Video: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti

Car Donation Wizard is lucky enough to be able to lend a hang on amazing projects like the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti, which took place this past November 5-12, 2011 in Léogâne, Hait. Organized with Habitat for Humanity International, four hundred volunteers including Executive Director Marcia Rundle of Habitat’s Cars for Homes and President of Car Donation Wizard, Joseph Hearn, were able to volunteer on this incredible project. This is the 28th year that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have given a week of their time to build homes and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Léogâne — 18 miles from Port au Prince — is considered to be the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake. Volunteers from all over the world joined the former president and his wife to build one hundred homes in  just five days. The development will provide five hundred homeless Haiti residents with new housing.

Cars for Homes vehicle donation program proudly sponsored the creation of the latrines for this Léogâne site. Each home will have it’s own ventilated latrine with elevated composting toilets and exterior drains, which will collect water for bucket showers. It is hopeful that this will aid in one of Haiti’s biggest problems, which is clean water and sanitation.

View the video on Car Donation Wizard’s YouTube channel.

To find more Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Projects visit HFHI.org.

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The Feel Good Gift Giving Guide

There’s nothing better than getting your holiday shopping in AND supporting a fantastic cause. This year, consider planning your shopping around gifts that give back. Car Donation Wizard has come up with an inspired gift guide to help you out. Every gift on this guide supports children in need around the world through UNICEF‘s efforts. Hurry, these gift giving deals won’t last long! Good luck and happy holiday shopping!

Gifts for the fashionable home illuminator:

gifts that give back

Indoor Candle – $28                  Outdoor Candle – $30

unicef gifts

Embossed Candlesticks – $15  Batik-inspired Tealight Holders – $7.99

Gift for the home:

gifts that give back

Wavy Mug Set – $25                Leaf Art  (Set of 3) – $30

Gifts for the lady in your life:

gifts for women

Handwoven Silk Scarf – $30     Brass and Rosewood Bangles – $25

gifts for wife

Beaded Filigree Earrings – $15   Reversible Bag – $12.99

Gifts for the man in your life:

gifts for man

Men’s Striped Scarf – $40       Nepalese Hat – $20

gifts for husband

Leather Portfolio – $7.99

Holiday inspired gifts:

inspired gifts

Advent Calendar – $1.99      Star Ornaments (Set of 3) – $18

Gifts for kids:

gifts for kids

Recordable Storybook – $29.95    Floor Puzzle – $16.99

gifts for children

3-Piece Musical Set – $20    Soft Textured Ball Set – $15

Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children around the world with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Despite extraordinary progress, 21,000 children still die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.

 

 

 

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Gloria Gemma 5K Road Race

The third annual Gloria Gemma 5K is Sunday October 9, 2011 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. If you’re interested in running or walking in the race, please fill out the donation form here. Donations are tax deductible!

Why join the race?

Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer. The simple facts are that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease in her lifetime and one woman dies from this disease every 12 minutes in the U.S. If breast cancer is detected in its early stages, the five-year survival rate is greater than 95%. Gloria Gemma’s hope is that we can all form a partnership and create a valuable source of education and resources.

Gloria Gemma 5K Registration

Additional Race Info

Can’t make it or don’t live in the area? Consider Car Donation to support Breast Cancer Research

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UNICEF News: 12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990

Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced that today marks a huge milestone for UNICEF, and it couldn’t have happened without the support of generous donors everywhere.

UNICEF just announced that the child mortality rate has dropped substantially. That means a child has a better chance of surviving to the age of 5 than just one year ago.

Take a look at the press release below for the details. As you read it, know that this hard-fought progress happened because of your support of UNICEF.

12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 September 2011 – The number of children under five years of age dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said today, releasing the latest estimates on worldwide child mortality.

These new figures show that compared to 1990, around 12,000 more children’s lives are saved each day.

An annual report on child mortality found that in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, the speed at which the under-five mortality rate is declining doubled from 1.2 per cent a year during 1990-2000 to 2.4 per cent a year during 2000-2010.

“The news that the rate of child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa is declining twice as fast as it was a decade ago shows that we can make progress even in the poorest places, but we cannot for a moment forget the chilling fact of around 21,000 children dying every day from preventable causes,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “Focusing greater investment on the most disadvantaged communities will help us save more children’s lives, more quickly and more cost effectively.”

