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Protect Aleppo's children, now!

100 children have been killed in Aleppo in the last few days. For years we have watched barrel bombs and chemical attacks. But the all out destruction of Aleppo is a new level. All deals and rules are broken. A quarter of a million people are trapped in eastern Aleppo with almost no access to food, medicine, or clean water. There is no easy way to end this war, but there’s only one way to prevent this terror from the skies – people everywhere demanding a no-fly zone to protect civilians.

A no-fly zone will mean that an international coalition can threaten to down planes that try to bomb Northern Syria. Aleppo proves that any solution needs to start by protecting civilians. A no-fly zone, done well, might not cost a single life, and will save many. And genuine peace negotiations will be even more likely if Syria’s ruler Assad and Russia know the world is serious.

400,000 people have died in Syria. It is a stain on the conscience of all humanity. A no-fly zone is the only decent thing to do in this awful situation. And it won’t happen without the US. Sign the Avaaz petition and call on Obama and others to end the arbitrary bombing and save the children and families of Aleppo!

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Togo: Inspiring film project needs your support!

How many times have we heard in recent years that hundreds and thousands of Africans have been killed on their way to Europe? Many drowned, others were shot or died in the desert. These bad news don’t seem to scare off people from Africa to emmigrate from their countries. Always looking for a way out of the misery, they find new paths to Europe, mostly dangerous ones. Once they made it over to the „promised lands“, they encounter a harsh reality; having to face racism, exclusion, isolation and social disadvantage next to the inherent loss of their home. But despite all these difficulties, many Africans are still dreaming of Europe and the better life there. How so?
How do they get there? What about the people they leave behind? Wives, family, friends? And above all, how is their relationship with their countries of origin?

The story of „Geh, sieg und komm zurück“ or „Va, Vaincs et Reviens“ (engl.: Go, Win and Return) is exemplary for nowadays migration and its stakes: Henoch, the protagonist of the film, lives in Lomé/Togo and is engaged to Flora. He is dealing with second-hand clothes, but is actually a French teacher. With a loan he emigrates to Germany, hoping to find a better future there for his family and friends at home. His life in Germany is not so bright. His fiance Flora suffers from the separation. She is supported by her cousin Rita, who has also been waiting for her boyfriend Gaston. In Germany, Henoch has difficulties to gain a foothold. Nothing meets his expectations but still he is promising to help all in Togo, who expect help from him. But when his stepmother dies, he cannot return and can hardly support the family. He becomes more and more embittered, and Flora is more solitary than ever. Henoch has a German friend, Klaus, who wants to help him return to Togo and start a business there, but he refuses his offer. He wants to be successful in Germany. One day he learns that Flora has a heavy car accident and is dying. Without money he has to return home.

„Go, Win and Return“ is a silent movie, which manages without much dialogue. Most of the time, the audience hears the voices of the couple communicating despite the great distance, either via mobile phone or through time and space, as if their minds were connected. But what  they think or tell is not always what is visible: Reality does not correspond to the ideas or reports they make about their lives. Imagination and reality, fact and fiction collide.

The movie is inspired by numerous real stories the director Samuel Akpene Wilsi has experienced himself. Deriving originally from Togo, he has been living in Germany for over 20 years and regularly returns to his home country. In Germany he often hears the question „Why are you coming here?“ In Togo, he always hears „Can you help me go to Germany?“ For the young artist it was important to make a film on the subject of seperation, expectations, fraud and false hopes to show the quiet life of immigrants from Africa and the hopeful but sometimes hopeless life of the women in their home countries, waiting desperately for their husbands.
 
The project is in need for funding to shoot final scenes in Germany and to accomplish the postproduction in Togo. Support this great feature film project and contribute to the success of a movie which shows „the other side“ of migration in our times!

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Famine in Africa and the Middle East: 20 million lives are at risk!

The UNHCR has declared an increasing risk of mass starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Due to a mix of droughts, conflicts, war and funding shortfalls the listed countries are in danger to fall victim to another avoidable humanitarian crisis.

After just six years Somalia is at risk of another severe hunger crisis. In 2011 the conflict-ridden country lost an estimated quarter of a million poeple to a famine in the region caused by drought and compounded by terrorism and economic insecurity.

This year an estimated number of 450,000 Nigerian children under the age of five will suffer from acute malnutrition, about 20 % will die unless humanitarian aid is delivered. An international conference, hosted by Nigeria, Germany and Norway, was held in Oslo in February this year to tackle the funding shortage for the North-Eastern parts of Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

War and a collapsing economy have left an increasing number 100,000 people facing starvation in South Sudan, the most hard-hit country. 40 % of the South Sudanese population is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Following the famine declaration of the UN bodies, the UK government and the EU promised an aid fund of £170 million.

In Yemen an estimated number of 7 million people, which is half of the total population, is hungry. Due to a food crisis and the ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Yemenese government, hundreds of thousands of children are suffering from malnutrition, possibly millions are in the early stages.

How can you help? A small donation can help saving lives!

For South Sudan, donate to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), Care, Oxfam, British Red Cross, Cafod, Tearfund, Christian Aid, World Vision, WFP, Unicef

For Nigeria, donate to  Save the Children, Christian Aid, Street Child, ICRC, Unicef, WFP

For Somalia, donate to: Ocha, World Vision, MSF, Concern , WFP

For Yemen, donate to: Ocha, DEC, WFP

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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!  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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"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.