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.”
Colombia’s Afro population endures violence and persecution from the country’s numerous armed factions. Ruth Goring, human rights advocate and photojournalist Mike Bracey visited and photographed Afro-Colombian neighborhoods in Colombia. They join us to fulfill their mission to “share the beauty and strength of our Afro-Colombian sisters and brothers through exhibits and presentations in Chicago and beyond."
Dana deGrazia was so inspired by the work of her sister and Global Activist, Aliya deGrazia (Small Planet, Big Plans), that she started her own Sex Ed NGO, “Afreaka." The organization came from two pivotal experiences in Dana’s life: her less than adequate experience with sex education in junior high school; and her time as a student in Kenya, where she was “shocked” from “the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.”