WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: update from La Isla Foundation http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-update-la-isla-foundation-112256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Tom Laffay La Isla Foundation.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after independent filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease occurring in Candelaria and &nbsp;La Isla (&quot;The Island&quot;), neighboring villages in the municipality of Chichigalpa in western Nicaragua. The disease was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former worker on the plantation who was fired when he showed the first signs of kidney disease, introduced Jason to the people of La Isla and Candelaria. Over the following months, Jason watched as, one by one, friends he had made died from kidney failure. He put his film aside and started La Isla Foundation. Jason Glaser joins us to give us an update on the work he&rsquo;s been doing in Nicaragua.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211971999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-update-la-isla-foundation-112256 Global Activism: Blind Foundation for India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-BFI.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fa8e1f6c-da07-13e5-d25e-80a22976dee3">According to World Health Organization estimates, close to 300 million people globally are visually impaired, 39 million are blind and nine out of every ten visually impaired people are low-income. Manu Vora is president and founding director of the <a href="http://www.blindfoundation.org">Blind Foundation for India</a> (BFI), based in Naperville, IL. We first spoke with him in 2008. For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment, Manu is back to update us on BFI&rsquo;s work to provide aid and support to the tens of millions of India&rsquo;s visually impaired.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 Global Activism: 'ConTextos' finds the good in violent El Salvador http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-ConTextos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-cdf0efc7-d9dd-8dbb-a7b5-5af3d50420b2">Because Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, &nbsp;wanted to &ldquo;create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy&rdquo; to help children in Central America thrive, she started the organization <a href="http://contextos.org/">ConTextos</a> and moved to El Salvador. For our Global Activism segment, Gittler is back from El Salvador and will update us on her progress since expanding her mission to work with prisoners in El Salvador&rsquo;s criminal justice system.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207688530&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-finds-good-violent-el-salvador-112164 Global Activism: Afreaka promotes sex education and awareness in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-afreaka-promotes-sex-education-and-awareness-kenya-112166 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Afreaka_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-bce7ffbf-d9f3-fd4f-50eb-0a01240df5e9">For our </span><em>Global Activism</em> segment, we&#39;ll revisit with Dana Degrazia. &nbsp;Upon moving to Kenya for school, she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; So she started an NGO called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.afreakareal.org/">Afreaka</a>&rdquo; to utilize &ldquo;sexual education through urban art and music, leaving the listener feeling empowered by their knowledge and choices.&rdquo; But in time, Dana came across numerous cases of unreported sexual violence. As a result, her program evolved to provide support for sexual violence victims and to encourage them to pursue legal justice. For <em>Global Activism</em>, Dana will update us on her progress and specifically, the Githurai bus case, that has made global headlines.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206604806&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 09:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-afreaka-promotes-sex-education-and-awareness-kenya-112166 Global Activism in India: Swaraj University-Shikshantar promotes alternative learning http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-swaraj-university-shikshantar-promotes-alternative <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/swaraj.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> continues its &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888"><em>Global Activism in India</em></a>&rdquo; series with a visit to the mountains of Udaipur, India. Manish Jain grew up in Willowbrook, IL. After attending Brown and Harvard Universities and a career in conventional education and at multilateral institutions like UNESCO, Jain felt there was a better, alternative approach to educating, mentoring and training youth. So he and a group of friends moved to India to found Swaraj University. The school includes an urban youth center and a biodiverse ashram. Jain and Swaraj co-founder Reva Dandage, tell us how a university that doesn&rsquo;t grant diplomas has changed their lives and the lives of young people in India.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205484180&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-swaraj-university-shikshantar-promotes-alternative Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste, sexism and religious intolerance http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/india%20ga%20pravah%20manisha%20and%20husband.JPG" title="Manisha emotionally talks of how much of India society considered education wasted on a woman from a lower class. But after working with the NGO, Pravah, she and her husband - pictured - are inspired to achieve. Manisha is now a business owner. Taken at Pravah's Delhi offices February 1, 2015 (Photo by Steve Bynum)" /></div><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">We continue our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism in India</a> series with a visit to Delhi. We and <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, <a href="http://pravah.org/">Pravah</a>. The project tries to inspire India&rsquo;s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as <span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">caste, sexism and religious intolerance</span>. