'Social' Web Site Offers Needy Cities Help

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CBNNews.com  - U.S. based non-profit organizations now have an easier way to direct their resources to those in need around the world.

Sister Cities International has created a new Web site called Community Connector for faith-based organizations abroad to post a profile detailing their need for resources, expertise, or other kinds of aid.

The idea is similar to popular social networking sites like Facebook. The profile network capabilities allow people to connect and meet other's needs around the world.

This site is designed to match U.S. donors with with non-governmental organizations abroad who report a need on their personal profile.

"C2 is aimed in particular at international NGOs that do not have the resources or expertise to find aid for their projects," explained Sister Cities International, which is hosting C2 on its Web site.

A Successful Past

Sister Cities International currently has about 2,500 partnerships with "sister" communities in 134 countries. The organization has a track record of helping communities in need around the world.

One of those partnerships was developed in a small village in Ghana, Africa. About 2,000 people live in the village Guabuliga, which is situated in the Northeast corner of Ghana.

Agriculture is the way of life in this small town. It boasts of only one elementary school.

Across the world, Gilbert, a small town outside Phoenix, Ariz., was able to help this small village with its economic development.

Sister Cities International had arranged a special partnership between the city of Gilbert and the village of Guabuliga. Turns out the chief of the village, Sule Issufu, used to live in Gilbert with his family.

"He recently moved back to govern Guabuliga. His story is very interesting and we didn't want to miss this opportunity to partner with someone who has made it his life's work to help people understand his culture and promote global understanding and peaceful coexistence for present and future generations," the organization explained on their website. "After all, that is what the sister cities program is all about."

Web Site Extends Success

Today, the Web site C2 is the company's newest effort to extend global aide and relationships among NGOs.

"We believe a more coordinated effort between U.S. groups and NGOs abroad will deliver greater impact to those in need," Sister Cities International officials said.

The company currently represents communities in Africa, Latin America, Asia/Oceania, the Caribbean, Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East and Canada. C2 organizers say they will focused on helping African communities during their first year.

But leaders say that should not discourage other NGOs who are in need from seeking help on their Web site.

The company will "also allow any organization worldwide to enter their needs or search for a recipient."

Sources: Christian Post, Sister Cities International, Gilbert Sister Cities

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