Inspiring articles about individuals worldwide who are serving their communities in unique and giving ways.
WAR ON CANCER
When the mom of three got an aggressive and often deadly form of breast cancer, she took swift action to fight for her life.
People Magazine - October 25, 2010
BOY, 7, RAISES $200,000 FOR HAITI APPEAL
Charlie Simpson has raised nearly $200,000 for UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal.
CNN.com - January 25, 2010
GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
This blog expands on Nicholas Kristof’s twice-weekly columns, sharing thoughts that shape the writing but don’t always make it into the 800-word text. It’s also the place where readers make their voices heard.
New York Times - ongoing
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL HUNGER
Causecast - December 2009
NEW FAME FOR THE EVERYDAY DONOR
After years in the shadows, the everyday donor is emerging as philanthropy’s newest hero, the driver of a more down-to-earth approach to charity.
New York Times - November 11, 2009
QUEEN RANIA STOP IGNORING THE GIRLS!
Global leaders are overlooking one of their most valuable weapons in the fight against everything from climate change to economic turmoil. Jordan's Queen Rania on the surprise solution to many of the world's most intractable problems.
The Daily Beast - November 2009
THE PEACE (KEEPERS) PRIZE
Read the speech that Thomas Friedman of the New York Times would prepare for President Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.
New York Times - October 11, 2009
GOV. PATERSON SIGNS NIXZMARY'S LAW
A law named for child-abuse victim Nixzmary Brown was signed Friday, making life without parole the maximum sentence for killing a child in an "especially cruel and wanton manor."
Daily News - October 10, 2009
THE INDICTMENT OF AMERICA
Russell Simmons blogs about current events.
Global Grind - October, 2009
KENYA BEGINS HUGE SLUM CLEARANCE
Kenyan authorities have begun to move residents out of Africa's largest slum - the Kibera settlement in Nairobi.
BBC News - September 16, 2009
LUSH LAND DRIES UP, WITHERING KENYA'S HOPES
A devastating drought is sweeping across Kenya, imperiling agriculture and tourism as well as spawning ethnic conflict.
The New York Times - September 7, 2009
TO CAMBODIA, WITH LOVE
Meet the Hollywood mogul who left a life of luxury to give some of the world’s poorest children help, hope—and new purpose.
Yoga+ Magazine - Summer, 2009
ISRAEL'S HEBREW UNIVERSITY GETS $100K FROM NY HOMELESS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
A 92-year-old homeless woman from New York had enough cash socked away to leave a shocking $100,000 donation to Israel's Hebrew University when she died.
Daily News - August 10, 2009
5-YEAR-OLD GIRL FEEDS NEARLY 18,000 HUNGRY SAN FRANCISCANS; WHAT CAN YOU DO?
It started off with a simple question by Phoebe, an adorable little girl with long brown locks, peach-colored cheeks and big doe eyes, like a character straight out of a Disney after-school special. After seeing a person holding a cardboard sign begging for food, Phoebe wondered, "Why does that man look so sad, and why is he holding a sign in the street?"
The Huffington Post - July 25, 2009
T.J. MAXX DONATES $1 MILLION TO JACKETS FOR JOBS, INC. TO HELP STIMULATE JOB GROWTH IN DETROIT
Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (JFJ), a Detroit-based nonprofit organization founded by Alison Vaughn in 2000, recently received $1 million from T.J. Maxx, the nation's leading off-price retailer with 850 stores nationwide.
BlackNews.com - July, 2009
DONORS AID MAN, 107, AT RISK OF LOSING HOUSING
Thanks to the generosity of strangers, Larry "Curly" Haubner, a 107-year-old Fredericksburg man who has outlived his savings twice, can afford to stay at the assisted living facility he calls home.
Washington Post - July 9, 2009
MANHATTAN STUDENT RAISES $300,000 FOR WAR-TORN LIBERIA
The needs of Third World nations hit home like a hammer for 17-year-old Eugenie Iseman last summer as she told a Liberian teen about the wonders of New York and the waterways that surround it.
NY Daily News - June 10, 2009
SOUTH AFRICA GRANTS TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMITS TO THOSE FLEEING ZIMBABWE
Zimbabwe has suffered inflation rates of more than 100,000 percent, an 80 percent unemployment rate, and a cholera epidemic, as well as killings, arrests, and the torture of hundreds of opposition supporters around the 2008 presidential election.
Human Rights Watch - May 11, 2009
STARS SHINE LIGHT ON CHILD SLAVERY
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) was not a likely international organization to follow Hollywood’s lead to expose the horrors of modern day slavery. But this week, there was a red carpet entrance at the General Assembly and the stars mingled in the moonlight facing the East River on the outdoor veranda of the Delegates Dining Room, to showcase paintings by young victims of the rebel war in Uganda
CBS News - May 13, 2009
LAST OF ABDUCTED ABOKE GIRLS BACK HOME
Catherine Ajok was one of the 30 girls abducted by the LRA rebels in October 1996 from St. Mary's College Aboke, She was the last to return home.
