Anne McKevitt is a believer in awareness and the power of knowledge. She believes that the power of knowledge can be a force for good and that when you have more awareness you can make better decisions about how you can change circumstances that affect the world beyond yourself—you can become an architect of change.
Her community interests lie in:
Poverty alleviation through education, micro entrepreneurship and gender equality.
Here are some of the organisations she supports or recommends:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is one of the largest animal rights organisations in the world. They focus on eliminating animal suffering in factory farms, laboratories and in the clothing trade.
The Humane Society of the United States is the largest and most effective animal protection organisation. They labor tirelessly to stop animal abuse, work with companies to end animal testing and serve as the lead disaster relief agency for animals.
The Vegetarian Societies of the UK, North America and Australia advocate healthy, compassionate and ecological living. They inform people of the benefits to being vegetarian from a health and moral perspective. The UK society is very active in lobbying for mainstream food products to be legally labeled where appropriate with the registered trademark for vegetarian accreditation.
RSPCA and ASPCA
The RSPCA (UK & Australia) and the ASPCA (US) are Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that have as their mission to protect animals from abuse, pass humane laws and provide services to animal shelters across each country.
Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals. Through their rescue efforts they have been able to save thousands of farm animals and they continue to educate and advocate for compassionate legislation.
PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe. By combining microfinance with the Internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
The Microloan Foundation is committed to helping the poorest of the poor to help themselves in order to change their lives for the better. Their key objectives are the relief of poverty, the advancement of education and the relief of sickness in the developing world through the provision of microloans and grants to create a dynamic and entrepreneurial culture.
LEND FOR PEACE
Founded by two Jews and two Palestinians, Lend for Peace was created to enable people of all faiths and backgrounds to make a tangible difference in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by helping to create economic stability by lending to individual micro-entrepreneurs in the region.
Opportunity International exists to provide opportunities for people living in poverty to transform their lives. With over 35 years' experience in microfinance and support services, they use a business approach to solve poverty. Rather than a hand-out, they provide clients with a loan as small as $100 (known as microcredit or a micro loan) to help grow their small business. This enables them to earn an income and afford food, water, shelter and an education for their children. Opportunity International is a Christian faith based charity.
WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.
Ripple is a non-profit click-to-donate internet site and search engine which passes 100% of its revenue to other charities. Launched in 2007, they make their revenue by attaining sponsorship from advertisers in return for delivering users who will see their advertisements. All you have to do is visit their site daily and click on the areas that interest you and your clicks create income revenue for the designated charities.
Oceana is the largest international organisation focused solely on ocean conservation. Their offices in North America, Central America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. They believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions.
ROOM TO READ
Room to Read believes that world change starts with educated children. They envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists is a pan-African non-governmental organisation working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. They believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and the democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.
Creating Hope International was founded on a vision of improving the daily lives of the under served, often silent victims of world strife, devastating natural disasters, crumbling economies, and political systems which suppress natural human rights. CHI is working with the Afghan Institute of Learning who have committed to providing infrastructure, technical and logistics support for a small gynaecological and surgical hospital in Herat, Afghanistan. The health of Afghan females is some of the worst in the world. Afghanistan, devastated by 30 years of war, is slowly rebuilding clinics and hospitals and beginning to provide health services and education. However, Afghans with complex gynaecological or surgical problems are unable to be treated in Afghanistan. Working with its project partner CHI, the Afghan Institute of Learning will act as a technical and logistics advisor and will be responsible for overseeing the equipping of the hospital.
UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe. UN Women will be the lead driver and lead voice advocating for gender equality and women's empowerment globally. It will support member states to advance gender equality, in line with national priorities and international norms and policies. It will build effective partnerships with civil society and mobilise support, both political and financial, for the achievement of international goals for women.