WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Shelley Batra and Operation ASHA http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shelley-batra-and-operation-asha-111775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Courtesy of Operation Asha.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-12a7cca4-57bd-fe25-feac-40de5dd974ee">Once thought under control, Tuberculosis (TB) had begun to make a comeback. Incidences were rising around the world, including in developed countries. The trend was so serious, that fifteen years ago, the United Nations set the goal of reversing incidences of infectious diseases like TB by the end of 2015. Tuesday was World TB day and for today&rsquo;s </span>Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll get an update from long-time Global Activist Dr. Shelly Batra. She&rsquo;s founder and president of Operation Asha. It&rsquo;s an NGO that delivers mass treatment of TB to underprivileged populations around the globe.</p></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-shelley-batra-and-operation-asha-111775 Worldview Goes to India: Global Activism-Shanti Bhavan Children's Project http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-goes-india-global-activism-shanti-bhavan-childrens-project-111734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Shanti Bhavan Girl Goldman Sachs stella.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e1-e544-3841-e62f7ad1ab84">Worldview</span> was in India! And we&rsquo;ll take you along for the ride. For nearly twenty years on Worldview, India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO that invests seed money in service and development projects across India, has brought to Chicago dozens of Global Activists who work in India to make the world a better place. &nbsp;So IDS struck up the idea to bring Worldview to India and talk with these people, on-the-ground, about their work. Nila Vora and Nilesh Kothari of IDS guided us as we bounced around to big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well to remote villages and towns. We met people working to overcome challenges like illiteracy, educating girls, class issues, clean water supply and so much more.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e1-e544-3841-e62f7ad1ab84">Today we begin with a trip we took to Bangalore in southern India. One of the groups we visited is Shanti Bhavan. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a school educating underprivileged youth, mostly from the Dalit class, known more popularly as &ldquo;the Untouchables&rdquo;. &nbsp;A documentary film made about the school &nbsp;is called &ldquo;The Backward Class&rdquo;. We spoke with the school&rsquo;s founder, Abraham George, and with a number of students whose lives were transformed by their experiences in Shanti Bhavan.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e2-3533-18ce-efc566eb7883">Abraham George is the</span>&nbsp;founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/ShantiBhavan">Shanti Bhavan Children&rsquo;s Project.</a></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33e2-3533-18ce-efc566eb7883">Nila Vora is a&nbsp;</span>founding board member of <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-goes-india-global-activism-shanti-bhavan-childrens-project-111734 Global Activism: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-danztheatre-ensemble-111693 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/65247_599229626764938_1248148685_n.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-31cd0f5d-0fe8-11fa-9199-8c6f19d9c0d6">Ellyzabeth Adler is founder and executive director of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. The performing arts group, &ldquo;through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling...unite[s] varied art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind.&rdquo; Ellyzabeth wrote us that she was so inspired by our </span>Global Activism segment, that she organized her own arts festival of &ldquo;music, dance, theatre, media and art all around activism.&rdquo; We invited Ellyzabeth to tell us about how she stresses activism in her art, at home and abroad.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-31cd0f5d-0fe8-4e3a-3722-38846f6fe3b3"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Ellyzabeth Adler is the</em></span><em>&nbsp;founder and executive director of <a href="https://twitter.com/Chi_Danztheatre">Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-chicago-danztheatre-ensemble-111693 Global Activism: Therapeutic art for African children http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-therapeutic-art-african-children-111662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/548912_161587657298988_454226701_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Angela Lyonsmith is an artist and art therapist. She works for the Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP), an initiative of Global Alliance for Africa, because she wants to give aid and comfort to children in Kenya and Tanzania who were left orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Angela&rsquo;s passion also led her to open &lsquo;Gather&rsquo;, a community art studio and playspace in Evanston. For Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll ask Angela about how her work has inspired family and friends to work for the benefit of people suffering around the globe.</p></p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-therapeutic-art-african-children-111662 Global Activism: Somebody's Mama helps empower women around the world http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somebodys-mama-helps-empower-women-around-world-111592 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/2308827_2611742_1422941663.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-02bf057e-a3d2-7c02-5566-6325fecf6463">Two friends, Leia Johnson and Erika Wright, wanted to form a network of mothers that would help bring relief to the suffering of mothers and their children around the world. They formed Somebody&rsquo;s Mama to help tackle issues like trafficking, maternal healthcare and girls&rsquo; education. For </span>Global Activism, we&rsquo;ll talk with Johnson about her group that she calls &ldquo;mamas, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends who believe in the power of cooperation.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/MamaOrgana80">Leia Johnson</a> is the co-founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/SomebodysMama1">Somebody&#39;s Mama.</a></em></p></p> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somebodys-mama-helps-empower-women-around-world-111592 Global Activism: The Dreamfly helps people connect to their goals http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-dreamfly-helps-people-connect-their-goals-111555 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/1661913_10151863851331196_283559648_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-26953df0-7fc0-2774-7db9-a87e37fcba06">As <a href="https://twitter.com/umaimah">Umaimah Mendhro</a> was completing &nbsp;her education in the U.S., she always felt a pull back to her native Pakistan. Her goal was to bring different peoples together and facilitate peace. For </span>Global Activism, Mendhro will &nbsp;tell us the story of why she founded &lsquo;<a href="https://twitter.com/thedreamfly">The Dreamfly</a>&rsquo;, a volunteer-powered organization that aims to, &ldquo;create human connections across communities in conflict through education, exposure, and empowerment for a better, unified future.