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Solar Lights Make Studying Safe in Liberia

In Liberia, thousands of students have no choice at night but to use kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles in order to be able to study or read. The smoke from these light sources is hazardous to their health. The flames are also a fire hazard. This project is providing safe, renewable, solar-powered lights to kids and youths in Liberia.

Kerosene lanterns used by kids and youths are a health hazard and cause tragic fires. The weak and flickering light damages the kids‘ eyesight when they are studying at night. This also causes headaches. Additionally, the smoke and soot from the open flame adversely affects their lung health. The on-going fuel costs for these lanterns deplete scarce family resources. These hazardous lanterns have caused fires that have consumed homes and resulted in many deaths.

This project will provide safe, renewable lighting through solar-rechargeable lights. The kids and youths in Liberia will now be able to read and study safely at night – with no risk to their health and lives. No kids should have to risk their health or lives because of having to study with dangerous lighting. Solar lights will make safe studying a reality.

A great project to help underprivileged children study safe at night, with no risk to their health. Investing in child education and development is critical for human development.

Remove landmines from a village in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most landmine affected countries, and with over 25,000 amputees it has one of the highest ratio per capita in the world.

Mines cause accidents and block valuable land for farming. This project will help us to clear landmines in Banteay Ti Muoy, a village in northwest Cambodia with 3,484 residents, where minefields severely affect people’s safety and ability to farm. It helps buy tools andemploy locally recruited staff and to demine the approximately eight acres of minefields.

The Halo Trust project will employ locally recruited and trained villagers who will use metal detectors to methodically locate and destroy all landmines from minefields in Banteay Ti Muoy village. This will protect people from mine accidents and return land for agriculture, improving nutrition and incomes. It will also provide jobs in a community without many formal employment opportunities.

Architecture as a catalyst

KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE is first and foremost a social instrument: its cultural, economic and ecological building solutions are always underpinned by a social process. With the objective of combining his knowledge as a western trained architect, and traditional building methods from Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré is setting up an infrastructure that enables people to have access to education, which is the key to development.

To finance projects in his home village of Gando, Francis Kéré set up the association Francis Kéré Foundation (formally Schulbausteine für Gando.)

With your financial support and the commitment of the community, they can develop sustainable projects and help build a more promising future for the people of Gando in Burkina Faso.

 

The Francis Kéré Foundation is a registered charity in Germany. 

"Dear Mr. Trump..."

People from all over the world sign a letter to the President of the United States of America. It starts with „Dear Mr. Trump,…“

With the Muslim ban, Trump has shown that the worst fears about his Presidency are true. Add your voice to the open letter to join the resistance — then spread it far and wide. 

STOP REFUGEES FREEZING TO DEATH IN GREECE

As sub-zero temperatures hit Greece, thousands of people are being held in makeshift detention camps on the Greek islands.

After making treacherous journeys across land and sea to reach the supposed safety of Europe, it is in these freezing, squalid conditions that people await to hear their fate within the asylum system. Trapped in squalid detention camps, refugees are surviving in flimsy tents as temperatures plummet below zero.

No one should be left to live or die like this.Therefore, Amnesty Internationa UK calls for your support: Call on the President of the European Commission to move people to a safe place on the mainland now. So, please, take action and support this call. Only 2,000 voices missing!

 

Reject Hopelessness in the Middle East!

According to a recent poll, almost two thirds of Israelis, Jews and Arabs, believe there will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Not merely within the next few years, not only within their lifetimes, but never!

The people at MEET reject this self-fulfilling hopelessness – placing themselves firmly among those who still believe.

But not only do they have hope. They have a plan that promotes leadership and understanding among the most promising youth of both populations, and that builds motivation and practical skills to solve problems together.

As we have reported earlier, we strongly believe in their mission and support this enduring educational project. MEET and its people are true change makers. 

With 12 years of high demand and retention in a region where most bi-national efforts don’t last, MEET is convinced that it can make a significant contribution toward this goal.

Make 2016 about hope. A donation to MEET today is an investment in our future leaders.

Make a gift to MEET now.

Call to the World Leaders: Protect the Paris Agreement!

In 67 days, President Trump could go to war with climate action. But governments are at their annual climate summit right now. Trump has called climate change a hoax, dismissed the Paris agreement, and just gave a climate denier with ties to Big Oil the job of determining his environmental policy in the next few months!

But over 100 countries have signed up and Paris is already in force. Germany, China, India, Brazil, the climate vulnerable countries, and others are reasserting their commitment to the Paris climate deal. Now the world’s most vulnerable countries are leading the charge for urgent climate action: Yesterday, Germany announced a bold new plan to radically cut carbon and, crucially, China is shutting down coal and breaking records on renewable energy.

Sign the Paris protection petition, and share with everyone to urgently lock in the way to zero climate pollution, demand the US keeps its Paris promise, and commit to advance faster towards climate solutions that Trump won’t be able to stop!

Save our planet before the flood!

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.

He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.

With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Here’s the site of Before the Flood for more information on the film, project and how to support.

Free the slaves!

Slavery has been outlawed everywhere, but it has not been eradicated. Tens of millions are trapped in modern-day slavery: They toil at mines, quarries, farms and factories, on fishing boats, in brothels and in private homes. They are forced to work, without pay, under threat of violence, and they cannot walk away.

Slavery isn’t legal anywhere, but it happens nearly everywhere. About 25 percent of today’s slaves are children. It is a result of vulnerability: The poor, the marginalized and the uneducated are easy prey. People migrating for work get tricked and trapped by traffickers and are most at risk to be forced into slavery.

Founded in 2000, Free the Slaves is widely regarded as a leader in the modern abolition movement. The US-based NGO continues the work that earlier generations of abolitionists started. Their team of 25 confronts slavery in strategically-selected hot spots in India, Nepal, Ghana, Congo and Haiti—operating in partnership with locally-based organizations.

The mission of Free the Slaves is to help those in slavery escape the brutality of bondage, prevent others from becoming trapped by traffickers and help officials bring slave holders to justice. Survivors of slavery are supported and endorsed to rebuild their lives, reclaim a perspective for themselves, their families, and their communities and restore their dignity.

Support Free the Slaves by donating an amount of your choice, liking their Social Media Channels or sharing their contents and help them ending modern slavery!

Graphic art: © 2014 Daniel Garcia