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Anita Casalina
Anita Casalina is an author, documentary producer and radio host. She is co-founder of the Billions Rising, Self-Reliance Foundation, whose mission is to document and highlight efforts of people and organizations around the world that are empowering others to become self-reliant. Anita and the Billions Rising team believe that poverty will be eliminated through education, action, innovation and collaboration. The foundation has an ongoing internet radio show, in-progress documentary, and upcoming book, all of which focus on people and enterprises that are making a significant difference towards ending poverty. In her professional work as a documentary producer, she looked for ways to assist organizations that worked for peace and prosperity around the world. She made educational films for Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends of the Earth, Foster Parents Education, and other non-profit organizations.

Entries by Anita Casalina

Giving Girls a Sporting Chance

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 7:25 PM

It's summer time now and school's out. It seems like every park I pass has an organized group of kids engaged in some kind of sport. I realized recently that when I was a kid, there would have been a lot more groups of only boys. Now I see both...

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Whatever We Can Do -- Helping Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:24 PM


My heart sank this morning when I heard that another very large earthquake had struck Nepal. As I write this, the reports say dozens more have been killed and perhaps thousands more injured. Just as the country was beginning to dig out from...

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A New Generation Will Educate the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Welcome back, spring! Watching last year's old and tired become this year's new and fresh is always invigorating for me. It's encouraging to see new flowers push up through the dirt, determined to succeed and grow. Very soon nests will be full of eggs and a new generation will break...

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Stopping the World's Oldest Oppression

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 10:34 PM

This is part two of my blog on sex trafficking. There are two parts because there is so much being done around the world to help women and girls leave the trafficking system, that all of it would not fit into one article.

First, some statistics:

Research shows...

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Working to End Sex Trafficking

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:54 AM

International Women's day on March 8 each year is about recognizing and advancing issues related to women and groups that support them. How could I not choose that as a theme? I started researching to see what interesting groups I would find, and I came across some upsetting statistics. When...

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Getting Personal About Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:52 PM

As I think about cold winter weather, I always remember that there is a population of homeless people who are truly at risk when exposed to the elements. With much of the U.S. facing another round of unusually cold temperatures (even for January) I'd like to share some of the...

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Holiday Giving That Makes a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 8:14 PM

'Tis the season for giving. Whether Christmas is your holiday or not, it is inescapable. Every retail outlet everywhere is covered in tinsel and Christmas carols fill the air. Along with the cookies and eggnog, there are gifts for everyone. Coworkers and family, big gifts and small; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,...

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Feeding Hungry Kids in America

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Pumpkins on the front porch. A certain crispness in the air. Have you been to a local apple orchard, or a harvest fair? Fall is the time of bounty and a special gala celebration of colors as Mother Nature presents her grand finale before hunkering down for a quiet winter....

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'A Bridge From Misery to Hope'

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:48 PM

It's a little ironic that at this time of year when cool air makes us all walk a little faster, feel a little more energetic, that it's also the time of year ... to get stuck behind the school bus. Whether you have children in your home or not, it...

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When It Comes From Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:24 PM

I started Billions Rising Foundation to highlight the creative and long-term solutions to poverty that are being generated all over the world. What we've found is that the most potent solutions often come from people's own personal passions... from their own lives. Here are a few inspiring examples....

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Doctors Without Borders

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Ever since I first heard of them in the 70s, Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) has been one of the organizations that most inspires me. Medical professionals from all over the world come together to treat those in need, ignoring religion, politics, and national boundaries....

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Those Who Make It Possible

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Did you get the day off for July the 4th? If you live in the US you probably did. It's a day for fun picnics and barbecues and above all, fireworks. That's what the pursuit of happiness our forefathers fought for in 1776 looks like in 2014 on a day...

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Money and Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:10 PM

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others. Some...

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A Day for All Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Spring is finally showing herself as Mother Nature moves into warmer days and fresh growth. Almost everywhere in the US saw a very long hard winter this year, no matter what that means in your local climate. A a sure sign that spring is here and we are on our...

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Water: Making a Difference -- One Drop at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Kids running through a sprinkler on a summer day. A long cool drink on the back porch. A hot shower after a good work out. Water - easy and safe at the touch of a tap is something we take for granted in the developed world. It takes a catastrophic...

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Education Builds Self-Reliance in a Changing World

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Self-reliance is rooted in a fundamental belief that you can change your circumstances. That what you do and how you do it will affect your future. The question is, how does one become self-reliant? In the developed world there are abundant possibilities. Our lives are full of opportunities to learn...

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Olympic Athletes and Self-Reliance

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 8:31 AM

This month we'll once again get to watch the spectacle that is the Olympics; hundreds of the world's finest athletes coming together in what is, for the most part, a friendly competition to prove themselves the best. Beyond their obvious athletic prowess, I really admire these athletes as amazing examples...

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Enthusiasm: Hope and a New Year

(12) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 6:18 PM

People, companies, and cultures all grow and change constantly, but there is nothing like the beginning of a brand new year to add extra planning and energy to the process. As if by affixing a pristine calendar to the wall, all the fears and challenges that held us back magically...

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The Season of Giving

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 2:58 PM

It is the Season of Giving: Secret Santa, Gypsy Christmas, Hanukkah gifts -- presents for everyone. This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking...

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How Sustainable Agriculture Helps the World's Poorest Farmers

(7) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Earlier this year, I met Tom Rasmussen and interviewed him for our Billions Rising book. He told me about driving along a highway in Zambia and seeing a group of women with their toddlers sitting on the side of the road. The women had a small pile of tomatoes in...

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