Princess Kasune Zulu was diagnosed with HIV over 17 years ago, at a time when that particular disease carried a heavy burden of stigma in her native Zambia. Since then, Princess Kasune has been advocating for education and healthcare for communities affected by HIV/AIDS. She’ll share how the public conversation has changed about the disease since her diagnosis.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Joliet has partnered to build drinking wells in Uganda with a Ugandan Priest, Emmanuel Katongole. When some church parishioners visited Uganda in 2010 to see the wells, they soon discovered that their gifts provided far more than just water for these communities. On Global Activism, we’ll talk with Father Emmanuel about his work, along with Deacon Ralph Bias of Sacred Heart Church.
Blair Brettschneider, founder of GirlForward, has been quite busy since first being featured on our Global Activism series. She’s expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one girl from Tanzania, to scores around the world. She was also featured as a “CNN Hero.
For Global Activism, we talk with Michael Lindenmayer. He was working on a slum project in a developing country when encountered a child who was up to her waist in human excrement. The child was in an area where slum dwellers defecated in the open. Lindenmayer promised himself he would do all in his power to combat the problem - and the idea for ToiletHackers was born.
For Global Activism, Alice Teisan, the founder of His Wheels International, updates us on how things have taken off for her since being featured on Global Activism last year. Teisan was an avid cyclist before she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1992. But she channeled her passion for bicycling into helping others around the world suffering from disabilities. His Wheels International recycles old bikes to send overseas.
Marv Baldwin left his for-profit sales career to lead the effort in his church to help small farmers in Africa and Latin America live sustainable and dignified lives. For Global Activism, Marv will talk about his work as executive director of Foods Resource Bank, based in suburban Western Springs.
Manos Unidas provides access to sign language education and learning resources to the deaf community in Nicaragua. Dr. Marie Coppola, founder and co-chair of Manos Unidas, updates us on what’s new with her organization.
Seena Jacob is founder and CEO of Bookwallah Organization. “Bookwallah” is a Hindi word that means “book peddler.” Her group works to give books and provide quality libraries to orphans in India. Seena is just back from India to give us an update.