Each month in 2013, we’ll be spotlighting a charity organization. Large or small, we are interested in promoting the good work going on in the world. If you’ve got a charity to recommend, please, drop us a line – firstname.lastname@example.org We are particularly interested in highlighting the work of groups who work to elevate women, promote literacy, create sustainable agricultural opportunities in developing nations, aid children living in poverty, or support animal welfare. – Reesa
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.
You can learn more about their principles, work, and impact on their website. You can see a breakdown of their financial operations on Charity Navigator.
In 2009, DWB/MSF treated nearly 8 million patients. They offer trauma medicine, prenatal care, and childhood vaccinations to people who might otherwise die for want of basic medical care. Many of the medical personnel who work with Doctors Without Borders donate their time, meaning that even more of the operating budget can go to medicine, vaccines, and equipment. DWB/MSF provides medical care to any patient who needs it, in war zones, in poverty-stricken areas in the U.S. and abroad, during epidemics, and in the wake of natural disasters. They are often one of the first aid groups on the ground, and some of the last to pull out.
If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, I urge you to investigate Doctors Without Borders, and donate if you are able. Your $5 may very well save someone’s life.