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Humanitarian Aid

Recognizing Older Persons in Humanitarian Efforts

Kate Bunting | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Kate Bunting

Before the age of cell-phone videos and instantaneous Twitter news, the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" made it easy to ignore major disasters like the recent floods in my home state of South Carolina. With the 24/7 media coverage, the risks and dangers are in front of us constantly and the images seem shocking and incomprehensible.

Sheikh Mohammad's 'Marshal Plan' May Be the Region's Last Chance

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.11.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Once the combined targets are met, the four pillars which comprise Sheikh Mohammad's plan can form a long-term regional remedy and a road-map to pan-Arab prosperity, and not just serve as a pacifier to help overcome current woes.

How Drones Are Helping The Effort To Rebuild Nepal

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

Done technology is increasingly being used to aid humanitarian missions around the globe -- from sending food and necessities to d...

My Prayer for Clean Water

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Another reason why I believe clean water will be the first development goal we reach is that we can scale it. Once you have a drilling rig, you can use it all year long. Methods to bring clean water to one community can be used in the next.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin

Ashleigh Rolle | Posted 10.05.2015 | Travel
Ashleigh Rolle

Tonight a child will go to sleep in an unfamiliar place. The safety of her own room taken away from her. Tomorrow her parents will feel the weight of the world bearing heavy on their shoulders. They deserve to be remembered. They deserve to know that they are not alone.

What About the Syrian Refugees Left Behind?

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

Humanitarian groups have partnered with community organizations to improve basic services and expand sports and other programs to help ease tensions. But more needs to be done to invest in the development of these fragile states and protect their stability.

We Need to Feed Syrian Refugees Today, But What About Tomorrow?

Jina Krause-Vilmar | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Jina Krause-Vilmar

Supporting Syrians' livelihoods is not a step towards full local integration, but part of an interim strategy to benefit economies and lives of the millions of people trying to escape Syria's civil war.

Refugee Crisis on Leros -- Report From the Ground

Judith Ansara | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Judith Ansara

After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.

Resettlement of Tortured Refugees Must Include Rehabilitative Care

Curt Goering | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Curt Goering

There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

Instability and Assault on the Poor Require Us to Respond

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

May we rise to this challenge and act boldly to protect not only millions of poor, but our future and the future of our children.

Facebook Group Helps Migrants, Refugees Cut Through Red Tape, Enter Camps

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact

Hungarian officials erected a wire fence along the southern border to keep out migrants and refugees, last week, but over 7,000 Hungarian c...

A Humanitarian Solution to Europe's Political Problem

Adam C. Levine | Posted 09.20.2015 | World
Adam C. Levine

Though humanitarian intervention has not prevented the deaths of the 200,000 Syrians killed in the conflict so far, it has prevented the secondary deaths of thousands, if not millions, of others that would surely have occurred due to the breakdown in health, agriculture and sanitation systems within the region.

10 Incredible Adventures in Kenya

Lauren Elyse Matison | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Lauren Elyse Matison

Not too many months ago, I spent eight days traveling through Kenya. It was my first visit to the country, and because of experiences like these 10 adventures--from a walking safari in an under-the-radar conservancy in the Mara to breakfast with wildlife in The Samburu National Reserve and an island retreat off the southeast coast--I know it's far from my last.

Putting the Migration Crisis (and Opportunity) into Context

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

It's time for leaders to put the burden of migration in its full context and take on the opportunity to provide hope and opportunity before families are without options and forced into dangerous and desperate attempts to migrate.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

Be Like Ike: Give Safe Haven to War Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 09.05.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Thousands of Syrians each day are making a dangerous journey to get away from the conflict in the Middle East. What should the international community do? Start welcoming them. That is exactly what President Dwight Eisenhower did when he launched Operation Safe Haven.

Yemenis Face Terrifying Violence, Extreme Hunger

Antonia Sohns | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Antonia Sohns

Yemen is in crisis. Over 20 million people, nearly 80 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Twelve million people have become food insecure since conflict in Yemen has escalated and 16 million people are without access to drinking water and sanitation.

A Post-Katrina Disaster Checklist: Water, Food, Community Organizing

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

When Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast ten years ago, the fundamentals of disaster relief poured in: water, sanitation, food, shelter. But looking back, we can see that the most effective tool for the hardest hit was something else altogether: community organizing.

One Year After Ceasefire, 'Temporary' Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Nora Lester Murad

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated areas in the world, and the 1.8 million Palestinian residents suffer from economy-crippling mobility restrictions. They survived an exceptionally cold winter, in which at least four babies died of exposure, and are now enduring a summer of record-breaking heat.

The Cause of Ethiopia's Recurrent Famine Is Not Drought, It Is Authoritarianism

Dawit Ayele Haylemariam | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Dawit Ayele Haylemariam

Once again Ethiopia's food crisis is topping the headline. As seasonal rain fails in Eastern and Southern parts of the country, famine is threatening millions of Ethiopians. The UN estimates over 10 million are in need of emergency food aid.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

How Live Streaming Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

Caroline Avakian | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Caroline Avakian

While millennials embrace live-streaming mobile apps and adopt them at record rates, and apps like Periscope report 10 million downloads as of August 2, what does that mean for the rapidly changing face of philanthropy in the digital age?

Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

A recent "flare up" of Ebola showed the response system is better -- but not perfect. Vigilance is still needed. And in the long-term, building a resilient health system is crucial. Resilience is a word that is often used post-Ebola.