Bloggers Unite To Launch Innovative Humanitarian Project To Help Rebuild School In Darfur

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A diverse group of bloggers located in various corners of the world have joined forces and launched Train for Humanity whose mission is to combine fitness and getting in shape with social media to help empower people for social good while creating a humanitarian movement For their initial pilot project the bloggers are hoping to raise $50,000 to help rebuild the Shegegkaro school in Northern Darfur, which was recently bombed and subsequently destroyed.

As part of a new non-profit humanitarian initiative called Train for Humanity, bloggers from around the world are joining forces to help raise awareness and $50,000 for children, orphans, and the internally displaced in Darfur. For their initial project they are hoping to raise enough funds to rebuild the recently bombed Shegegkaro School where six children were killed and the school destroyed.

"Over the past five years, more than 200,000 men, women, and children have died due to violence, malnutrition, and disease in Darfur and an additional 2.2 million people have been displaced," said Train for Humanity creator Mark Hayward. "We want to do something about it. "

Train for Humanity participants train for endurance events like triathlons and road races, and fundraise by collecting pledges online through http://trainforhumanity.org

Leveraging an enormous network of bloggers and social media users, Train for Humanity will reach hundreds of thousands of global citizens who will sponsor the pilot project athletes and help spread the word. For those seeking to improve their health and make a difference at the same time, they also can become Train for Humanity "everyday athletes" and compete in their own events.

The best part? The entire arrangement has almost zero overhead cost. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to the Darfur Peace and Development Organization.

"We want to show that you don't need to be a large humanitarian organization or spend a lot of money to make a difference," said Hayward. "All of the tools exist to help and with a little creativity and initiative anyone can have an impact."

Train for Humanity was conceived by former Massachusetts resident and ex-Peace Corps volunteer Mark Hayward. The non-profit organization's vision really began to bloom when, Mark, along with author Dan Clements, and uber-blogger Leo Babauta decided it was time to take action.

"There are thousands of blogs being created every hour of every day," said TFH co-founder Dan Clements. "The potential to do good is astounding."


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