WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/tags/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 Worldview: The Cricket World Cup gears for the semi-finals http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-19/worldview-cricket-world-cup-gears-semi-finals-111733 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP980926077422_0.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Indians watch the cricket World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Bangladesh at a market in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196702275&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Our overview of the 2015 Cricket World Cup</span></p><p>Outside of the U.S., perhaps the hottest sports conversations taking place right now are about the 2015 Cricket World Cup. &nbsp;As the games head to the &ldquo;knock-out&rdquo; quarterfinals, we&rsquo;ll get analysis about what to expect from Jawad Khan, &ldquo;Chicago cricket enthusiast&rdquo; and&nbsp;<em>Worldview&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;cricket commentator and Samir Chopra, professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He blogs at&nbsp;<em>The Cordon</em>&nbsp;on ESPNcricinfo.com and at samirchopra.com. He&rsquo;s author of the books,&nbsp;<em>Eye on Cricket: Reflections on the Great Game</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Brave New Pitch: The Evolution of Modern Cricket.</em></p><p><strong>Guest:<em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3183e355-33d7-743b-0396-a6ecfc4264f4"><a href="https://twitter.com/mrjkhan">Jawad Khan</a> is the</span> WBEZ Cricket Commentator for Worldview and local cricket player.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3183e355-33d7-743b-0396-a6ecfc4264f4"><a href="https://twitter.com/EyeOnThePitch">Samir Chopra</a> is a</span> professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Blogs at <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/blogs/cordon.html">&lsquo;The Cordon</a>&rsquo; on ESPNcricinfo and at <a href="http://samirchopra.com/">samirchopra.com</a>. Author of </em>Eye on Cricket: Reflections on the Great Game<em> and </em>Brave New Pitch: The Evolution of Modern Cricket.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196703389&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Global Activism: Shanti Bhavan school in India</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33da-1cd8-2c7d-4a053738638c">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-6d8dc8f2-33da-1cd8-2c7d-4a053738638c">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><span><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33da-ba2a-60e8-dcc5d4d54ecd">Abraham George is a</span> founder of <a href="https://twitter.com/ShantiBhavan">Shanti Bhavan Children&rsquo;s Project.</a></em></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d8dc8f2-33da-ba2a-60e8-dcc5d4d54ecd">Nila Vora is a</span> founding board member of <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196703807&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">World History Minute: The Northwest Rebellion</span></font></p><p>On March 19, 1885, the North West Rebellion got started in Canada. Historian John Schmidt explains what the fight was all about.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/JRSchmidtPhD">John R. Schmidt</a> is a historian and author of On This Day in Chicago History.</em></p></p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-19/worldview-cricket-world-cup-gears-semi-finals-111733 Worldview: Life after conflict for child soldiers of South Sudan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-12/worldview-life-after-conflict-child-soldiers-south-sudan-111554 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1511406_10153016997469002_8693246202494508433_n_2.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="Last week UNICEF helped secure the release of several hundred child soldiers in South Sudan, one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. (Courtesy of UNICEF/Marinetta Peru)" /></div><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190818341&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Child soldiers released in South Sudan</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span id="docs-internal-guid-b1115e12-7fa6-ce39-0852-dbf7d9106b9e">Tuesday, Feb 10 saw the release of several hundred child soldiers in Pibor, South Sudan as part of a peace agreement between warring factions in that country. This comes after a first round of releases back in January with the hope that the total of three thousand children will be released. UNICEF, along with their partner organizations have been overseeing the situation. UNICEF spokeswoman Doune Porter is based in South Sudan and joins us for more.</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em>Doune Porter,&nbsp;Chief of Strategic Communications with <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEF">UNICEF </a>in South Sudan</em></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190819692&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Winter swimming is more than just a polar bear plunge</span></font></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d0d6cc18-7fa9-7a4b-726c-7c005d677ae3">You might have heard about polar bear plunges, but winter swimming is different. It&rsquo;s a serious, competitive sport &nbsp;and it&rsquo;s growing in popularity. &nbsp;Swimmers compete in the cold, in fact, </span>The International Winter Swimming Association requires that the water temperatures must be (41 &deg;F) or below for competitions. In places like Tyumen, Russia, which held a recent competition, temperatures outside can dip to -22F. We&rsquo;ll hear how competitions are structured and find out more about the history of the sport with Melissa O&rsquo;Reilly. She&rsquo;s the 2014 Winter Swimming World Champion in the 450m freestyle and the current female World Record holder in the 1000m freestyle. She&rsquo;s also one of the founding members of the United States Winter Swimming Association. She joins us to tell us more about the sport. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d0d6cc18-7fa9-e6ef-f489-a555c78bccb7"><a href="https://twitter.com/melissa_oreilly">Melissa O&rsquo;Reilly</a> is the </span>&nbsp;2014 Winter Swimming World Champion in the 450m freestyle and the current female World Record holder in the 1000m freestyle. She&rsquo;s also one of the founding members of the <a href="https://twitter.com/USWSA">United States Winter Swimming Association.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190820466&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Global Activism: The Dreamfly</span></font></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-26953df0-7fab-a2d6-917d-9a49be6964f6">As Umaimah Mendhro 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;The Dreamfly&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><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://twitter.com/umaimah"><span id="docs-internal-guid-26953df0-7fac-186c-cb6b-808a652f42f0">Umaimah Mendhro</span></a>, founder and principal of <a href="https://twitter.com/thedreamfly">Dreamfly</a></em></p></div></p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-12/worldview-life-after-conflict-child-soldiers-south-sudan-111554 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: 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: 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