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.
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.