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Operation USA

"Boat People" in Southeast Asia: 1979 and 2015

Richard Walden | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Richard Walden

We need to remind the younger officials and leaders in the recipient countries that this has happened before and that pushing new or potential arrivals away from their shores condemns them almost certainly to death or imposes severe risks to their health and well-being.

Relief Agencies Must Just Say "No" to War in Iraq

Richard Walden | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Richard Walden

I am hoping that money won't trump morality in the current conflict and that US relief agencies will weigh in on the Obama administration that picking up the pieces from someone else's civil war is not the job of US humanitarian relief agencies.

Maya Angelou, a "Sign" and Me

Richard Walden | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Richard Walden

I had dinner with Maya Angelou at a friend's home in Pacific Palisades the very day a friend and I dreamed up a humanitarian relief flight to help hun...

Hurting the Cuban People Since 1960

Richard Walden | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Richard Walden

When Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief ...

My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest

Richard Walden | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Richard Walden

After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.

What's Become of International Relief -- 34 Years Later

Richard Walden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

Charity watchdog sites rate charities on their financial growth and on the transparency of their publicly-shared information... but have yet to be able to meaningfully measure the quality or usefulness of their programs.

A Nonprofit Barely Survives the $6 Billion Election

Richard Walden | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

To think that there was no effect on many nonprofits from so much money being used in campaigns, is fooling yourself. Just 10 percent of that figure is a huge amount of money if spent for charitable purposes.

Hurricane Isaac Threatens Haiti's Vulnerable

Richard Walden | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Haiti has for decades been the poorest country in our hemisphere and it was set far back by the disasters which have befallen it since 2008. It behooves us, therefore, to do better than we have done and to beseech those relief agencies which still have cash.

No Love, No Money for Nonprofits in Election Season

Richard Walden | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

For every dollar you give a "Pol, PAC or Party," try to match it with a dollar wisely chosen to meet human needs at your most trusted nonprofit.

Your Politics and Your Charity

Richard Walden | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Over the next year, between $5-$6 billion will flow from Americans into thousands of candidates' and parties' campaign chests. From there, most of t...

Irene's Fury and Your Response

Richard Walden | Posted 10.28.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

You're not a First Responder like a fire department or paramedic unit; you're not FEMA; and, do not command the vast logistical resources of an entire government... What would SMART Aid consist of in this situation?

African Famine, Wall Street and All of Us

Richard Walden | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

It's more than a bit disconcerting to look at the low level of the African famine relief response -- especially when you've been around long enough to remember the 1984 Ethiopian famine and its massive tug on the hearts of the world.

Somalia: Henry Kissinger and Me, Circa 1980

Richard Walden | Posted 10.08.2011 | World
Richard Walden

At the time of Ronald Reagan's election, Somalia was sagely thought by Henry Kissinger to be ready for a tour de force, however off our collective radar screen it was at that time.

What We Can Do Now For Japan

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

I urge the donating public to take it slowly and deliberately. Better to carefully sort through relief agencies' descriptions of what they plan to do over the next month to two years in Japan to help it recover.

One Year After: Haiti Aid Is not Rocket Science nor a Spectator Sport

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Many reports from NGOs are clearly inflated either by overvaluing supplies having been sent or by counting as money spent things which are planned for later on.

Blake Edwards Was the Real Deal for Operation USA

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Unlike the "watch me" generation of celebrity activists and philanthropists, Blake preferred the occasional intervention -- ones which had enduring effect.

7 Ways to Make Your Turkey Taste Better & Do Good

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Here are some suggestions about what you and yours might do with $100 or $1000 saved from unnecessary consumption this Holiday Season.

Hurricane Tomas Hits Haiti: How To Help

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

This week, aid workers and government officials scrambled to warn homeless Haitians about the dangers of severe flooding ahead of a storm threatening ...

Typhoon Megi Leaves 200,000 Homeless In The Philippines

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Typhoon Megi, which swept through the northern Philippines earlier this week, has left 200,000 residents homeless, reports BBC. The storm is the wors...

Children Under Water: Pakistan Relief Imperative

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

The relief community I've known for over 30 years wants to respond massively to such a huge mega-disaster. It cannot do this without money and materiel from the American people.

An Unchanging Burma vs. An Immovable Force for Good

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

On the Thailand-Burma border, Dr. Cynthia Maung's Mae Tao Clinic has for 21 years managed to care for over 250,000 semi-permanent refugees while also providing quiet cross-border assistance to those who need it.

Bibi: Does Your Mother Know You're a Pirate?

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

Having provided aid to 99 countries over 31 years, I can say without hesitation that sending aid to the West Bank/Gaza/Palestine is an extremely difficult thing to do.

Making an Impact in Chile

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

The damage from an 8.8 will be massive but it could have been far worse without Chile national program of disaster preparedness.

Chile Earthquake Powerfully Reminds Us We Are Vulnerable

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

While relief agencies and governments gear up to help those affected by the quake and resulting tsunami, Americans get yet another warning about our own vulnerability to a sudden quake or tidal wave.

Haiti, Katrina and America's Poorest Community

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Most Americans are completely oblivious to the abstract and harsh poverty right here at home. This is proven by American ignorance of the horrors occurring at Indian Reservations across the Dakotas.