How America is betraying the hungry children of Africa

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The article shows how we manage to damage agricultural economies and the sustainability of countries with food aid, this time in Malawi. Why are we shipping many tons of American corn to a country that has a bumper crop this year, when it would be cheaper and better to buy Malawi corn? One of the things I often talk about in my public speaking is the continuum that goes from pure profit orientation to pure charity.

The Power of Thank You Letters

Connection Cafe

In case you're wondering, Charity Water "invested (my) money with local partners, Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Ethiopia and Pump Aid in Malawi, to build and rehabilitate freshwater wells and spring protections for people in need." Author: Jonathan Weldon.

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How Faith-Based Hope Endeavors Effectively Fights the AIDS Epidemic and Changes Lives in the U.S. and Africa

Tech Soup Blog

Two 14-year-old girls, one in the US and one in Malawi, had their lives changed when they joined forces to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa. This is the story of how a Michigan faith based organization called Hope Endeavors leads significant humanitarian work from a home office.( read more ).

Making Stories Work for Your Org: What the Data Says


In "The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty" , Princeton University professor Peter Singer famously highlights one study in which individuals who were shown a picture of a girl named Rokia and told her story were willing to give far more than when asked to help three million hungry children in Malawi. By Colin Holtz and Steve Daigneault, M+R Strategic Services Everyone is talking about "the power of stories" — social scientists, nonprofit directors, your mother, you name it.

How Mobile Phones Are Saving Lives in the Developing World

AFP Blog

How Mobile Phones Are Saving Lives in the Developing World : "In six months, our pilot in Malawi saved the clinical staff 1,200 hours of follow-up time and more than $3,000 in motorbike fuel,” Nesbit says. Further, it doubled the number of patients who were treated for Tuberculosis (TB). Once treated, patient follow-ups were completed by SMS rather than an in-person exam, which saved time, transportation and money. “We’re

SMS Delivers Patient Support in Many Forms

Mobile Commons

In 2008, St Gabriel’s Hospital, which is located in a rural area of Malawi, implemented an SMS support system , connecting the hospital to 600 community health workers and to the 250,000 patients it serves. Around the world, smartphones rule.

Vote for the Best Social Change and Technology Projects at Netsquared!

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Community-Owned Telecenter Project in Malawi. Starting this week, you can vote for the best NetSquared Innovation Fund Award nominated projects until Saturday, April 14th at Noon PDT. You can cast your ballot for the projects that you think most effectively use the social web for social change. The complete list of projects can be found here. To vote, read through the Voting Guidelines , and their handy Voter Guide , which includes short summaries of the 150+ nominated projects.

Mobile Innovations for Social Good


million patients in Malawi and Uganda, they've seen that text messages and cheap mobile phones are great tools on the front-lines of global health. If you're interested in updates from the field this summer you can follow Nadim , who is already in Mexico, Josh and Lucky who are just leaving for Malawi, or my blog , where I will be writing about work in Malawi and throughout East Africa for the next year. Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared.

Vote for Your CNN Hero: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

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Today, the Los Angeles nanny funds a school in her native Malawi -- where half a million children have been orphaned by the disease." I started watching a lot of CNN before the election. It's kinda depressing, but I'm trying to stay informed. Over the past week though, there have been little glimpses of happiness amid the disasters, scandals and economic bad news - stories about the CNN Heroes: Ordinary People Extraordinary Impact.

Hope Phones: Your Old Cell Phone Can Make a Difference

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Its first pilot project distributed cell phones to community health workers in 100 rural villages in Malawi, saving thousands of dollars in travel and hospital costs and doubling the number of patients treated for tuberculosis in the catchment area.

How to Use Causes for Your Year-End Fundraising Appeal


And Camfed raised $4,500 to build a roof on a school in Malawi , then turned around and funded another $3,386 project to give shoes to schoolgirls in Zimbabwe. . Susan Gordon, Causes. Planning for the year-end giving season is in full swing throughout the nonprofit sector. In 2009, giving in December alone brought in about 1/3 of the fundraising dollars to nonprofits.

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Rebooting Charity

These include a school building with classroom desk, chair, books and pens, and a tractor (for hire) pledged to a bridge construction project over the River Thondwe in Malawi.