This is a page of causes and projects that I think are making a big difference in some peoples lives. Have a look at them, support them if you feel inspired and spread the word.
Qhubeka (http://qhubeka.org) Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
Mountain to Mountain (http://mountain2mountain.wordpress.com) National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Shannon Galpin, and founder of the non profit organization Mountain2Mountain has created a unique space as a ‘disturber’. She founded Mountain2Mountain (www.mountain2mountain.org) in 2007 and focused her efforts on women’s rights in conflict zones. In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan in an effort to challenge perceptions of gender barriers and show a different side of Afghanistan.
Rhino Project KZN (www.projectrhinokzn.org) Project Rhino KZN was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a province-wide rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists
Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund (http://www.freedomchallenge.org.za) The Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund (FCSF) was established in 2010 as a means for FC participants giving back something to the people along the route. Each year principles from local rural schools nominate students with good academic results that also have a great social need. …The FCSF scholarship has cemented its place in the local community as an opportunity to experience a better education. Some believe it is more than that; it gives the rural student an opportunity to dream of a better future. If we can get kids dreaming about a better future and pushing their own limits then we may just be contributing in our own small way.