For Global Activism, we catch up with Lara DeVries. She left her childhood town of Tinley Park, Illinois and moved to Peru’s Huaycan community to help impoverished families. DeVries founded Light and Leadership Initiative to assist mothers and children in their struggle out of extreme poverty by improving access to quality education.
For our Global Activism series, catch up with, Elizabeth Powley. She founded the NGO, Every Child is My Child, because she envisions a world in which “every girl and boy in Africa has access to secondary school.” She is also executive director of Heartland Alliance International - part of Heartland Alliance, the Chicago-based group that “helps endangered populations — particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced.”
We'll get a Global Activism update from Shelley Nizynski Reese and Jen Ciok. Shelley’s group, A Better Life for Kids, and Jen’s group, Aiding Children Together (ACT), partner to help children in Ghana get food, medicine, and quality education. They tells us about their ‘Eggs for Kids’ program to give protein and hope to Ghanaian schoolchildren and how a Worldview listern heard them them on the show and wrote a song!
Debra Gittler wanted to “create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy” to help children in Central America thrive, so she started the organization ConTextos and moved to El Salvador. For Global Activism, Gittler is back from El Salvador to update us since expanding her mission to work with prisoners in El Salvador’s criminal justice system.
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.
While Central American children flood into the U.S. to escape crime & poverty, Chicagoan Debra Gittler moved to Central America to start 'ConTextos.' A group working through literacy education, opportunity & advocacy to help thesse children thrive and keep them in their home countries. For Global Activism, Gittler tells us how her work is spreading across Central America.
Seena Jacob is founder and CEO of Bookwallah Organization. “Bookwallah” is a Hindi word that means “book peddler.” Her group works to give books and provide quality libraries to orphans in India. Seena is just back from India to give us an update.