If you always seem to have a problem choosing that Just-Right Gift for someone who doesn’t really need anything–or spends most of their life in Jeans and a T-Shirt, or something that they already have plenty of, I have a solution for you. Several years ago, my Daughter bought me a Flock of Chicks, for Christmas, that was given to a village in, I believe, Kenya. They would raise the Chickens, have Eggs and, eventually, Poultry to Eat.

There is a famous proverb, attributed to someone in China; however, the specific origin is uncertain; but, here goes: “Give a Man a Fish and He will eat for a Day. But, teach him how to FISH and he will never go hungry again.” Isn’t that Education? I believe that a primary reason for Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty, in many parts of the World, is the Lack of Education.

UNICEF and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnel have joined to provide desks for kids in Malawi. Also, I am sure that other countries in Africa, as well as other poor areas, can benefit from the “Kids in Need of Desks” Program.  Rather than sit on dirt floors, the Children can sit and have a good surface to write on.

Perhaps you don’t particularly care for MSNBC or Mr. O’Donell; but, hopefully you see the value of this program.  If so, you can send your contribution directly to UNICEF.  I understand that just $10.00 buys one desk for two students–and the desks are made in the local area, thus creeating jobs..  But, if you can afford $50.00 or $100.00, all the better.



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  1. #1 by Marissa Huber on December 7, 2012 - 2:26 PM

    That’s a great cause – I’m off to check it out now. Glad that those desks are helping the kids AND the local economy (which may be their parents!)

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