After the overwhelming launch of the new Windows 10 under the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, Microsoft has yet again launched an initiative under the hashtag to upgrade living conditions across the world in a campaign that has seen Kenya as the only entry in Africa.
The beneficiaries listed are mainly Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) overseeing grass root growth of various communities with different purposes from protecting the girl child from heinous community practices to empowering the boy child through funded sporting activities.
The year long initiative will celebrate people and organizations doing great things, in it being the list of series of partnerships with ten global and 100 local nonprofit organizations. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization to achieve more. Upgrade Your World is just one example of the many ways Microsoft contributes to local communities worldwide, as Microsoft and its employees donate more than $1 billion each year to more than 100,000 nonprofit organizations around the world.
New global partner for #UpgradeYourWorld
Microsoft selected nine global nonprofit organizations and asked people to vote for the tenth. With more than 2,000 organizations nominated, Microsoft today announced the winning organization, the Beagle Freedom Project.
Beagle Freedom Project’s mission is to save the lives of laboratory animals and change the lives of people through these rescue operations. The organization rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes animals used in research laboratories across the globe. Through these rescues, Beagle Freedom Project tells their stories in an effort to educate the public about animal testing, encourage dialogue about better science and alternatives to animals used for testing resulting in the advancement of animal and human welfare.
In addition to a monetary contribution of $500,000, the Beagle Freedom Project will receive a combination of Microsoft technology, services, and promotional support.
Local #UpgradeYourWorld voting starts now in 10 countries
As part of the global Upgrade Your World initiative, Microsoft will be spot lighting 100 local nonprofit organizations making an impact in; Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Microsoft has already identified 50 of the nonprofit organizations (five of the 10 in each country) to receive a monetary donation of $50,000 each, and invites people around the world to vote for their favorite local nonprofit organizations in each country to help select the additional 50 organizations.
The top five vote-getters in each country will receive a donation, joining the 50 nonprofits already chosen. In all, 10 organizations in 10 countries will each receive$50,000, totaling $5 million. To cast a vote for an organization, post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #UpgradeYourWorld[country abbreviation,U.S. example: #UpgradeYourWorldUS], #vote, and tag the @[nonprofit].
Microsoft selects local NGOs
In Kenya, five Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who have contributed immensely towards upgrading their part of the world have already been selected. These organizations engage in diverse activities that are aimed at empowering the communities they work with to achieve more in life.
The five organizations selected are The African Centre For Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK),Homeboyz Foundation, I Choose Life – Africa andinABLE.
During the month of September, Microsoft is joining forces with Save the Children to support their efforts to invest in children’s lives by giving them the opportunity to learn new tools. Save the Children works in the world’s most vulnerable places, from America to Zimbabwe – saving one child at a time. For example, in Vietnam, Save the Children is providing services in a community situated in the remote northern mountainous area of Vietnam where nearly half of the households are under poverty line and more than 20% of the population is also illiterate. Learn more here about the impact Save the Children is having.
To further Save the Children’s mission, Microsoft is providing the organization with a complete software upgrade, empowering their global team to continue to effectively serve their mission.