NGO Spotlight: Kickstart International

Have you traveled to Africa? When we hear this word, most of us think of the elephants and the giraffes of the savannah, the peaks of Kilimanjaro, or the beaches of Cote d’Ivoire. These amazing sights make it easy to lose track of the small-scale farmers that make up 80% of those living in poverty. These families often find that hard work is not enough to combat low rainfall and water shortages. How do you make use of the water you have? And how do you create sustainability? Kickstart International brings irrigation tools and techniques to sub-saharan Africa to rejuvenate these … Continue reading NGO Spotlight: Kickstart International

Business as a Force for Good

By Ted Yavuzkurt Pause for a moment and reflect. Now think: who really changes the world? If you’re anything like me, you probably thought of governments, or activists, or maybe nonprofits. And you’d be right—they do have tremendous power to shape society. But that mindset leaves out another major player: business. Now, I’ve always seen business as a force for change—but not always for the better! The news is full of stories about Big Pharma, Big Oil, or Big Banks using capitalism as a justification for ruthlessness. Proverbial “Evil Corporations” can sometimes seem to be the dominant forces in the … Continue reading Business as a Force for Good

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

  According to the Christian Science Monitor, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have increased at a record rate. 1,601 civilians have been killed in 2016 and 3,565 have been wounded. Close to a third of the casualties are children.   This kind of statistic is unacceptable.  Kids should not suffer.  Let’s help them now!   Do your part and donate to our partner organizations to support at-risk populations in Afghanistan.   Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, working in the United States and 70 countries around the world, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people impacted by … Continue reading Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

Human Trafficking

By Pamela Hawley Lately, you may have heard a lot about human trafficking.  Human trafficking is stealing children away from their families. They are then often used in the sex trade where they grow up in terror and are left with only one option to survive. This is an experience that, in short, wrecks their lives. Here are some other little known statistics: Expected years of schooling is 9 years.  Child labor among children ages 5-14 is 16%. At any given time, more than 12.3 million people worldwide are enslaved and forced into labor, bonded labor, child labor, sexual servitude and involuntary … Continue reading Human Trafficking

Through the eyes of a child

By Lubna Javed I was allowed to stay up late and watch The Muppet Babies movie on television by myself on the night of 16th January 1991; I was 12. I went to bed quite late, only to be startled shortly afterwards by my mother. She was attempting to awaken my father and yelling, “The War has started.” Years later I can still clearly recall the fright with which I got up. The haunting sound of the sirens still rings in my ears when I think about that night. I wrote the following a few days into the War, perhaps as … Continue reading Through the eyes of a child