&rdquo;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-dreamfly-helps-people-connect-their-goals-111555 Global Activism: 'Mano a Mano' brings supplies and infrastructure to Bolivia http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mano-mano-brings-supplies-and-infrastructure-bolivia-111434 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Mano a mano-CMS.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-00d0ef7f-1239-75c3-d367-d4c1c66b166f">Segundo Velasquez grew up in Bolivia. But when he moved to Minnesota, Segundo&rsquo;s brother Jose, a pediatrician, asked him to bring back medical supplies whenever he came for visits. Soon after, Segundo and his wife, Joan, started the NGO, <a href="http://manoamano.org/">Mano a Mano International Partners</a> to collect surplus medical supplies and equipment for Jose&rsquo;s hospital. Over 20 years later, Mano a Mano&#39;s work has expanded to deliver food and school supplies and build over 300 infrastructure projects throughout Bolivia. Segundo will tell us his story for our </span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> series.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/187361302&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><em>Joan wrote about the importance of their work in this excerpt from her book, &quot;Gaining Ground, A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development&quot;:</em></p><p>&ldquo;Bolivia has a total population of just over ten million, more than half the people of Bolivia live in deep material poverty. Family incomes average less than a dollar a day. The country&rsquo;s wealth is concentrated in its cities (43.5%) live in poor barrios. Outside the cities it&rsquo;s worse. The same vistas garner rave reviews dictate isolated and economic hardship for many rural Bolivians. Approximately a third of Bolivia&rsquo;s population (an estimated 3.3 million people) reside in rural areas. Of this rural population, more than sixty-five percent do not have sufficient income to cover basic needs. Some rural residents work as miners or artisans, but the vast majority eke out a meager living as subsistence farmers, raising crops and a few domestic animals on one-or-two-acre plots. The climate and terrain present challenges. As a consequence, 37 percent of rural children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mano-mano-brings-supplies-and-infrastructure-bolivia-111434 Global Activism: 'Give Hope, Fight Poverty' helps HIV victims in Swaziland http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-give-hope-fight-poverty-helps-hiv-victims-swaziland-111360 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Swaziland.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-55ad30fc-ca71-7448-d356-c5fe34b22aa5">Getting her PHD led Annie Elbe Todt to the small African country of Swaziland. </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-55ad30fc-ca71-7448-d356-c5fe34b22aa5">It&rsquo;s a country with the highest rate of HIV in the world. Annie began helping some of the orphans and child headed houses she saw all around her. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we talk with Todt about her organization <a href="http://www.ifightpoverty.org">Give Hope, Fight Poverty</a>. It supports 33 child headed households. Their network of support extends to 1500 </span>children. They dig wells, build homes and send children to school. A remarkable number of people have joined on service learning trips.</p><p dir="ltr"><em><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/185104920&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>EVENT:</strong></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://www.hamburgermarys.com/chicago/bingo.php">Hamburger Mary&rsquo;s &lsquo;HamBINGO&rsquo;</a></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Sun, January 11, 8pm &ndash; 10pm</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Andersonville...5400 N. Clark</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>$15 to play all night. Proceeds go to &lsquo;Give Hope, Fight Poverty&rsquo;</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-give-hope-fight-poverty-helps-hiv-victims-swaziland-111360 Global Activism: St. Paraskeva Orthodox Charity saves orphans in Romania http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-st-paraskeva-orthodox-charity-saves-orphans-romania-111286 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Paraskeva Big Grup.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e79b97f5-7794-1243-d92e-49c959a34841">It&rsquo;s time for our </span><em>Global Activism</em> segment. Every every week, we feature someone who works to make the world a better place. We&rsquo;ll talk with physician <a href="https://pmr.uchicago.edu/directory/mariana-cuceu">Mariana Cuceu</a>, who overcame severe physical disabilities to be a source of healing for children in her native Romania. She&rsquo;s president and co-founder of <a href="http://www.spcharity.org/">Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity</a>. It&rsquo;s a group that provides aid and care to orphaned and disabled children. And from our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio, we&rsquo;ll hear Romanian Christmas carols sung by the Bel Canto Choir of Saints Constantine and Helen Romanian Orthodox Church of Chicago.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182724059&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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bnYbDwi6P8U" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-st-paraskeva-orthodox-charity-saves-orphans-romania-111286 Global Activism: Poverty alleviation group, “Basic Transfer” adjusts mission and name to "Shift" http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-poverty-alleviation-group-%E2%80%9Cbasic-transfer%E2%80%9D-adjusts-mission <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Shift.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-0238e7b9-77a9-c2e6-8ea5-4160ed3f114a">Global Activist and policy graduate, &nbsp;Tricia Martinez, founded &ldquo;Basic Transfer&rdquo; because she believes that &ldquo;policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.&rdquo; Her vision is to utilize technology for basic cash transfers, lifting women and their children out of extreme poverty. Martinez is back from a recent trip to Uganda. She says it was &ldquo;the most amazing experience of my life.&rdquo; She&rsquo;ll share with us how the trip changed her mission and goals, even down to her group&rsquo;s new name, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.shiftwomen.com">Shift</a>&rdquo;.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182156569&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><em>Tricia updates us on what&rsquo;s she been up to since she was last on Worldview:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We went to Uganda to test a pilot program with 100 women where we sent transfers and collected data pre and post payments.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We pivoted from an individual cash transfer model to a group savings cash transfer model. During our pilot program we observed that there are still so many gender and cultural issues where giving money directly to a woman can be difficult i.e. husbands might take ownership or think women are acting unfaithful.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">The new model utilizes the savings group model already in existence in these communities. Women not only receive direct payments, but they get access to a new savings account, technology, and financial education.</p></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-poverty-alleviation-group-%E2%80%9Cbasic-transfer%E2%80%9D-adjusts-mission