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Mother, Hope and the Meaning of Christmas

Joel Peterson | Posted 12.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joel Peterson

I came to understand as never before what Christmas is. Christmas is not in the glitter and props and material objects offered and received. It is not in rituals, half pagan, whose meanings had long been forgotten.

Political Bickering Will Prove Deadly in Nepal this Winter

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Ambassador Tony Hall

This winter, millions of Nepalese children are at risk of losing their lives as a result of a political squabble between India and Nepal. I just retu...

The Best Way to Protect Children? Support Education

Up For School | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Up For School

Photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development By Alex K. Monroe, Senior Campaigns Manager, Walk Free Movement Months after ...

Women's Rights Activist Learned A Big Lesson After Revealing A 'Shameful' Secret

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

For the last two decades, Zainab Salbi has devoted her life to helping women in war-torn regions, from Afghanistan to South Sudan. As a result of the ...

Remembrance: The Death in Exile of Cuban Patriot Jorge Valls

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 10.29.2015 | Miami
Barbara E. Joe

On October 22, the death of my close friend Jorge Valls affected me deeply, reawakening a pain always close to my consciousness after the sudden death of my oldest son years ago. Even though Jorge was 82, his demise was unexpected. We talked by phone only recently.

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.

Why We Need A Sustainable Development Goal for Forced Human Displacement

Sharon Waxman | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Sharon Waxman

Refugees seeking safety in Europe have captured the world's attention, and appropriately so. The images of families crossing the Mediterranean on rafts are truly horrifying.

The Art of Being Alive Series: What does PEACE Mean for the World Today?

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Adedayo Fashanu

Recently, I got in a conversation with a friend about the issues facing us as a human race; I ended up breaking down in tears. She said, "It sounds as if you are just waking up." Indeed, it feels as if I have just been awoken to see the realities of the world for what it really is.

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.

Young People on Frontlines of Humanitarian Response

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.

The Jesus We Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the wounds of the hurting, and heal the sick. This Jesus continues to attract admirers and followers.

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

CRS Cares for Migrants in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Imagine, for a second, your favorite public park. Now imagine that park as a temporary home to thousands of people fleeing war, violence and poverty.

Education in Emergencies: Why Now is the Time to Act

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.

On Bangui's Once Blood-Stained Streets, Delicate Signs of a Slowly Returning Peace

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For people in Bangui, December 5, 2013 was a day so horrific it does not need a month or year to identify it. Instead, it is referred to simply as 'le cinq' or 'the fifth.'

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

Celebrating the Humanitarian in Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.30.2016 | Sports
Eli Wolff

Just as we celebrate the athletes who score amazing goals and bring us fantastic finishes, it is equally important to celebrate the humanitarians who utilize the platform of sport to champion social issues and social change.

Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Donald Kerwin | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The US refugee protection system has long been a centerpiece of the international refugee regime and US humanitarian programs. US protection policies and practices -- for better and worse -- have immense human consequences and influence on other states.

You Can't Do Everything for Everyone

Melissa Heisler | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

Recently I watched a TED talk by Marla Spivak about why bees are disappearing. I learned a lot about how intertwined we are with nature and how some o...

Sharad in Dialogue With Novus Conference Co-Founder, Kunal Sood

Sharad Khare | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Sharad Khare

I recently was invited by the Co-Founder of the Novus Conference, Kunal Sood to attend and play a very special role in capturing the digital stories of the keynote speakers at the first Novus Conference held in San Francisco, at the Battery.

Still the Beautiful Game: How Soccer Can Help Defeat ISIS

Atif Choudhury | Posted 06.08.2016 | Sports
Atif Choudhury

If properly utilized, the Beautiful Game can not only be a crucial ally of some of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time, but can actively defeat the forces of hate and fear while forging peace, respect and understanding.

'Save The Children' Works To Rescue Migrant Children In Italy

Isabella Ferrari | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Isabella Ferrari

A sea of fear divides Europeans from migrants. Migrants fear death on the sea. For Europeans, there was, and still is, the fear of accommodating, of sharing. There's a lack of courage in not putting these people -- who have risked their lives -- first.

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis on the Aegean Sea: A Yogi's View

Becky Thompson Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Becky Thompson Ph.D.

Now, in Greece, he and the 120 others who arrived yesterday will continue on their arduous journey, first to Molyvos, a coastal town that is about an hour's uphill walk from the shore, then on a bus to a locked detention facility in Mytilini, then to Athens where they will receive authorization for a temporary stay in Greece.

How Technical Communities Are Helping Engineer Better Responses to Global Crises

Jennifer Chan | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Chan

Agility is a fundamental requirement for working in the humanitarian sector. The requirements don't end there however. As the sector has learned the hard way, "good intentions" don't always equate to the best outcomes. There is a great need for a formalized system to better train people who are interested in digital volunteerism. Investment in onboarding digital volunteers with different types of skills and backgrounds is needed.

Time to Answer Romero's Call to Action

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

As a Catholic, I am proud of my Church for finally recognizing this man of God who lived his faith. As a politician, I continue to be inspired by Romero's example -- his total commitment to the poor and his unwavering commitment to the dignity of every human being.