Do Good: You Click, Companies Give, Girls Get a Chance

March 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm , by

96We need your help! General Mills and Merck have committed to donating $900,000 (!) to Join My Village, a program that helps fight poverty in Malawi, run by our friends at CARE. The initiative helps lift whole African communities out of poverty (and hunger) by giving girls the tools they need to spark change, whether that’s fertilizer to grow corn or teachers and school supplies. On the site your clicks help unlock tokens—and $1 donations—to the cause.

So what can you do? If you go to right now and sign up with the code “JMV4LH,” it will release $5 (for the first 2,000 LHJ readers) to help these women and girls in need, and then of course you can stick around and keep learning and unlocking dollars. These girls’ stories are so powerful that I’d watch and read even if there wasn’t a donation attached—but how awesome is it that there is?

So go right now and sign up! A few minutes of your time could truly change lives.

Join Us in Washington!

April 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm , by

Think you can do a better job than your politicians? Then take on Washington with us at the “Many Voices. One Movement” conference hosted by CARE May11-12.

You’ll meet passionate people from around the world and attend events with top speakers. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote! Secretary Clinton will join notable speakers including Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), CARE Advocate for Maternal Health Christy Turlington Burns, humanitarian and author Malaak Compton Rock, and the First Lady of Sierra Leone Sia Koroma as we work together to end global poverty. Plus, attend exclusive, Meredith-only events with our own editor-in-chief, Sally Lee.

Be part of a movement that is bringing hope to millions of poor women, families and communities around the world! Only 100 readers can be included, so buy your ticket now!

Sign up today!

Do Good Event: Half the Sky

March 2, 2010 at 9:51 am , by

halftheskyUpdate: Listen to Sally talk about the Half the Sky event with Pat Lynch, host of Speak Up! on the Women’s Radio Network.

We’re psyched to tell you about a can’t-miss, one-day event that’s happening this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in theaters across the country. The event was inspired by the amazing stories from Half the Sky by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and one of our favorite do-good organizations, CARE, helped put it together. You’ll even see a special guest star who’s very close to our hearts (Sally Lee, our fabulous do-gooder- and editor-in-chief)!

Half the Sky will feature musical performances, celebrity commentary and the world premiere of “Woineshet,” a short film by Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone. You’ll also see appearances by India.Arie, Maria Bello, Diane Birch, Michael Franti, Dr. Helene Gayle, Angelique Kidjo, Nicholas Kristof, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Celebrate International Women’s Day and get inspired to help women and girls everywhere turn oppression into opportunity. Learn more about Half the Sky and buy tickets to a showing in a theater near you!

Do Good: Haiti Earthquake Survivors Helping Others

February 1, 2010 at 11:55 am , by

scoutWhen we heard this story from our friends at CARE, who are a big part of the relief effort in Haiti, we had to share. Local boy and girl scouts who survived the earthquake have banded together to help CARE deliver supplies and comfort people in need.

Joanie Estin, right, is a member of Ste. Rose de Lima Scouts of Léogane. She lost her father, and her home, in the disaster. Her family has been living at a local school, but as soon as she could she joined up with her fellow troop members to pitch in.

“We try to advise the people on how to stay calm, and we help the international agencies with the distributions,” Joanie said to CARE. “For me, it’s a good deed. It helps me feel better.”

At a recent aid distribution, for instance, scouts served as security to help control the anxious crowd and emotional support as aid workers delivered soap, sanitary napkins, and other hygiene supplies to the women of Léogane.

Want to know how you can help? LHJ has partnered with CARE to help drive donations that will go toward both immediate emergency relief and a long-term redevelopment plan in Haiti. Visit their website to learn more and donate.