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A child dies of starvation every 6 mins in Somalia. Thanks for helping raise $18,000 so far!

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Over 11 million people in east Africa are currently suffering from the worst drought in over sixty years.  29,000 children under the age of 5 have already perished in the last 90 days alone due to this terrible tragedy.   

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Roughly half the entire Somali population stands in urgent need of assistance, yet, due to regional instability, aid has proven difficult to come by.  Thousands of families have streamed across the border into refugee camps established in places like Dabaab, Kenya.  The Dabaab camp, which was originally built to accommodate 90,000 people, must now serve over 387,000.  MSF International estimates that over half a million people will settle in and around this camp alone by the end of 2011.  The situation is dire - but not without hope.    

In March, members of the NikeTalk community came together to donate over $20,000 to help support disaster relief efforts in Japan.  Now, we are called upon to help those suffering amid this terrible hunger crisis in east Africa.  Please join us in contributing to one of the world's most respected and responsible charities, Doctors Without Borders, as they work to provide supplies and medical care to those in need.  With most media outlets preoccupied by the state of the US economy, it will be up to all of us to help spread awareness of this urgent and growing crisis.   


To help, we've created a new group fundraising page here:


Our current goal is $3,000.  In March, you guys amazed everyone by raising over $1,000 in under 24 hours.  Your response to that tragedy easily ranked among our community's greatest achievements to date.  

Given the relative lack of media attention, we're all going to need to work harder in order to achieve similar results for the people of east Africa.  


Please donate today

To show our gratitude for your generous and compassionate gifts, we'll be awarding users who donate over $10 with a special badge that will appear next to your posts. 

If you give between $10 and $24, you'll receive the following badge, based on the Somali flag:
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If you give between $25 and $99, you'll receive this badge, which also incorporates the Somali crest:
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Those kind enough to donate over $100 will be recognized with this special NikeTalk badge:
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***Please note that in order to receive your badge, you MUST:  

1) Donate through our group fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/niketalk/somalia
2) Leave your screen name in the comments section when making your donation!



Even in these challenging times, we all have the resources to help ease suffering as millions of men, women, and children struggle for their very lives.  

May we all prove worthy allies in their fight for survival.



Update:  

Thanks so much to everyone who's contributed thus far!  Lana85's donation of $200 has put us up to $1,868.41.  If we can just raise another $132 by midnight, we'll have raised over $2,000 together in under 48 hours!

4/12/12 Update:

To further support your efforts, the NikeTalk staff has just contributed $13,000 to Doctors Without Borders.  This donation is now reflected on our fundraising pages, bringing the community total to over $18,000!


For those of you waiting until payday, keep in mind that, if you donate more than once, I will gladly upgrade your badge.  So, if you give $10 today and $15 Saturday, you'll be eligible to receive the crests badge.  Similarly, if you give $10 ten times, you can earn the $100+ badge.  Just make sure you leave your NT sn in the comments section each time so we can easily verify your total. 
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Hey man, just a suggestion for raising money:

You should make shirts that just say NKETLK with the cool patterns, the logos with the flags are very cool and I'd definitely rock one a shirt that just had it on it. Same goes with the Japan NKETLK, I think it's simple yet understated.
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Originally Posted by scshift

Hey man, just a suggestion for raising money:

You should make shirts that just say NKETLK with the cool patterns, the logos with the flags are very cool and I'd definitely rock one a shirt that just had it on it. Same goes with the Japan NKETLK, I think it's simple yet understated.


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Originally Posted by scshift

Hey man, just a suggestion for raising money:

You should make shirts that just say NKETLK with the cool patterns, the logos with the flags are very cool and I'd definitely rock one a shirt that just had it on it. Same goes with the Japan NKETLK, I think it's simple yet understated.


yeah i think meth addressed this before. he said something to the effect of "the production cost of a t shirt, and the time it takes to distribute isn't as easy as a flat out donation"

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post #5 of 230
One of those things I always think about but just push back in my mind to deal with my own immediate problems...

I've thought about donating but haven't yet researched credible and safe places to send my money...
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Bravo Meth.

Will DEFINITELY be donating as soon as my paycheck hits my account.
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post #7 of 230
I want those badges............... Do I get 10-24$ badge and 25$ and up badge if I donate or just one?
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Originally Posted by Method Man

Roughly half the entire Somali population stands in urgent need of assistance, yet, due to regional instability, aid has proven difficult to come by. 

can you go further into detail?

and I love the idea of badges smiley: happy, will def motivate people to donate.
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Africa! bfe15f69a6b6fa20a2956815c5e1a03ffcddf92.gif
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badges looking sweet
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So Strange, I literally just checked my email and saw that someone donated $150 to our Mercy Corps page!:

http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/nt_1

I definitely think (whoever it was) deserves some sort of special recognition for his/her donation (i.e. the badge, assuming it was a NT'er).



Meth, thanks for the post!  I will try to direct my thread accordingly!  I think we should all work together on this one!
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This is great I will be sure to donate....smiley: smile
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Good cause. Will donate as soon as I can.
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I'll donate $100 tomorrow at work. I spent over $100 at the bar last week so $100 to this is worth it indeed.
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Originally Posted by scshift

Hey man, just a suggestion for raising money:

You should make shirts that just say NKETLK with the cool patterns, the logos with the flags are very cool and I'd definitely rock one a shirt that just had it on it. Same goes with the Japan NKETLK, I think it's simple yet understated.

this. it would be good but I do see how some of the money would go towards making the actual shirt. Obviously we need to donate the most possible to this so it makes more sense to do flat donations. We should also do the shirts though. it'll raise a bit more money and people would buy more NT products. It would be appreciated, however for now I'll just send in a donation as soon as I can in the next coming days.
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As a matter of fact...I just donated what I could afford at the moment.

