The Struggle for Clean Water: Spotlight on DigDeep & the Navajo Water Project

The Navajo Water Project

When we think of communities struggling with access to and the availability of clean water, our thoughts typically go to far-off places. Digging wells in African nations is a familiar concept to many, but for those of us living in the United States, it often hasn’t occurred to us that water security could be an issue in our own country, too. The Navajo Water Project is a nonprofit that urges us to change that mindset.

It’s an offshoot of DigDeep, an organization which identifies not as a charity, but as “a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every … Continue reading

Making the World a Warmer, Kinder Place — Spotlight on Knit-a-Square

Knit-A-Square

If you’ve been keeping tabs on my monthly features of charities and nonprofits, you may have noticed a common theme: I like grassroots. I like community engagement. I like the feeling of doing something hands-on and tangible to help others and make the world a warmer, kinder place. This month’s spotlight on Knit-a-square is very much in keeping with that ideal, and offers another simple yet wonderful way to make a difference–all you need is some yarn, a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook, and a whole lot of heart.

Keeping the Cold at Bay

Knit-a-square (KAS) was … Continue reading

“A Catchy Title for a Post about Periods” – Spotlight on Days for Girls International & the Pad Project

Days for Girls

Every month, a significant part of the world’s population has to contend with a biological cycle that is entirely natural and yet, more often than not, extremely taboo. In the western world, getting your period isn’t exactly considered polite dinner table conversation, but we’ve managed to reach the point where it doesn’t interfere too much with our daily lives: disposable feminine hygiene products are, for most individuals, easily obtainable and very effective, and women aren’t shunned during menstruation. Western girls and women wear a pad or use a tampon, maybe take an ibuprofen for the cramps, and then we’re able … Continue reading