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I work as an Internet writer so I've been checking out some of charities on-line. Giving is so easy these days, just a push of some buttons on your computer and you could make a positive change to world, no matter how small change, all actions in life have their reactions and repercussions. Check out Oxfam International, Plan International, World Wildlife Foundation, Red Cross, Unicef, Care International, World Vision, and Greenpeace just to name a few. You can also look up smaller organizations that work in your local area. A lot of web sites are very well constructed and you can read all about their campaigns, policies, how to donate, and even how to get involved yourself if you really want to be proactive as a volunteer.
The Oxfam International site is really interesting especially if you are one of skeptics who don't believe that money actually goes where it is meant to after being filtered by administration etc. They give annual reports, strategic plans, mission and vision statements etc. so we can know exactly what they are doing. I can't say same for all charities that exist, so do your research.
The World Wildlife Foundation also has a very professional website with a multitude of information in form of News articles and interesting facts. There are many cool photos of Nature and unfortunately of misuse of it by humanity. Like Oxfam site you can subscribe for a free monthly newsletter to see what new causes and case studies are on agenda. Reading these can make you a little sad but there is usually at least an equal amount of positive stories about progress from hard work done. I like reading these newsletters more than current affairs articles that usually have only a couple 'happy' stories that are often just silly and irrelevant (though I do think having a laugh after all death and chaos is better than nothing).
So check out some of these sites, they may help to redeem your faith in humanity as well as remind you of bigger picture that you are part of. In seeing wider perspective you may just realize that you can make a difference.
Jesse S. Somer M6.Net http://www.m6.net Jesse S. Somer is a firm believer that a butterfly flapping its wings in Jamaica can cause a storm in India. Every action has its reaction no matter how small, so it may be time to give a hand and we'll see what comes of our generosity.