WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Global Activism: Project Harambee, Upendo Village and St. Aloysius School partner to help HIV-affected people in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-project-harambee-upendo-village-and-st-aloysius-school <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Harambee and Friends_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b4fa9973-61e3-bf93-5c44-f54b5bd82432">Today on&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em>, we talk with three Global Activists who are partnering to help people. Their common denominator is to help HIV/AIDS-affected people in Kenya. Kathleen (Keen) Harrison, <a href="http://www.projectharambee.org">from Project Harambee NFP</a>, wrote us to say: &ldquo;In my experience, small NGOs&hellip;tend to be territorial and competitive and actually don&#39;t work together very much&hellip;I tend to see HARAMBEE like my child.&rdquo; But Keen came to understand that working together with other NGO&rsquo;s was better for her and the people she serves. Keen joins us, along with Fr. Terry Charlton, co-founder and chaplain at <a href="http://www.sagnairobi.org">St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School</a> and Guy Vaccaro, executive director and president of <a href="http://www.upendovillage.org/">Upendo Village</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Kathleen (Keen) shared what partnering means to her:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">In my experience, small NGOs, though doing good in the world, tend to be territorial and competitive and actually don&#39;t work together very much. It&#39;s understandable: As founder and developer of HARAMBEE, I tend to see HARAMBEE like my child, and so I have to watch myself for creeping possessiveness and over-protectiveness. Also, with limited resources, NGOs often compete for a relatively small pool of grants and donors--not conducive to collaboration.</p></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-project-harambee-upendo-village-and-st-aloysius-school Global Activism: Himalaya Project NFP http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-himalaya-project-nfp-111021 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Himalaya Project.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b64fdbbb-61d5-41cb-1fac-ea2bd8b01f56"><a href="http://www.himalaya-project.org">Himalaya Project NFP</a>, a Chicago-based, all-volunteer charity, works to provide education and healthcare to people in need in the Himalayan region of Dolpo, Nepal. Socioeconomic and geopolitical factors have left them without access to basic health care. Mark Sobralske, Himalaya Project&rsquo;s Executive Director says, &ldquo;We are going to change that.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll talk with Mark for our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em> </a>series.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/173523816&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></span></p></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-himalaya-project-nfp-111021 Global Activism: 'Right To Be Free' helps enslaved children in Ghana http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-helps-enslaved-children-ghana-110952 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ga-Rigght to be free.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3432a21-19bd-c013-080f-fe7081a2dc3d">We met Lori Dillon last February about her story to create a local branch of the NGO, <a href="http://righttobefree.org/">Right To Be Free</a>. She did it to support her friend, Ghanaian <a href="http://www.rightobefree.org/">Eric Peasah</a> &ldquo;who has dedicated his life to the rescue and rehabilitation of <a href="http://righttobefree.org/senyos-story.html">trafficked children</a>.&rdquo; For </span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Lori is back, with Eric, who came from Ghana to spread awareness about slavery and indentured servitude of children in his country.</p></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-right-be-free-helps-enslaved-children-ghana-110952 Global Activism: Farther Foundation update http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-farther-foundation-update-110942 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Farther Foundation_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s time for our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series. Each Thursday, we talk with someone who wants to make the world a better place. &nbsp;Last year, we met Chicagoan, David Weindling, who left a career in private business to dedicate himself full-time to socioeconomically deprived kids in the Chicago area. He founded the <a href="http://www.fartherfoundation.org">Farther Foundation</a> to provide scholarships so high schoolers can travel the world to do service projects and experience cultural interactions. David&rsquo;s back to update us on what his group is doing these days.