If we are going to change the world in ways that empower every human being to make a difference, then it seems pretty certain that social entrepreneurs and their networks will be there to help and guide us. Uniquely, this is an method that has emerged from the grassroots of all the world's regions criss-crossing cultures and other borders - with Bangladesh contributing two of the world's currently most valued social entrepreneurial changes - microfinance 1 2 3 and the world's largest citizen organisation 1 2 3 . If there is any way we can help people in Pakistan explore where social entrepreneurs have already discovered ways of improving humanity's lot in many of the most challenging arenas of life on this earth, please do tell us.

Google melted 100 macrae.net blogs down 9 dec 2005 ; this jumble is what's left of the past (apologies if stuff dated 2005 and earlier contains missing links); let's see if we can value a new future 1 2 3

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

what do the biggest philanthropy foundations do

I have never understood what eg the Gates Foundation does with its bilions being someone who seeks to understand what people with microfinace grassroots budgets. Its not that I or we want money from big foundations but it would be nice if one day a year they opened theor doors to a jam (like habitatjam.com) in which people could log up questions, and then with much more time they could choose which were worthy of a worldwide answer.

Bringing this back to Pakistan, whilst searching the gates Foundation web on another mater, I tripeed to a section which said we also have facilities for special emergency releif cases . Below the content from this GF bookmark. My question would be:
did Gates F get involved in Pakistan's earthquake emergency needs in some ways? could be worth a polite letter to GF if we first know what information on that is known in Pakistan?

Emergency Relief Backgrounder

Emergencies, both natural and man-made, tend to have a greater affect on the developing world than on developed countries. Often it is women and children who are most in need of assistance.


The Challenge

Each year, millions of people suffer as the result of emergencies:

Sudden natural disasters such as disease outbreaks, earthquakes, floods, fires, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, and cyclones
Disasters that develop more slowly, such as drought and famine
Man-made disasters principally caused by conflict, such as civil wars
Natural and man-made emergencies tend to affect developing countries more than industrialized countries. For example, in 2001, 24 major armed conflicts occurred in 22 countries. All but three were intrastate, and most were located in Africa. In 2002, there were 424 natural disasters, causing 12,000 deaths and affecting 608 million people. And, since 1990, conflicts have been responsible for 3.5 million deaths and millions of injuries.

During emergencies, it is crucial to respond quickly to meet basic needs for clean water, food, shelter, sanitation, and emergency health care. Through one-time grants made to major, established international relief organizations, the foundation aims to:

Respond quickly to provide for basic needs
Minimize the emergence of disease or other disaster-related complications
Reduce the further displacement of people by providing assistance such as food and shelter
The Hope

The foundation makes grants to strong and reputable organizations to help countries recover from disasters. We focus on funding projects that have the potential to significantly improve a disaster situation through:

Delivering food and other essential items to those affected by disasters
Providing health services related to the emergency, with a focus on child and reproductive health
Improving or restoring water and sanitation services
Using health interventions to prevent outbreaks of disease
Representative Grants

$750,000 each to Save the Children Federation and CARE, and $500,000 each to the International Rescue Committee, World Vision, and Mercy Corps to provide emergency aid in areas affected by the earthquake-generated tsunami in Asia (December 2004; grants for tsunami relief total $3.5 million)
$250,000 to Save the Children Federation to help children orphaned or separated from their parents due to the December 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran (January 2004; grants for Bam earthquake relief total $1 million)
$500,000 each to CARE, the International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children/U.S to improve the public health and security status of refugees in West, South, and North Darfur (April-May 2004; 2004 grants for relief during the humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region total $2.4 million)


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