Target: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Founders of Google
Goal: Commend Google for the donation of $3 million to non-profit charities
Google, Inc. recently held the Global Impact Challenge, which awarded £500,000 to four worthy non-profit charities. The awardees also received technical assistance from Google for their respective projects, designed to address big world problems through technology. The Global Impact Challenge began with ten finalists, whose projects proposed achievable solutions to global issues. Three charities were awarded through a panel of judges, and a fourth was selected by the public. Google should be praised for their philanthropy, fortifying a wide variety of social good initiatives.
SolarAid will make solar lighting accessible in off-grid communities in Africa by establishing a distribution network with the help of local entrepreneurs. Over 110 million households in rural Africa rely on kerosene lamps, which emit harmful smoke. SolarAid plans to create a solar hub for these communities, offering clean lighting, reducing respiratory illness, and providing job opportunities. Ultimately, SolarAid aims to replace kerosene lamps in Africa by 2020 with the help they received from Google.
CDI Apps for Good engages kids in the hands-on creation of apps through in-school learning. They plan to focus on low income and underrepresented communities, engaging youth in app creation online and in the classroom. With their Global Impact Award for Google, CDI Apps for Good will incorporate children in the future of technology and give way to a tech-savvy generation.
Integrity Action will improve public infrastructure in war-stricken countries. Through an online platform, citizens can report on needed development projects. The data is shared with government, contractors, the media and development agencies who can resolve reported issues. Due to mismanagement and fraud, much of the aid given to war-stricken countries is lost. Integrity Action plans to develop an online data collection and reporting system that enables the public to hold government and development agencies accountable. With their much needed fiscal award from Google Inc, Integrity Action can now train over 2,000 community monitors in seven war-torn countries and help citizens fix 50% of problems in public services and infrastructure projects.
The Digital Eyes and Ears for Wildlife Protection was selected by the public to receive Google’s Global Impact Award. It was proposed by the Zoological Society of London and will use ingenious camera traps, equipped with automated sensors, to better protect threatened wildlife. Sensors will be able to instantaneously transmit alerts of gunfire, vehicle movement, and heat-detected human presence. Poaching is one of the largest illegal trades in the world and threatens communities and tourism operations that depend on wildlife. Over two years, the Zoological Society of London plans to set up these cameras in a Kenyan protected area that is threatened by increased poaching of endangered rhinos and elephants. Increased awareness of effective patrols will deter poachers, reduce threats to endangered species, and increase security for the local community.
All of these projects have been realized through the contributions of Google. In addition to providing financial aid for these deserving charities, Google also publicized their concerns, spreading awareness of these issues. Google’s Global Impact Award program supports groups that use technology to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Considering technological innovators are typically underfunded in the non-profit sector, Google’s grants are essential in the realization of non-profits’ initiatives. Sign this petition to commend Google for their outstanding strides in technological innovation and international improvement.
Dear Larry Page and Sergey Brin,
You have recently given 3,000,000 dollars in grants to four deserving non-profit charities. We would like to commend your strong commitment to the recognition of social issues globally and the lack of funding for non profit organizations.
Because of your contributions, these projects can change the lives of millions for the better. Your generosity gives the world hope.
Your philanthropy financially improves selected organizations, indirectly spreading awareness of these issues so that others may contribute as well. Your benevolence does not go unappreciated and we commend you on your compassion for humanity.
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