Mona Purdy of Share Your Soles is just back from a few whirlwind weeks in Africa to expand her operation to Uganda. For Global Activism, “The Shoe Lady” joins us to talk about the pain and joy she saw and experienced. Share Your Soles has distributed more than two million shoes globally to people in desperate need of them.
One-third of the total amount of food produced worldwide is wasted. The Global Foodbanking Network wants to turn that waste into opportunities to feed the hungry. CEO, Jeffrey D. Klein, board member and Bill Rudnick will join us to talk about their work.
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.