As of the beginning of 2020, I have funded 40 loans that totals $1,000.00 to people who use Kiva in 21 of 75 countries Kiva exists. I’ve been a member since January of 2012.
I’ve invited people to try Kiva and also I help fund money into my kids Kiva accounts for them to lend out. As of the beginning of 2020, the people that I invited to try Kiva have made 156 loans to people. My friend Kirk in California is kicking ass since he represents a little over 100 loans himself. That’s awesome. So I’m going to put more of my money into Kiva and also get more people into it.
So my goal is to fund 100 loans myself and have the people I invite into Kiva… I want them to total 1,000 loans!
Step 1: Watch the Video to see what is Kiva.
Step 2: Click the link and try and do a little $25 loan to someone to see how it works.. http://www.kiva.org
I recently got two TenTree products. From the label you get a little code that you can register on the website and it will show you where your 10 trees will be planted. They were on Dragon’s Den and from that exposure has made it a great new brand on the Canadian marketplace and now it’s starting to branch out world wide. I have posted a long video below of them on Dragon’s Den as well as a pretty cool video that explains more behind the scenes look at the founders and the company with starting this venture. It’s pretty cool and recommend.
It’s on my list of 101 Things To Do in 1001 days… so I need a total of 70 trees. I presently have 30 trees with 3 things purchased. Very easy goal.
Update: 30! 10 more trees in Madagascar with a new tshirt purchased 16Mar16
Ten trees can have an incredible impact on the ecosystems they plant in. All trees planted are local species, often times in some of the harshest regions. They use “pioneer” species to ensure survival and often plant more than ten trees per item to guarantee ten trees SURVIVE for every item sold. They aim to plant in areas that have the greatest need.
Madagascar, where mangrove forests have been devastated, leaving locals with infertile farm land and completely wiping out thriving ecosystems.
Here is the first 20 that were planted in Madagascar from my first purchase.
At tentree, manufacturing is one of the key areas where they pursue social equity and environmental sustainability. It is a widely held belief that the garment manufacturing industry is oppressive and irresponsible. Not only do they believe that we are capable of changing this; they believe that it is their responsibility to do so. To make a broad sweeping statement that tentree will avoid all international production is to accept that there are issues that cannot be fixed. Instead, we work to change the apparel industry through transparency, dedication, and diligence.
I think it’s a cool brand that I want to get the kids connected with. You can’t have enough hoodies and T’s in your rotation.
From the website you can get it at “Boathouse” locations at different malls and Sporting Life in Toronto carries the line.
At Lufthansa where I work we support iThemba School that is located in Cape Town, South Africa. One of our offices is located in Cape Town. Most of our staff does payroll deduction to support the school. This year, one of my colleagues asked if I wanted to support the shoebox program. So on behalf of me and my two kids we did so. Some other people in my training class did so too and we did four of them. These are the kids at the school that we helped. Another colleagues had the chance to visit the school to help when she was in Cape Town working for a while.
Dan Dewey is my hero. Truly wonderful how he did this for many years before anyone knew. He just flew out to LA to be on a talk show that airs on Friday. Just a couple of weeks ago… someone bought him a car and left it for him. Val who used to work at Starbucks helped him set up his Facebook Page (which you should like).
Here is the first little video that started it off for him. Your more than welcome to send some money and buy a round of coffee that happens each week. He is outside of Detroit. You can even message him and meet him at Starbucks and help him deliver it to the hospital and hand it out.
Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp. I found out about these two from the little documentary called “Living On One Dollar” which I recommend highly. I’m going to sit down with my two kids and watch this with them.
From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome cultural barriers to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.
Please share this trailer and take action for a more peaceful world.
A while back around the holidays… I went to a Men’s Shelter in Peterborough and helped out in the kitchen with meal prep and also serving food to Men. I actually enjoyed it and I also felt bad when I was not working that I should be helping out between 4:30 and 6pm Monday to Friday. Since I’m renting a couch downtown and my shifts have been mostly starting in the afternoons… I’ve been going to the shelter a couple times a week in the morning to basically help clean up. I clean up the food station where in the mornings there is coffee and a good amount of donated bread from the local supermarkets where the men who stay there have some toast in the morning. I’ve also gone upstairs to help bring down laundry to help do a load of laundry in the morning before I head out to run some errands before starting my shift. I’ve sat and talked to some of the Men there and I enjoy talking with the staff.
It’s a humbling experience and I’m glad that I’m volunteering. I have been working during the suppertime dinner shift… but hopefully I can help out there also if I have some free time that lines up with that time slot.
I’m going to keep volunteering there as long as I can. I’m also looking forward to volunteering with GreenUp and help out with some of their events.