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Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

Girl Scout program is fun with purpose! It is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law that generations of girls have followed. The Girl Scouting Experience focuses on three keys of leadership—Discover; Connect; and Take Action to make the world a better place. They earn awards, have fun, and take on projects that change the world.

If you would like to help my Council (Heart of Central California) continue its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, please visit:

There are many ways to donate to Girl Scouts Heart of Central California: Family Partnerships; Outreach; Campership; Workplace/Planned Giving; etc. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and approximately $0.92 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs that help girls in our community grow strong.

SAMADHAN, a registered non-profit organization set up in 1981 in New Delhi, India, has as its dual purpose the betterment of disregarded communities, specifically children with intellectual disability and their mothers. SAMADHAN’s philosophy is that all persons with intellectual disability can be helped, if appropriate and timely services are available. Over the years, it has effectively transferred this philosophy into action and developed a viable model of service delivery linking services for the intellectually disabled, with the needs of their mothers and of the women in the community, using locally available resources and materials.

SAMADHAN has two centers, one in Dakshinpuri in South Delhi and the other in Dwarka, South-West Delhi

YOU can help SAMADHAN by: Becoming a Volunteer, Donating/Sponsoring, Buying their products.

Contact via E-mail:

The aim of the Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conferences is to create a platform for South Asian countries to share and learn from each other, creating a network of mutual support. The 21st AFID Conference will be held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India from October, 7th through 11th, 2013. The theme of this conference will be "Towards Dignity & Quality of Life - Evolving Individual Capacity with Family & Community Participation”

To support this endeavor, E-mail:

Contact UDAAN to get a list of organizations that assist people with special needs, MOSTLY IN INDIA, and their web site links

KOSHISH is a mental health self-help organization in Nepal. Its mission is to unite people living with mental health problems and their families, and empower them to advocate for their rights and achieve correct awareness about mental health in their communities.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid and assistance to populations most in need. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions. Their work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build homes for people in need regardless of race or religion. They welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

For more than 65 years, the mission of Paralyzed Veterans of America has been to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence. Paralyzed Veterans of America fights for better health care and benefits; aid in the search for a truly satisfying career; and provides the path to adventure through adaptive sports. They are committed to ongoing care by educating clinicians about spinal cord injury, and are deeply invested in the future—a cure for paralysis.

One in five Americans has a disability. Disabilities don’t discriminate. They can be acquired at birth or at any point through injury or illness. Despite their prevalence, more than two-thirds of working age Americans with disabilities are unemployed — many not by choice.

PRIDE provides the support, training and opportunity necessary to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles and find meaningful employment. Their mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities. Their vision is to be the premiere employer of people with disabilities and be recognized as a leader in meeting the needs of individuals in overcoming barriers to employment.

A Touch of Understanding (ATOU) provides disability awareness programs designed to educate a new generation to understand the challenges associated with disabilities and to accept and respect all individuals. ATOU is a nonprofit organization comprised of dedicated individuals, some with disabilities and some without, who come together to form a strong team working to help students look beyond the disability, the wheelchair, the braces, the unpredictable behavior and see the person. The program is geared toward elementary through high school students. With mainstreaming/full inclusion becoming more prevalent, all students, able bodied and disabled, recognize their common humanity, desires and feelings.

AIM HIGHER’s Adult Development Centers serve adults with developmental disabilities at all levels of the ability spectrum. Their mission is to provide the highest quality of care and curriculum delivery to the disabled in an environment that generates a sense of esteem and worth to everyone.

The mission of PGHI is to work towards helping the physically and intellectually challenged achieve threefold independence - physical, social and financial. This organization has been formed to educate the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community and to provide relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged. To support our mission, contact Reva Peer at: