Concern Worldwide, the
international humanitarian organization, has been
selected as the
Twestival Global 2010 recipient for education.
Proceeds will benefit the agency's work providing
access to quality education for out-of-school
children, orphans, child laborers, conflict-affected
children, and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
Twestival Global is a
global series of events organized by volunteers
around the world under short timescales via Twitter
to raise awareness of and rally support for a great
Motivated teams in hundreds of cities around the
world organize events, and harness the power of
Twitter to support the work and mission of an
international nonprofit organization they
independently recognize as outstanding.
The first Twestival
Global launched on February 12, 2009, with events
hosted in 202 cities around the world highlighting
the work of the non-profit charity: water. Through
Twestival Global, over $250,000 was raised to help
the organization fund programs that provide clean,
safe water to communities in developing countries.
Amanda Rose, founder and chief organizer of
Twestival, commented, "Our
hundreds of city organizers around the world are
enthusiastic about hosting events on March 25, 2010,
which will put a global spotlight on the great work
that Concern does for education."
This international Twitter 'festival'
is a movement that although
separate and independent from Twitter or the
demonstrates the growing power of Twitter as more
than just a social networking tool
it has become an innovative and
far-reaching technology that unites people around
the world in support of a good cause. "Volunteers
can sign up or register their city to participate in
early 2010 via
," says Rose.
Scheduled for March
25, Twestival Global 2010 aims to make a difference
for Concern's education programs in the world's
poorest countries, with a particular emphasis on the
most vulnerable, such as girls, orphans, child
laborers, and those affected by conflict and HIV and
AIDS. Participants will learn that a mere $28 is
sufficient to supply one student with a uniform,
pencils and notebooks for an entire school year.
Concern has pledged that a full 100 percent of funds
raised will be spent on its education initiatives.
In the past year, Concern education programs
benefited more than 3.9 million people.
estimated 72 million children worldwide are not
enrolled in school. Concern is committed to reaching
those left behind and giving them access to learning
and the chance to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Twestival Global is revolutionizing the way
concerned citizens all over the world connect to the
poorest among us. We are thrilled to have been
chosen, and we're rolling up our sleeves to make the
most of this opportunity," said Chief Executive of
Tom Arnold. "Education is a fundamental
liberating force in the poorest countries. We are
delighted to have the opportunity to participate in
Twestival and reach more of the world's most
vulnerable children," said
Concern works in 28 of the world's poorest
17 sub-Saharan African nations, and reaches some 27
million people. The organization's mission is the
ultimate elimination of extreme poverty and the
reduction of suffering. Programs focus on emergency
relief and long-term development work in the areas
of health, HIV and
AIDS, livelihoods and education.
is reaching more than 12 million people in 28 of the
world's poorest countries across Africa, Asia and
Caribbean with programs
focusing on Emergencies, Health, HIV&AIDS, Education
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