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Changing the Present

Changing the Present is a platform for a wide variety of individual, specific causes.

From the site: "Changing the Present connects you with more than 1500 meaningful charitable gifts that change the world. Browse by cause or nonprofit to find the perfect gift for friends or for your own charitable giving."

For example, we…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FirstBook

FirstBook is a non-profit with the mission of providing books to children from low-income families whom may not have access to reading materials otherwise.

The organization has distributed over 115 million books, according to their website.

From the website: "Forty-two percent of children in the United States — more than 30 million — live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

"Bringing Women to the Table to Address Sexual Violence"

Nicholas Kristof"s blog hosts an opinion piece by Mary Robinson on addressing sexual violence. The…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Child prostitution increases during World Cup

The Huffington Post has an article on the increase in child prostitution that occurs during large sporting events, such as the world cup.

From the article: "The risk of child exploitation increased by 30 to 40 percent during…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 9, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

"Where are Nigeria's Missing Girls?"

CNN has a new article and interactive map regarding the search for Boko Haram and the nearly 300 schoolgirls they kidnapped. CNN journalists travel Nigeria speaking to a variety of sources.

From the article: "We ask them what the group has planned for the kidnapped schoolgirls.

'They will use them to negotiate with the government about those of their members that have been detained by the government,' one tells us. 'Or they will use…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 8, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Slavery and the Thai prawn fishing industry

The Guardian has a video and article on the slavery conditions of Thai fishing boats that contribute to the worldwide prawn market.

From the article:"A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 7, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

The Christian Science Monitor has an article on The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, an organization working to raise awareness about elder abuse. The center operates a shelter, where the elderly can find a safe haven from psychological or other abuses.

From the article: "The…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 6, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Aga Khan Foundation, USA

The Aga Khan Foundation is nearly at the absolute top of Charity Navigator's ratings. The organization has an overall score of 69.23 out of 70, with a perfect score in the "Accountability & Transparency" category. The organization is a wide reaching non-profit, working a variety of sectors. 

From the website: "The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 5, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

"The Humans of Myanmar"

Nicholas Kristof has posted a photo essay on his blog exploring the lives of the people of Myanmar. The post offers insight into the ethnic and domestic violence that many living in Myanmar face.

From the…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 4, 2014 at 8:09am — No Comments

Syria crisis updates

The International Rescue Committee has a page offering updates on their work in and around Syria.

From the page: "The civil war in Syria has plunged the Middle East into a humanitarian disaster. More than three years on, the International Rescue Committee continues to work inside Syria and in four neighboring countries,providing support to…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 4, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

Boko Haram attack

CNN has an article on a recent attack by Boko Haram on several Nigerian villages.

From the article: "Boko Haram, which means 'western education is a sin,' is still holding more than 200 girls it abducted last month from a school in Chibok, also in Borno state."

The Washington Post has some…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 4, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments

WFP school meal program

The WFP website has an article about one of the original recipients of their school meals programs, a woman who is now a teacher working to inspire others.

From the article: " ...life changed for Alice when she became one of the first beneficiaries of WFP’s school meals programme in 1999. The promise of a hot meal motivated her to…

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Added by William J. Welte on June 3, 2014 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Urine powered generator created by African teens

The Huffington Post has an exciting article about a group of African teenagers who have managed to invent a generator powered by urine.

The process may have implications for bringing electricity to many in Africa who normally go without. The city of Lagos is plagued with outages, according to the article.

Added by William J. Welte on May 23, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments

The World Food Programme teams up with Shakira

The WFP recently sent out an email about their team up efforts with singer Shakira. The singer is promoting the WFP's efforts to eliminate hunger through her new music video and by sending messages to those who donate to the WFP.

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Added by William J. Welte on May 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Red Cross Disaster Relief

The American Red Cross has opened a donation page to help those affected by the recent tornadoes. 

Consider donating to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts.

Added by William J. Welte on May 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"From deployment to employment"

The Christian Science Monitor has an article on the company Genesis10 which, through their veterans program, is doing phenomenal work to assist in the transition from military to civilian life for many American veterans.

From the article: "The approach has produced tangible results, with more than 100…

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Added by William J. Welte on May 21, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

Update on kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

NBC News has an article on the what the future might hold for the rescue efforts of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

The article mentions that about fifty of the girls have managed to escape.

From the article: "The government has said it is refusing to make the swap between the girls and jailed Boko Haram fighters. But without resorting to a violent clash with Boko Haram, members of the central government might grow desperate enough to negotiate with them, LeVan…

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Added by William J. Welte on May 21, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

NBC News - Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls

NBC News has an important web page dedicated to updates on the nearly 300 schoolgirls who were taken from their communities in Nigeria.

Apparently, Nigerian police have offered a substantial reward for information relating to the kidnapping.

From a recent article posted to the portal:

"A 50 million naira…

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Added by William J. Welte on May 19, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

#EducateOurGirls

The IRC has an article on "Overcoming the obstacles and risks that prevent girls from going to school."

In light of recent anti-education terrorist activities, the IRC's work becomes increasingly important.

From the article: …

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Added by William J. Welte on May 19, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Global Meeting on Education for All

The UNESCO website has an interesting article about the Global Meeting on Education for All.

This is a particularly important issue in light of the recent anti-education events in Nigeria.

From the article:

"In their final statement, participants noted that 'more…

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Added by William J. Welte on May 15, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

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