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December 23, 2008

Alternative Christmas/Holiday Presents

It is that time again and if you haven't already done your holiday shopping or want to give generally here are some options that I have been emailed about in the last two weeks that I thought might be of interest. 

Two non-profits founded by law students at American University stand out as great examples of what committed students are capable of:

  • Asylum Access.  Amalia Greenberg, an AU 3L, helped launch the work of this non-profit "dedicated to making refugee rights an on-the-ground reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America."  It does this by supporting local legal aid efforts on behalf of refugees and has offices in Tanzania, Ecuador, Thailand.  To make a donation, click here.

A couple of other causes that seem worthy of charitable holiday donations and that I have gotten emails about:

  • HalogoHeartland Alliance.  I can't quickly summarize all that they do because it spans a whole range of human need.  But they have created a "catalogue" where you can buy things like a "wellness check" for a newborn baby or pay an electric bill for a struggling family.  To make a purchase/donation, click here.

-Note: I am in El Salvador for the break and I may be unable to post other suggestions either related to this post or in general for a while given limits on my internet access.  Cheers, E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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