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.
When we met Chicagoan, David Weindling, he'd left a career in private business to dedicate himself to socioeconomically deprived kids in the Chicago area. He founded Farther Foundation to give scholarships so high schoolers can travel the world to do service projects and have cultural interactions. For Global Activism, David’s back for an update.
James Morgan is a physician who went to Haiti on a humanitarian mission. He was struck by the extreme poverty and privation he saw, particularly the residents of Cite Soleil. So in 2006, he co-founded Lamp for Haiti. For Global Activism, Morgan will share his group’s aim to provide medical and human rights services to the residents of Cite Soleil.
Global Activist group, Spark Ventures, has developed what it calls an “innovative model of business driven philanthropy to bring sustainable solutions to children living in poverty.” Now, the organization has teamed up with another non-profit, Allowance for Good (AfG). We'll ask the the two groups about their recent service learning trip to Spark's social impact partner in Nicaragua. The trip included Chicagoland youth.
Judy Kohl grew up in a missionary family in Belgian Congo. When the Belgians were overthrown, her family was forced to flee to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood. Those times developed Judy’s sense of social justice and giving back.
When we last spoke with Global Activist, Stacey Chamberlain, she was a Chicago-based emergency room physician who co-founded the Global Emergency Care Collaborative (GECC) decided to go to Uganda to train nurses and physicians and provide access to quality healthcare. Stacey is back to update us on how the work of GECC has expanded into Kenya and even into Cambodia.
We first met Global Activist, Fran Leeman, in 2009. He founded New Life for Haiti (NLH) in 2005. They do sustainability and development work in a river valley in the country. An NLH team of adult leaders and teens just returned from Haiti. Pastor Leeman, NLH Youth Pastor, Scott Derengowski and teenager, Katy Deenihan, will us more about their trip.