Giving

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  WC The Art of Elysium is an LA based charitable organization that gives hospitalized children an opportunity to work with artists on a one on one basis. Many of these children will spend more of their lives confined to hospital rooms then they will spend at home and unfortunately, many have terminal illnesses. Working with art gives them a chance to escape the pain and sadness for a little while and gives them the opportunity to express themselves through their art work which is often very therapeutic for them. Additionally, through a program called, “Girl Talk”, The Art of Elysium helps pre-teen and adolescent girls who are suffering from conditions such as facial disfigurements and facial scarring gain confidence in themselves, increase their self esteem, decrease anxiety and learn to have a more positive self- image. The mission of The Damazo Majak Foundation is to provide educational services to Africans, whose lives have been affected by war, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. The Damazo Majak Foundation works to build new schools, upgrade existing ones, and establish Community Learning Centers. Our goal is to empower Africans to take full control of their lives, become self-sufficient, and determine their own destiny. The Damazo Majak Foundation provides scholarships, pays for school uniforms and supplies, for children who would otherwise be unable to attend school and get a basic education. We also contribute to the development of African communities, through our Community Learning Centers, which provide community members with opportunities to learn new skills, establish community enterprises, and enable Africans to take the lead in the development of their communities. The Save Darfur Coalition advocates ending the violence against civilians, facilitating adequate and unhindered humanitarian aid, establishing conditions for the safe and voluntary return of displaced people to their homes, promoting the long-term sustainable development of Darfur, and holding the perpetrators accountable. ENOUGH is a project of the Center for American Progress which aims to answer questions about what is really happening in Africa and offer a clear path to sustainable solutions. It was co-founded by CAP and the International Crisis Group in early 2007, setting out to establish a new paradigm for action. ENOUGH uses in-depth knowledge to create clear, viable policy recommendations, and engage activists to apply pressure on the perpetrators and well-meaning governments whose own inertia prevents them from taking the steps necessary to stop genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $290 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.