Will give more as soon as I can.

God Bless the people of Somalia.
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This is awesome Meth.
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This is awesome Meth.
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post #19 of 230
i want a badge but im too broke to donate. =(
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will i be able to have a japan and somali niketalk badge at the same time??! smiley: pimp

i'll donate later tonight....waiting for teen wolf
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I'll donate the minute my check clears.
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smh at people talking about the badges, its not about that.
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Payday friday, will be back.
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will i be able to have a japan and somali niketalk badge at the same time??! smiley: pimp

i'll donate later tonight....waiting for teen wolf


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Meth what happened with the $1 per mile? Are you still going to set that up? nerd.gif
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The stamps are a great way to get donations. I usually just give my donation money to my uncle since he works with several charities, but I'll donate some via Niketalk.
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I want those badges............... Do I get 10-24$ badge and 25$ and up badge if I donate or just one? 

Just one.  If you donate $100+ but you LOVE the $25 badge, I'll be happy to give you that one instead, but the reason I can't give people all three is because these images add up.  You can already see how much space my Japan badge, Somalia badge, and NT staff badge take up.  

In the future, we'd love to build in a feature where you can store all of the badges you've earned and then select which ones you'd like to display on the fly, like changing an avatar.  If and when that happens, I'll try to make sure that users who donates at the $100+ level, for example, have access to all three images.

For the time being, however, you'll get the one badge associated with your level. 

 
Hey man, just a suggestion for raising money:

You should make shirts that just say NKETLK with the cool patterns, the logos with the flags are very cool and I'd definitely rock one a shirt that just had it on it. Same goes with the Japan NKETLK, I think it's simple yet understated.


First of all, I'm really glad to hear that you're satisfied with the logo designs.  This had to come together on short notice and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to receive any graphic design help.  I've always found it better to light a candle than curse the darkness, so I did what I could to put something together just as with the NTxJapan fundraiser banner.  It's wonderful to hear that you like the design enough to want a t-shirt with it. 

This came up in an earlier thread regarding the famine in Somalia, though I'll repeat the main point here:

For the sake of efficiency, we'd greatly prefer to encourage direct donations.  


Physical products take too long to produce and the money spent creating and shipping those products would be put to better use by the charity itself. 
We'll do caps because people want caps and then donate the proceeds to charity, but if people WANT to help others in the event of a disaster they should do exactly that.  It shouldn't require treating oneself to a physical product as incentive. 

As I said during the Japan donation drive:  don't buy a shirt to look like you care.  Act like you care instead.  


Right now, the very BEST way to help those in need is by direct donation.  That's our focus and that's what we hope you will inspire others to do in order to help those in need.

I've thought about donating but haven't yet researched credible and safe places to send my money...

That's a concern that's I certainly share.  We don't select charities lightly.  To this point, it's been extremely difficult for most NGO's to be effective due to the intervention of militia groups, who've denied them access, stolen emergency supplies, and even killed relief workers.  This, in part, is why so many Somalians are traveling hundreds of miles to refugee camps.  Until recently, US policy prohibited US-based organizations from taking any action that could potentially support the Al-Shabaab (whether directly or indirectly.)  They've since eased those restrictions.  

We wanted to make sure that our donations reach the intended beneficiaries and that we're giving to one of the most responsible organizations out there.  

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, we supported Doctors Without Borders through both direct donation and a custom sneaker fundraiser.  That proved a very sound decision, as independent evaluators like Give Well awarded top honors to Doctors Without Borders for their response to that disaster.  A current blog entry on Give Well also recommends that donors support Doctors Without Borders above all other organizations:  http://blog.givewell.org/2011/07/25/somalia-east-africa-famine-relief-donations/

Doctors Without Borders has been a leader in transparency and honesty.  They don't publish appeals for donor funds if those funds are unlikely to be of immediate benefit in a given situation.  

It's important to keep in mind, too, just how important Doctors Without Borders' services will be in the existing refugee camps where they're already well-established.  Those traveling to these camps often cross hundreds of miles of desert and arrive in urgent need of medical attention.  These camps are becoming increasingly overcrowded, which raise additional epidemiological concerns.  

No matter how pessimistic you are about supplies reaching starving families, keep in mind that you can't so easily intercept a service.  The relief provided by Doctors Without Borders goes beyond fresh water and nutrition.  The care and services they offer are literally invaluable and we want to help them increase their capacity to the best of our ability.  

I hope you'll join us in contributing to their work. 



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smh at people talking about the badges, its not about that.

Yeah but it it helps someone out there get fed...
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I don't wanna be that guy, but there are starving children all over the U.S. too ohwell.gif

Shouldn't we start here first? Compassion International, Christian Children fund, Save The Children...
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I don't think public support is going to be too strong, which is very heartbreaking. I've already seen comments  pertaining to now there will be less criminals, but when your're starving what can you do? It's a wicked game.
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