|Coordinator Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation|
by Mr Ndungo Samuel, 2010-02-05 04:48:23
Thanks Brian and Mary for the wonderful work in developing this site,and i appreciate the service offered by Choose A need. Really, i can believe it formed to solve needs.I have read projects funded and hope its implementation have or will have positive impact on the beneficiaries.
I also wished to have our project featured on this platform, such that we can also be partners in addressing problems faced by the rural poor communities. If this is possible, i can also link many more community based organizations to this site.
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by Brian Dawson, 2009-09-29 13:50:17
|Project Director, Kabondo Poverty Alleviation Organization|
by Eric Ochanji, 2009-05-24 05:36:55
Thank you very much Brian and Mary for coming up with this wonderful site that is helping small people and small organizations in remote parts of the world who are left behind by the hope and promise of funding from big donors. The work of the completed projects is i indeed changing peoples lives in ways we never thought possible. That is the reason i decided to ask our project to be featured on your site because i know the power of small people determined to make a difference in this world. Thank you
|Missionaries at Centro Rural Metodista|
by Marion & Mary Woods, 2009-05-06 22:57:52
May God bless you for your concern for missions in Costa Rica. We thank each one who has given, who desires to give, and yes, those who now cannot give. Our love and prayers surround you.
Marion and Mary Woods
|Brian and Mary Feature|
by Austin Lee, 2008-09-24 13:49:27
Brian and Mary are featured as the Alumni of the month for September at Mars Hill College. www.mhc.edu
by Matt Thien, 2008-01-31 06:02:24
Hey, just checking in and posting some cyber 'love'! What's new man?
by Brian, 2008-01-16 17:46:02
Visit ChooseAneed at CafePress! A portion of every purchase goes towards a need on our website.
by Lawrence Okiror, 2007-06-28 06:48:50
Isn't it amazing what has been achieved in just the months since chooseaneed was posted on the web?! It may seem like little steps, but having lived in Uganda, I know how much of a difference a "little step" can make in the life of many people in the rural areas. These guys live on less than a dollar a day--many of them for most of their lives! Great job everyone, keep it up! Our prayers are with you.
|Opportunities Growing for Africa Grassroots NGOs|
by Rebecca Mitchell, 2007-04-24 08:32:37
I am the Executive Director of a non-profit that connects volunteers with grassroots NGOs in Africa (www.StudentProjectAfricaNetwork.org), so I work a great deal with communities with needs and projects similiar to those I see being funded at Choose A Need. I found out about this organization only yesterday, and immediately shared it with our Regional Director, who is also the Principal of a School and Orphanage in one of the poorest areas of Kenya. He was floored that an organization like this exists, and it really got me thinking that there is a lot of work to be done just raising awareness in many places of the world about these opportunities. I also directed him to www.kiva.org recently. For those of you interested in micri-finance, it operates much like Choose A Need only via loans rather than donations. I really want to commend Choose A Need for the important work they are doing, I have a feeling you will be hearing from many of the organizations I work with in East Africa soon!
by Nathan, 2007-04-24 07:41:43
Some mainstream news picking up on the need for mosquito nets: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/04/23/judd.commentary/index.html
by Nathan, 2007-04-18 12:48:09
Found this interesting website / charity project out there: http://www.portablelight.org/rnrnBasically it involves low-cost, highly efficient LEDs powered by solar power for developing countries where they have no electricity. Could be an interesting project to support as they move further along with it. They have 4 different areas where they are doing trials now.
by Brian Dawson, 2006-12-05 16:55:39
I just received a letter from OxFam america. I had never heard of this organization prior to this letter but I'm glad they found my address, although I'm sure they bought it from some small charity Mary has given money to in the past! :) They are a large well established organization but it sounds like they do the same type of thing we do. They raise the money and then they fund small well thought out projects that have the potential to make a big difference. I also like that they didn't send me address labels or calendars in an attempt to guilt us into 'donating' to cover the cost of our address labels or calendars. Please take a look at their site. www.oxfamamerica.org
by Brian, 2006-11-29 16:36:37
Just wanted to encourage everyone to post their thoughts on our blog. Also wanted to let you know that you can now purchase ChooseAneed merchandise on cafepress's site. See the home page for a link. Not only do we receive a portion of the proceeds but when you wear the items or display them you help spread the word about our projects. Thaks for all the support!
