During her summer and winter breaks as a second grade teacher at the John Middleton Elementary School in Skokie, Shelley Nizynski Reese, travels to Ghana to use her teaching and sign language skills to educate orphans. For Global Activsm, we hear from Shelley and Skokie teacher, Jennifer Ciok from Oliver McCracken Middle School. Jen was so inspired by Shelley's work that shepartnered her group, Aiding Children Together (A.C.T.) with Shelley.
David Levine wants to “solarize Ghana.” Later this summer volunteers with his organization, Volunteers for International Development and Aid (VIDA), will road trip across Ghana on a 40-foot revamped school bus (SolBus) that will serve as a “mobile solar workshop.” They will install solar power in schools and clinics that might not otherwise have access to electricity. Levine joins us to explain.
Snow Leopards are endangered, with an estimated population between 4,500-6,000. Today for Global Activism, we talk with people who decided to spread awareness and fundraise for the cat. We’ll also get a lesson on Snow Leopards from Brad Rutherford of the Snow Leopard Trust.
How comfortable are certain Indian tribal communities with talking about family planning in public settings? Sarah Cole Kammerer set out to answer this as part of a Fulbright Scholarship. For Global Activism, Kammerer discuss the family planning priorities of tribal communities in Jharkhand, India.
On our Global Activism segment we meet Frederick "F.K." Day and Leah Missbach Day of World Bicycle Relief, started after the 2005 tsunami. They've seen how bikes can bring access to healthcare, education, and jobs. World Bicycle Relief has put well over 100,000 bikes into the hands of people who need them.
For Global Activism, we talk with Karen Menczer. While traveling abroad as part of her work in international development, she was distressed by the situation for animals. Upon returning to the U.S., Karen started Animal Kind International (AKI). AKI raises awareness and funds. The group also collects supplies for animal welfare advocates in poor countries.
President Obama visits Mexico and Costa Rica this week. Bolivian President Evo Morales announced plans to boot the US Agency for International Development from the country. And the latest Global Activism conversation highlights Pan African Rural Health and Social Services.
Pan African Rural Health and Social Services (PRHeSS) aids rural Africans in: maintaining clean drinking water; sanitary living conditions; poverty alleviation and opportunity through education. For Global Activism, PRHeSS Founder, Dr. Sam Kormoi, along with PRHeSS Board Director, Lesta Woods, will share stories about the people and communities they're helping to transform.