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We&rsquo;ll chat with co-director, Sonal Chaturvedi and young people about how they now dream and achieve in areas that at one time were cut off from them.</span></p><p><strong>Jerome McDonnell and Steve Bynum of WBEZ&#39;s <em>Worldview</em> and </strong><strong>India Development Service (IDS)</strong><strong> share their adventures in India</strong></p><p>Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00pm-7:30pm</p><p>The Meadows Club</p><p>2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows</p><p>Free of Charge - Dinner Included</p><p><strong><a href="https://mycity.sulekha.com/development-unveiled_buy_2090130">Reserve Tickets Here</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious Global Activism: Chicago area doctors bring aid to Nepal http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-area-doctors-bring-aid-nepal-111978 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/operation walk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Operation Walk Chicago is a volunteer group of orthopedic doctors dedicated to offering medical treatment to impoverished people around the world. They say there are less than 200 trained orthopedic surgeons in Nepal, a country of more than 30 million people. As supplies and aid flow into the earthquake devastated country, Operation Walk is partnering with Nepal Orthopedic Hospital in Kathmandu. Dr. Ravi Bashyal is a Nepalese-American orthopedic surgeon and volunteer with <a href="http://www.operationwalkchicago.com/">Operation Walk Chicago</a>. He&rsquo;ll tell us how his group plans to aid the hospital and doctors in Nepal.</p><p><em>Operation Walk Chicago was suggested to us by WTTW&#39;s Elizabeth Brackett. </em></p><p><em>Operation Walk Chicago&nbsp;</em><em>is <a href="https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=owc&amp;id=1">accepting donations</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203332661&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-area-doctors-bring-aid-nepal-111978 Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi and water security http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0293.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="A woman carries a bucket with fresh water in Rajasthan, India. (Jerome McDonnell)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi Foundation and water security</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;took&nbsp;<em>Global Activism</em>&nbsp;on the road to India! And we continue our visit to India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State, the world&rsquo;s most densely populated desert region, with the first of a two-part conversation with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. It&rsquo;s an NGO focused on water security. Parikshit singh Tomar of Jal Bhagirathi, will show us their retention basin where they store rainwater. The land reserve has developed into a beautiful ecosystem. Next week, Parikshit will take us to a remote rural village that was revolutionized by Jal Bhagirathi projects.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9682de71-e7e8-e514-bbea-7f8d829048fb">Parikshit singh Tomar is the</span> media and communications director for&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/jalbhagirathi">Jal Bhagirathi Foundation,</a> based outside of Jodhpur, India.</em></div></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 Worldview in India: GRAVIS seeks to improve living conditions in Rajasthan http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/India-Rajasthan.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Worldview took the Global Activism series on the road to India in conjunction with the Chicago-based NGO, India Development Service (IDS). &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll continue the series today with our visit to the most densely populated desert region on Earth, India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State. We&rsquo;ll talk with Dr. Prakash Tyagi, executive director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS). His group has been working in Rajasthan State for more than 25 years on issues such as water security, health, education and animal husbandry.</div></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 Worldview in India: An interview with S.R. Hiremath http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-interview-sr-hiremath-111851 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-India SR Hiremath.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Worldview continues its series from India with a trip to the southern city of Bangalore. It&rsquo;s known as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore has seen enormous economic growth over the past couple of decades. Some feel this growth has come at too high a cost for Bangalore&rsquo;s society and environment. Worldview spoke with S.R. Hiremath, a co-founder of India Development Service . He left Chicago in 1979 and founded the NGO Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (Community for Social Change) to create a &ldquo;free, democratic, secular, egalitarian, non-violent, non exploitative and just society&rdquo; in India. Mr. Hiremath has been at the center of numerous campaigns and legal action against government corruption and big polluters.</p></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-interview-sr-hiremath-111851