"We must be the change we want to see in the world." ~ Gandhi
Live A Flourishing Life™ is also a community of people, businesses and organizations committed to making a difference in the lives of people and the global environment. Here are the latest initiatives with which Live A Flourishing Life™ is involved and the people, businesses and organizations who work with us in these efforts.
Hope Phones -- Our Goal . . . Collect 500 Phones
Hope Phones was founded in 2009 as an innovative way to fund the efforts of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit focused on advancing healthcare networks in developing countries using mobile technology. When you recycle a used cell phone through the Hope Phones campaign you help families have access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources.
HOW IT WORKS -- Hope Phones helps community health workers connect distant patients to a medical clinic. When you recycle a used cell phone through the Hope Phones campaign, their recycling partner assigns a value to that phone that is transferred to Hope Phone's account so they can acquire appropriate technology for the field, giving families access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources. The average donated phone in the US will allow Hope Phones to purchase 2-3 cell phones for the field. Smartphones can yield 5-10.
THE GOAL -- Our first goal is to try to collect 500 phones. We take ANY phone - working or not, and don't need chargers or accessories. Hope Phone's recycling partner erases all data through a certified and secure process.
Here are the facts . . .
- 500,000 cell phones are trashed each day in the United States.
- By recycling just 1% of those phones, Hope Phones can raise money to buy 1,000,000 new cell phones for Mobile Medics health workers . . and help save millions of lives.
How can you help? The following locations have Hope Phone Collection Boxes.
The Chamber of Central Mass South / Community Business Association, 380 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA. 16 collected
Bay Path College - Central Mass Campus, Route 20, Charlton, MA. -- 39 collected.
Books and Beans, 100 Central Street, Southbridge, MA -- 14 collected.
Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Upper River St (Rt. 148), Brookfield, MA -- 44 collected.
The Center of Hope, 100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA -- 36 collected.
Dave's Pest Control, 63 Technology Park Rd, Sturbridge, MA -- 8 collected.
The Sturbridge Coffee House, 455 Main Street (Rte. 20), Fiskdale (Sturbridge), MA -- 24 collected.
Amcomm Wireless, 135 Main St (Rte. 131), Sturbridge, MA -- 104 collected.
Business and Organizations Also Helping Us Save Lives . . .
Individual donations to Live A Flourishing Life™ -- 54 collected.
Smith & Jones Idea Agency, Sturbridge, MA -- 3 collected.
KidsTerrain, Inc., Wilmington, MA -- 3 collected.
Hope Phones History: A young man named Josh Nesbit, during his sophomore summer break from Stanford University, volunteered at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, an AIDS clinic in Malawi, one of Africa's poorest, least-developed nations. St Gabriel’s served about 250,000 people, spread out over 100 square miles. Patients were walking, literally 60-80 miles to get to the clinic. There was 1 nurse who would travel 10 hours a day to help people. Josh had the idea to use high-tech open source software and set up a text-based communications network for St. Gabriel’s so that local health workers could work on the frontlines of global health.