One Good Act 2020: Impact Report
One Good Act is a US based 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 45-2022853) that aims to empower citizens in need everywhere by providing the skills, tools and services in the areas of education, healthcare and human rights to enable them to beat the cycle of poverty.
At One Good Act we drive passion projects as well as work with established partners with a proven record of successfully operating at the grassroots level in different parts of the world. We specifically focus on the following three main areas for maximum impact:
To date One Good Act has:
Provided ration grants, built vocational training curriculum, built the K-12 school in Karachi, done extensive fundraising work for disaster relief, held free medical camps through Al-Zohra Welfare Association.
Provided free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees through RAICES.
Empowered young women in Pakistan to have better career opportunities and growth by supporting CodeGirls.
Advocated for closing the gender gap in technology globally through support for PWiC.
This year was an unprecedented one because of the COVID-19 pandemic that left destruction in its wake globally. In order to step up and provide support we decided the best course of action would be to vet organizations doing great work on the ground and support them. Therefore majority of our work in 2020 was funding COVID relief efforts and continuing support for the organizations we have supported in the past.
The Al-Zohra school and vocational center had to adapt to an online format during COVID. Most of our proceeds went towards helping structure and move the curriculum. Most of the students did not have internet at home so the best option was to convert classes into bite sized videos that can be shared and viewed on a phone through a data plan. You can see most of the content here.
We firmly believe in fighting against inequality and providing equal access to resources for everyone. Our support of Black Girls Code, a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to introducing Black girls ages 7-17 to computer programming and technology, is another step towards that journey. We continued to support the efforts of PWIC a global organization focused on helping Pakistani Women achieve their career goals in STEM and build a professional network to connect, learn, and grow together with.
Our initial focus with COVID relief efforts was to provide relief to hospitals and schools during lockdown that were unable to fulfil the high demand on them due to reduced funding. We also supported PPE efforts and the need for ventilators and oxygen tanks. Some of the organizations we aided: Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital efforts for COVID, Indus Hospital, CDC Foundation's Coronavirus response, Red Cross Italy, Karmodaya India relief.
We believe that everyone in the world deserves the same access to healthcare. Go Give One is a COVID-19 fundraising campaign with no borders organized by the UN Foundation. The campaign calls on everyone, everywhere to play their part in helping to vaccinate the world. The money raised goes to a global fund called COVAX, which buys COVID-19 vaccines for the world, starting with those who need them the most. The goal is to get 1.3 billion vaccines to people worldwide.
We focused on basic nutrition locally and supported organizations like Second Harvest that ensure anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one (Food Hotline: 1-800-984-3663). We also supported the World Rehabilitation Fund whose mission it is to enable individuals around the world with functional limitations and participation restrictions to achieve community and social integration. Due to COVID-19 lockdowns and disruptions many of WRF systems and sources of revenue were badly impacted, and they were in dire need of financial support to maintain their staff and services.
We supported the Eviction Defense Collaborative which strives to prevent homelessness, preserve affordable housing, and protect the diversity of San Francisco. We also supported Equal Justice Initiative that works to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment, protect human rights, confront our history of racial inequality and create hope in marginalized communities. Internationally we looked to the crisis in Yemen, called the "world’s worst humanitarian crisis" with more than 20 million people at risk for famine and aid agencies struggling to funnel aid. We supported the work of IRUSA to provide aid for these at-risk families.