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/171390244&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>&nbsp;</p><p>Dave tells us about his exciting developments:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;This past spring, several of our scholarship winners from our first group of recipients in 2009 graduated college -- an outstanding achievement. The report also mentions Christine and Lizbeth, two of our alumni who built on their international experience with us to win coveted State Department Scholarships the following summer, They are just two of several of our alumni who have gone on to claim National Strategic Language Initiative scholarships through the State Department. <strong><a href="http://www.fartherfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_rsform&amp;Itemid=82">Our Annual Benefit</a></strong> is coming up on 10/16/14. It is the first time we are featuring a StorySlam at the event. The topic of the stories will be travel, and we have some talented presenters (some who you might have even heard of). One of our scholarship recipients will also be telling a story, and he was a prize winner in a student city-wide soapbox challenge. After our previous appearance on Worldview, we were contacted by Ben Kaehler of Kaehler Luggage/World Traveler, a purveyor of luggage and travel goods with stores in and around Chicago. This led to a growing partnership where Kaehler provided an opportunity for one of our students to have a summer internship in one of their stores, and also to a sponsorship role in our upcoming event.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-farther-foundation-update-110942 Global Activism: Physician creates 'Lamp for Haiti' to serve people of Cite Soleil http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-physician-creates-lamp-haiti-serve-people-cite-soleil-110885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Lamp for Haiti.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-50e5d565-d1c9-bc21-8a42-124915665096">James Morgan is a physician who trained at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. In 2003, he went to Haiti with high school students on a humanitarian mission. Morgan was struck by the extreme poverty and privation he saw, particularly the residents of Cite Soleil. So in 2006, Dr. Morgan and a human rights attorney founded <a href="http://lampforhaiti.org/">Lamp for Haiti</a>. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Morgan will share his group&rsquo;s aim to provide medical and human rights services to the residents of Cite Soleil.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/170363557&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, 02 Oct 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-physician-creates-lamp-haiti-serve-people-cite-soleil-110885 Global Activism: 'Spark Ventures' and 'Allowance for Good' in Nicaragua http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-spark-ventures-and-allowance-good-nicaragua-110874 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Spark Ventures.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-90f02249-c83c-f6d0-c4aa-85c1d290d1f4">We&rsquo;ve talked with Global Activist,<a href="http://www.sparkventures.org"> Spark Ventures</a>, a<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-spark-ventures-works-vulnerable-kids-zambia"> couple</a> of<a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/chicago-organization-offers-opportunity-volunteer-zambia-groupon-98471"> times</a>. The Chicago-based nonprofit has developed what it calls an &ldquo;innovative model of business driven philanthropy to bring sustainable solutions to children living in poverty.&rdquo; Now, the organization teamed with another non-profit,<a href="http://allowanceforgood.org"> Allowance for Good</a> (AfG). AfG&rsquo;s focus is to &ldquo;raise the next generation of philanthropists&rdquo;. The two groups just returned from a service learning trip to Spark&#39;s social impact partner in Nicaragua. While there, they introduced Chicagoland youth to new friends and new perspectives.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><span>For </span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we&rsquo;ll speak with Sylvana Peneff, a high school senior who traveled with Spark Ventures and AfG, Sparks Venture Board Member, Jeff Plaisted, who joined the trip with his wife and two young children and Elizabeth Newton, founder and executive director of AfG.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169358871&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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-90f02249-c843-61f4-a631-4d1cdfd6b07a"><strong>Spark Venture&rsquo;s Calls to Action:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy</strong>: Explorers &ndash; Enroll your teens in our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy class! Great experience to grow as a global citizen, enhance leadership development, and engage in service&mdash;more information and registration can be found here:<a href="http://www.allowanceforgood.org/elp"> www.allowanceforgood.org/elp</a>.</p><p><strong>Roots to Ripples Fundraising Campaign:</strong> This month we are celebrating our #roots2ripples by telling the stories that led to our present-day civic engagement. Our roots are the ties that weave our interests and passions into our actions &mdash; our ripple effect. Join us as we empower the rising generations of philanthropic leaders. Check it out at <a href="http://www.allowanceforgood.org/donate">www.allowanceforgood.org/donate</a>.</p></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-spark-ventures-and-allowance-good-nicaragua-110874