Yatai donates 10% of our profits to charities working to end hunger and poverty, around the world and in our own backyard. It is all thanks to our wonderful customers that we are able to lend a hand to help others. thank you!
Our two most recent donations were made to BRAC and the Grameen Foundation.
Here are a few of our favorite charities and some information about recent partnerships.
The Denver Voice, an agent of social change, works by empowering homeless and impoverished individuals in Denver, enabling them to regain their dignity and the ability to support themselves by working selling newspapers. The Denver Voice gives the homeless the first step up to get off the streets, escape from poverty, and re-enter the community.
Population Services International works to increase access to health and family planning products and services in low-income parts of the world. They strengthen health systems in the public and private sector using proven business practices to enable people to live healthier, more productive lives.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCN) is an incredible organization here in Denver that works toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. Every dollar we give to CCN we can be guaranteed will go to helping those good but struggling people we see on Denver streets get the help they need.
Free the Slaves is an international organization that works to liberate the 27 million slaves in the world today, to do what it takes to help them stay free and to change the systems that allow slavery to exist.
A Charity Close to Our Hearts is Big Brother Mouse, a non-profit book publisher that writes, illustrates, publishes and distributes books in Laos, a small country in SE Asia.
>Traditionally, books have been rare in Laos. Very few books were published, and they never reached the poor, rural farming villages where most people lived. The number of children who go to school in Laos has been slowly but steadily increasing, yet many children have never read a book outside of school textbooks. Few Lao people think that reading can be fun, can add to their education, or will provide information to improve their quality of life.
>Big Brother Mouse intends to change that by publishing books that make literacy fun. Started in 2006 by a retired American publisher working with several bright and dedicated Laotian college students, their staff now includes high school students and recent college graduates. Big Brother Mouse is Lao-owned and Lao-operated. They look at the books that children have enjoyed most anywhere in the world and think about what underlying concepts made those books successful. Then they figure out how those concepts could be used in Laos, with new Lao content and pictures.
>Their first six books came off the press in March and April 2006. In their first year, Big Brother Mouse published 30 books. Now they're continuing to publish new books, over 150 in all, while also developing effective new ways to get those books into rural villages. Recently, they've begun publishing books that provide older readers with access to the information, ideas, and pleasure people in many countries take for granted. They also give hands-on experience to young people as they learn new skills: writing, editing, translating, computers, and organizing events. Big Brother Mouse has also begun teacher training and establishing reading rooms in rural villages. These are crucial developments to help better educate Lao kids!
>Access to information is something we take for granted in the US, but it cannot be overestimated how large of a role the information and education gained from books can play in escaping a cycle of hunger and poverty. We might think that now the internet is our major source for information, but in a country like Laos, were many villages still don't have electricity, books are still the best way to learn. Big Brother Mouse is creating and distributing those books, opening up a world of possibility and hope to Lao people.
>Follow these links to see exciting photos from the book parties BBM used our contributions for!
ACTS Resource Center is a local organization that works to end hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community. Their many wonderful programs include transitional housing, a food bank, resources and support for homeless Veterans and struggling families and weekend lunch bags delivered to underprivileged children. www.denveracts.org
Our Motives and Goals
Every year, 8 million people die because they are too poor to stay alive. 1 billion people, or 1/6th of humanity, live in extreme poverty, with each day a struggle to survive. Most of these people live in East Asia, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Two centuries ago, vast global income inequalities did not exist. The massive global gap between rich and poor emerged during the past two centuries as a result of vastly different rates of economic growth. If we can fix the impediments to economic growth that have resulted in these areas of extreme poverty, we can clear the way for the end of extreme poverty, and with that, an end to hunger. In addition, the worlds population is growing, and world food needs are increasing. We need to find a way to produce more food.
Main impediments to economic growth and increased food production include, but are not limited to: lack of access to markets, lack of roads, lack of access to education and knowledge, lack of access to technology, lack of national security (unstable governments), lack of access to health care, lack of access to water, lack of continued farming research.
Yatai, working together with A World In Need, is devoted to finding solutions to these problems, in our own backyards and around the world. We thank you for your patronage and are proud to work towards this this goal with you.
Read more at: A World In Need