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END EBOLA - Athene Traveled to Ebola-Hit Liberia
January 22-26, 2015, Athene visited Save the Children facilities in the Bong Province of Liberia. He visited an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) that was set-up to counteract the rapid onset of the worst Ebola outbreak in world history. He also visited a Community Care Center (CCC) that helps orphans of Ebola, and children who are facing the negative stigma of being Ebola survivors. Save the Children is on the ground providing critical help and health relief, working with health ministries in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to help fight the Ebola outbreak.
Donate now to help Save the Children restore health infrastructure, care for orphans, train health workers and provide protective kits and essential medical equipment. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 by a generous donor.
GamingforGood.net is a platform where you can get games for donating to charity. All revenue goes directly to Save The Children's Paypal where we track the data to give points in return that the donors can use to unlock games (for example Steam keys). Games are donated by supporting developers and publishers. GamingForGood.net is an initiative that grew out of the Gaming For Good movement that started in the AtheneLive community.
Gamers race to gather $20 million for charity!
In 2014, Athene and friends took on a new challenge. One child dies needlessly every four seconds due to preventable and treatable causes. Literally millions of babies and little kids are dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria. Athene's challenge is to help us meet our matching government grant requirements* which will fund up to $4M of our health programs in Ethiopia.
Athene is a world-famous professional video game player who streams gaming videos to a YouTube subscriber base of over 700,000 people. If you play video games, you might envy Athene's job - gaming all day long and streaming videos of you and your friends playing. You might think a guy who gets paid to play video games on YouTube is pretty lucky. Well, he thought so, too – so he decided to give back – as he says – to help "dem kidz"!!!!
Moved by the needs of hungry children in Africa, Athene and his friends in the gaming community helped Save the Children raise funds for our relief efforts. With the help of a matching donation from DC Entertainment, the campaign raised over $1 million!
Athene later traveled to Mali in West Africa to meet some of "dem kidz" helped by Save the Children. He live-streamed on YouTube from the field during our "Fastathon Live" event, which raised $100,000. The trip inspired a theme song for the Gaming for Good movement, "Change Today", which you can watch in the playlist below.
About Save the Children
We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfill their potential. We work in 120 countries around the world, helping 125 million children worldwide in 2012.
Athene's not the only one in the video game community to befriend Save the Children. The makers of Farmville, Angry Birds and WeTopia are among some of our other cohorts in digital innovation.
Government Grant Requirements
Government grants help support our work for the world's neediest girls and boys. Under the terms of some of these grants, the government will provide a percentage of the cost of the programs and we must raise the remainder from supporters like Athene and his community. Their dollars will be combined with funds from the government to multiply the impact for children in need.
Athene does not get paid for fundraising and thus he is a voluntary, independent, personal fundraiser. He has chosen Save the Children to be his charitable beneficiary of his charity gaming platform, Gaming for Good. Members of the Gaming for Good community can take monetary and non-monetary actions to earn "charity points" that can be redeemed in the Gaming for Good online shop.
NOTE: Many of the games are rated T for Teen or M for Mature due to subject matter. Save the Children does not endorse, condone or control the content of the games or the livestream.