WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Global Activism: ConTextos expands literacy programs to El Salvador prisons http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-expands-literacy-programs-el-salvador-prisons <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-ConTextos Prisoners.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-155d2028-16ca-6861-496d-14f15cdaca8d">When we first met Chicagoan and Global Activist, Debra Gittler, she wanted to &ldquo;create conditions on-the-ground through literacy education, opportunity and advocacy&rdquo; to help children in Central America thrive. To do this, Debra started the organization <a href="http://contextos.org/">ConTextos</a>. She now lives in El Salvador. For our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> segment, Gittler is back in Chicago and will update us on how her work has expanded into El Salvador&rsquo;s justice system.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179980678&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>Debra Gittler told us some of what she&rsquo;s been up to since her <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-aiding-children-central-america-through-literacy">last Worldview appearance</a>:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">ConTextos has expanded into the Justice System in El Salvador and are now working with inmates in prisons, juveniles delinquents in the &quot;foster&quot; system, and the teachers and guards who work with both of these populations. The &quot;foster&quot; system in El Salvador is tangled octopus that oversees foster care, orphans, victims of child and sexual abuse, child criminals (including homicide), gangs, and deportees. Child deportees arriving back in El Salvador pretty much get off a bus and have to walk home; those without families end up in foster care.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">...we are overwhelmingly moved by the healing power of story to address issues of trauma in a country plagued by generations of violence. Many of the inmates we are working with are gang-affiliated and directly affected by the reality of transnationalism-- some inmates are English-speakers who spent most of their life in the US. We are just starting to work more and more with the juvenile population...It&#39;s been a fascinating journey to confront stereotypes about this population...</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">At the same time, ConTextos is just about to publish our student reading metrics. We use the Early Grade Reading Assessment to evaluate student reading outcomes; this is the same tool that USAID implements all over the world. Our results are stunning...</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Finally, we are thrilled to start partnering with <em>Worldreader</em>, based in Africa, to bring e-readers into our schools.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">...We&#39;ve been working with iPads for quite a while as a tool to motivate writing, but e-readers provide a unique opportunity to bring unlimited numbers of text through an accessible, teacher-friendly (and rural-friendly) technology. We&#39;re still seeking funding to launch the initiative.</p></p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-contextos-expands-literacy-programs-el-salvador-prisons Global Activism: Meal Sharing on Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharing-thanksgiving-111135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mealsharing.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thanksgiving is almost here. And as many prepare to hit the roads and skies to see family and friends,&nbsp; you may be traveling with no place to go or you might be home alone.&nbsp; Jason Savsani says he has a solution for you. He&rsquo;s founder of Meal Sharing. It&rsquo;s a website and app that promotes cultural diplomacy by connecting meal providers to meal seekers, around the globe. For Global Activism, Savsani will tell us how to connect you with a meal and friends for the Holidays.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177864474&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharing-thanksgiving-111135 Global Activism: Equally Able Foundation provides disability services in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-equally-able-foundation-provides-disability-services-india <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/08 Bookstore for muscular dy patient.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mohammed Yousuf survived polio. It led him to care deeply about empowering people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. He started the <a href="http://www.equallyable.org/">Equally Able Foundation</a>, an organization dedicated to providing services in India and other countries to give assistive equipment, education and employment opportunities to disabled individuals. Yousuf joins us to tell us about the foundation and what it&#39;s doing to try to help change the lives of the disabled in India.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176779688&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>Mohammed Yousuf wants to change attitudes toward accepting individuals with disabilities:</p><blockquote><p>From education to providing equipment to creating self-employment, at Equally Able, we have dedicated ourselves to bringing a change in the lives of people with disabilities. We have also tried to find ways to increase inclusion and disability awareness within the communities by organizing workshops and seminars. Because more than the accessible ramps and restrooms, we need welcoming environments and attitudes towards accepting individuals with disabilities.</p><p>Over the years, Equally Able has transformed the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities around the world. This would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our board of trustees, donors and volunteers. And certainly not without the support and encouragement of my family, my kids and especially my wife, Humera, who is there for me always.</p></blockquote></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-equally-able-foundation-provides-disability-services-india Global Activism: Bhuvana Foundation aids children in India's Tamil Nadu State http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bhuvana-foundation-aids-children-indias-tamil-nadu-state <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Vidya Vanam.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-94ea7097-81b5-8895-dc12-376c8631483d">Statistics show that India&rsquo;s school drop-out rate is very high. Children and their families, marginalized by society and culture, include people from the tribal, lower social strata in the hill regions of India. <a href="http://www.bhuvanafoundation.org/">Bhuvana Foundation</a> was created &ldquo;to provide three nutritious meals, timely and regular primary care and a well rounded education&rdquo; for children in India, especially in Tamil Nadu State. For Global Activism, we speak with neurologist Subramaniam Sriram, founder/president of Bhuvana Foundation and Mridu Sekhar, a </span>Bhuvana trustee, about their work that began with Sriram&rsquo;s vision - &ldquo;to create a fear-free environment of learning so people are nurtured and cherished.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/175679848&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>Mridu Sekhar feels Bhuvana Foundation&rsquo;s work with Vidya Vanam is a calling:</p><p style="margin-left:76.5pt;">I am on the board and just as passionate to give these kids the choices my grandchildren have at Lab School! I feel that we have all lost our way in educating our young. We are not trying to educate them to be good human beings and good citizens capable of thoughtful relationships with a dynamic and fast paced society! Vidya Vanam is sister schools with Pershing East here on the south side. I feel that mostly all the kids of Vidya Vanam will &quot;make it&quot;, &nbsp;while I can&#39;t say the same with confidence for the kids at Pershing East! Vidya Vanam also has about 30 kids to a class and the live in mud huts with parents who are very violent and alcoholic and can&#39;t read or write and often not enough to eat except in school! Catching them at preschool age ( 3-4) and giving them this nurturing environment for 7-9 hours a day is the key to changing the paradigm.</p></p> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bhuvana-foundation-aids-children-indias-tamil-nadu-state