Child Survival Program in Ethiopia through Compassion International

Holiday shopping? Wait just one second.

So as I mentioned earlier this week, SLM is partnering with Compassion to sponsor a Child Survival Program in Ethiopia. So. very. excited. about this prospect. All of us as a community, passionate about living simply, helping mamas in Africa so they can simply live? It’s just too much wonderful.

This CSP needs $25,000 per year to operate. As a blog network, we get well over one million unique visitors monthly. If everyone who visited our sites gave a dollar? Holla. These women and babies would be well-served for years to come.

But right now? I’m going to show you some stuff I bought the other day at Target and Home Depot, because it affects these mamas in Africa. Yes, this is the same post. I’m not rabbit-trailing—follow me and I’ll show you my point.

We’re in the middle of renovating our new-to-us house, and if you’ve ever done the same thing, you know how long these things can take. Baby steps. Little things at a time.

This past week, we finally crossed a nagging detail off our list: blinds. And a few curtains. I ordered simple faux wood blinds from the Home Depot website, along with a few pieces of galvanized pipe so that Kyle could make an industrial-looking curtain rod.

I also ordered some curtains from Target. Simple but pretty.

It felt good to cross these things off our list, but know what’s a million times better? A percentage of my purchase went to my Pure Charity giving account because I first clicked on those shops through their portal, per their suggestions to me. When this happened, Target and Home Depot gave a kickback to my account.

I can point my giving funds wherever I want. And naturally, I’m going to give them to our CSP in Ethiopia.

Watch this short little video from Pure Charity—it explains the brilliance behind how our purchases can help support WHATEVER giving project we want. Hooray!

So your everyday spending can now help fund projects that matter for eternity. One of the most brilliant ideas ever. Ready to get a Pure Charity account to join us?

Here’s what I want you to do:

If you haven’t yet, please head here and sign up for a free Pure Charity account. You can do it via Facebook or the “regular” way, it makes no difference to us. By using this link provided, you become part of SLM’s advocate network (this way, you can easily follow me, the other editors, and other people who want to help support this CSP).

Then, you can start shopping. Do this one of two ways:

1. Head here, click on “Shop Online,” and you’ll see the enormous list of partners. Seriously—places where you shop anyway. Target, Home Depot, Overstock, World Market, Michael’s, Sephora, Apple, Groupon, Best Buy, Southwest Airlines… I could go on, because there’s about 1,500 partners.

It looks like this:

A cool tip: A lot of stores (such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, my family’s current homes-away-from-home) allow you to order online and then pick up at your local store. That way, you get the ease of shopping online without the hassle of shipping fees or waiting days for your purchase to arrive. PLUS, your purchase can easily go towards your Pure Charity account!

2. Or, you can also install the plugin for your Internet browser. Then, whenever you’re at one of the partners’ sites, you’ll automatically see the Pure Charity logo on the site. That means a percentage of your purchase will automatically go to your giving account. Nice!

Note: sometimes stores will disable the plugin for whatever reason, particularly during the holidays. So if you don’t see the Pure Charity logo on the site, use the first shopping method, mentioned above.

I love this. Love, love, love it. The things I buy anyway can ultimately bless a village in Ethiopia? As I write this, I’m in tears at the very thought.

• Christmas shopping? Will bless others who don’t have enough to eat.

• Buying plane tickets or a hotel room? Will keep a mama and her babies well cared for.

• Planning our kid’s next birthday? Will help other children continue to grow healthy and strong.

If you sign up NOW—as in, today, right after you read this post—then all your online Christmas shopping through participating stores will bless our Ethiopian village. All your purchases will cost the same, but the ultimate reward will be eternal.

How crazy cool is this?

Phase One: $6,250

This CSP requires $25,000 annually to operate, so Compassion has divided its needs into four phases. Phase one needs to be completed by February 28, 2013. We can TOTALLY do this.

If you want part of your holiday shopping to go to your Pure Charity giving account, then head here to start shopping. Once your rewards show up (the percentages from your purchases), you can point them to whatever giving project you like. You know, like our CSP in Ethiopia.

