Monday, February 28, 2011

9-Year-Old Tells UN, "Stop Talking. Start Planting."

“Stop Talking.  Start Planting.”  That’s the motto for a project that influenced a young  German student,  Felix Finkbeiner, who was inspired by a Nobel Peace Prize winner and her “Green Belt Movement.”   The first goal was to plant a million trees in Germany.  Since the project’s formation, about 3,543,067 trees have been planted globally. 
2011 is the International Year of The Forest, and Finkbeiner  spoke  before the United Nation and called for a trillion trees planting goal. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

From Injust Rule to War, Volunteers Stand for Women and Children

Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) grew out of the despair and devastation of Afghanistan women and children following the Taliban rule of their country and the ongoing war.  HAWCA leaders reside under the same circumstances as the women they serve.  Some of their programs include the “Shelter for victims of human trafficking…legal aid for female victims of violence…peace building…safe house for women at risk…and higher education program.”

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Musician-Surfer Dedicated To Environment

I love it when I fall into folks who give and try to help the planet and its inhabitants.  The Kokua Hawaii Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports environmental education the schools and communities of Hawaii.
Singer-songwriter, surfer, Jack Johnson, along with his wife, formed the foundation.
“Our mission is to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.”
100% of Johnson’s To The Sea Tour profits will be donated to charity, notes the website All At Once.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Calling All Angels

Angels are beneficent and magical. The international nonprofit, Global Angels, seeks to “…champion the causes of children and young people, developing creative and sustainable solutions.”

"Global Angels connect with a new generation of intelligent givers who want to know that their money goes directly to benefit the kids and the planet," explains Look to the Stars.

The celebrity (stars) supporters include Prince Harry, Aerosmith, Sean Kingston and Peter Townsend.

Monday, February 21, 2011

'Blacks in Green' share BIG Ideas for Community

Blacks in Green is a nonprofit founded by the granddaughter of sharecroppers who believes that black communities will fare better by going green and redeveloping communities as self-sustaining, as opposed to dependence upon importing food and everyday needs. “In my Mom's walkable village, everything they ate, they grew; everything they wore, they made; and they were happy ,” writes the activist attorney founder.

The Chicago Tribune reported today, “… Blacks in Green is working on a template for a sustainable-living pilot project in a section of Woodlawn that could create the city's first green tax-increment financing district and develop a business district that would promote education, crafts, performance venues as well as a ‘museum without walls’ extension of the nearby DuSable Museum of African American History.”

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Volunteers Rescue Australian Wildlife--A Photo Essay

During the recent floods in Australia, volunteers forged the dangerous waters and rescued wildlife from snakes to kangaroos.  This is a photo essay sent to The Daily Prism by Australians For Animals.

Condition of animal rescue headquarters after the flood.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Pachamama Alliance--Awakening An Enviromental Dream

The Pachamama Alliance  blends indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest and activists in the modern world  to preserve indigenous  lands and culture, with the goal to create “a thriving, just and sustainable world.”
Volunteers provide legal services, training in planning, management and accounting, research economic alternatives, train the indigenous partners in Geographic Information Systems so that they can map their territories and secure land titles, and more.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Juvenile Diabetes Victim Raises $7000 to Find a Cure

Roseville Press Tribune Photo
Following a diagnosis of chronic juvenile diabetes, a disease without a cure, the 7-year-old  went on a mission:  to raise funds to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes through her website, Eden’s Effort.  Her funds are directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Eden’s website has raised $7,000 since launching in January, with a last-minute anonymous $900 donation that helped her reach this goal. Her classmates also helped, giving her $51.86. Both sets of grandparents donated $1,000.”  Source: Roseville Press Tribune

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Education and Literacy--Weapons for Pakistani Peace

The Aasthan latif Welfare Society (ALWS) is a non-political, and non-religious foundation established to educate girls in the rural area of Singh, Pakistan, and To raise awareness among rural communities about the universal rights of children and women." According to the website, over 50,000 rural citizens have benefitted from the literacy and educational programs provided.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Free Flowers Given on Valentine's Day

SLO Tribune Photo
For 10 years a local man grows daffodils and gives them away to family, friends and strangers on Valentine’s Day.  “I don’t want to look at something so beautiful and relate it to money,” he said. 

