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.
According to UNICEF, in India, more than 70 percent of children drop out before finishing school Pratham USA is dedicated to youth education, literacy and vocational training in India. It reports that over half of India’s children in the 5th grade can’t read at a 2nd grade level. We'll talk with Pratham USA's Raj Rajaram.
University of Chicago Harris School graduate, Tricia Martinez, came to believe, “policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.” For Global Activism, Martinez tells us about her new project called “Basic Transfer”. It’s a “hybrid social venture with a mission to lift women around the world out of poverty through cash transfers.”
American border control have seen an increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Latin America, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. Adam Isacson, a senior associate for regional security policy with the Washington Office on Latin America, joins us to discuss the issue.
Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) works to alleviate poverty and protect Guatemala’s tropical cloud forests through reforestation, agricultural biodiversity, education and bird monitoring. For our Global Activism segment, Founder and director Rob Cahill gives us an update on what he calls “the great progress” his group has made in the last few months.
For Global Activism, we talk with Jennifer Ciok, a middle school teacher in Skokie, IL. She encourages activism and community in her students. Working with students through 'Aiding Children Together' (ACT), they come up with ideas to help children in Ghana with food, medicine, and education. Ciok says her “wonderful and passionate students share a love of helping others and truly making a difference in the world around them.”