Your transactions may take a bit to transfer over to your giving account, like my account below:

Just be patient. They will get there.

Or, lots of you have asked me if you can just give directly to the CSP. You can! Head here, and click on “Fund This Project.” It looks like this:

So if you don’t want to wait for your shopping kickback to transfer, you can give $5 or more RIGHT NOW to these mamas and babies in Ethiopia. I know we can do this together. And I’d love to see it all happen soon, so that their hearts and minds can rest easier.

Finally, can I ask of one last thing? Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. Email people. Even pin it on Pinterest, whatever you can think of. The more people that get involved, the better. (If you click on “Invite Friends” from your Pure Charity dashboard, you’ll see the link to share on Facebook!)

You all are some of the best readers on the Internet (I may be biased, but I have my reasons). You all want to live simpler. You care about your every day habits. You want to live intentionally. You don’t have life all figured out, but you wake up daily and do your best to make decisions that MATTER.

This is one easy way to make your family’s spending really, truly matter. I would love it if these beautiful Ethiopian families were cared for through Compassion because of the readership here. The power of the Internet can be a beautiful thing.

Any questions about Pure Charity? Compassion International?

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Are you going to get to go over and visit the center sometime in the future? I would love to read along with you if do. This is such an amazing thing SLM is able to do! And I love your galvanized tub.

    • Ha! Thanks; I wondered if someone would notice that tub. (You need to come over in person and see it! It’s so very exciting. )

      Yes, I would love to go visit. In fact, I would love if we went and visited. Not sure what I mean by that “we,” but I know this isn’t a “me” thing, so I couldn’t imagine going without others who will make this possible. 🙂

  2. This is so fantastic and I didn’t know about Pure Charity. I just wish you had posted it a couple of months ago as I try to finish Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving. :-(. Side note but finishing Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving is one of the ways I’ve found to keep the holidays simpler and less stressful. We are able to really just enjoy the season without quite as much running around.

    • Yep, I know… But thankfully, it’s not just holiday shopping that matters. I’m starting to use the Pure Charity portal for EVERYTHING. And hopefully soon Amazon will be on there!

  3. Sarah Westphal says:

    Can’t wait to see that Christmas magic happen! I am going over there right now to donate directly. Wish I had heard of this sooner because I already did all of my online shopping! (Also, being Canadian we don’t have as many of the same stores as you do, and we-amazingly-aren’t renovating at the moment so no Home Depot for us.)

    • Sarah Westphal says:

      I just tried to add on a card, but they don’t have my province in their options. Does Pure Charity have Paypal? and if not, could they? I would rather not use my card. (Being in school with Dave Ramsey ;-P)

  4. This looks like an innovative way to support a good cause – thanks for sharing this. I just created a Pure Charity account.

  5. Oh.. Now I SO wish I was in the US so I could do something so awesome.. I’ll see if I can support them in any which way from here in India.. Thanks so much for sharing this Tsh. So powerful.

  6. “Shop and change the world,” I love this! I try to be minimal in my shopping, but Target is definitely on my list of stores I do shop at. I love that my purchase can make a difference across the globe.

  7. What a fantastic venture, a worthy cause! Your heart is a blessing to all your readers, and I am in awe of the way you are using your platform to serve the Lord in such a practical way!
    God bless you as you abide in Him!

  8. So excited about this. It would be GREAT if Amazon joined them! Thanks for promoting this!

  9. I’m going to be sharing about this on my Compassion themed blog. What a great idea to harness the giving power of all your readers! I’m coming to your area of the state in January – I would love to meet you if at all possible.

  10. Great work. Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in the holiday mess, and forget about those who are much, much, much less fortunate than us. A dollar can go a long way.

    I love those curtain rods by the way. I’m a sucker for the industrial look.

  11. Tristan Coward says:

    It’s just too much wonderful.

  12. Evelin Rafferty says:

    So excited about this. It would be GREAT if Amazon joined them! Thanks for promoting this!

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