Filed under: Give to Children, Giving, Peace | Tags: awareness, children, Giving, Volunteering
By Bridget Botelho, Marketing Specialist
One of the greatest challenges to modern society is the struggle to resolve conflicts of war and protect those involved. In certain countries, modern warfare includes the abuse of children, through their involvement as soldiers, military support and sex slaves.
Endangered children have been one of the most important global causes being attended to by international organizations and relief efforts. But this crisis has yet to be resolved. Luckily, Pernille Ironside has accomplished extraordinary feats in rescuing child soldiers and other children in areas of need.
Through her work at UNICEF, Ironside worked in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which included leading a team to the release of 150 children from military forces. Additional work in Nepal resulted in rescuing over 2,000 children tied to the army of the United Communist Party of Nepal.
Pernille Ironside works fearlessly while putting her life in danger to rescue children worldwide. Her work continues through her role as UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist in Emergencies, through which she rehabilitates children and returns them safely to their families, while also providing psychological care, educational opportunities, and life skills for a better future.
Ironside’s work is truly inspiring. May we all remember her bravery and nobility when considering how we too can make the world a better place.
See an in-depth profile of Pernille Ironside from the Christian Science Monitor, as part of its “People Making a Difference” series.
If you would like to help improve the lives of endangered children:
- Help adopt a school in Mindanao, Philippines, an area torn by religious conflicts.
- Provide a one-year elementary school scholarship for a burned child in Central America
- Volunteer to serve disabled children & their families in Thailand
For more ways to help, visit UniversalGiving.org.
Filed under: Inspirational Thoughts, Peace | Tags: awareness, change, community, filming, future, One Day on Earth, take action, United Nations, video
By Cheryl Mahoney
Did you ever wish you could preserve a single day? Wrap it up neatly and take it out to look at whenever you wanted to? In a way, that’s what One Day on Earth is trying to do–and the day they’re preserving is October 10th, 2010: 10/10/10.
One Day on Earth intends to create a visual snapshot of life on our planet during a single day. They have invited people all over the world to contribute videos, capturing thousands of perspectives. The footage will all go into an online archive, which will be available to participants. Footage will also be used to create a documentary film.
I think the most exciting aspect of the project is its international focus. It isn’t One Day in the United States, or One Day in Europe–it’s One Day on Earth. People from over 190 countries have committed to contributing footage. How many total countries there are in the world varies a little bit on who you ask (not everyone agrees when it comes to Taiwan, and I suspect differing opinions exist about Palestine too…but that’s a different blog post). However, a good figure is 195. I think we can agree that 190 out of 195 countries is a pretty amazing percentage!
One Day on Earth has partnered with the United Nations Development Project (the UN has 192 countries) to reach developing nations. This is especially imperative, because a main goal of the project is to highlight key issues facing our world…and you can’t do that without going to where the issues are, like in Afghanistan, Haiti and Rwanda. One Day on Earth is partnering with NGOs, asking them to film their work in order to share their stories too. It’s a perfect way to highlight the social issues the world faces every day. So if you’re involved with an NGO or nonprofit, you can sign up to share your cause.
Even if you aren’t with an NGO, are you interested in sharing your story? You can! All you need is a camera–and even a cell phone camera will do. Then head over to www.onedayonearth.com to get signed up to help capture a single day.