Drink Coffee, support ECPAT!
I had blogged about my Starbucks Christmas, but had I known about the tie up between The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Tomas Morato and ECPAT Philippines, I would probably have skipped it and patronized this instead.
Then I realized, I don’t have to go through this promo just to support ECPAT and their current projects. I could just as easily come up with the money equivalent to twelve cups of coffee, and hand deliver it to ECPAT myself. At least I would know that the full amount goes to a very good cause, and not just a portion of it. (So there, I was able to rationalize my Starbucks Christmas – I’d be supporting Spark of Hope which is another charity altogether, on top of supporting ECPAT)
Okay, so if I were to pledge the cash equivalent of 12 cups of coffee, how much money would I have to set aside? Say a drink costs 115 pesos, multiply that by 12… 1380 pesos. That looks like a lot of money if I had to dish it out one time big time. But come to think of it, my rubber shoes cost more than that…
Hmmm. I’m not aware how ECPAT accepts cash donations, or for what specific projects the donations would go to. I should probably get in touch with them and find out. If anyone’s interested in supporting their advocacy (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) here in the Philippines (there’s an ECPAT International too, and local campaigns in many parts of the world), leave me a message and I’d be more than happy to pass along your contact details to their Info officer or Executive Director should you wish so.
Last week, while exiting ShopWise, Alfred asked me if it was possible to donate to a charity and they’d give us a card in return which we would then give as gifts to friends and family. Then we could say that we made a donation in their name, and they would actually believe us. Maybe we could do that with ECPAT.
November 24, 2009 @ 10:09 am
Hi Vera. For us newbies, can you explain what Ecpat is?
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November 24, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
Hi! I’m very sorry!
ECPAT is a non-government organization that is known in the children’s rights movement to be launching campaigns against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
They have two office here in the Philippines, here in Quezon City, and one in Cebu. They also have partnerships with other NGOs all over the country. ECPAT Philippines is a member of the international campaign – ECPAT International. Here’s ECPAT Intl’s website: http://ecpat.net/
For a long time, I was involved in ECPAT and many of their projects as part of a young people’s organization. 😉