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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.

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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

Whale slaughter: No way, Norway!

Norway is known for an horrific tradition: the annual killing of hundreds of whales. In a few days, the ruthless slaughter will start again. They will hunt the whales down, kill them and then hacking them apart to become animal feed and ingredients in beauty products. This needs to stop! Avaaz is calling for you to say: No Way, Norway!

The efforts of international NGOs already got Germany and the Netherlands to shut their ports to Icelandic whalers, got a major Icelandic whale hunter badboy to shut down his operations, pressured the International Whaling Commission to clamp down on “scientific whaling”, and helped set a path to have 30% of our oceans protected by 2030. 

Norway has got away with this mass murder for too long and the government just announced that it’s intending to double its slaughter quotas! Still, they only will make profit with this slaughter if they can export, and they rely on European ports to ship their bloody whale meat overseas. But if enough raise the alarm now we could get governments across Europe to close their ports to Norwegian ships until they agree to end the bloody slaughter of these emotional, intelligent beings! 

Add your name with one click and forward widely!  

Red Trunk - teaching kids about other cultures

The Red Trunk Project provides children from around the world with in-depth, hands-on insights to other cultures, thereby replacing divisiveness, hatred, and violence with inclusiveness, tolerance, and a shared understanding of one another. By opening young hearts and minds to cultures which differ from their own — often from distant parts of the world that they might not ever travel to themselves — Red Trunk Project connects children with one another in rich and meaningful ways.

In the first year, Red Trunk Project will focus on testing trunks filled with the cultures of the pilot locations Addis Ababa, Ethiopis and Oaxaca, Mexico.

If there is any hope for the human race to survive, progress, and prosper, the walls that separate „us“ from „them“ must come down – and this hope for a better world lies with our children. There is no better reason than that to support this project.

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.