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.
Coming off a successful 2013 Global Activism Expo, we visit with one of this year’s attendees. Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe, founder and director of Tikondane, a “community uplift organization” based in Katete, Zambia, tells us about her latest projects and the people involved with her work.
Bright Hope International helps faith communities provide aid and assistance to the extreme poor in some of the world’s most devastated countries. The group works in areas such as crisis response, orphan relief, and recently started a program to rescue girls from the sex trade in northern India. We’ll talk with Bright Hope's CEO and president, C.H. Dyer.
Reese Mugerditchian heard Father Jamels James on Global Activism, in 2010, talk about his group, Leading India's Future Today (LIFT). After hearing and attending the Global Activism Expo, Reese was so inspired that she decided to volunteer with the group. Since then, she's been to India several times to work for LIFT. Mugerditchian and Dan Quinn, director of Operations for LIFT USA, are back from recent India trips to tell us what they did.
Chicagoan Jason Savsani believes that sharing a home cooked meal with someone is one of the most intimate things you can do. While traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Jason was hosted by a Cambodian family for a meal in their home. Jason will tell us how eating and sharing tales from their respective homelands inspired him to create “Meal Sharing,” to help people eat healthier, waste less and break down cultural barriers.