If you haven't heard of Kiva.org, it is an amazing website that allows you to invest in micro-finance loans to help people around the world.
So what does that mean to you?
Well, you, being a micro-finance investor picks one of hundreds of borrowers around the world. Then makes small loans, to the tune of twenty-five dollars. And then you get paid back over the course of the loan. Also, after the loan is repaid, you can re-lend it. Again and gain you can re-lend the same twenty-five dollars to people around the world in need.
Why is this awesome?
Well, you can have a hand no only in helping out someone in need, but also this is not a hand out. These are hard working people, who want to make a life for themselves and are paying back what you lend to them.
It is amazing and I have never once regretted any of the donations I've made to this organization.
Also, for now, for yur first Kiva loan, you get $25 for free for your very first loan!
So fro the generosity of other lenders, you can lend for free!!!!
I wore a blue shirt and talked about my experiences growing up with some of the patients I had. I let them start the conversations, but it was really interesting to hear from people from both sides. I had one gentleman who admitted shamefully that he was a bully in his younger years.
Frankly, hearing him talk was actually more moving than hearing from people who had been bullied. Something about him growing old and genuinely feeling upset by his actions as a young man gave me hope that he was able to teach his kids that it wasn't okay.
I am not going to say that I was the victim of terrible bullying. frankly, I was mostly a pacifist as a kid, wanting desperately for people to get along. But the words people don't think of, especially children can leave long lasting scars. And it is completely something that can be learned at home.
I encourage folks interested in joining in Stop Out Bullying Month, to check the site above and educate yourself and the kids in your life. You can sincerely make a difference in the lives of children around the world!