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Rebooting Charity

When my wife explained to Nelly that the pigs were going to live in Nicaragua, she chirped back, “Mami, can we go and visit them there?&#

Students Flock to Microfinance to Learn Real World Skills - NAM

AFP Blog

Now, a co-ed can go online and donate to a poor entrepreneur in Nicaragua with the click of a mouse.The Internet has spiked awareness of Students Flock to Microfinance to Learn Real World Skills - NAM: "PALO ALTO, Calif. Idealistic students who wanted to give back to their community used to volunteer with food drives, homeless shelters or community centers. Charity was once very localized.

UpEnergy: cool for-profit social enterprise

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

They are already active in Africa and Latin America, in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The rise of for-profit social enterprises has been quite exciting. Although I'm firmly on the nonprofit side with Benetech (because we focus on big issues where the market is failing), it's definitely easier to get funded sustainably if you have an exciting and invest-able business plan. Evan Haigler is a social entrepreneur I've known for years.

I just made an educational microloan!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This weekend, I made my first educational microloan, to Claudia Belén García Royz of Nicaragua, who is studying to be an industrial engineer. As someone with three kids in college, I'm used to the idea of educational loans. My kids are borrowing money; I'm borrowing money. It's the American way of higher education! Outside the U.S., educational loans are not so common. And, education is the way out of poverty.

New Blog: Forum One Field Notes

Influence

So when Angie Milton, a Forum One Project Officer, decided to take a six-month sabbatical to volunteer in Nicaragua, we realized that it was time for us to eat our own dog food. Angie is already blogging regularly about her work for the San Juan del Sur Sister City Project in Nicaragua. We're always haranguing our client organizations to set up blogs to collect "field notes.".

Helping Strangers Participate through Instructions: Deconstructing the MP3 Experiment

Museum 2.0

At 4:30, Steve starts a “pointing game” in which he asks you to point to the tallest building you can see, then the Statue of Liberty, then Nicaragua. After the Nicaragua question, Steve says, “Most of you are pretty good at geography.”

Collective Lens: Photography for Social Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Or check out the photos from Kathy Adams who runs Empowerment International and has been sharing photos from Nicaragua and Costa Rica that show the impact of her organization's work Photo by Santino Livoti One face to a problem moves us, millions overwhelm us.

Go Holiday Shopping with Your Global Girlfriend

Have Fun - Do Good

The creators of Global Girlfriend's merchandise come from all over the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. According to a recent article in Muncie, Indiana's Star Press , "the National Retail Federation expects the average consumer to spend $791.10 this holiday season, up from $738.11 last year." If you're going to spend that kind of cash, why not give a gift that gives back?

Global Engagment Summit: A Light of Hope in a Gray Year

Have Fun - Do Good

Salud del Sol's mission is to, "provide communities in Nicaragua with the opportunity to improve their own healthcare systems while supporting sustainable development that creates jobs for members of these communities." Wellesley College student, Catlin Powers , is the co-founder of One Earth Designs. The organization helps Himalayan communities, "achieve their unique visions of sustainable living through science/engineering education and infrastructure development."

Fair Trade Certified: An Interview with Paul Rice of TransFair USA

Have Fun - Do Good

So I went to Nicaragua and spent a summer working on some farms, this was in 1982, Nicaragua was in the midst of a revolution in which they were giving land to the poor, and helping poor people organize co-operatives as a way of building a community framework for development and for sustainability.

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs and Bloggers to Support Their Cause

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Witness for Peace has a blog for their team in Mexico and for their team in Nicaragua to report back on their work there. Last March I was on a blogging panel for an event put on by the Alliance of Technology and Women. To prepare for the panel, I wrote up 10 Ways Nonprofit Can Use Blogs.