Over 2.5 billion people in the world do not have the funds they need to buy a meal or provide adequate shelter for their children. In the rigorous fight against extreme poverty, microcredit has often headlined as the most promising panacea and indeed has a worthy reputation in some regards.
On Tuesday, June 14, a delegation of independent scientists urged the EPA to ban RoundUp, Monsanto’s flagship herbicide. The scientists explained why exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, is linked to autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer, birth defects, obesity and gluten intolerance- among other health issues.
Clean water and India are at odds these days and in the United States our relationship with the source of life isn’t looking too rosy either. But recent news about the treasured Taj Mahal may help drum up support for a huge health concern in the seventh largest country in the world.
Socrates said, “All men’s souls are immortal but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
A peep into the life of 16 women has provided this revelation. All are Nobel Peace prize laureates. All have made divine contributions to the world we live in today. What actually led me to foray into the lives of these magnificent women?
BEIJING — For a year and a half the artist Ai Weiwei and a sculptor friend oversaw a team of 20 to 30 people toiling away here in secret on one of his most political and personal projects.
Who didn't recoil at the savage shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Afghanistan, the 16-year-old student who spoke out so eloquently for girls’ education rights? While Malala is recovering nicely and will continue her work from a safer location (London), another young student known only as Anisa, was recently shot dead by armed men outside her home in Afghanistan's Kapisa province.
A University of Alberta student who began raising money to build schools for girls in Afghanistan two years ago is now close to opening a fifth school.
The schools are part of the 100 Classrooms Project, a charity founded by Azalea Lehndorff in 2010.
"I really connected with the fact that girls aren't going to school and they want to," said Lehndorff, who has raised $500,000 for the project.
The four schools, or 32 classrooms, teach about 8,000 students in the relatively secure northwestern part of the country.
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war (World Health Organization). Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours annually just walking for water (United Nations).
Vital Voices is an amazing nonprofit that works to identify, invest in, and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world! Based in Washington, D.C., the Vital Voices Global Partnership trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs, who work at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
Throughout the world, children and adults gathered on October 2, 2012 to recognize the International Day of Non-Violence. This day, which also marked the 143rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, offers a great opportunity to take a closer look at the philosophical platform of the "apostle of peace." Here, from about.com, are ten Gandhi quotes, providing rich insight into his timeless philosophy.
1. Strength: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.