by Davis Hebert, 2006-11-13 07:12:30
Thanks Mary and Brian for putting this together. This is an exciting way to donate - to actually see where your money goes, knowing that it is actually buying items that people need. rnrnI've been reading recently about the "microfinance" world - it is an emerging form of charity that helps not only people in direct need of economic relief, but also helps create jobs and stimulates the family's economic situation by creating more income for investing in health care, education, and other necessities to become self reliant. rnrnMicrofinance is simply making small loans to people who do not otherwise have access to traditional financial services. Think about how difficult it would be to buy a house, start a business, pay for education, without access to banks. That is what microfinance helps accomplish! Studies show that microfinance helps reduce poverty by increasing income levels, improving health care, education. Anyways, I will share more as I learn more about it. Just thought I'd share what I've learned.
|ChooseAneed on the Web|
by Austin Lee, 2006-10-30 11:37:49
I found this article about Brian and Mary and ChooseAneed while surfing the web.
by Nathan Dawson, 2006-10-27 15:23:38
It is exciting to me to see the progress that is being made in meeting needs and building a community of ministry around this site. I look forward to helping contribute to and possibly sponsor projects in the future here!
|What I'm Reading|
by Austin Lee, 2006-10-17 09:36:52
Just completed the book "Blue Like Jazz" by Don Miller. Fascinating look at a side of Christianity that the fundamentalists choose to ignore.
I am with you man. I am struggling right now in tring to find a way meet the needs of those who are passed over. I am glad for you and your site. Thanks for helping to make a difference!
|My Thoughts, My rants today...|
by Brian Dawson, 2006-10-17 09:10:00
I just had a conversation with another physician here in NC. We were discussing the current state of affairs in the world, including Uganda, Iraq, North Korea, and the Sudan among many. It is so sad that we, through our actions, declare that our lives in the Western world are worth so much more than the rest of the world. Why does no one cry out in anguish over the innocent children slaughtered, raped, and maimed in the Sudan today? Why are we worth so much more? Are we really? We came to the conclusion that we as a people and a government are less interested in those problems because of our financial interests. Our government doesn't have an interest in the region and so we prefer not to get involved. How unfortunate, I wonder if God will say "well done my good and faithful child" to all of us who think we are worth so much. Sure, I understand the argument that we are not saved by works - does that excuse us from our obligation to help others who are in need. Even apart from our Christian influence just decent humanity and universal mores dictate that when we see a child dying of hunger and we have a piece of bread that could save their life or an antibiotic that costs pennies, pennies we throw away on a daily basis, then we must do something! Folks, we cannot plead ignorance anymore, not in this day and age of internet, instant news, and easy travel. We know and yet we ignore reality and continue to eat and drink and party while children die of neglect. Are we really that advanced or are we merely animals killing, stealing, and hoarding so our lives our better than the other homosapiens we are competing with?! Thanks for reading my rant today... if you still are. Everyone else is welcome to add their thoughts or rants to this page. Until later - Brian
|Campus Ministry Associate, Mars Hill College|
by Debra Huff, 2006-10-02 13:58:15
Brian & Mary,
I'm very proud to see that you have put your heartfelt ministry into action. Your site is specific to the needs & informative to exactly how the money is spent.
Thank you for carrying the ministry from Mars Hill College to other parts of the world!!!!
by Opio James, 2006-10-02 04:36:32
This Idea is welcome and I do encourage the rest of the members to join.
by Larry, 2006-09-20 17:13:06
I worked in Kumi for a year and much as the challenges were enormous, it was such a pleasure making a difference in the lives of the very underprivileged and poor people in rural Africa. I am currently in London hoping to persue my surgical residency here and would very much love to return to Kumi Hospital in the future.
|What are you reading?|
by Brian, 2006-09-19 16:04:48
I know many of you are interested in social justice and humanitarian issues. What are you reading right now? Anything interesting that you think we should add to our related links section? Hope to hear from you all soon.
|Please Post Your Thoughts|
by Brian, 2006-09-18 12:51:22
Please, feel free to post your thoughts and comments about the website, the projects, or anything else on your mind. We will approve the posting (to prevent abuse) and then your comment will appear here! Thanks.
|Site looks great|
by Tyrone, 2006-07-12 17:59:20
Looking good! Can't wait to see all the many needs that will be met through ChooseANeed!