With Giving Tuesday coming up on Nov. 28 and holidays on the horizon, you’re about to get bombarded with requests from charities hoping you’ll support their efforts. LiveBeyond will be among the 10 million nonprofits worldwide seeking funds for the communities we serve. Like LiveBeyond, some organizations use your donations to heal, feed, educate, and rescue those living in perilous conditions.
We know there are many wonderful organizations around the globe. We hope you’ll choose LiveBeyond, particularly if our mission, vision, and values align with yours!
– Is it clear how your funds will be used?
– Do you support the organization’s mission?
– Is the organization’s work in line with your faith and beliefs?
– Has the organization’s work made a viable difference?
According to the American Endowment Foundation (AEF), “When these steps are taken, donors will be able to feel a great sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and pride in knowing that their support is having a significant effect upon the causes and charities that are most important to them.” The AEF provides more details in its article “Criteria to Use When Evaluating a Charity.”
We encourage you to evaluate LiveBeyond by using the criteria listed above and by downloading our Impact Report. In it, you’ll see we use your donations to provide nutritious meals, clean water, education, maternal health services, and medical care in Thomazeau, Haiti and on Israel’s West Bank. Both are racked by violence, oppression, and extreme poverty. But people in both communities are facing a brighter future because of your funds and God’s blessings on LiveBeyond’s efforts to improve their quality of life. We hope you consider this life-changing impact worthy of your Giving Tuesday donation.
Education: The LiveBeyond schools and Johnny’s Kids programs in Haiti and Israel are staffed with excellent teachers and support staff, along with doctors and therapists for children with disabilities. Because of your donations, students and staff alike receive two nutritious meals a day, five days a week. We are proud of our students, who have a 100% pass rate on their exams!
Food and Water: LiveBeyond partners with Convoy of Hope to provide 15,000 meals, five days a week, in addition to the food produced by the farm. To provide clean water in Thomazeau, LiveBeyond installed 97 purification water pumps that pump 8-10,000 gallons of water each day. These pumps serve 200,000 people who now experience a higher quality of life and far fewer illnesses.
Maternal Care: LiveBeyond’s Maternal Health Program in Thomazeau employs excellent Haitian doctors, nurses, and staff who provide weekly medical care, supplements, nutritional support, and maternal health education to 1400 mothers and mothers-to-be. As a result of this program, the maternal mortality rate in Thomazeau has decreased by 73%! In Israel, mothers of children with disabilities in the Johnny’s Kids program were treated to a day out this year. LiveBeyond knows the emotional, mental, and sometimes physical toll of parenting special needs children, and wanted to provide these moms with a fun, relaxing gathering. During their special day, mothers joined together to share stories and bond over their experiences, thereby creating a much-needed support system.
Agricultural Training: The LiveBeyond Farm is the direct result of our donor’s contributions, combined with hard work and agriculture education. Created from a plot of rocky soil, this sustainable farm produces a myriad of fruits and vegetables. It provides more than 7,000 meals to families in Thomazeau. Our farm is proof that, with the right tools and knowledge, sustainable farming is possible in Haiti.
Church: Residents of Thomazeau and the surrounding area gather at the LiveBeyond church each week to worship, pray, grow in faith, and enjoy Christian fellowship with each other. Throughout the week, school staff and those in the Maternal Health Program begin their day with devotionals.
This is just a glimpse of what LiveBeyond is doing to help people survive and thrive in a broken world. Know this: we can’t do it without you and we are thankful beyond words for each and every donation. As you consider your options this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holidays, please prayerfully remember the people of Haiti and Israel.
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
— Psalm 82:3-4
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