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

Stop the Disease of Schoollessness!

There is a great disease of schoollessness: Kids who grow up without the classroom, and without the ability to learn. Their minds, in a way… are dying…. Without food, our bodies don’t grow. Without classes, your mind doesn’t grow. So… please help us stop schoollessness now. Support the amazing volunteer teachers working with WorldTeach determined to provide educational opportunities all across the globe. Give the gift of books when you join hands with Develop Africa and promote literacy efforts for children in West Africa. Work with Miracles in Action to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in rural Guatemala. All … Continue reading Stop the Disease of Schoollessness!

Soccer Conquest and Rescue: From Winning The World to Saving It

By Osprey Hunter Brown So, you won the World Cup and ­­every major European championship that the soccer world cares about— what do you do now?  Well, aside from maybe renegotiating your Nike contract, you go back to your place of origin and empower the children there through the sport that has done so much for you.  At least that is what one of the best defenders in the game of soccer, Marcel Desailly, decided to do. After retiring from soccer in 2006, Desailly began his humanitarian work.  He became a UNICEF representative and began partnering with several different organizations … Continue reading Soccer Conquest and Rescue: From Winning The World to Saving It

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

by Anis Salvesen Imagine you are one of 9 people in a family of subsistence farmers.  You don’t have water or electricity.  It’s all you can do to get by. Then things get worse.  Yes.  The worst famine in 50 years strikes your country.  You’re 14 years old.  You don’t speak English very well.  You live in a country that is largely ignored by the rest of the world.  What would you do? If your answer is, “check out some Physics books written in English from the local library, find a diagram of a windmill then decide to build one … Continue reading “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”