Doing Good Together February 2010 Newsletter

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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... February 2010
in this issue
  • Participate with Pennies
  • Exploring the Power of Education
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • We Americans take public education for granted. But in many parts of the world, even completing elementary school is a challenge, especially if you're a girl. Putting our volunteer efforts toward global education is critical, because with education comes reduced poverty, disease and violence as well as a rise in empowerment and entrepreneurship. Read on to see what you can do to support global education.
    Also, be sure to check out the much-better Doing Good Together website!

    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Participate with Pennies
    Pennies for Peace

    Make a Difference...

    Two widely respected programs deserve your family's support.

    Pennies for Peace.
    Rally your family -or your whole school or community group -- to collect pennies to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's easy using the Pennies for Peace toolkit. This charitable organization, founded by Greg Mortenson, coauthor of Three Cups of Tea also encourages supporters to integrate cultural education into their campaigns. Check out the For Kids! section of their website.

    CAMFED(Campaign for Female Education).
    CAMFED equips African women and girls with education and long-term support, from elementary school through business training and beyond. Your family can raise awareness by hosting a movie night where you show "Where the Water Meets the Sky," a film illustrating CAMFED's mission. Or read about how folks have raised money for CAMFED and come up with your own creative fundraiser. Find out more at

    Exploring the Power of Education
    Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and

    Talk About It...

    It's easy to forget to be grateful for the opportunity to get an education. Talk together about how your lives would be different if schooling was not available to your family.

  • Why do you think education is important?
  • What are some lessons and skills you have learned in school?
  • How could educating youth benefit a society, especially those in poverty?
  • What are ways your family can support global education?
  • Learn About It...

    Greg Mortenson's story, how he came to help build schools throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, can be an inspiration for all ages. He has written books for children and adults. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea, with amazing collages by Susan L. Roth, is a picture book for ages 4-8.
    Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
    , coauthored by David Oliver Relin, comes in an adult and young person's edition.

    Photo: Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea


    "A penny in the United States doesn't even buy a piece of gum, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan, one penny buys a pencil, and one dollar funds one child's education for a whole month."

    Greg Mortenson, Listen to the Wind

    News From DGT

    Doing Good Together has a new website with an expanded list of volunteer project ideas for you; a space to share your family's volunteer story and photos; a blog on family service and raising compassionate kids; a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date on DGT happenings, and much more. Please visit often!

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