When a church’s high school group went on a trip to Nicaragua in the 1990s, they were “shocked” by the poverty they witnessed. To help, they began selling off their personal belongings, including literally, the clothes off their backs. The trips were the genesis of what would become the ORPHANetwork. For Global Activism, we’ll talk with executive director, Dick Anderson and Travis Simone, one of those original high-schoolers whose life was changed in Nicaragua.
Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV in the world. For Global Activism, we talk with Annie Elbe Todt about her organization Give Hope, Fight Poverty, working in Swaziland to support 33 child headed households. Their network of support extends to 1500 children. They dig wells, build homes and send children to school.
For Global Activism, we talk with Mariana Cuceu She overcame severe physical disabilities to form the Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity. It provides aid and care to orphaned and disabled children in Romania. And we’ll hear Romanian Christmas carols sung by the Bel Canto Choir of Saints Constantine and Helen Romanian Orthodox Church.
For Global Activism, we talk with Ann Avery. She and her husband founded Worldview Education and Care after they witnessed the plight of young people in the Meru district of northern Tanzania. Among many services, the group helps Tanzanians through providing scholarships for child and adult education, including living expenses and medical care as well as supporting an orphanage. We also talk with group supporter, Susie Rheault.
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.