Stories & Inspiration
Read below to see all the amazing ways the Mozilla community shared, gave, engaged, created, and collaborated during the week of September 14-21, 2009, by using the Internet to make a difference in people's lives.
People from all over came together to make a difference in their local community, and helped fellow public benefit organizations gain from the open Web. Thank you for taking part in Mozilla Service Week. Thank you for joining the cause - you made a difference.
Our pilot project is located in Playa Potrero, which is a small village of a few hundred people on the Pacific coast in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. The community school can only provide limited classes through the elementary level, thus steady learning and continuing education is a great challenge for this community and other rural Latin American villages. We provide afternoon English instruction incorporated with creative art activities and critical thinking skills to expand upon concepts taught in school. To further supplement our program, we take experiential learning field trips for real life application of the English language. We see our program as more than an operation to increase the English skills of rural communities, but rather as a way to increase self esteem, stimulate developing minds, and increase the overall literacy skills of the world.
Mifos is an open source web-based management information system (MIS) that provides a great operational efficiency and robust real-time business intelligence enabling Microfinance institutions to broaden the scale and impact of financial services to the poor.
I found out about Mifos through the Google Summer of Code, where I applied to help with writing acceptance tests.
I got accepted, so I've spent this summer adding acceptance tests for the Mifos application.
The thing that I like the most about working with Mifos is that the community is alive and very helpful. It's also very well documented and well structured.
If you are interested of helping out, please read more at the Related Link.
We are looking for someone with skills in social media and online marketing to help raise money for, and awareness of our mission and activities. This person should be able to volunteer on a regular basis and work well with a team. This volunteer should be a good blogger and writer and have skills with search engine optimization, Twitter, Feedburner, posting news and Facebook. This is a great chance to meet new people and do something worthwhile for a very good cause.
The primary mission of Southern Sudan Humanitarian (SSH) is to partner with the people of Southern Sudan so that they can have clean water, health care, successful agriculture, orphan care, education and family income to achieve the future they desire.
As a non-profit, all team members volunteer time and energy, ensuring that 100% of donations reach the project locations. Volunteers consist of residents of Southern Sudan, Southern Sudan refugees resettled in the USA, and native US residents. We are looking for motivated and qualified people to join our team in the various capacities;
Candidates must be self-directed and motivated.
How to Apply:
For additional information on our work, please visit our website at: www.sudanhelp.org or email: ***@***.***Related Link
There are many ways to contribute your time and skills during Mozilla Service Week to advance the Mifos platform and accelerate the growth of microfinance through the web. From helping MFIs save on IT costs while opening new branches, to making Mifos accessible to MFIs of all languages around the globe, you can use the power of open source web-based technology in the fight against global poverty.
For more information and how to contribute - Related Link
Find your Feet is hoping to build on its existing presence on social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and its blog to widen its base of support and attract more donations.
Web User plans to apply its experience and knowledge in this field to help the charity, which works with people living in poverty in rural India and Malawi, to fulfill its aims.
Here is a description of ABC4All in 75 words:
A Better Community For All (ABC4All) focuses on the betterment of citizenry and communities via a give-back model of conducting business in the world: “Maximizing Charitable Contributions on and off the Internet.”™ Support is offered for charitable causes worldwide. ABC4AllWorldSolutions!™ provide opportunities to reach unimagined “Health Heights™.” A healthier water and application of advanced energy technologies bring the potential for humanitarian relief wherever it is needed throughout the world in emergent/non-emergent situations.
FOCUS: Global Humanitarian Relief
GHR: The Benefit of the Other
World March for Peace
WORLD JOURNEY 2010-2015
REQUEST: Help is needed to organize info that has been collected over the years, mostly without professional web design.
Thank you! Related Link
It's an exciting project and your expertise with Wordpress and/or design could make it come alive. CONTACT ME at ***@***.*** to get involved. Related Link
We want to bring our blog (currently on a separate platform) into the infrastructure of our website (www.breadforthecity.org) despite the fact that our platform (Blackbaud Netcommunity) doesn't really 'get' how blogs work. So we're going to build a wordpress site that will mimic our official site. We have a trusty volunteer who will drive this project on the back-end, and are looking for additional muscle to make it a reality on the front-end.
We get things done. (Check our www.SaveOurSafetyNet.com, which we built in two days!) We can put you to good use, and you will be servicing the poor. Related Link
Barakat works towards this mission by supporting local, innovative organizations that are making a real difference in the places they work. We establish a close, long-lasting relationship with each of our partners. These relationships allow our partners to focus their energies on helping more people and making their programs more effective. Barakat strives to make the maximum impact possible with each dollar, so we have high standards for our partnerships.
What makes us different?
We work in places that are difficult to access, and often support changes that challenge the status quo. We educate girls and women in places where girls’ education is discouraged. We support environmental rehabilitation in places where land is seen as something to exploit. We find ways to work health into our schools in places where policies forbid such work. We see challenges and obstacles as a reason to try harder, not a reason to give up.
With out local office located in Central Square, Cambridge, we need the help of an IT specialist. The aid of a specialist will help to boost our overall production in the office. Our office uses Mac/Apple OSX computers.
Please contact Chelsea Stine at ***@***.*** if you are interested in helping us out during Service week, or any other time.
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