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.
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.”