Here’s Something To Feel Positive About!
Happy Positive Thinking Day! (Yeah, that’s a real day – and it’s today!)
Jeengle is taking this opportunity to share how your donations are generating some serious positivity. The charities that you’re supporting are having an impact around the world by showing compassion, spreading kindness and creating real, real change.
Human Rights Watch’s US Program is focusing on reforming harsh, outdated and ineffective detention and deportation policies to ensure they take into account family unity, flight from persecution and labor considerations that draw immigrants to the United States. Human Rights Watch has actively exposed the crimes and unsafe working conditions that unauthorized immigrants are too afraid to report out of fear of being deported, the risks of violence back home for those denied due process to seek protection from US deportation, and the devastating impact on millions of people – citizens as well as non-citizens – whose families are torn apart due to inflexible and unfair immigration policies.
Using your donations specifically, Jeengle worked with DonorsChoose.org to fund two classroom projects. You provided one classroom with dual language chapter books after their school was affected by Hurricane Harvey – in addition to portable lap desks and light filtersto create an optimal work space environment.
Mr. Rodriguez, who championed for the new dual language chapter books said, “My students are strong and they love to try new things.They enjoy learning with new ways and they never say no! They are my future scientists and they deserve the best. They are always walking in the classroom with smiles in their faces no matter their situations.”
Mrs. Novak sent a personal note thanking Jeengle donors for making the workspace comfortable for her students:
“Thank you so much for funding my project. I am so excited to get those lights covered in my room! I cannot wait for my students to begin using the portable lap desks. I feel blessed to know people who care so much about giving children what they need to be successful. I cannot wait to show all of you photos of my children working in a soothing atmosphere, using the portable lap desks. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!”
With the path of Hurricane Florence pending, Direct Relief has created interactive maps that show the range of “social vulnerability.” Social vulnerability means the inability of certain socioeconomic neighborhoods or people to withstand the emergency. This ultimately allows emergency response teams to be more effectively prepared.
According to CityLab, “On Direct Relief’s maps, the coast is a lighter-colored strip, meaning lower social vulnerability. People living in coastal areas of the Carolinas generally tend to be more affluent and white, said Susan Cutter, who directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina. Areas inland from the coast have more people with lower incomes and more members of minority groups. Although the coastline will see greater damage from the hurricane’s storm surge and strong winds, inland areas will likely face extensive flooding, especially if the system stalls overhead for a couple of days.”