"I want to help. What can I do?"

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Can you help?

I want to help. What can I do?

Thank you for coming forward! When faced with such human tragedy, doing nothing is not an option.

So, what can you do? There is no single answer to this question! Below we offer a few suggestions. There are many things you could help with, from the simplest things that you can do for short period of times, to more involved action. You can decide for yourself how your time and effort can be best invested for short term and long term relief. Note that this is a wiki page: if you have better ideas for actions, you may edit it and add them here.

Long term project

The tragedy of the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls has deeply rooted causes. We wish it were as simple as 1) #BringBackOurGirls 2) go back to our normal lives. Our action, in order to be meaningful, must be planned over the long term.

Please, understand that the wiki here is the most important part of our long term strategy to create change. Read: The potential potency of a wiki as a tool for Change and Activism.

Letter writing campaign

You can help by using your own words and write a letter to key individuals.
See:

On this wiki

We do our best to document all possible courses of action, as well as all the related actions pursued by individuals and organizations anywhere in the world. Start by browsing this wiki and see what is (still) being done and where your help will be most appropriate.

We can *always* need more help with keeping the wiki up to date, improving it and expanding it.
As a start, you can check this blog entry:
http://en.minguo.info/blogs/augustin/how_to_help_with_the_wiki_its_easy

Food crisis

There are scores of related issues.

See the blog entry: "Fodd crisis in the north a major concern":
http://en.minguo.info/blogs/innocent002/food_crises_in_the_north_a_major...

Let augustin know if you want to help contact NGOs and relief agencies like the WFP which may be better equipped to properly assess the situation on the ground and establish a proper action plan.

Demonstrations

Check http://en.minguo.info/wiki/forgotten/schoolgirls/demonstrations
Support your local organisers or organize your own event.
We also need good liaison people. See http://en.minguo.info/wiki/forgotten/schoolgirls/liaisons .

[Update Sept. 2014] The drive to hold demonstrations was strong during the first few months, but largely died down during the summer. By now, the whole world knows about this tragedy. Maybe we should now focus our efforts elsewhere.

Nigerians

We want to work hand in hand with our Nigerian friends with this. We need to listen to what they'd like to tell us, how they'd want us to help them.

Also, since we want to address underlying issues in order to restore peace and safety over the long term, we'd welcome their input to develop the following section of the wiki.
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/forgotten/schoolgirls/issues

You can tell us what you'd like us to do, and we'll listen and cooperate with you.

Long term

We also want to address underlying issues that give rise to this sort of atrocities. Besides the short term, urgent objective of bringing those girls home, we need to properly understand the root causes of the problem, discuss it, listen to our Nigerian friends, and document key points so that, in turn, we can address them.

If you are interested in getting involved in the long term campaign, get in touch with me (contact tab at the top or Twitter @BringGirlsBack).