Yoga For Congo Women: Feb 26 in Salt Lake and Logan

Cross posted from Feminist Mormon Housewives, Guest Post by Missy:

Missy takes care of two kids, writes, and is an activist. Utah for Congo is a group that organizes fundraisers and seeks to raise awareness about ongoing conflict and sexual violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Over the past decade, nearly 7 million people have been killed in Democratic Republic of the Congo because of war and conflict. That makes it the most deadly conflict of our generation, the deadliest since World War II. Half of these deaths are children under the age of five.

One of the most horrific elements of the conflict is the habitual use of sexual violence and rape to terrorize people and destroy communities. The sexual violence is characterized by its unspeakable brutality and by the pain and destruction left in its wake. Figures are hard to come by, but a soon-to-be-released study suggests that the number of people raped over the past decade is over 3 million.

What haunts us is the fact that each of us is complicit in the continuation of this conflict. Violent groups are fighting for control of natural resources like gold, tungsten, tin and tantalum: Resources that tech companies use to manufacture the electronics equipment (like computers and cell phones) that Americans use. So every time we use our mobile phones, which are filled with these conflict minerals, we are (if unwittingly) complicit.

This Saturday in Utah we are holding Yoga for Congo Women events to raise awareness of the Congo crisis and raise funds for survivors of the violence. 100% of donations received will go to Women for Women International, an organization that provides women with supportive communities, vocational training, psychosocial support, rights training, and financial support. Yoga for Congo Women will be in Salt Lake in the morning, and in Logan in the evening. We’d love to see some of you there!

In the Barn at Wheeler Farm
6351 South 900 East (Salt Lake)
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Yoga begins at 10:00 a.m.

At the Whitter Community Center
290 North 400 East (Logan)
Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
Yoga begins at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on this event (and other upcoming events, including our second-annual 5K which will be held on June 11), please visit our blog at utahforcongo.blogspot.com

Watch Groupon for Discounts on Humanitarian Donations

Groupon is known for doing half-off deals on any number of local services, shops, restaurants and cultural events but did you know that they do half off deals on humanitarian donations?

A couple of months ago, they were offering $25 donations for a $15 purchase price for Kiva. Now they are offering a $30 donation for the organization Build On for the purchase price of $15.

From their site:

buildOn is a non-profit organization that empowers primarily urban U.S. high school students through in-class and intensive after-school programs. In addition to tremendous contributions of community service in their own cities and neighborhoods, buildOn youth actually build schools and bring literacy to children and adults in developing countries around the world. buildOn programs are designed to build confidence and real-world capabilities in American youth while also empowering communities world-wide to overcome the crippling cycle of illiteracy, poverty and low expectations by opening the door to education.

Check out their results section to see what they have done in their almost 20 years of operation.

Groupon is hosting this deal with BuildOn as a part of their Save The Money Campaign which also hosts deals for other organizations. Current deals include The Rainforest Action Network, The Tibet Fund and Greenpeace.

If you could see one organization funded through Groupon deals, which would you like to see? You can even suggest causes on their G-Team site.