WBEZ | Kenya http://www.wbez.org/tags/kenya 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: 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: 'The Mustard Seed' Fair Trade shop is transforming lives http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mustard-seed-fair-trade-shop-transforming-lives-110683 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA Mustard Seed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7b5392bd-f92b-6cd4-778d-f28929d6d597">Judy Kohl grew up in a missionary family in Belgian Congo. When the Belgians were overthrown, her family was forced to flee to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood. Those times developed Judy&rsquo;s sense of social justice and giving back. She eventually created The Mustard Seed, a fair trade shop in Lake Forest, IL. They say they&rsquo;re &ldquo;committed to donating its profits to organizations that help empower women and children,&rdquo; especially those stricken with HIV/AIDS. Judy will tell us about the importance of fair trade and how witnessing history as a child changed her life.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164166396&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>Judy tells us about her life&#39;s journey, which had an extraordinary beginning:</em></p><p>&quot;Just 8 months old when I arrived in the Belgian Congo, I had no idea the journey my life would take over the next five decades. As the daughter of missionaries to Africa, cross-cultural thinking became part of my DNA as I experienced from a young age what it was to live in a global context. Growing up in this environment, my parents and other missionaries modeled selfless love as they cared for those around them. As we fled the Congo in 1964 during the uprising that led to independence, it was with mixed emotions. We had no choice but to leave because of the advancing Rebels, but our hearts remained with those who had become like family. Relationships were a high value within our family culture.</p><p>Fast forward to the present - I&rsquo;m still passionate about giving back to those less fortunate. Though I live on the North Shore, decisions I make on how I spend my time and my money can literally change the lives of a community halfway across the world. Serving with other volunteers at The Mustard Seed - A Fair Trade Shop, we are committed to partnering with cooperatives and artisans in developing countries to provide a market for their creations while paying them a fair price. We also donate our profits to organizations that help empower women and children both domestically and internationally. Each of these ways enable others to make a sustainable living and emerge from poverty. It is still all about relationships. By having a world view, we can continue to change the lives of people we will never even meet - and that is the whole point.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-mustard-seed-fair-trade-shop-transforming-lives-110683 Military action in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP737825746234 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani military is conducting a military offensive in the North of the country in efforts to dismantle the Taliban. We&#39;ll talk about the use of domestic military action in Pakistan with author and professor Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Military action in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 Global Activism: 'Worldview Education and Care' aiding children in Tanzania and across Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-education-and-care-aiding-children-tanzania-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Worldview.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e6e5cb31-4504-0dc8-eebe-ac45629e8353">Chicagoans, Ann Avery, and her husband Robert, founded <a href="http://www.worldvieweducationandcare.org/">Worldview Education and Care</a> after witnessing the plight of young people in the Meru district of northern Tanzania. Among many services, the group helps Tanzanians by providing scholarships for child and adult education, including living expenses and medical care. They also run a girls&#39; empowerment program to help struggling and single mothers attend school as well support an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQPEUo8264w&amp;feature=youtu.be">orphanage</a>. For our </span>Global Activism series, Ann and group supporter, Susie Rheault, will talk about their work and a program to foster HIV/AIDS awareness through sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158146754&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, 10 Jul 2014 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-worldview-education-and-care-aiding-children-tanzania-and Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP76527298289.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The bodies of three Israeli teenagers that went missing in the West Bank were found Monday in a Palestinian town. The Israeli government has launched a series of airstrikes in response. We&#39;ll talk with Alex Goldman-Shayman, the Israeli Deputy Consul General to the Midwest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437 Global Activism: Long Grove native advocates for sex education in Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-Afreaka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dana deGrazia was so inspired by the work of her sister and Global Activist, Aliya deGrazia (Small Planet, Big Plans), that she started her own NGO, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/AfreakaMovement">Afreaka</a>.&quot; It came from two experiences in Dana&rsquo;s life: her less than adequate experience with sex education in junior high school; and her time as a student in Kenya, where she was &ldquo;shocked&rdquo; from &ldquo;the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education.&rdquo; Afreaka&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;provide accurate and unbiased knowledge about sexual health, parenthood and contraception choices to teens and young adults across African generations through urban art and music...&rdquo; Dana joins us to discuss her work.