iOS app Android app

Humanitarian Aid

Gaza: This Is No Life

Karl Schembri | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Karl Schembri

Every 6-year-old in Gaza is now living through the third war in their life. Aside from the risks they face of being injured or killed, one cannot begin to fathom what this means for their long-term mental health and well-being.

The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 07.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

This is 2014, when hundreds of angry protesters in Murietta, California, chant "USA, USA, USA" while blocking a busload of hungry, tired, lonely children from a long journey in search of a concrete floor to serve as a bed.

Living Gaza's Horror From Beyond Borders

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Hani Almadhoun

My father risks his life every day going to his grocery store to make sure people have the supplies they need to break their fast. But he tells me the supplies are running low everywhere in Gaza.

Children of Syria

Hind Kabawat | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation facing young Syrian refugees. It should also be a stark warning to the outside world that has been content to stand by while the fighting continues.

U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Life in Gaza: When Will the Killing Be Over?

CARE | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
CARE

My children have lived through three wars in six years. I want them to live and sleep in peace without worry or trauma. They want a childhood. They deserve a childhood.

Rebuilding Countries by Building Leaders

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Let's dream big for a moment. And let's build a regional leadership institute in Jordan that will nurture young Jordanian and Syrian leaders.

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

Conflict and Late Rains Drive Thousands from Their Homes in Somalia

Crystal Wells | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict.

When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

Hardy Vieux | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?

Education That Makes a Difference

Hardy Vieux | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Hardy Vieux

Societies in conflict need dynamic thinkers and leaders to help resolve and recover from that conflict.

Foreign Aid Is Not Charity. It's Smart Investing.

BloombergBusinessweek | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support Pres...

My Country Is Gone

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

The bombings alone didn't force Anout and her family to flee their home in a small Syrian town near the border with Iraq. Nor did the missile attacks. Nor the scarcity of food, the closing of all the schools, the loss of electricity. Anout's family -- two boys and three girls -- endured all of it.

Our Mandate Is Held Hostage by a Political Conflict

Ertharin Cousin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Ertharin Cousin

We must raise the alarm! In Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles every day, that further limi...

Honoring the Fallen Aid Workers Among Us

Lauren Rajczak | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Rajczak

Many do not realize the deliberative, complex process that goes into addressing the needs of those suffering while balancing the need to protect the lives of international and national staff.

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

Happy in Syria? I Know What You're Thinking Right Now

Laila Alawa | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Laila Alawa

The video opens up on smiling laughing children. It's your normal "Happy" video -- joining videos from America, Germany, Egypt and Australia, to name a few -- but there's a slight twist to it: The people in the video are Syrian.

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Why South Sudan Needs to Look Back to Move Forward

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

While aid is crucial, especially to the 3.7 million people who are currently experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, transformation for the world's newest country has to come from within.

'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry'

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Crises have a way of swallowing quality and achievement when we allow them to justify haste. The antidote seems to be action that is strategic, reflective, and urgent.

12 Reasons to Take Your Kids Around the World

J.D. Lewis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
J.D. Lewis

My passion now includes speaking to children and adults, alike, on the subject of travel and "volun-tourism." Here's a list of twelve good reasons to hit the road with your kids.

Necessary and Sufficient: Protecting Syria's Children

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

A refugee crisis is anything but fair, though. Donors want results; the media wants stories; the government wants greater support; and refugees want effective assistance. But, it is the children that need protecting. If we bungle protecting them, what else could possibly matter?

This Teen Got 4-Lb. Facial Tumor Removed Thanks To Businessman Who 'Couldn't Give Up On Her'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact

When Larry O’Reilly returned to Haiti in 2012, he was excited to see the school girl he'd taken under his wing. But O'Reilly was shocked at the sigh...

Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan: Struggling to Move on Without a Mother

World Vision | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
World Vision

It is easy to say that a damaged structure or a destroyed livelihood is already in the recovery phase. But how can we define moving on or recovery for a child who lost her mother during the typhoon?

Survivors Face 'Long Road' To Recovery 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan Slammed Philippines

AP | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Phi...