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April 11th, 2017

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

type:Donation, NGO
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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
whale slaughter
March 21st, 2017
by:Ama Lorenz

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
March 02nd, 2017
type:Donation, NGO, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

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.
February 21st, 2017
type:Donation, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

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.
mines in cambodia
February 14th, 2017
type:Donation, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

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.
February 07th, 2017
type:Donation, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

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.
February 01st, 2017
by:Ama Lorenz

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.
January 26th, 2017
type:Donation, NGO, Project
by:Ama Lorenz

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!
meet group pic
December 07th, 2016
type:Donation, Education, Project
by:Murat Suner

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.
November 16th, 2016
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

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!