I found this guy on youtube. His name is Shawn, and he runs something called the "Uncultured Project." (Uncultured is a reference to himself.) You can check out his website at: http://uncultured.com
Who is Shawn and what is the Uncultured Project? In the words of the much funnier John Green (youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers
), "Shawn was in school at Notre Dame when one day he decided he needed to do something about 'World Suck' ...and so he moved to Bangladesh. And he has also been using money he was saving for an Xbox 360 to help kids go to school and to buy pencils and do all kinds of amazing things."
Basically, Shawn takes donations from YouTube-ers and the internet community, goes in to poor areas in Bangladesh and around the world, and does something to improve their lives, whether it's buying supplies to help communities hit by a natural disaster, or sponsoring a child to help with food, school, and medical costs, or buying water filtration systems for families in need.
He's not a charity or an organization, he's just one guy trying to make a difference. And he takes no overhead cost for anything he does - 100% of the donations from random internet-users around the world go to helping these people. The money he spends on car rides going to the project areas comes from his own pockets and/or a separate fund for operating that one can donate to. (His parents and) the google ads from his videos pay for his clothes, haircuts, food, etc. And a friend of his even covers the money taken out by paypal fees, so yes, really, 100% of all the money goes to those in need.
What I think is the coolest part about this project is that he films what he does and uploads it to youtube, so you can see what your money went to, and who it helped. The fact that you can see their faces and identify with them personally, instead of thinking of them as one random person out of 6.5 billion is, to me, fascinating and really cool.
I'm just writing this up to spread the word about a project that I think is cool. He's got a website, a YouTube channel, a facebook, and a twitter. If you like what he does and you want to support him, put a link in your personal website, your blogger.com site, your livejournal, your YouTube, join the group on facebook, or follow him on twitter. Spread the word!
His website: http://uncultured.com/
His Youtube Pages: http://www.youtube.com/uphttp://www.youtube.com/user/UnculturedProject
His facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18807049968
His twitter: http://twitter.com/uncultured
And if you don't like what he does or you're not interested in what he does, or if you don't think he's making a difference, or "enough" of a difference, I've got 3 words for you: Haters. Gonna. Hate.