Guest Author - Jackie OŽNeal
Mercy Corps joined me last week, August 4th as my guest on Giving Hearts Live
(http://www.internetvoicesradio.com). The organization provides humanitarian aid and relief efforts in the Middle East-particularly Southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip and reaches hundreds of thousands of the people in the areas affected by the conflict now waging.
Mercy Corps received a top evaluation as one of the most efficient charities in terms of their allocation of resources from Charity Navigator, a charity evaluator. According to Charity Navigator, Mercy Corps uses 90 % of their agency resources directly to help those in need.
A $50 donation to Mercy Corps provides a weeks worth of meals for a displaced Lebanese family. In addition, a $20 donation allows a child to benefit from having a Childrens Care Kit, which includes milk, diapers and other much needed emergency supplies.
Mercy Corps convoys distribute emergency food such as flour, cooking oil, canned goods and other basic food items, and to date 15,000 blankets have been distributed in the affected areas.
Because water-borne diseases have begun to be a threat, pure bottled water is needed to prevent health risks.
One of the greatest challenges facing the 30 member Field Team, and the displaced still continues to be the difficulty of travel amidst the damaged roads and bridges.
Readers may make a secure online donation by visiting :http://www.mercycorps.org, or by calling :1-888-236-1900.
To access the podcast of my interview with Mercy Corps, Go to:http://www.internetvoicesradio.com.
You may also listen to my broadcast, Giving Hearts Live, Fridays from 4-4:30 PM EST by accessing :http://internetvoicesradio.com
Call- ins are welcome.
On August 18th, I will be joined by Charity Navigator for a discussion on issues concerning the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
To learn about Operation Playground and their project to build playgrounds in areas affected by natural disasters, tune in August 11th.
Additional guests and stories this month include a segment on Haiti Kids Foundation and chairman, Jesse Johnsons 4,000 miles bicycle tour mission to raise 1 million dollars for the organization. For more information, Go to:
http://www.haitikidsfoundation.org and tune in to Giving Hearts Live on August 25th.