Source: SLO Tribune

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Multi-Generational Volunteers Rescue Sea Turtles in Texas

Photo from Sea Turtle Inc.
When the recent arctic air mass struck the normally temperate Texas coast, sea turtles, which are not cold-water friendly, were at high risk.   In fact, hundreds of Atlantic green sea turtles succumbed to the freezing weather.  Sea Turtle, Inc. put out a call for volunteers to rescue the sea turtles—to capture and transfer the turtles to warmer water.  From children to grandparents, about 75 volunteers braved the frigid weather and water and rescued 575 sea turtles.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Film Exposes Children Soldiers--Inspires Social Activism

"Invisible Children: Rough Cut,"  is a 2003 documentary  about Ugandan children kidnapped and turned into child soldiers.   The film inspired American teens into action where they “raised money to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda…”
A nonprofit, Invisible Children, formed. The website explains, “…we work to transform apathy into activism. By documenting the lives of those living in regions of conflict and injustice, we hope to educate and inspire individuals in the Western world to use their unique voice for change…But our work extends beyond our borders. In war-affected regions we focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions that are eager to realize their full potential. Through education and innovative economic opportunities, we partner with affected communities and strive to improve the quality of life for individuals living in conflict and post-conflict regions.”

Friday, February 11, 2011

Humanitarian Teen Dedicates Efforts For South Sudan

An 18-year-old who graduated from high school in 2010, rallied his community’s support for the people in southern Sudan were he, along with one of the “lost boys of Sudan,” purchased and distributed  about 500 mosquito nets, and helped build a medical clinic in Malek, Southern Sudan.  The pair also distributed about 420 books classrooms.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Indigenous Women Leaders Emerge & Form Alliances

Women's Earth Alliance   (WEA) began with thirty women from twenty-six countries to identify the challenges women face where social and economic justice is less than a grassroots movement to raise indigenous women above extreme poverty.  WEA "...creates innovative solutions to issues of water, food and land through collaborative initiatives that train, connect, and empower emerging women leaders."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Volunteers Clear Beaches of 633,515 Pounds of Trash

Do the math: Since 2007, 32,270 volunteers performed 150 beach clean-ups and collected 633,515 pounds of trash—and this three-year accumulation is just for San Diego, Ca beaches.  The trash comes from rain wash outs, beachgoers, wind and more. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Students Shovel Snow For Senior Citizens

Operation Snowflake is not the new winter of 2011 buzz phrase.  Operation Snowflake is a Kutztown University volunteer program .  As snow accumulated on the sidewalks, doorways, and driveways of this Pennsylvania borough, students rose early to shovel the weighty white stuff away from the homes of mostly elderly or disable seniors.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cut That PONYtail Loose, Help A Child Smile

Locks of Love's  mission"... is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need."

The non-profit's website also notes that, "Children comprise over 80 percent of the donors, making this a charity where children have the opportunity to help other children."

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Volunteers Send 12,736 Packages to Overseas U.S. Military

Since the 2004 creation of the nonprofit, Local Heroes,  to date, over 12,736 packages have been shipped to overseas to US military men and women.  This Wilmington, MA group meets weekly to pack and ship these care packages. The website states that “…unless directed by donor, 100% of all donations received go directly to…local heroes.”

Friday, February 4, 2011

Free Prom Outfits and Accessories

"Say Yes To Prom," is one of the many programs of the Santa Clarita Assistance League.  The group works with  local high schools to provide prom attire for those students who can not afford to purchase or rent formal wear.  "Some of our more fashionable members help the students put together their prom outfits from the donated dresses and accessories. This is  local donations for local kids," wrote a league member.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Technology For Impoverished Communities

Appropriate Technology For the World’s People is a college course designed to apply technology within impoverished communities.  The course tackles “Design” that includes  “environmentally benign” projects; “Development” where students study the “underlying causes of poverty;”  and “Dissemination” which is “dedicated to building small businesses and disseminating appropriate technology.” 
Students are currently involved with the “Guateca” project in San Pablo, Guatemala.
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, "Guateca" project students in San Pablo, Guatemala

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Teddy Bears and Duffel Bags For Foster Kids

Between 430,000 and 530,000 US children are in foster care.  When these children transfer from one home to another, their clothes are packed into garbage bags.  Nine years ago, a 7-year-old girl decided to make a difference for these children without a permanent home.  She began collecting stuffed animals and duffel bags for foster care distribution.  To date, over 60,000 foster children have benefited from one teenager’s goal to make a difference.  Her efforts are now under the auspices of Children to Children.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Group Promotes Farmworkers' Improvement

After researching binational  farmworkers in the central valley of California, Dr. Ann Lopez described her findings as fundamentally disturbing and life transforming in regards to the human rights abuses at every turn in a migrant farmer’s life.  This brought her to form the nonprofit, Center for Farmworker Families “…to promote awareness about the difficult life circumstances of binational families while proactively inspiring improvement in binational family life both in the United States and in Mexico.”