The Migrant Offshore Aid Station and Sea-Watch.org, in response to the 2015 European migrant crisis off the shores of Malta, Italy, and Greece, saved thousands of lives in the Mediterranean. MOAS, an international group of humanitarians, search and rescue professionals, medical staff, and maritime officers provides medical aid to migrants stranded or in distress, fleeing conflicts and humanitarian crises in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, taking deadly risks and dying at sea in their attempts to escape. Sea-watch is a private initiative of several families – entrepreneurs, craftsmen, educators, engineers – from Germany, who aim to provide help to refugees in distress.
I supported entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva by offering small units of capital interest-free.
Kiva Microfunds is a non-profit microcredit organization that offers affordable credit through its field partners – microfinance institutions, schools, charities and other non-profits. Kiva aggregates loan capital from individual lenders via the Internet and transfers it to the field partners, who then disburse the loans interest-free or below the local interest rates. Kiva is a great crowdfunding tool to support those who strive for a better life and are willing to work but have limited access to capital.
My primary focus is on agriculture and food production but I also lend to certain service providers who produce something tangible, like carpentry, sewing or weaving. I also support borrowers who wish to cover higher education costs. Most of my loans go to East Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan – but I try to keep an eye out for young borrowers and single parents in other regions as well. Join here »
Atlatszo.hu is an independent non-profit watchdog organization that produces investigative reports, accepts and publishes information from whistleblowers, files freedom of information requests, and promotes transparency and accountability in Hungary. For over two decades, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has been active in protecting the rights of citizens against undue interference by those in position of public power.Image Credit: Henry Reich
MinutePhysics is a series of sharp, fun and effective educational “time-lapse drawing” videos by Henry Reich on Youtube which explain physics-related topics in around one minute, from Schrödinger’s Cat through quantum tunneling to magnets. Support Henry via Patreon.Image Credit: The Planetary Society
I backed the LightSail project by The Planetary Society to build a prototype spacecraft propelled by the energy of the Sun. The initiative aims to revolutionize access to space for CubeSats and other low-cost citizen projects in space exploration.Image Credit: David Pintye
The Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, founded in 996, maintains an independent Roman Catholic boarding school for boys. Although paying a tuition fee is required, students who participate in the school’s grant program receive substantial financial aid based on their social circumstances and performance. As a former student I supported the social fund of the grant program to help out talented students if the tuition fee or day-to-day living costs are beyond their means.Image Credit: Wikimedia Foundation
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an invaluable reference tool available for free to anyone. The collaboratively edited,
multilingual Internet encyclopedia contributes enormously to the democratization of human
knowledge, serving more than 360 million global visitors every month. I
the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation in their efforts to bring free
educational content to the world.
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As a former International Space Camp participant I supported the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama during the COVID-19 crisis, in a campaign to Save Space Camp and to help the Rocket Center survive.Image Credit: Keith Pomakis
I supported the restoration of the Saturn V rocket on exhibition at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The vehicle, though never flew, was instrumental in the development of the Saturn V rockets which propelled the first men to the Moon. After decades resting (and rusting) unprotected outdoors it was restored and moved into a new museum building in 2007.
I supported the Foundation in their work to promote free software in Hungary, and their efforts in localization of OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird, GNOME and other open source projects.
The Society is a non-government, nonprofit organization, involved in research and engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science and space exploration. Join here »Image Credit: Wait But Why
Wait But Why is an entertainging, thoughtful blog by Tim Urban and Andrew Finn covering a wide range of topics from baby names to colonizing Mars, carefully illustrated with stick figures. Support them via Patreon.