WBEZ | Global Activism http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-activism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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: '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 Global Activism: Global Emergency Care Collaborative expanding in Africa and into Asia http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-global-emergency-care-collaborative-expanding-africa-and-asia <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga-GECC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-local-physician-brings-emergency-care-ugandan-hospital">last spoke</a> with Global Activist, Stacey Chamberlain, in 2010. She is a Chicago-based emergency room physician who decided to go to Uganda to train nurses and physicians and provide access to quality healthcare. And she co-founded the Global Emergency Care Collaborative <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalemergencycare.org%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF2zDSHcq351hxYredY9OrtN6Mqiw">(GECC)</a> to aid people who die unnecessarily from trauma, injuries and illnesses that are easily treatable in the United States. For our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series, Stacey is back to update us on how the work of GECC has expanded into Kenya and even into Cambodia.<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163159037&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><strong>From Stacey Chamberlain:</strong></p><p>&quot;Since I came on the show in April 2010, here&#39;s what GECC has been up to: We have continued our work in developing emergency care in resource-limited settings both in Uganda where we started our pilot project, and we&#39;re expanding our programming with projects in Kenya and Cambodia. We have continued the train-the-trainer program in Uganda, training Emergency Care Practitioners to be emergency providers; we have completed training courses for three classes of ECPs and started our fourth training class in January 2014.&nbsp; We&#39;re partnering with a medical training college in Kenya to start a training program there training Clinical Officers as emergency specialists, and we&#39;re collaborating with physicians at a pediatric hospital in Cambodia to teach emergency ultrasound.&nbsp; We have been monitoring outcomes of patients treated by our ECPs and found improved mortality rates from all of the top causes.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-global-emergency-care-collaborative-expanding-africa-and-asia Global Activism: New Life for Haiti http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-new-life-haiti-110615 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-New Life.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4cb005fa-b219-9595-3e0c-f7716ab75183">We first met Global Activist, Fran Leeman, in 2009. He&rsquo;s Lead Pastor of Life Spring Church in Plainfield, Illinois. Leeman founded <a href="http://An Undernourished mother and newborn visit a New Life for Haiti Clinic">New Life for Haiti (NLH)</a> in 2005. They do sustainability and development work in a river valley in the country. An NLH team of adult leaders and teens just returned from Haiti. While there, they hiked to a remote mountain village called Plaine Marie to paint a school they built there last year. Pastor Leeman, NLH Youth Pastor, Scott Derengowski and teenager, Katy Deenihan, will us more about their trip.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161142347&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, 31 Jul 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-new-life-haiti-110615 Global Activism: Keeping kids in school in India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-keeping-kids-school-india-110625 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ga-pratham.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to UNICEF, in India, more than 70 percent of children drop out before finishing school. <a href="http://www.prathamusa.org">Pratham USA</a>, co-founded by Yogi Patel, is dedicated to youth education, literacy and vocational training in India and it reports that over half of India&rsquo;s children in the 5th grade can&rsquo;t read at a 2nd grade level. We&#39;ll talk with Raj Rajaram, president of Pratham USA, about the work they&#39;re doing to try to improve education and opportunity for children in India.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pratham USA Chicago Walk-a-thon:</strong></p><p><strong>Walk or Run For Literacy</strong></p><p><strong>Sunday, August 17, 2014, 9:00 AM</strong></p><p><strong>Harms Wood Forest Preserve (Grove 3), Morton Grove, IL</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160137303&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, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-keeping-kids-school-india-110625 Global Activism: Public policy graduate creates 'Basic Transfer', for a different approach to solving global poverty http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GAS-BAsic Transfer India.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-d06db46c-ba05-4a74-b0e7-5d639a717861">After graduating from the University of Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/">Harris School</a> of Public Policy, Tricia Martinez came to believe 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; She wanted to take a different approach to solving some of the world&rsquo;s biggest humanitarian problems. &nbsp;For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a>, Martinez will tell us about her new collaborative project called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.basictransfer.com/">Basic Transfer</a>&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s a &ldquo;hybrid social venture with a mission to lift women around the world out of poverty through cash transfers.&rdquo;<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155117134&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>Tricia wants to create a revolution in fighting poverty through technology:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;I am a social innovator and builder with a policy lens. Solving problems is what really excites me and I have found that the most critical part of addressing societal challenges is being able to connect and empathize with individuals unlike yourself. However, with a background in public policy, I see that many 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.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">There is definitely a disconnect between the academic world conducting advantageous research and discovering new ways to solve problems and the real world solutions we actually implement. This is why I founded Basic Transfer. I wanted to take the research that my training was founded on and take it to scale. Poverty has always been the most fascinating phenomenon to me. The fact that 1.3 billion people live off of less than $1.25 a day and 70% of these people are women in the year 2014 is unacceptable, but society can still not figure out how to alleviate it at scale or eliminate it. Cash transfers have the ability to change the poverty landscape completely, but at the end of the day there is a stigma with handing cash to a poor person and giving them the choice on how to live their life. Basic Transfer will change that through our peer-to-peer giving platform, transparent model, and impact metrics showing donors where exactly there money is going and how $25 can create significant impact.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We are a poverty alleviation solution driven by research and results and as a social venture we have the ability to innovate and scale without being held back by agendas or institutional constraints. Unconditional cash transfers can lift millions of people out of poverty; it is just about breaking the traditional model and that is exactly what Basic Transfer is going to do.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP646672363735.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>American border control have seen an increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Latin America, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. Adam Isacson, a senior associate for regional security policy with the Washington Office on Latin America, joins us to discuss the issue.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 Global Activism: Helping the people and ecosystem of Guatemala's cloud forests http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-helping-people-and-ecosystem-guatemalas-cloud-forests-110287 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cloud forest_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><a href="http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/">Community Cloud Forest Conservation</a> (CCFC) works to alleviate poverty and protect Guatemala&rsquo;s tropical cloud forests. They support projects that include reforestation, agricultural biodiversity, education and bird monitoring. CCFC also teamed up with local bird conservationists like <a href="http://chicagoregion.audubon.org/">Audobon Chicago Region</a>, to protect the winter homes of birds that migrate between Guatemala and Chicago. For our Global Activism segment, Founder and director Rob Cahill gives us an update on what he calls &ldquo;the great progress&rdquo; his group has made in the last few months.</div><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152998102&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-helping-people-and-ecosystem-guatemalas-cloud-forests-110287