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The Monthly Report – September, 2015

September Monthly Report

Monthly Report – What is the Monthly Report?

Each month of the year, we will be publishing what we call our “Monthly Report.” In this video series, we will be talking about some of the various issues that we support through the non-profit organizations listed on our website that our amazing customers can choose to donate to. We will also talk about the top 5 non-profit organization that our amazing customers have been supporting. In a way, this monthly report will be a very quick way for you to know what we have been up to!

In this first issue of this video series, you can learn all about ContactsforLess.ca, the top 5 non profits that our customers support and even learn a bit about supporting Transit from our CEO, Paul W. Slusher. So make sure you watch it!

 

Top 5 Non-Profits Supported By You! | The Monthly Report

  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters
  2. Doctors Without Borders
  3. World Wildlife Fund
  4. Women For Women International
  5. Save the Children

Each month, we handpick one non-profit organization out of the 47 different non-profit organization on our donation list. This non-profit organization will be the default organization upon your checkout page. Of course, you always have the chance of choosing whichever non-profit you wish to donate 51% of our profits to. However, the highlighted group of the month will be set as the default non-profit that we donate to.

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Doctors Without Borders Aids Nepal

MSF teams in Nepal

Nepal and the World Are Helped by Doctors Without Borders

MSF teams in Nepal

At ContactsforLess.ca we believe in helping save the world by making it a better place. That is why every month we specifically choose a highlighted cause to bring more attention to these humanitarian efforts, so that YOU can make a difference in the world, one contact lens at a time.

For the month of May, we are proud to say that the international humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is our highlighted cause.

Every year Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides emergency medical care and aid to millions of people caught in crises. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides assistance when catastrophic events –such as armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or malnutrition—overwhelm local health systems. On any given day, more than 30,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other qualified professionals working with MSF can be found providing medical care around the world.

There is no doubt that the recent earthquake in Nepal has shaken more than just the country, but the world alike as a result of this tragedy. Many humanitarian charities and emergency relief organizations have responded by rushing rescue aid to the areas devastated by the Nepal earthquake.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working since 2007 close to the Nepal border and responded to the recent natural disaster by sending four teams of medical and non-medical staff to Nepal to assist those victims affected earthquake. They have also sent 3,000 kits of non-food items and medical kits to Nepal.

Following the first earthquake on April 25, a second earthquake hit Nepal on May 12. Since the occurrence of this second earthquake, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have been assessing the affected areas in the Dolakha district where villages were destroyed by this second earthquake.

Additional Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are also conducting assessments east of Kathmandu. Other teams have also split up to visit various hospitals in Kathmandu, ready to intervene if necessary. For the two previous weeks though, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams have been providing medical assistance and distributing food and shelter to remote areas affected by the first earthquake. The teams have also set up an inflatable field emergency hospital in Arughat, located in the Gorkha district, to provide even further aid to the population affected from the disasters of the first earthquake.

This 20-bed hospital comes equipped with operating facilities, as well as an obstetrics and maternity unit, and has been set up to serve the population with critical health services as a result of the two earthquakes.

“This facility here is replacing the health center that was destroyed in the earthquake and which provides health care to the 10,000 inhabitants living here in Arughat, as well as the 40,000 people in the small, inaccessible villages in the surrounding health district,” says Dr. Jean-Paul Delain.

If you would like to help support the relief efforts that Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is doing in Nepal, make sure you choose them as the nonprofit organization that you want to donate 51% of our profits to. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is the highlighted cause for the month of May at Contactsforless.ca

 

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Women for Women International: Inspiring Change in Women

Women for Women International

“All of us have an opportunity to invest in the untapped potential that resides in women, who too often have their strength and potential overlooked. They are the strong businesswomen, the coffee growers, the basket weavers, the farmers and artisans. They are the women saving money and working in a cooperative. Our challenge is to link them to market opportunities where they can add value.” –Afshan Khan, former President & CEO, Women for Women International

There is no doubt that in modern conflicts, women are increasingly vulnerable, generally being targeted as civilians. In many cases, women are used in sexual violence situations as a method of warfare to replace the sons lost in conflict. Although it is incorrect to make the assumption that men are less vulnerable than women, women are generally more susceptible to poverty, exclusion and suffering as a result of armed conflict.

Violence Isolates Women Into the Shadow of War

With magnifying inequality and social networks break down, women and girls become much more vulnerable to acts of sexual violence and exploitation.

Sexual violence acts are not just a brutal act of violence in war. Sexual violence expressed as rape violates deeply held social values within the community. In many instances, these women are also raped as a means of sending out a message of torture to the rest of the community. Many women who are victims of sexual violence tend to be raped and humiliated in front of the whole community they belong to.

Sexual violence leaves women feeling humiliated and isolated from the communities they belong in. Sexual assault robs these women of their confidence, self-esteem and overall, their self-worth. In many cases, these women feel like they are nothing and they have no value in the world.

In other cases, these women are still affected by poverty, widowhood, discrimination, gender inequality and increased insecurity. All of these issues affect these women even further and plunge them deeper into feeling isolated and disconnected from their communities.

How Women For Women International Is Inspiring Change

For these women who feel forgotten in the shadow of war, Women for Women International empowers women in war-ridden areas to form communities of peace. Since 1993, Women for Women International has offered support to women in 8 different countries worldwide by providing them with the tools to access life-changing skills.

There is a wonderful resilience in the spirits of these women who have been broken time and time again by the shadow of war and conflict. These women carry with them a sense a hope, even though they have lived through hopeless situations. These women have faced struggle to its very core and still continue fighting courageously to keep their families together.

Women for Women International prepares the most marginalized women by making them aware of their power and knowledge to improve the community and society they live in. They bring in women together into a safe space where they can learn about their legal rights, health and nutrition, as well as learn vocational skills to help them in life.

By supporting Women for Women International, you are inspiring change in these women who have lost hope. Your support helps these women fosters hope in themselves. Your support helps empower these women into forging a new path for themselves and their families. Your support helps these women overcome the traumas caused by the violence of war to create a sustainable change to themselves, their families and their communities.

ContactsforLess.ca donates 51% of its profits to the non-for-profit organization of your choice with your purchase. Every month, we are proud to have a highlighted cause that we speak about in order to raise awareness of what they are doing.