INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH Community Service Program
How can you affect change in & for our global friends & their communities?
Through the International Outreach CSP, GFWC encourages clubs to reach beyond their own communities and consider how they can make a global impact. The International Outreach CSP is designed to enable members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action.
KNOW THE FACTS:
- Anyone can be trafficked regardless of class, education, gender or age when coerced or lured by false promises.
- People who are trafficked suffer from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and rarely have access to an education or to health care.
- Child trafficking exploits children and often subjects them to violence and abuse. Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing various forms of coercion that violate international human rights and labor standards (e.g., child trafficking, forced labor, child marriage and sexual exploitation).
- Human trafficking and forced labor generate an estimated $150 billion in annual profits.
- Labor trafficking occurs in many industries. Sex trafficking is facilitated in numerous ways.
- Learn the signs of human trafficking and report potential cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
- Visit: unicefusa.org/endtrafficking and notmylife.org to learn more about what UNICEF and other organizations are doing to protect children.
- Host a screening of Not My Life, a film portraying the inhumane practices of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
- Play Human Trafficking Bingo as a fundraiser.
- Host a Fair-Trade dinner party or a Fair-Trade bake sale.
*Fundraising tool kits and Bingo game available.
Shot at Life mission is to vaccinate children in developing countries to stop the spread of diseases largely eradicated in the developed world such as measles. This Chairman aims to engage clubs to participate in programs to educate, advocate, and challenge their communities so as to benefit the important mission of this organization. Some ideas for your club:
- Plan awareness around events such as World Polio Day (October 24th) and World Pneumonia Day (November 21st)
- Host a speaker from Shot at Life or other children’s health advocates
- Encourage members of your club and their families to check whether their own vaccinations are up to date and get a flu shot each year
- Have a Shot at Life-themed meeting. Serve desserts, smoothies, and other goodies in shot glasses.
Since 1944, Heifer International’s mission has been to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. They have set a goal to help 4 million families, within the communities where they work, achieve living incomes by 2020. This income will allow the individuals to educate their children, feed themselves adequately every day, and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources. Clubs can help Heifer’s mission by:
- Joining Heifer’s Community Volunteering program
- Hosting fundraisers to support Heifer’s mission (such as the popular “Kiss a Pig” or “Kiss a Goat”)
- Being advocates in their area to help end hunger and poverty
Operation Smile provides safe, effective, and free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for children born all over the world. Operation Smile and the GFWC have a wonderful partnership that dates back to 1988. Club efforts have helped us give renewed hope to children and families around the world. What you can do to help:
- New for this year, GFWC has set a target goal to raise $150,000 to sponsor an Operation Smile medical mission. A limited number of volunteer positions will be available (contact Bonnie Keuhne for more information).
- Sew Smile Bags, children’s hospital gowns and No-No Armbands (contact Bonnie Keuhne for patterns)
UNICEF advocates for the protection of children’s rights to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. The focus of the partnership between GFWC and UNICEF is to support and end human trafficking. We are working with UNICEF on a project called “End Trafficking.” Ways local clubs can help:
- Host a screening of the documentary “Not My Life” (contact Mansi Mehta)
- Host a bake sale with ingredients fair trade sources (a list is at fairtradeusa.org) to ensure your items were not made with child labor
- Encourage club members to distribute UNICEF “trick or treat” boxes – and participate in the event themselves!
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