor and fight hunger now.

Evidence of the changing climate’s impact on hunger is everywhere.

We saw it in Pakistan, where massive, devastating floods swamped farmland, decimated crops, and left more than 10 million people in dire need of food aid.

We’ve seen it in Russia, where droughts have driven the price of wheat sky-high in some regions, increasing the number of struggling families.

And we see it in Kenya, where farmers no longer know when to expect rain, causing seasons of failed harvests.

The World Food Programme estimates that climate change is expected to add another 10-20% to the total of hungry people by 2050. The poor and malnourished are especially vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related natural disasters. And, as rainfalls become more sporadic and temperatures increase, hundreds of millions of farmers worldwide will have to abandon traditional crops and try to adapt.

Take a stand against hunger now, before the talks in Cancun conclude.

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Change.org Weekly …Save the Serengeti; Deporting Vietnam Vets; Musicians Boycotting Tobacco

September 20 – September 27

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Save the Serengeti

Plus: Deporting Vietnam VetsMusicians Boycotting TobaccoNorth Carolina’s “Legal Rape”Children Building Stadiums“Bumfights” Star Redeemed

There’s a place in the world where global issues like climate change, poverty, threatened indigenous cultures and mass species extinction converge. It’s one of the most recognizable wild places on earth, and it’s in danger of becoming roadkill.

That place is the Serengeti, a World Heritage Site and home to the largest land migration of wildlife in the world.

The people of Tanzania have protected the Serengeti for the role it plays in their culture since the birth of their country. Now their government plans to sever it with a 31-mile, two-lane highway.

For those of us who are used to the six-lane highways stretching thousands of miles across the U.S., one little road might not seem like a big deal. However, this project has been mapped out right across the migration path of over a million wildebeest and other animals.

Wildebeest numbers will plummet if they can’t reach the Mara River in Kenya, impacting the food chain from the top down. Lions and other predators would face a food shortage. Without wildebeest grazing to maintain the grasslands, leading biologists warn that grass fires could destroy the region and turn it into a source of carbon emissions.

Despite the potential for ecological disaster, there has been scant media attention about the planned road. One of the few bright spots is the group Save the Serengeti, which is using Change.org to mobilize thousands of people within Tanzania and across the world to stop the road’s construction.

Join the call for the world community to help Tanzania find a better transportation solution than to build a road directly through one of the world’s natural treasures. Because we won’t have a second chance.

For more news and action from the world of change this week, see the summaries from your favorite causes below:

Deporting Vietnam Vets in IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Valente Valenzuela has lived in the U.S. legally since childhood and received a Bronze Star for bravery in the Vietnam War. His brother, Manuel, also served honorably. Now, under zero tolerance immigration law, the decorated veterans face deportation for crimes from years ago, crimes that most likely resulted from war-related post traumatic stress disorder. Not only will 62-year-old Valente be sent back to a country he left over half a century ago, he’ll lose all veterans benefits and the ability to continue attending PTSD counseling. America cannot so callously turn its back on immigrant veterans who sacrificed for the red, white, and blue. Read more »

Musicians Boycotting Tobacco in HEALTH

The main sponsor of Indonesia’s largest music event, the Java Rockin’land Festival, is one of the country’s leading tobacco companies. The pressure is on for the headlining acts, including The Smashing Pumpkins and Wolfmother, to follow in the footsteps of Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson and refuse to continue their Indonesian tours unless tobacco sponsorship ends. But will they? Read more »

North Carolina’s “Legal Rape” in WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Welcome to North Carolina, where rape is legal! If you consensually begin having sex in the great state of North Carolina, want to stop, and your partner forcibly restrains you to continue having intercourse, even causing injury, well, too bad. Women’s Rights blogger Alex DiBranco reports that due to a 1979 state Supreme Court decision, a woman gives up all control of her body upon penetration and cannot withdraw consent. Recently, a young woman found this out the hard way when her rape case was dropped. Read more »

Children Building Stadiums in END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

In India, child labor is not uncommon. But even in India, child advocates were horrified to learn construction managers have been bribing poor parents to bring their children to dangerous work sites to build stadiums for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The result? Children as young as three have been seen working in dangerous piles of rubble on a construction project that has already killed at least 45 people, including a two-year-old girl. It’s time to tell the Commonwealth Games Federation that child labor is not sporting. Read more »

“Bumfights” Star Redeemed in END HOMELESSNESS

One of the men featured in the infamous “Bumfights” videos of the early 2000s is clean and sober and filled with regret. Rufus Hannah, a 50-something homeless man, published a memoir this month. He says he can’t forget the day in 2001 that a 17-year-old cameraman paid him in alcohol to beat his friend until the man had a broken ankle and was carried off in an ambulance. How could he? He has “Bum Fight” tattooed across his knuckles. His redemption story is not just uplifting, writes End Homelessness blogger Josie Raymond. At a time when violence against the homeless is increasing, it’s also vital. Read more »

Have a great week. And remember: voter registration deadlines occur in many states at the end of the week – so make sure you’re registered today.

– The Change.org Team