Daily Monitor - March 13, 2009
THE CITY THAT ENDED HUNGER
A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger.
Yes Magazine - Feb 13, 2009
AFRICA'S WORLD OF FORCED LABOR, IN A 6-YEAR-OLD'S EYES
A vast traffic in children supports West and Central African fisheries, quarries, plantations and markets.
New York Times - October 29, 2006
BUILDING A MEMORIAL TO A SON, ONE CHILD AT A TIME
Early last month, Mrs. Cope returned from Ghana, where she had financed the rescue of seven children who were working as indentured servants on fishing boats for as little as $20 a year.
New York Times - February 5, 2007
FROM SHANTIES TO STUDS
The Journey for Change students spent two weeks in South Africa in August 2008, volunteering with orphaned and vulnerable children in shanty towns. Compton-Rock invited their South African coordinator, Cornelius Themba Xulu, to accompany the students on their next major service project in New Orleans. The following is his account of his American volunteering experience.
St. Bernard Project - April 2009
"WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR"
Somehow we survived it all: the downturns, the corporate scandals and the crises. And we survived with our hope, faith and dreams still in tact. Because that is who we are.
DrGreene.com - January 2009
FAMILY FUSION: COMBINING CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH HOLIDAYS
Circa 1997: New York City and a mishmosh Christmas at the Zickermans. The memory still makes me smile - mini-Hebrew National hot dogs, a lighted Hanukkah bush and, of course, the upbeat melody of Charlie Brown's Christmas music.
Rocky Mountain News - December 21, 2008
JAMES O'NEAL: 'IT'S PERFECT'
James suffers from a genetic disease he was born with called Neurofibromatosis. O'Neal's courage has inspired us all and taught us what it means to embrace our essential selves.
KOMOTV.com - November 25, 2008
ACTIVIST SHARES MESSAGE WITH KIDS
A day after voters elected the country’s first black president, Marian Wright Edelman told an intimate gathering of 30 at-risk children Wednesday night to absorb one lesson: "Any of us can do or be anything."
NorthJersey.com - November 6, 2008
NOT JUST A WEEK AT THE BEACH
More and more people are using their vacation time to work for others.
Ode Magazine - November 2008
CHANGING THE WORLD
The Angel Rock Project, took 30 Bushwick kids to Soweto (so-way-toh), in South Africa, to help poor families there. Soweto is a township outside the city of Johannesburg. The effort, called Journey for Change, aims to show that any kid can change the world.
Time For Kids - September 19, 2008
BRINGING DARKNESS TO LIGHT
A profile of Phillip Aronson and his battle with depression and experience with suicide.
BC Magazine - September/October, 2008
PREDATORS WHO CAN LURK ANYWHERE
Good parenting requires that we take the time to stop, look and listen to children and pay attention to their surroundings, mindful that good and the possibility of evil are all around us.
Washington - July 13, 2008
FULL BELLIES, HUNDRY MINDS
In India, a group of monks feed nearly a million kids a day, proving there is something called a free lunch.
Ode Magazine - June 2008
FORMER BOSS REMEMBERS A RELUCTANT TV STAR
Profile of Tim Russert.
USA Today - June, 2008
TOWNSHIP BOYS DISCOVER A NEW WORLD
Read about two students from Jeppestown, South Africa who won an essay contest and were invitied to spend time with MIT Sloan business fellows touring Africa and India.
The Star - June 9, 2008
I REFUSE TO LOSE
The Good Morning America Host speaks on battling breast cancer with Americ watching and how she turned her "mess" into her "message."
Amsterdam News FOCUS - Spring 2008
TIME 100: THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
Read about five individuals who are shaping our world by using their experience, talent, and resources to give back to society.
Time - May 12, 2008
A MOTHER'S WISH
Zainab Salbi's mother urged her never to lose her voice.. Now she helps women in war-torn areas regain theirs.
Time - May 12, 2008
SHE WON'T LET THE SEA SWALLOW MORE LIVES
Every year thousands ofyoung Senegalese flee their country in flimsy canoes, desperately seeking a better life. Many die along the way. Mariane Pearl meets the mother determined to stop these suicidal journeys.
Glamour - April, 2008
CONSUMED: EXTRA HELPING
What happens when a philanthropic project becomes so popular that it has trouble keeping up with demand?
The New York Times - January 27, 2007
A LIFE FULL OF RICHES
This material world constantly reminds me of what I don't have. But somehow I still feel wealthy.
Newsweek - December 24, 2007
NY TEEN A HERO IN CAMBODIA
Hundreds of Cambodian villagers welcomed the arrival of a new school yesterday, a gift from a Westchester County teenager.
New York Post