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The Life You Can Save

Acting Now to End World Poverty

by Peter Singer

The Life You Can Save
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    Mar 2009, 224 pages
    Sep 2010, 240 pages

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Charities That Save Lives

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 27,000 children die every day from preventable, poverty-related causes.

The Life You Can Save website has links to relief organizations that Singer has examined for effectiveness and transparency:

  • GiveWell leads the campaign for evaluating the effectiveness of aid organizations – and your donation can go, via GiveWell, to the organization they judge to be most effective.
  • The Fistula Foundation treats the obstetric injury that ruins the lives of young Ethiopian women but can easily be repaired by modern surgical techniques.
  • The Worldwide Fistula Fund provides for the treatment of fistula in poor African countries.
  • A $50 donation to the Fred Hollows Foundation can restore the sight of a person who could not otherwise afford the surgery.
  • Interplast is highly recommended by GiveWell for its life-changing surgery for those with ...

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