Sunday, June 9, 2019


Here are two more charitable giving opportunities for your consideration.

4.     Outreach Moldova

How/why it was created:  Outreach Moldova is an Irish NGO (non-profit organization) that has been working in Moldova since 2000 to improve medical, nutritional and personal care conditions in a residential institution for girls and women with disabilities in the town of Hincesti (înceşti). Professional staff provide medical assistance & support services to residents with special needs and terminal illnesses.  Services include ‘round the clock medical care, financial coverage of hospital stays and surgery costs, rehab services, education/art/physical activities, social education, and advocacy to address the stigma associated with disability in the country.  Many of the children and adult women being supported by Outreach Moldova have spent their entire lives in institutional care; all have been abandoned or orphaned.

Outreach Moldova is also building a few community based homes for adult women with moderate disabilities. Community based homes are a new model of care in Moldova.

Reputation and results:  I met and interviewed Suzanne O'Connell, MD, founder and president, during a child protection work visit to Moldova in 2017. She invited me to visit the residential institution being supported by this NGO. Unfortunately, my schedule didn’t allow it but members of our work team gave high praise for the work the NGO does on behalf of residents, many of whom are severely disabled.  And the way Suzie spoke with deep affection for the children and young women she knows so well moved me deeply.  

Moldova’s government and infrastructure are poorly resourced to provide any services for women and children with disabilities.  Outreach Moldova is unique in terms of its strong dedication to residents with disabilities at Hincesti, as well as the type of community housing it is building with the hope that over time the government will be better positioned to assume funding responsibility for maintaining these housing services.

For more information, visit

How to give: Click on the gold ‘Donate Now’ button in the banner at the top of the web page.

5. International Organization for Migration in Ethiopia (IOM)

This is a special, urgent request from the IOM for its humanitarian support for refugees in Ethiopia.  The appeal is dated May 31, 2019.

"Mass internal displacement throughout Ethiopia due to consecutive years of drought and conflict have left nearly 9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The IOM is appealing to the international community for USD 50 million to continue offering lifesaving assistance to 1.5 million people in need.

Today’s request by IOM is part of the comprehensive inter-agency 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Ethiopia, which aims to raise USD 1.3. billion to support 8.3 million people. Half-way through the year, less than one-third of the HRP has been funded.

The second largest refugee hosting country in Africa, Ethiopia is hosting some 900,000 refugees primarily from South Sudan and Somalia and elsewhere, with additional refugees continuing to arrive. Transportation of newly arrived refugees from border entry points remains critical, as well as the provision of shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and livelihood support.

Funds received from this year’s appeal will allow IOM to offer shelter, non-food items, WASH assistance, protection, mental health and psychosocial support to affected populations. It will also allow IOM to continue its work in cluster coordination, as well as managing its Rapid Response Fund and Displacement Tracking Matrix.

Resources for ensuring durable solutions through community stabilization, conflict resolution and peace building, and durable shelter initiatives are also prioritized in the 2019 response plan."

You can download IOM’s detailed 2019 Emergency and Recovery Appeal for Ethiopia at

For more information on how to give to the Ethiopia appeal, please contact Alemayehu Seifeselassie in the Addis Ababa office, Email:

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