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Humanitarian Aid

Sector 4: The Ebola Detectives

David Weiss | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

One afternoon last month a man fell out of a dilapidated taxi near Monrovia. He seemed unwell and confused. Two young men nearby ran to the man, picked him up and put him back into the car. The taxi drove away, and the young men disappeared into the crowded streets.

More Ambition Needed to Finish the Job for Out-of-School Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Charlotte Alfred

Aid Agencies Need More Funds Than Ever Before. This Is How They're Coping

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

2014 was a tumultuous year. Fresh fighting rocked countries like the Central African Republic, Ukraine and South Sudan, even as ongoing violence in Sy...

Ukraine War: Shelling and Hunger Killing Civilians

William Lambers | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

They were civilians standing in line at the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre in Donetsk, Ukraine. This was aid they needed because of the war between the government and pro-Russian separatists.

Family Reunited With Son Forced Into Child Slavery After Haiti Earthquake Tore Them Apart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

Chantale's life was turned upside down when the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti tore her family apart. Not only was she forced to move out of...

Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

In the Gold Country | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
In the Gold Country

We should all be immensely grateful for and supportive of the organizations who look after the women in the Sudanese refugee camps. At the same time, it can be too easy to overlook the fact that the person who needs your humanitarian heart may also be right under your nose.

The Crippling Concern of Amazing Women

Schuyler Brown | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Schuyler Brown

The next time you hear a great woman utter that crippling phrase, look deep within yourself and then deep into her eyes, and ask her, "What can I do to help?" She's right, alone she isn't doing enough. But together, we have unlimited capacity and that's what it's going to take.

Lessons Learned a Decade After the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Nancy Lindborg

I will never forget the surreal sights and stench of such massive destruction. In a humid heat, bodies were still trapped beneath towers of debris and piled along the road. Survivors and humanitarian workers alike had a dazed look. In the face of this utter tragedy, the world mobilized to save lives and reconstruct.

Aceh at 10 - A look back at the response

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

BANDA ACEH, (IRIN) - A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, the isolated tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island on the morning of 24 Dece...

An Ebola Fighter Named Moses Leads Orphans to Safety

Amy Spies | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Amy Spies

Moses treads a lonely trail through Ebola barricades to provide psychosocial aid so that these traumatized victims do not become another lost generation.

Mormon Service Advocates Launch New Faith-Themed Website, Podcast

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Joseph Peterson

From that website they affirm that "No Poor Among Them is a project devoted to education and inspiration in the art of service and the passion to end poverty."

U.N. Extends Syria Aid For Another Year, As 'Devastating' Circumstances Continue

Associated Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-...

Over $400 Million Pledged for Life-saving Humanitarian Fund

Louis Belanger | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Louis Belanger

Dozens of donors today pledged some $418 million to the United Nations' CERF at the annual high-level conference. The funds will support critical, life-saving humanitarian operations in 2015.

South Sudan's People Deserve Peace

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Nancy Lindborg

Regional peace talks have so far been unsuccessful. It is more urgent than ever that the warring parties recommit to the ceasefire declared in January -- and this time, they need to mean it. In South Sudan, political leaders and military commanders should stop the fighting and put their people first.

Creativity Key to Peace Dividends in Myanmar

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

As Myanmar's nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn.

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

The Role of the Private Sector in Humanitarian Crises

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Ebola is a humanitarian crisis first and foremost, but it is also a mounting economic disaster for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Beats, Rhymes and Relief

Tammara Fort | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Tammara Fort

For a company that has only been in existence about two years Beats, Rhymes and Relief is making a huge mark on this world.

The Ebola Response

Eric Schwartz | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Eric Schwartz

If this is the most critical public health crisis of our time, it also presents the most compelling ethical challenges for governments, international organizations and international NGOs.

Planes, Cameras and Kickstarter: A Look at 'Sunday People'

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
A.J. Walkley

A month ago I was making my way back home to Arizona after a cross-country trip to Connecticut to attend my grandmother's funeral. It was not a happy ...

My Brother Abdul-Rahman Kassig: An Inspiration for All

Atif Choudhury | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Atif Choudhury

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, and now Abdul-Rahman Kassig. Each of these men dedicated their lives to serving the long-suffering Syrian people, either by sharing with the world their stories and exposing the truth as journalists, or to alleviate their suffering as aid workers.

To Change the World, Be Radical

Gabriel Stauring | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Stauring

Living right by the beach in Southern California, I hear the word "radical" quite often. Sometime, since it's such a long word, it gets cut down to the even cooler three letters, "rad."

Aid Workers Risk Their Lives To Help Because 'That's Who We Are'

The New York Times | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact

As Dr. Rick Sacra prepared to fly to Liberia to treat patients in the Ebola zone, he prepared for the worst. He sat down with his wife, Debbie, at ...

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, 3,000 People Are Still Homeless

Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan's fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child ...

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.