Wednesday, May 19, 2010

International Development Enterprises

Life is finally slowing down to a point that I can start getting caught up on things like blogging. I haven’t forgotten about my monthly charity post – I just haven’t had a chance to post it.

And now that life is settling down there’s only one thing to do – sign up for more!

This summer I’ll be participating in an Amazing Race style of event for Microsoft called the IT Grand Prix. Four teams of two people will race from DC to NYC to Houston to New Orleans. Along the way our challenges will involve stopping at different non-profits and solving some IT issue they’re having. The winning team gets to donate $10,000 to a charity of their choice. I volunteered to race with Susan, a fellow MCT and good friend of mine. And we’ve chosen the International Development Enterprises (IDE) as our charity.

While IDE may not have the flashiest name, they do great work. Their goal is income and job creation in impoverished rural areas. One thing that really drew me to this charity is their focus isn’t on handouts but rather on teaching people skills to improve production and their way of life. They work in 11 different countries and have touched the lives of over 19 million people.

If you’re interested in IDE, you can find out more here. And if you’re interested in finding out more about the IT Grand Prix, you can do that here.

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