I wanted to bring two new articles about education activist Malala Yousafzai to your attention.
The Washington Post has published an interesting article on some of the important considerations surrounding Malala's celebrity in the West. It is important to remember the meaning of her message, not just the…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 12, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments
According to the Christian Science Monitor: "A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines on Friday intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and flooding rains threatening farmlands and…Continue
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The United Nation's World Food Programme has published a look at life inside Zaatari refugee camp, where over 100,000 Syrians have taken refuge from the violence that is devastating their home country.
The WFP has instituted a…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
I have personally found Malala's story and her relentless advocacy for education very…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 9, 2013 at 5:52pm — No Comments
Please check out this video fantastic clip promoting Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP). BAP promotes low-income entrepreneurship and economic growth in Northern Uganda through a bicycle loan and repayment system, providing access to transportation to those who otherwise wouldn't have it.
From their website: "Founded in 2008, BAP has already distributed 663 bicycles and reaches over 2,000 individuals on a…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 7, 2013 at 5:23pm — No Comments
Malala Yousafzai, the "... 16-year old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban..." speaks on the anniversary of the shooting. In July, she gave a speech at the United Nations.
To support women's education and…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 7, 2013 at 5:09pm — No Comments
The Christian Science Monitor has an article on two Change Agents who are living in harmony despite their circumstances.
One is an Israeli rabbi, Shaul David Judelman, and the other is Palestinian Ziad Abed Sabateen. The pair plans to work together to operate an organic farm to support families in need.
If you're inspired…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 5, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Once again, Vittana, the educational loan platform, has secured $18,000 to use in matching funds. Starting October 3rd, Vitanna will be matching loans made through their system from this pool of funds.
Considering making a loan through Vittana's non-profit platform.
Added by William J. Welte on October 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
PRweb.com has an article on the recent recipient of the World of Children Award. Award recipient Triveni Acharya is a former journalist dedicated to rescuing girls from forced prostitution through her non-profit, the Rescue Foundation.
From the article: "Acharya has led the way in rescuing over 4,000 victims of child trafficking. Children rescued are provided with health care, legal aid, counseling,…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 3, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
On a positive note, Nicholas Kristof has a Sunday column about the decline of extreme poverty globally.
From the article: "The share of people in the developing world who live in extreme poverty has been reduced from 1 in 2 in 1980 to 1 in 5 today, according to the World Bank. Now the aim is to reduce that to almost zero by…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on October 2, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
Zala Ahmad, the cofounder of HOLD (Humanitarian Organization for Local Development, a registered non-profit) has written an article for the Skoll World Forum and published on forbes.com about women's education and opportunity in Afghanistan.
Added by William J. Welte on September 20, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
According to an Al Jazeera America article, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has awarded the Nansen Refugee Prize.
From the article: "A nun working with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in a remote corner of the DR Congo has been awarded the world’s most prestigious refugee prize, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on September 18, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments
The Christian Science Monitor has an article on Khanyisile Motsa, a Johannesburg businesswoman who started her own orphanage by rescuing young girls from the streets.
The article describes how Ms. Motsa stood up to pimps and traffickers to rescue the children:
"Demanding the girls' possessions, Ms. Motsa freed them…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on September 6, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments
The recent Vittana campaign to match lender contributions was a huge success! Vittana, a non-proift platform to connect microlenders and students in need of loans, announced the success of their recent campaign to their mailing list, which you can subscribe to.
The email says that over 300 lenders contributed $21,385 to students all over the world. The funds were matched to provide a total of $42,770 in student loans.
Added by William J. Welte on September 6, 2013 at 5:29am — No Comments
According to an article posted on the UN News Centre UNICEF will allocate resources to help half a million children restart their disrupted education in Mali.
The article describes:
"The conflict caused a dire humanitarian crisis affecting many areas in the north, including Gao and Bourem, where the rate of global acute malnutrition stands at 13.5 per cent and 15 per cent,…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on September 4, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments
According to an article on TechCrunch, a group of social entrepreneurs have created a website to map and comment on incidents of sexual harrassment in India.
The website, Safecity, allows sexual assault or harassment victims to anonymously report their experiences and combines the…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on September 3, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments
The World Food Programme has been sending out an urgent appeal to their email list, encouraging donations to help support starving Syrian refugee families and children. Half of the 2 million Syrians who have fled their country are children, according to their website.
It only takes $18 to cover the cost of food for a family for a week. Please consider donating to the WFP.
Added by William J. Welte on September 2, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
As an update to our recent post about Safecity, the Indian website that collects and maps anonymously submitted instances of sexual harassment, I would also like to point out similar project and non-profit Hollaback!, an international platform to stop street harassment.
According to the TechCrunch article, Hollaback! is even being used to funnel reports of street…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on August 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
I just found out that Kiva, a non-profit microloan platform with partners in many developing countries, is also matching donations, though I am unsure of how long they will be doing this.
Occassionally, Kiva will receive major donations from large sponsors in order to encourage even more giving by using the funds to match what their regular lending base contributes. This is a great way to grow Kiva and to help a wider spectrum of people.
In other Kiva news, they have recently…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on August 29, 2013 at 9:01am — No Comments
Make your contribution do more!
Vittana, the non-profit educational loan platform that connects lenders with individual students, is offering a back to school promotion!
For a limited time, your loan contribution will be matched. Check out the site and consider lending to a student in need today.
Added by William J. Welte on August 29, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments