Effecting real change for $500 or less each and every day
The world’s tough problems can seem insurmountable. So at Alight, while we tackle those big problems we also do the doable. Right then. And that’s what Changemakers 365 is all about. It’s about doing the doable, effecting real change for $500 or less each and every day.
We launched Changemakers 365 in January 2017. And have completed 800+ days of change around the world – from Bangladesh to Somalia, Uganda to Pakistan.
Changemakers 365 gives our worldwide teams a tool to see the bright spots and hope in a community and provide the little bit of support needed to make it grow. We know that when we get behind a changemaker’s existing efforts, they’ll make that $500 go further than we ever could.
What would I do with $500? I would buy bedding and mattresses to put in the Reception Center for refugees and asylum seekers – where they stay until we can setup a shelter for them. All of these people have traveled for days and weeks to reach the refugee settlement. Some have medical complications as the result of violence or abuse. And right now, they have to sleep on the floor and have no soft spot to lie down.”
-Harriet Adong, ARC Uganda
What does $500 worth of change look like?
More than you’d think. It looks like cots and mattresses – a soft place to rest – for refugees who’ve just completed their journey to a refugee camp. It looks like art supplies for kids who need a safe place to wait while their siblings and parents receive therapy for malnutrition. It looks like a fresh coat of paint for refugee camp buildings, brightening everyone’s day.
It looks like real change – every single day – for an entire year.