The Giving Guide (39)

Books for Burma

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

One of my favorite giving strategies while touring a new country is to stop by and visit a school. It gives me a good look at the country’s needs and I get to meet the kids = bonus! So as …

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Meet our 20-Ton baby!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

You’ll remember that at the end of 2011, we voted to name our sponsored whaleshark “Kubwa Ya Moyo” — Swahili for “Big Heart.”

A few weeks back, I received an update on our whale of a girl:

Impressive Measurements: …

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Why I Give

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Since I’ve started my Erin Goes Global trek — about 14 months now – I’ve made 44 grants from the GoErinGo! Fund. Of these 44 donations, there is only one I don’t feel good about. A combination of factors made …

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Our Season of Sharing

Monday, January 9th, 2012

This past holiday season, spending time with my family was my priority. I was especially looking to connect with my nephews and new niece, who I don’t get to see very often. We ended up going to the movies, hanging …

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Our Book Party in Laos – Giving U™

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Book Party 3

Last May the GoErinGo! Fund made a $350 donation to the Laos Literacy Project on behalf of Big Brother Mouse, a local Lao organization that provides books to children.

Even more importantly, over 150 Adventure Philanthropists – you readers of …

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Play Date in Ethiopia – Giving U™

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Erin & Friends 1

Ethiopia’s children are wonderful — Full of smiles and energy and laughter!

During my 3 weeks in Ethiopia, I was lucky enough to spend some time with several groups of children: at an orphanage, at a childcare center for children …

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Cabbages & Condoms – Giving U™

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Cabbages Sign

What I love most about the Bangkok-based restaurant Cabbages & Condoms is that it has a sense of humor. This is obvious by the condoms throughout the restaurant, like:

• Superheroes wearing condom attire. Condom Man says “Don’t be shame, …

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Crazy Cool Crazy Kim’s – Giving U™

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Crazy_Kim_Students_2I spent a morning in Nha Trang at Crazy Kim’s, which sounds like a bar. Hey wait, it is a bar. But it’s also a school in the morning hours before the bar opens.

Proprietress Kimmy Le, a Canadian of …

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My Holiday at the World’s Largest Leper Colony – Giving U™

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Culion_Hospital_GatesI’ve been convinced to come to Culion, once the largest leper colony in the world, by my friend Rick. I’ve never met Rick, but he is very active on my Facebook page. So naturally, I believe him and plan my …

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Why I’m not Volunteering at an Orphanage (even though I really want to) – Giving U™

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Cambodian_ChildrenOne of the volunteer activities I’ve been looking forward to the most is working in a Cambodian orphanage. That is, until I was brought up to speed on the current debate about the ill-effects of short-time volunteers on vulnerable groups …

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