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Solutions To Stop Slaughter

Dear Gabriel,

Elephants are incredibly intelligent, family-oriented animals, who have been known to mourn the deaths of their loved ones and demonstrate compassion toward strangers. But thanks to increased ivory demand in China and elsewhere, they’re being slaughtered by the hundreds.

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In January, hundreds of pieces of elephant ivory were seized at Kenya’s main port. And those are just the smugglers who got caught. Who knows how many elephants have been murdered for their tusks in the last few years alone?

The rise in poaching is not only an environmental or animal welfare issue; it’s also an economic one. Diminishing numbers of elephants in Kenya means a loss of revenue from tourists who travel to the country to see the elephants.

This week at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Kenya asked a wider group of countries to pledge not to sell ivory stockpiles, which is a great sign of commitment. But they must also take steps to address the elephant slaughter before it happens. Ask the Kenyan government to draft new legislation to combat poaching in their country — before the elephants are gone forever.

Thank you for taking action,

Kathleen
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

One In A Million

From FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance)

Dear Gabriel,

We all like to think we’re special – but thinking and doing are very different things. This month, FINCA is offering you an opportunity to do something momentous…

As you may already know, we are closing in on financing our 1 millionth client. People are starting to talk, and the excitement is building. In the meantime, our friends at the Feinstein Foundation are stepping up once more. We have their support to partly match your donation – as long as you make your gift by April 30.

For you this means that every dollar you pledge will be partly matched, thereby making your pledge even more powerful!

For FINCA and our clients, this increased support is bringing us tantalizingly close to financing our millionth client.

This woman entrepreneur will most certainly be One in a Million – but it’s her actions, and the actions of the other 999,999 women we’ll be supporting, that are shattering the chains of poverty across the developing world. Loan by loan, repayment by repayment, client by client – donation by donation: We are winning the fight against poverty. We cannot stop now.

FINCA’s clients work every day to make microfinance work. Today, it’s your turn to take a barrier-breaking action. And with the Feinstein’s Foundation matching funds – there’s no better time to renew your support.

Many of our supporters have a long history of supporting great causes. They have already given – perhaps you have too. But that’s the point: Supporting this ever-growing tide of self-employed women micro-business owners requires your committed support. There is no quick fix, but there is a long-term solution.

And believe me; FINCA values your ongoing support as deeply as our clients depend on FINCA’s ongoing loans. It’s a shared process – and it’s producing life-changing results. Microfinance is working!

Please renew your support for women’s microfinance initiatives today. FINCA depends on your ongoing commitment and the amazing women we support depend on us.

The Feinstein Foundation’s generous matching funds are a wonderful opportunity to reach client One Million – please don’t let the funds go unused.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

PS – Please help FINCA make the most of your support by responding today! For the 15th consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations nationwide to help them raise funds this March and April.

Africa Famine and Ikea

From BBC 30 August 2011 Last updated at 10:34 ET

East Africa famine: Ikea makes record $62m aid pledge.

The charitable arm of the furniture giant Ikea is donating $62m (£38m) over the next three years for people in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The funds will go through the UN refugee agency, which said it was the largest private donation it had received in its 60-year history.

Dadaab, which mainly houses Somalis, is the biggest refugee camp in the world.

Its population has swollen by 150,000 in past months, following drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

It now holds some 440,000 people, despite only being designed for 90,000.

The money from the Ikea Foundation will be used to expand emergency relief and assist up to 120,000 people, said the UNHCR.

“This humanitarian gesture by the Ikea Foundation comes at a critical time,” said Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

“The crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to deepen with thousands of people fleeing Somalia every week. We are extremely grateful. Help like this can’t come a moment too soon.”

A spokesman said said the UN had examined the donation with “due diligence” before it was accepted, news agency AP reported.

The UN says tens of thousands of people have already died in Somalia alone, and some 3.2m others are thought to be on the brink of starvation.

In a statement, chief executive officer of the Ikea Foundation Per Heggenes said the donation was a “bold but natural extension of Ikea Foundation’s longstanding commitment to making a better everyday life for children and families in need throughout the developing world”.

Ikea spokesman Jonathan Spanpinata told the BBC that the donations would not include any flatpack furniture – though it has previously sent mattresses and duvets to Tunisian refugees.

The furniture chain is the world’s largest and published financial results for the first time last year, showing that total sales were 23.1bn euros ($31.7bn; £20bn) for the year ending in August.

It did not provide profit figures.

Read more at BBC.

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