Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Borrowing private sector techniques, Do Something is issuing an IPO that promises significant Social Return on Investment (SROI). The growth capital investment will foster exponential growth and bolster the organization's self-sustaining programming.
OK, this is cool, but really just an interesting way to put out a call to donors and raise funds. Will it work?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“One of the clearest messages from this achievement is that with the right strategies and a strong partnership of committed governments and organizations, you can rapidly reduce child deaths in developing countries," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We've seen that it can be done. What's next?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Doctors Without Borders recently released a list of the 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2006, which they say "accounted for just 7.2 minutes of the 14,512 minutes on the three major U.S. television networks' nightly newscasts for 2006."
- Central African Republic
- Sri Lanka
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Central India
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Fortunately, his mother was strong, and raised Yeboah to have high expectations for himself, even if nobody else did. In 2002, at the age of 25, he rode a donated bicycle 360 miles across Ghana – with one leg – and showed his entire country that the disabled could be very able indeed. His story became a movie that continues to inspire.
When I heard Emmanuel’s story, I too was inspired by his incredible triumph. I was enraged by the plight of the disabled in Ghana. But even more, I wondered what causes all those disabilities in the first place? Could they be prevented, and if so, what effects would that have on Ghanaian society?
The March of Dimes Global Report on Birth Defects might offer some answers, and will hopefully spark some positive change. According to a March of Dimes press release about the report:
“…it is a common misconception that attention to birth defects will draw funding from other priority public health efforts -- when, in fact, increased efforts to reduce birth defects in children contributes to the health of the entire population.
Experience from high-income countries shows that overall mortality and disability from birth defects could be reduced by up to 70 percent if the recommendations in this report were broadly implemented…
Among the interventions that would have immediate impact are:
- folic acid supplementation to prevent neural tube defects;
- iodination of salt to prevent severe congenital hypothyroidism; and
- rubella immunization to prevent congenital rubella syndrome.”
I think it’s a great place to start. If you agree, go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/howtohelp/howtohelp.asp.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Friday, January 13, 2006
I found each of the individual's stories to be an inspiration. The things that they accomplished were indeed extraordinary, yet the people themselves did not seem to be that much different from anyone else that I know. What made them stand out was their conviction, determination, and perseverence. Maybe we don't necessarily need to be smarter, richer, or better connected to make a difference. Maybe we just need to try.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS is a global Campaign to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. It provides a platform for urgent and sustained programs, advocacy and fundraising to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and help halt the spread of the disease. Policymakers and the global public must become aware that AIDS not only affect adults, but is having a devastating affect on children throughout the world. Please find out more at http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren/index.html.