Between 1990 and 2010, the under-five mortality rate dropped by more than one-third, from 88 deaths per 1,000 live births to 57.

Unfortunately, this rate of progress is still insufficient to meet Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4), which calls for a two-thirds reduction in the under-five mortality rate by 2015.

“Reductions in child mortality are linked to many factors, particularly increased access to health care services around the newborn period. As well as prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses, and improved nutrition, immunization coverage, and water and sanitation,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General. “This is proof that investing in children’s health is money well spent, and a sign that we need to accelerate that investment through the coming years.”

Some of the greatest improvements are in countries where children are most vulnerable.

One example is Niger, where the 1990 under-five mortality rate was 311 per 1,000 live births. To address the often large distances between people and health centres, a strategy of deploying trained community health workers to deliver high-impact interventions at thousands of new health posts across the country was used. In 2010, Niger was one of the five countries with the greatest absolute reductions in overall under-five mortality rates, together with Malawi, Liberia, Timor-Leste and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Chan and Mr. Lake agreed that the commitment of governments and the implementation of strategies to overcome local constraints to access and use of essential services are critical success factors.

The report shows that newborns and infants are the most at risk of dying, and there has been less progress for them than within the under-five age category as a whole. More than 40 per cent of under-five deaths occur within the first month of life and over 70 per cent in the first year of life.

The improvements and progress are encouraging – but stark disparities persist. Sub-Saharan Africa is still home to the highest rates of child mortality, with one in eight children dying before reaching five – more than 17 times the average for developed regions (1 in 143). Southern Asia has the second highest rates with 1 in 15 children dying before age five.

Under-five deaths are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. In 1990, 69 per cent of under-five deaths occurred in these two regions – in 2010, that proportion increased to 82 per cent. About half of all under five deaths in the world took place in just five countries in 2010: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and China.

The new estimates are published in the 2011 report Levels & Trends in Child Mortality, issued by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), which is led by UNICEF and WHO and includes the World Bank and the UN Population Division.

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About UNICEF
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian aid organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from nearly 13 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. But still, 21,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. www.unicefusa.org

About WHO
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

About the IGME
IGME was formed in 2004 to share data on child mortality, harmonize estimates within the UN system, improve methods for child mortality estimation report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and enhance country capacity to produce timely and properly assessed estimates of child mortality. The IGME, led by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, also includes the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs as full members.

The 2011 child mortality report contains the latest IGME estimates of child mortality at the country, regional and global levels. For more information on child mortality estimates visit www.childmortality.org.

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Car Donation Wizard Gives Back to the North Shore Animal League

To celebrate the amazing milestone of raising 30 million dollars for charitable organizations through vehicle donations, Car Donation Wizard has decided to sponsor the Nursery Program at the North Shore Animal League.

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. They rescue and adopt pets all over the country into loving homes. North Shore Animal League America rescues, nurtures and adopts almost 20,000 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies into loving homes each year—saving close to 1,000,000 animals to date.

Their Sponsorship Nursery is filled each day with orphaned and newborn puppies and kittens. A great deal of their care requires being hand-fed from a bottle, nurtured until they are healthy and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The Animal League is often asked by other shelters to lend its support when pregnant mothers are scheduled for destruction unless they step in and protect them. By supporting the Animal League’s Sponsorship Nursery, we are helping care for newborn animals that are in need, ensuring that puppies and kittens can receive a chance at life.

Stories of some of the animals in the nursery can be found on the North Shore Animal League America’s website, where you can read their stories, see pictures, videos and sponsor these animals in need. Take for example, Angel, a beautiful 1 ½ year old Yellow Labrador Retriever and her five newborn puppies. They were in a small, overcrowded shelter and Angel was suffering from heartworm. They were at great risk of being destroyed. Thanks to the supporters of North Shore, they were rescued and placed in the Nursery Program. They have a safe, quiet place for Angel to care for her young.

Working with vehicle donations, the employees here at ARS can see what a difference one donation can make. Which is why whenever we have a chance, we like to do our part and donate either our time or money, just like our donors do. North Shore Animal League America lets us know how our resources are being used and which animals are in need and we’re proud to be a sponsor.

For more information on how you can save animals visit:

North Shore Animal League or consider Car Donation to the North Shore Animal League

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