Nelson Mandela one said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
And today, on his 94th birthday, organizations and individuals around the world are teaming up to honour him and his 67 years of activism for Mandela Day.
One such company that's "doing good" is one we at HuffPost Style have a particular fondness for -- Dermalogica. The company, which is now the world's most-requested professional skin care brand, is working with Kiva.org via their charity joinFITE to foster financial independence for women through entrepreneurship.
The goal of this organization is to raise awareness of the incredible community progress that develops when women have a sustainable trade; it also aims to help women get into or grow businesses worldwide.
Today, on July 18, Dermalogica and joinFITE are hoping to provide 670 women in the developing world with loans.
You can do your part by checking out the joinFITE website or by getting a facial at an International Dermal Institute spa -- the company will be offering skin treatments for only $67 during July, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to support these joinFITE microloans.
Looking for ways to look good and do good this summer? Here are 10 fashionable products that give back.
Yes Yes Yes Lip Butter
<strong>CAUSE:</strong>HIV/AIDS around the world<br><em> <a href="http://www.thebodyshop.ca/en/values-campaigns/stop-hiv.aspx" target="_hplink">Yes Yes Yes Lip Butter</a>, Available at The Body Shop</em>
Viva Glam By MAC
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> Helping adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS<br><em>Viva Glam By MAC, <a href="http://www.maccosmetics.com/vivaglam2012/collection.html" target="_hplink">Available at MAC</a>, $15</em>
FEED By Tory Burch
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> FEED Foundation and the Tory Burch Foundation<br><em>FEED Tote Bags, Available at Holt Renfew, $50</em>
Me To We Earrings
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> Free The Children<br><em><a href="http://www.metowe.com/shop/products/acacia-leaf-leather-earrings" target="_hplink">Acacia Leaf Leather Earrings</a>, Available at Me To We, $20</em>
<strong>CAUSE:</strong>Providing shoes for feet all over the world<br> <em><a href="http://www.toms.com/womens/classics/mother-s-day-white-women-s-classics" target="_hplink">Mother's Day White Vegan Classics</a>, Available at TOMS, $54</em>
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> Obakki Foundation, helping humanitarian causes worldwide<br><em><a href="https://shop.obakki.com/us/women/spring-summer-2012" target="_hplink">Shop online at Obakki.com</a></em>
Vermeil (TOUS)RED Bracelet
<strong>CAUSE:</strong>Global Fund for HIV/AIDS<br><em><a href="http://shop.tous.com/item?lang=en&sku=211901310" target="_hplink">Vermeil (TOUS)RED Bracelet</a>, Available at Tous.com, $119</em>
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> Angel Hugs, knitting or crocheting items for babies, children and adults that have suffered a severe trauma or serious life-threatening illnesses<br> <em><a href="illness.http://www.angelhugs.ca/ourwork.html" target="_hplink">Browse the site for products or information on how to donate goods</a></em>
House of Harlow 1960
<strong>CAUSE:</strong> Baby2Baby, supplying Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing<br><em><a href="http://www.ellecanada.com/fashion/starlet-style/a/28828" target="_hplink">14-Karat Yellow-Gold-Plated Feather Necklace</a>, House of Harlow 1960, $75</em>
<strong>CAUSE: </strong>FashionABLE donates all of its profits to empower women and create sustainable business in Africa<br><em><a href="http://www.philanthropyfashion.com/shop/feleku-scarf-pinkpurple/" target="_hplink">Feleku Scarf</a>, Available at PhilanthropyFashion.com, $40</em>
Or want to throw a charity party? Here are six suggestions for hosting a charity-oriented bash.
Remember those tea parties you had a child -- but never quite got around to hosting as an adult? Use your favourite charity as an excuse to get friends over and sipping a cuppa. Gather a variety of tea cups from a garage sale (just wash them well!) and serve things like finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, punch, cupcakes, and of course, tea.
If the bride-to-be has a favourite charity, ask guests to make a donation to the organization in lieu of a gift -- or let them know they can bring money to the event that will be donated in her honour. Finger foods keep the party costs down, so consider offering dishes like a cheese and vegetable platter, mini pizzas, spring rolls or chips and dip.
If you're planning to host a potluck party (and especially if your charity is based in another part of the world), ask guests to bring foods from different regions. Ideas could include empanadas, shish kabobs, escargot, tapas and samosas.
Many charities are affiliated with a colour (like breast cancer or red for AIDS awareness), so theming your party towards the hue for the charity for which you're raising money keeps the cause top of mind -- and allows for a dose of creativity. Think about drinks in the appropriate colour, either naturally or with food colouring, decor that matches, and foods that fall into that end of the colour wheel (beets, anyone?).
Cocktail parties are a mainstay of charity events, and for good reason -- it's hard to resist a gathering with fun drinks and yummy appetizers. This is the easiest party in which to ask for a 'cover' for charity because of the number of people that usually attend, so don't feel embarrassed about having someone posted at the door. Don't forget to create a signature drink for the charity being celebrated, and pass around easy-to-hold foods like bruschetta, melon and prosciutto bites and olives.
When the weather's nice, it's hard to resist a meal served al fresco. Setting up the barbecue buffet-style lessens the workload and keeps everything casual -- and placing outdoor-friendly games (lawn bowling, hula hooping) will not only keep guests entertained, but offer up a chance to win prizes. The menu can include a variety of salads (like pasta, corn, or bean), different kinds of burgers, and chicken wings for a bit of mess.