Worldview was in India! For nearly twenty years on Worldview, India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO that grants seed money to service and development projects across India, struck up the idea to bring Worldview to India and talk with their grantees working on-the-ground. Nila Vora and Nilesh Kothari of IDS guided us as we bounced around to big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well to remote villages and towns. Today we'll visit the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Bangalore.
March madness might be sweeping throughout the United States but a lot of the world has their eyes peeled on the Cricket World Cup taking place in Australia and New Zeland. We also go abroad in our Global Activism segment with the Shanti Bhavan school in India.
UNICEF has helped release hundreds of child soldiers in South Sudan. However, the region is still marred by civil war. We also look at winter swimming in extreme temperatures, a growing sport around the world. Finally, our Global Activism segment highlights a new website that helps people in developing countries achieve their dreams.
Segundo Velasquez grew up in Bolivia, but after he moved to Minnesota he started bringing back medical supplies whenever he visited Bolivia. He and his wife eventually started the NGO, ‘Mano a Mano’. 20 years later, their work has expanded to build over 300 infrastructure projects throughout Bolivia. Segundo will tell us his story for Global Activism.
Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV in the world. For Global Activism, we talk with Annie Elbe Todt about her organization Give Hope, Fight Poverty, working in Swaziland to support 33 child headed households. Their network of support extends to 1500 children. They dig wells, build homes and send children to school.
Mohammed Yousuf survived polio. It led him to care deeply about empowering people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. He started the Equally Able Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing services in India and other countries to give assistive equipment, education and employment opportunities to disabled individuals. Yousuf joins us to tell us about the foundation and what it's doing to try to help change the lives of the disabled in India.
India's school drop-out rate is high. Bhuvana Foundation was created “to provide three nutritious meals, timely and regular primary care and a well rounded education” for children in India, especially in Tamil Nadu State. We’ll speak with neurologist Subramaniam Sriram, founder and president of Bhuvana Foundation and Mridu Sekhar, a Bhuvana trustee, about their work.