By Helping Others, We Also Help Ourselves

By Helping Others, We Also Help Ourselves

By Barbara Farina

Fortunately, for everyone in the world, there are people who are very supportive and willing to help those in need. Today, more than ever, we must be aware of the needs of others and stop watching our own backsides alone. There are thousands of women in the world who need assistance meeting the basic necessities (adequate food, basic education, health, in many parts of the world can not find a source of drinking water, etc..) for themselves and their families which is something we should not be overlooking just because we personally mat not be struggling with it.


If this bothers you, consider helping make a positive change

Many organizations (foundations, NGOs, churches) are engaged in trying to carry out this mission. This is often done under  very difficult conditions as they are in countries with military conflicts, which means some assistance cannot be provided  properly. In those particular cases, many women suffer from traumas much deeper than not knowing how to read and write or provide a balanced meal. The issues some of these women face goes much deeper into psychological trauma by being sexually abused, mutilation, loss of loved ones by execution in front of their own eyes. I could list countless reasons, no better or worse than the other, but this is not going to bring more light on what is happening in the world or help them meet their immediate daily needs so they can gain the stability to enact their own long-term positive changes.

I think we all know, some more than others, such occurrences are a sad reality on our planet. Organizations like Opportunity International, VDAY, Captivating International, Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), A Window Between Worlds, Abby’s House Center for Women and Families and Hands of Africa all help many women and children around the world in different ways. There are many more organizations we could highlight. Unfortunately, the need is so great that the list is seemingly endless, but these are some we know to be doing excellent works. You can help us by providing the names of the organizations whom you are also aware of doing excellent deeds to help women internationally.

To help familiarize you with some of these organizations, here is a brief overview of what each is primarily focused on.

  • Opportunity International: Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) is a network of women dedicated to helping reduce poverty in the developing world.
  • VDAY is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. They promote creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
  • Captivating International works is to remove children from the poverty line.
  • Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) starts comprehensive programs for preventing violence.
  • A Window Between Worlds is a non-profit organization who through art, tries to give new meaning to the lives of many women and children who were victims of violence.
  • Abby’s House Center for Women and Families gives WOU community  an educational program information. They promote equality and nonviolence.
  • Hands of Africa is a nonprofit that works to restore the lost hope to the victims of the civil war in Sierra Leone. They focus heavily on helping amputees with a rehabilitation plan and self-sufficiency.
  • I cannot forget Amnesty International who provides help around the world in different causes and projects.

Help the world live as one

By helping others we also help ourselves.
Every time we help someone bring some hope to the world, right there, with that act we return a child to dream again.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon

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  1. TFH says:

    Kiva allows you to help small businesses via microloans

  2. Hmm, I do agree that we gain something by helping others.

    The best way to help IMHO is to teach the ability to help oneself. I think there is Chinese saying or Eastern at least which basically goes like.

    Give a fish to man and it will feed him for one day.
    Give a fishing rod to a man and it will feed him for a year.
    Teach a man how to fish and it will feed him for life.

    I love to teach how to fish. :-)

  3. Rick Thomas says:

    Every year my daughter’s Girl Scout troop sets aside a portion of their coolie earnings to help out the local food bank. It’s amazing to see what a positive effect it has on their self esteem. They always seem to leave the food bank “charged up”” and eager for another public service project.

  4. Hiroko says:

    I totally agree with this cause, however the author should’ve posted a picture that is much more bothering than that to touch more hearts. May we all have a better place and economy to live in.

    • AmandaFox says:

      I think the idea that it takes something graphically disturbing to move people to want to help others is sad in an of itself. I do see the point you are illustrating, however, the author’s intent was not to delve into graphic depictions of horrors, but rather focus on what can be done in as positive a light as possible as we are inundated with such images regularly. Thank you for the feedback. AK Fox – Editor-In-Chief

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