All of us here at Namaste Foods feel a responsibility to do what we can to make a difference in the quality of life for our fellow human beings, our communities and our planet. So, each month one of our staff people chooses an organization that we will 'give back' to that month. They can choose any organization that is close to their heart for whatever reason, be it local, regional or national. (The only organizations that are off limits are those that promote a specific political or religious agenda.)
Below is a list of just some of the organizations we have chosen. We've included a website link in case you'd like to know a bit more about any particular group. You may notice that many of these organizations promote and support women, children and families. This is likely because Namaste Foods is run by just a handful of women, most of whom are stay-at-home moms who have left their 'real jobs' to enjoy a little more quality in their own lives, spending more time with their family and helping in their communities.
We hope that Namaste Foods products are making a difference in your life. And we hope you feel good to know that your purchase is helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
Namaste, and thank you.
Namaste Foods is actively involved in and routinely donates to groups and organizations such as CSA (Celiac Sprue Association), GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group), GIG Kid's Summer Camps, FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), AFAA (Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association), FACES (Food Allergic Children Education & Support), R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids), NFCA (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness), TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), local support groups and many more. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved with these groups in raising awareness of disease and food allergy problems and helping those with food allergies and sensitivities to enjoy a healthy allergen-free lifestyle. If you know of an organization or local support group that has been helpful to you, please let us know about them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There may be something we can do to help support that organization.
Kids Beating Cancer
Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Marrow Transplant Program at Disney Pavilion Florida Hospital
Expanding Pediatric Transplantation at the world-class center of excellence, Disney Children's Hospital in Orlando. Every year, thousands of children get cancer, leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a genetically matched donor. Some people find a match in their family, but 70% do not. These patients depend on Kids Beating Cancer to help them find an unrelated compatible donor. Kids Beating Cancer's vision is to provide critical life-saving and life-enhancing services for children with cancer, leukemia, and other life-threatening diseases, and to see that those children whose survival depends on receiving a marrow or blood stem cell transplant, have the maximum opportunity for a cure.
Jewish World Watch
A primary objective of Jewish World Watch is to educate people about genocide and other man-made human rights disasters in the world. Since its inception in 2004, JWW has focused its educational efforts on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
The solar cooker project is the brainchild of Steve Harrigan. After extensive research, consultation and experimentation with various solar cooker models, Steve prepared a solar cooking training model and manual. The task of preparing a meal in Darfur brings a challenging set of problems and risks. Firewood for cooking is increasingly scarce in the areas of IDP camps. Women devote hundreds of hours to foraging for wood each week. The personal danger inherent in the chore is formidable: militia kills men and rape women. And as households consumes the limited energy source, the deforestation of Darfur advances.
The solar cooker is a simple, appropriate tool for use in the hot sunny conditions of the region.
Reduces fire wood gathering and the related exposure to sexual violence;
Reduces the consumption of firewood, slowing deforestation;
Saves time. Women have time and energy for other important child-rearing and household activities;
Presents no risk of burns to small children or food;
Potentially provides employment for women who make and sell the cookers.
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a friend to families in crisis. When families are facing any kind of crisis that impedes their ability to provide safe care for their children, we are here to help. We provide short-term shelter and care for children, and services to help parents create a more stable and nurturing home environment. We offer the following services free of charge in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.
Connor Okruhlica Children's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is dedicated to supporting research, advocacy and medical and quality of life advances for children with cancer.
An international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women.
Community Action Partnership
National organization representing the interests of the 1000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to fight poverty at the local level.
We are a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. We serve the world's poor— regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
National MS Society
Information about diagnosis, treatments, and resources for living with multiple sclerosis.
Center for Celiac Research
Information on research, awareness, education, consultation, epidemiology studies, diagnosis, and an FAQ.
RAINN-Rape Abuse and Incest National Network
In cooperation with more than 600 rape crisis centers around the country, RAINN operates a free, 24-hour hotline for survivors of sexual assault.
NOCK-National Organization Caring for Kids
The mission of the National Organization Caring for Kids is to improve the quality of life for special needs children through the use of assistive technology.
Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability.
The Childrens Village, Inc.
The Mission of the Children's Village is to care for, advocate and provide a safe, loving, nurturing and healing home for children. Those children, ages birth to age 18, who have been abused, neglected, homeless, or are in severe family crisis may be served.
WILFund - Women's International Loan Fund
Investing in women and enabling them to choose a better life for their families is a sure way to contribute to a region's economic growth and stability. WILFund, a program of World Vision, stands for Women’s International Loan Fund. WILFund empowers women in developing countries by granting them business loans.
UNICEF Tap Project www.tapproject.org UNICEF provides access to safe water and sanitation facilities while promoting safe hygiene practices in more than 100 countries.