There are 600 million adolescent girls in the developing world. They are an undeniable force for social and economic impact. But only if given the opportunity.

Around the world, girls are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. And in being denied an education, society loses one of its greatest and most powerful resources. 

The Malala Fund aims to change that. 

You can learn more about Malala and her foundation at:http://www.malalafund.org/

"Tell Every Amazing Lady about Ovarian Cancer" or "T.E.A.L." is a mission of the Louisa McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation. 

"T.E.A.L." works to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, to enable early detection, and to help find the cure.  Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.  The symptoms of Ovarian Cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.

In the U.S. alone, there will be around 22,000 new cases of Ovarian Cancer diagnosed this year.  T.E.A.L. sponsors fundraising walks and other events.  T.E.A.L.’s website offers information on Ovarian Cancer and lists helpful resources for cancer patients. 

The annual T.E.A.L. Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer is held every September in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Our next Walk/Run will be Saturday, September 7, 2013.

Learn more about T.E.A.L. and their effort to combat Ovarian Cancer at: www.tealwalk.org

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The Bruce Lee Foundation is working to extend Bruce Lee’s legacy through events, educational programs, martial arts instruction, and a future Bruce Lee Museum.

The foundation believes that the late Bruce Lee can serve as a quality example for young people to follow, and that his legacy can enrich lives, open minds, and break down barriers.

The foundation is raising funds to build a Bruce Lee Action Museum in Seattle, Washington.

The Bruce Lee Foundation website offers a lot of information on Bruce Lee and the foundation’s work.

See:  www.bruceleefoundation.com

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Creative Growth‬ is a non-profit visual arts center in Oakland‬, ‪‎California‬, that provides art programs, educational training, counseling, and vocational training to adults living with disabilities.

The Creative Growth Art center provides a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers.

The center offers a Creative Growth Gallery that is open to the public. Here, works of art from the members and clients of the center are put on display…with some for sale.

Learn more about the Creative Growth Center and the great work that they are doing, at: www.creativegrowth.org

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The Solar Impulse is an ultra-light solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel.  The Solar Impulse team wants to promote renewable energies by flying around the world in a solar airplane, without fuel or pollution.

"Our airplane is not designed to carry passengers, but to carry a message," said one of the team leaders.

Flight testing will begin in 2014, and the flight around the world is scheduled for 2015.  The Solar Impulse will land in each continent in the Northern Hemisphere.  Educational programs and presentations will be a part of the Solar Impulse mission.

Learn more about this amazing plane, at: www.solarimpulse.com

10The Solar Impulse is an ultra-light solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel.  The Solar Impulse team wants to promote renewable energies by flying around the world in a solar airplane, without fuel or pollution.

"Our airplane is not designed to carry passengers, but to carry a message," said one of the team leaders.

Flight testing will begin in 2014, and the flight around the world is scheduled for 2015.  The Solar Impulse will land in each continent in the Northern Hemisphere.  Educational programs and presentations will be a part of the Solar Impulse mission.

Learn more about this amazing plane, at: www.solarimpulse.com

In 1976, Dick Traum became the first amputee runner to complete the New York City Marathon.  Years later, Dick Traum founded the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International.

Achilles International is a ‘community of support” for athletes with disabilities.  The group has chapters and members in over 65 locations in the United States and abroad.  Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners train together in an environment of support and community.

Achilles International has developed specialized programs for children and veterans…Achilles Kids and Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

From the Achilles International website: “While our programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities.”

Achilles International’s signature event is the “Hope & Possibility Five-Miler” a race where able-bodied and disabled athletes participate side-by-side.

If you would like to donate to Achilles International, please go to: www.achillesinternational.org

The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is “to improve the health and well being of the poor, the sick, and the infirm.”

The organization’s main facility is located in Jeremie, a city located in the western end of Haiti.  HHF also provides support to over 100 rural mountain villages.

HHF’s founder Dr. Jeremiah Lowney was recently honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his group’s work in Haiti over the past 31 years.

The Haitian Health Foundation is a very efficient charity.  Less than 8% of public donations are spent on overhead and administrative costs.

Learn more about HHF, and see if you can help.  www.haitianhealthfoundation.org

"Books for all," is the slogan for Worldreader.  Worldreader gives people in the developing world access to digital books.  "Using e-readers and mobile phones, we provide children and their families access to tens of thousands of local and international e-books, so they can improve their lives."

Worldreader reports that 50% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few or no books.  In fact, most children in Africa never own a book.  ”With the power of digital books we can change that,” claims Worldreader.

See if you can help Worldreader with their mission to provide books to all.  Go to: www.worldreader.org

"Books for all," is the slogan for Worldreader.  Worldreader gives people in the developing world access to digital books.  "Using e-readers and mobile phones, we provide children and their families access to tens of thousands of local and international e-books, so they can improve their lives."

Worldreader reports that 50% of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few or no books.  In fact, most children in Africa never own a book.  ”With the power of digital books we can change that,” claims Worldreader.

See if you can help Worldreader with their mission to provide books to all.  Go to: www.worldreader.org

d.light is an international social enterprise company serving households without access to reliable electricity.  1 out of 3 people don’t have reliable access to electricity.  d.light is working to bring customers reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future.

The company aims to empower the lives of at least 100 million people by the year 2020.  d.light accepts the belief that companies can make a profit and do good by creating products and services for the world’s poorest people.

On the d.light website, customers can purchase products.  10% of net proceeds from these online sales go towards d.light’s “Give Light Program,” a program that provides solar lanterns to kids without electricity.

Learn more, at: www.dlightdesign.com