Supporting sustainable poverty solutions and self-reliance worldwide
At Billions Rising Self-Reliance Foundation, our mission is to foster and support those people and organizations who are creating sustainable solutions to poverty, empowering people to become self-reliant. We know that poverty will be eliminated through education, action, innovation and collaboration. We spotlight the people around the world who give a hand up rather than a handout, and present their stories to a wider audience through our popular blog, thriving social media presence, monthly newsletter and upcoming Television News/Talk show, World Changers.
We work tirelessly to uncover solution-driven stories, reviewing hundreds of media sources every day to find those subjects both compelling and worthy of support. Twice each year we hand-pick one special cause, carefully vetted by our partner organization Universal Giving™, and put the full weight of our fundraising and publicizing support behind them.
Our Current Cause
The Eastern Congo Initiative
While we’ve seen remarkable global progress towards ending child mortality in recent years, conditions in Congo remain abysmal. An estimated 465,000 children in Congo die each year from preventable disease like malaria. In today’s world, this is just unacceptable.
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is an advocacy and grant-making organization focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. ECI advocates for increased investment in Congo from private and public funding sources, and supports Congolese-led programs that build safe, sustainable communities. They also raise public awareness about the critical needs of the region through targeted media and other advocacy activities, and drive policy change that increases US government engagement in Congo.
Currently, Universal Giving™ and ECI are seeking to raise $10,000 to build a Maternal and Infant Health Center. Billions Rising Foundation is lending our support to this critical cause and will be conducting online funding campaigns as well as hosting in-person fundraising events to help ECI reach their targeted goal.
Advocacy & Upcoming Events
The Billions Rising Foundation will support ECI in a number of ways. To start off, our regular social media and blog posts will leverage our large and loyal audience of followers to bring light to conditions in Congo and the ECI cause. We are also planning a series of fundraisers around the Bay Area. Locations and projected dates for these events are listed in part below:
May 2015: Albona Ristorante – San Francisco
Sponsor: Samuel Hernandez, Chef/Owner
June 5th 2015: Delancy Street – San Francisco
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Features Silent Auction
Sponsor: New Resource Bank
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