WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Global Activism: Sonia Shah Foundation Update http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sonia-shah-foundation-update-110807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Sonia Shah_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Accomplished, multilingual Winnetka teenager, Sonia Shah, traveled and studied around the world. She started the <a href="http://www.kulsoomfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Kulsoom Foundation for Girls</a> (now named the <a href="http://www.soniashahfoundation.com/#">Sonia Shah Foundation</a>) to build a school for girls in Pakistan. But before the school was completed, Sonia was tragically taken from us in a 2012 auto accident at age 18. Since then, Sonia&#39;s mother, Iram Shah, has taken the baton to continue her daughter&#39;s work. We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-kulsoom-foundation-build-girls-school-pakistan-honor-late">first spoke with Iram</a> in 2013. For today&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, she&#39;s back for an update.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>The Sonia Shah Foundation&#39;s <a href="http://www.soniashahfoundation.com/join-us-september-20th/">annual gala</a> will be Saturday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook IL, 60523.</strong></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168326357&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>In 2011, Sonia was the youngest intern at Capital Hill and in 2012, she was one of the youngest intern at Obama campaign headquarters. In his condolence letter, President Obama says &lsquo;although Sonia was one of the youngest interns at the campaign headquarters, she was one of the most determined&rsquo;</p><p><em>Iram reflected on Sonia and her mission ahead of a 2013 Foundation event:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">As we prepare for the big day, I want to thank everyone who has been part of this journey&hellip;people who donated, people who contributed through their service, words of sympathy&hellip;you are all awesome!!...You are all part of this journey of helping to change lives of girls, who will change their communities and eventually our world!</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;"><br />&hellip;For me personally it has been a very emotional but fulfilling journey. Sonia&rsquo;s legacy and mission continues. Although my dream for Sonia to grow up into a mature woman, get married and have children will never be fulfilled but I guess her dream of helping poor girls is more meaningful than my dream for her! I still long for Sonia but slowly beginning to feel that instead of mourning her death, I should celebrate her life more.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;"><br />&ldquo;What moves through me is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget&rdquo;.</p></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sonia-shah-foundation-update-110807 Global Activism: Women’s Global Education Project celebrates 10 years http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-women%E2%80%99s-global-education-project-celebrates-10-years-110808 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-WGEP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Women&rsquo;s Global Education Project (<a href="http://www.womensglobal.org/">WGEP</a>) was one of our first ever Global Activism stories 10 years ago. And Jerome sat down with its founder and Executive Director, Amy Maglio and Adji Senghor WGEP&#39;s Senegal Project Director and Aniceta Kiriga WGEP&#39;s Kenya Project Director. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, they&#39;ll all update us on the work the group is doing today.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/167287651&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, 11 Sep 2014 09:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-women%E2%80%99s-global-education-project-celebrates-10-years-110808 Global Activism: Climate Ride organizes rides and hikes for Earth's sustainability http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-climate-ride-organizes-rides-and-hikes-earths-sustainability <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga climate ride.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s Thursday and time for our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series. Each Thursday, we hear about people who work to make the world a better place. Today, we&rsquo;ll talk with Caeli Quinn, co-founder of &lsquo;<a href="http://www.climateride.org/">Climate Ride</a>&rsquo;. They organize rides and hikes to benefit sustainability-oriented non-profits. Climate Ride is about to start their first <a href="http://www.climateride.org/events/midwest">Midwest event</a>. It&rsquo;s a 300 Mile ride that starts in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ends at Chicago&rsquo;s Northerly Island on September 9<sup>th</sup> around 4:30pm.</p><p>The work of Climate Ride was suggested by Paul Culhane from <a href="http://www.greatlakes.org/">Alliance for the Great Lakes</a>.</p></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-climate-ride-organizes-rides-and-hikes-earths-sustainability Global Activism: el Fuego del Sol works for sustainability in Haiti and Dominican Republic http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-el-fuego-del-sol-works-sustainability-haiti-and-dominican <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/FdS IOM workers and stove.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Years ago, when we first met Global Activist and Chicagoan Kevin Adair, founder of <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/elfuegodelsol.com/elfuego/">El Fuego del Sol</a> (FdS), his group primarily focused on eco-tourism in the Dominican Republic. But since then, FdS has branched out into humanitarian work in places like Haiti. For our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> segment, Kevin will update us on his work. FdS is &ldquo;a social-eco enterprise that works in Haiti and the Dominican republic to create long-term jobs and address intractable social and ecological issues.&rdquo;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165203922&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 style="margin-left:1.0in;">I remember another wild story from the past year. Last November (2013), 9-year-old Karen, the daughter of our General Manager, Franky was struck by a car on her way home from school in the DR. She was critically injured, but no hospital would admit her because most of the FdS team was working Haiti, and the hospitals in the DR required needed huge cash up-front before the would accept her. So she was driven overnight by ambulance from hospital to hospital for over 10 hours. Five hospitals refused to treat her because her injuries were so severe.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Fortunately, we were planning for the mission trip of the Hinsdale Adventist Health medical mission who were arriving in January 2014. And we had been networking with hospitals for follow-up care in conjunction with the doctors&#39; visit.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">So FdS Supervisor, Frida, who is Karen&#39;s aunt, called from Haiti and coordinated with one of those hospitals in Santo Domingo to let Karen in to their emergency room, while we were sending funds from Haiti by Western Union. The hospital treated Karen and saved her life.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">When the Doctors came in January, their orthopedic specialist confirmed that Karen had been very close to death, but complemented the care that Karen received that saved her life, including a &#39;hip-splint&#39; that saved her leg.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">The need for medical missions is great in the DR and Haiti, and that&#39;s why FdS is seeking more medical groups to come down, work with us and provide medical care to some of the most impoverished people in the Americas.</p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-el-fuego-del-sol-works-sustainability-haiti-and-dominican