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Is Hand-Held Literacy Enough?

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

One of the hot topics in higher education today is having students BYOD (what some call "bring your own device") into the classroom, and integrating that personal technology with learning. As you would expect, such a topic inspires controversy--and emotion.

We Can and Will Eliminate Violence Against Women

Christine Hart | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Christine Hart

We don't always talk about gender-based violence in our conversations with family and friends, but it is pervasive in every culture and in every country on earth.

What Do You Get a Dying Person for Christmas?

Cathy Herholdt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Cathy Herholdt

Every year, Reneé Smith's family draws names for their Christmas gift exchange. It just so happened that in 2012, it was Reneé's turn to buy a gift for her sister-in-law Patti.

A Tradition Worth Feeding

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

This Thanksgiving as I look forward to enjoying a meal with friends and family, I remember a very different meal that I shared years ago with a young girl named Nalini.

Walking With Zahefa: A Journey to Share the Gift of Water

Christina Tobias-Nahi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Christina Tobias-Nahi

Whatever we are doing, we are deeply committed to providing people of all faiths with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and build a more just world.

Ebola's Forgotten Victims

Adam Huebner | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Adam Huebner

The world's largest "minority group," people with disabilities are often marginalized and extremely vulnerable due to the barriers placed around them by institutions, their physical environment, and community attitudes and beliefs.

Dispelling the Myth: An Evolving Relationship Between NGOs and Private Businesses

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

A common misperception regarding NGO-private sector relations is one based on mutual distrust and occasional confrontation; or with the advent of corp...

This Video Is Proof That No Emoji Can Beat Talking Face To Face IRL

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.01.2014 | Good News

It turns out an ability to read between the lines of text messages has lived within us all along. However, it has nothing to do with our phones the...

Ebola -- A Fragile Health Care System's Ripple Effects

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

The health care systems in the countries most affected by the virus -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- have collapsed. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these countries had very low doctor-to-patient ratios; Liberia had one doctor for every 100,000 people prior to the outbreak.

The Gift of American Engagement and Global Generosity

Dianne Sherman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Dianne Sherman

Americans should feel good about our generosity and our joint successes. We are compassionate people, helping support millions of people whether here at home or in distant places we will never know or visit.

The Gift That Can't Be Gift Wrapped

Ernest Randriarimalala | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Ernest Randriarimalala

Never could I have imagined the huge differences between life in Madagascar and life in England. In the same way that I never really thought twice about not having clean water and a toilet while growing up; people in London don't think twice about having it. That is just the way it is. Imagine, though, if poor communities had that same gift, that same opportunity!

Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet's Story

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Whenever I wear the earrings, they are a tangible reminder of Juliet's generosity and selflessness in telling her story despite the backlash and stigma she knew she could face as a result. Her story is a gift that touched thousands of people, inspiring action.

A Simple Dress That Transformed a Life

Renee Stearns | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Stearns

As I returned home from visiting these young women, I was determined never to forget their beautiful faces, their tragic stories. And yet, as I stand in line for the door-buster special at my local big box store on Black Friday, it's easy for me to be carried away by the excitement of the season, to let my holiday gift list get in the way of remembering these extraordinary girls.

A Dollar a Day

Ritu Sharma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Since I started my Dollar-a-Day trips, women around the world have opened their homes to me. They've offered me a place to sleep. They've allowed me to work alongside them in the fields and sit at their tables and talk with their families over dinner.But most importantly, they've taught me important lessons about generosity, perseverance and community.

How My Family Transformed Our Christmas Giving

Rod Robison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Rod Robison

Two years ago, my son Jordan -- a freshman in high school at the time -- launched a chain of events that transformed an entire village half a world away. It also transformed the way our family gives during the holidays.

Turning Nonprofit Beneficiaries Into Donors

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Imagine you're among the world's poorest: you've never had enough for your family, let alone to spare. But today, for the first time, you will become a giver, and you will give your neighbor roughly half your wealth.

A Great Gift: Community Fortitude in the Face of Disaster

Ciony Ayo-Eduarte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ciony Ayo-Eduarte

I have to tell you, as a disaster responder, the greatest gift I have ever experienced was the time -- just last September -- when, our arms full of those bright yellow bags, the volunteers and I were actually turned away. That's right: a storm-impacted community turned us away and told us to take the supplies to another neighborhood, as they were able to care for themselves. What a gift!

Small Acts of Kindness When Everything Was Lost to War

Crystal Wells | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For some of the most vulnerable Syrians, like Nasra, 80, and her husband, Abdul, 95, basic survival would be close to impossible without the kindness of others.

We Need to Build Community Resilience to Conflict With Livelihoods

Beenish Kanwal | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Beenish Kanwal

I am a simple woman. I didn't finish school. But I believe the real causes of conflict, in Pakistan and everywhere, are ignorance and poverty.

The Funding is Commendable: But What About Coordination? Working Together to Save Children's Lives

Yehuda Benguigui | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Yehuda Benguigui

The three primary killers of children under 5 years of age -- pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria -- are both preventable and treatable with simple and cost-effective interventions. Efforts to end these preventable child deaths will only be successful when integrated packages of interventions are available to the population most at risk.

This Simple Innovation Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Newborn Lives

Patricia Coffey | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Patricia Coffey

Cutting the umbilical cord at birth marks a baby's first step toward independence. But in developing countries, that simple act too often creates an entry point for bacteria, leading to a more generalized infection. And that's a very dangerous thing for a newborn.

Building Resilience, Saving Lives

Dennis Walto | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dennis Walto

International Medical Corps' Dennis Walto details the organization's approach to delivering sustainable, humanitarian support in the field. Having wor...

In Jordan, Women's Small Change Makes Big Change-- And A Step Toward The MDGs

Salam Kanaan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Salam Kanaan

One by one, the women step forward and put coins or ragged bills in a metal dish. Most can't give more than one Jordanian dinar -- about $1.33. Even that dinar is a sacrifice, but the women do it because they know the power of saving together.

If You Chose Your Lover, You're One of the Lucky Ones: How Gender Inequalities are Affecting Global Progress

Alicia Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Alicia Henry

Robbing a young girl of her adolescence denies her the opportunity to be educated and join the workforce. If she doesn't die of birth complications, she may have no other choice than to sell her body in order to provide for her family.

If We Fail Women Farmers, We Fail the World

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.