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146303042&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong>Dana is passioante about her cause:</strong></p><p><em>I got my first sex education in junior high school and I realized even then that we had a problem. It was full of generalized points and lots of giggling and laughing but not a lot of practical information. I also realized that I was more comfortable than the average person addressing the issues. I took this into other areas in high school such as becoming president of the Gay Straight Alliance and working to have straight and clear conversations about the choices young people are considering. The older I got, the more disappointed I became in the quantity and quality of information, but I was really blown away when I went to Africa. </em></p><p><em>Initially I went to Africa to peruse a degree in International Relations. I have always believed if you are going to work in that field you should spend more than a semester in Spain drinking Sangria. So I moved in with my sister who had an apartment there and was working on her degree. I am now majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in International Relations. I intend on pursuing a career in international anti-corruption investigations.</em></p><p><em>Living in the community and talking to my peers I was shocked and concerned by the lack of factual information in all areas of sex education. A healthy understanding of both sex and intimacy should not be an oddity for anyone, especially not someone my age. The longer I lived in Kenya, the more I realized that it was an oddity for people. I traced this not only to a lack of unbiased information but to people, even health care professionals, providing sometimes outlandishly inaccurate information.</em></p><p><em>When I first came up with the concept for Afreaka it was actually because I was drawing and I drew a design that I liked and would wear on a piece of clothing, but then I decided I liked a lot of my designs and that if I were going to do something like a clothing line I wanted it to mean more to the world and to make a difference to people. From there the ideas just kept flowing. Although I was born and raised in Illinois I consider Kenya my home as I have lived there since I was 17. Seeing people in the U.S., and in Kenya struggle with conversations about sex and intimacy made me decide that something needed to be done but it needed to be done differently as what we were doing was not working for my generation.</em></p><p><em>My Parents and my sister Aliya, who has been on Worldview twice discussing her work in rural Kenya, are an inspirational and driving force to keep me pushing forward. With their encouragement and support I know Afreaka can break through the walls that separate the generations from having real communication.</em></p><p><em>With a background as the former president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a top high school, a senior graduate of a world renowned communications program and extensive traveling around Africa I am confident I can, along with a team of committed and energetic musicians, artists and designers, create lasting and revolutionary change in the way sex and intimacy is looked at and talked about with young people today. Afreaka may be a young organization now but with time I believe it will become a leader in changing the way the world treats the conversation about sex and intimacy and it will put Africa at the head of forward and open thinking about one of the most personal topics people face.</em></p><p><em>Afreaka to me is the possibility of knowledge, full self-expression and communication world-wide.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-long-grove-native-advocates-sex-education-africa-110256 Global Activism: "Grow a doc" program brings health care to rural Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-grow-doc-program-brings-health-care-rural-africa-108718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/South Sudan refugee camp Project Harambee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&quot;Harambee&quot; is a Kiswahili term that means &quot;all pull together.&quot; When Kathleen Harrison gave her non-profit organization the name <a href="http://&quot;Harambee&quot; is a Kiswahili term that means &quot;all put together.&quot; When Kathleen Harrison gave her non-profit organization the name Project Harambee, she was hoping to put a lot together in many little ways. For the past eight years, Harrison, a social activist and geneticist, has focused her energy on expanding health care to African families, particularly those affected by HIV. Through her &quot;Grow a Doc&quot; program, Harrison provides scholarships to medical school students in Kenya. She also spearheads community initiatives geared toward providing education, food and solar power to families in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Harrison joins us to talk about her latest projects.">Project Harambee</a>, she was hoping to pull a lot together in many little ways. For the past eight years, Harrison, a social activist and geneticist, has focused her energy on expanding health care to African families, particularly those affected by HIV. Through her &quot;Grow a Doc&quot; program, Harrison provides scholarships to medical school students in Kenya. She also spearheads community initiatives geared toward providing education, food and solar power to families in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Harrison joins us to talk about her latest projects.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109004416&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-grow-doc-program-brings-health-care-rural-africa-108718 Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP700189680557_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bo Xilai&#39;s trial begins in China. Radioactive water continues to leak at Fukushima plant. A Chicagoan is helping to expand sex education programs in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya" target="_blank">View the story "Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 Greek austerity talks, Nazi war criminals and women's rugby in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-12/greek-austerity-talks-nazi-war-criminals-and-womens-rugby-kenya-108378 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP403201976482.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Worldview takes a look at the recent death of Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary and ways of keeping the Holocaust legacy alive. Last week, Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras met with President Obama to discuss economic growth for Greece. We discuss the state of women&#39;s rugby in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105123794&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-greek-austerity-talks-in-the-oval-office.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-greek-austerity-talks-in-the-oval-office" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Greek austerity talks, Nazi war criminals and women's rugby in Kenya " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-12/greek-austerity-talks-nazi-war-criminals-and-womens-rugby-kenya-108378