Dancing to keep women safe
Melisa Rodrigues, a 27-year-old from Lisbon, used to work for a big international company. At some point she realized, money wasn’t the key to happiness. So she quit her job, did a Master’s degree in globalization and development and went to India to work for an NGO.
It was in India that she learned about the One Billion Rising movement – an annual dance event demanding an end to violence against women and girls all over the world.
Melisa realized that violence – particularly domestic violence – was a big problem in her home country, Portugal. So she organized a One Billion Rising event in a train station in Lisbon to raise awareness and help women affected by violence know they’re not alone.
Listen to the report by Nádia Dinis in Lisbon:
DateTuesday 04.03.2014 | 15:48
How a ball can change a slum kid’s life
India is a country of cricket-lovers, so can soccer catch on?
Ashok Rathod is convinced that soccer is the best way to give kids growing up in the slums a second lease on life. Teamwork, leadership, respect and communication come out of the game for 22 players.
Having grown up in a Mumbai slum himself, Ashok knows exactly which problem the kids there face. Many start drinking and gambling as young as 10, he says, then get married early and drop out of school.
Committed to make a difference, Ashok founded the Oscar Foundation in 2006. The team organizes soccer practices and matches for young people – but also provides an education program aimed at giving school drop-outs basic literacy skills.
Listen to the report by Sanjay Fernandes in Mumbai:
DateWednesday 26.02.2014 | 07:13
Seattle mapmaker protects local land
Ben Hughey makes maps. As a kid growing up in Alaska, he used a GPS to hike off-trail. Then, as a college junior, he combined his GPS skills with his mapmaking ability to help three indigenous communities in Ecuador create maps of their lands, which they’ll use to defend themselves against future land incursions.
Now, at age 25, Ben is using mapmaking to try to get people on board land conservation projects in Washington State, in the north-western United States.
Listen to the report by Eilís O’Neill in Seattle:
DateTuesday 18.02.2014 | 13:26
Human rights in Rwanda and Bosnia: Call for applications from Global Youth Connect
Global Youth Connect is now accepting applications for its summer human rights programs in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Feb 15, 2014
Here’s more from the organization:
Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Future Participants:
We wanted to remind you that Global Youth Connect is now accepting applications for our Summer 2014 Human Rights Programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda.
Each program will bring visiting youth (from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and all around the world) together with youth in the host location to engage together in three key activities:
- A cross cultural human rights workshop
- Visits/meetings with policy makers, organizations, and to relevant sites
- Volunteer service with grassroots NGOs on a variety of human rights issues including but not limited to: conflict resolution, education, health care, food/shelter, access to justice, human rights of children/youth, women, low-income populations, LGBTQ populations, indigenous populations, genocide survivors.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.
Ages 18 – 30 (for Bosnia Programs) and 18 – 35 (for Rwanda Program).
Anyone can apply! From the US, Canada, and all over the world.
So please forward widely, share on Facebook, or help promote by putting up this GYC 2014 Summer Programs Poster.
Note: Program fees quoted are for visiting participants (not for local Rwandan or Bosnian participants). Some tuition reduction scholarship assistance is available for each program. See individual application documents for more information about tuition reduction scholarships.
To apply, click here.
For testimonials, click here.
For previous Rwanda reports, click here.
For previous Bosnia reports, click here.
DateWednesday 12.02.2014 | 13:18
Former fashion designer saves Borneo reefs
The dream of fame and fortune is a familiar one for many young people – but giving it up in pursuit of activism is much less common. Twenty-seven-year-old Felicity “Flik” Finlayson did just that – in one of the most extreme ways possible. She gave up her goal of becoming a fashion designer and moved to a remote island in Borneo to devote her life fulltime to marine conservation with the organization TRACC.
Listen to the report by Emily Richmond from Pom Pom Island in Malaysian Borneo:
DateTuesday 11.02.2014 | 13:15
Asking life’s tough questions, guerilla style
What do you live for? Fifteen-year-old Melis Omalar wants more people to think about that question. So she posts tiny written reminders – in the form of yellow post-its – all around town. It’s a guerilla movment – with a difference.
Listen to the report by Natalie Muller in Cologne:
DateTuesday 04.02.2014 | 12:55
Love first for Cameroonian charity founder
On a trip to South Africa a few years ago, Jesse Carlton Ndongo, 21-year-old student from Cameroon, was touched by the large number of children he met who’d been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. He saw first-hand the pain and anguish they face, but also noticed that they seem to be neglected by the rest of society. He felt that he had to do something about it. So three years ago, he founded the Carlton Smile Charity on Easter Sunday.
The charity is already active in five African countries – Cameroon, Nigeria, Gabon, South Africa and Zimbabwe – and has plans to expand even further. Carlton tries to stand out from other organizations in that he doesn’t focus first on giving the kids material goods. Instead, his first priority is to show them love.
Listen to the report by Ngala Killian Chimtom in Yaoundé, Cameroon:
DateTuesday 28.01.2014 | 14:22
Ciao clichés: Showing Paris the real face of Romania
When Madalina moved from Bucharest to Paris, she fell in love with the city. But she was so disturbed by the stereotypes she encountered that she founded a project to introduce real Romanians to their Parisian neighbors.
The initiative, Je suis roumain (aussi) – I’m Romanian too – breaks down stereotypes by helping Parisians get to know who the local Romanian immigrants really are. One of them, artist Dan Perjovschi, recently joined the campagne with an installation the Immigration Museum.
Listen to the report by Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel in Paris:
DateTuesday 21.01.2014 | 13:03
Young organic farmer fights for her land
We like buying “organic” food because it sounds like it must be better for our health and for the environment. Admit it – buying “organic” makes us feel good.
But in Germany, young organic farmers like Julia Bar-Tal don’t feel good about the rising price of the land they need to produce the local organic products their peers want to buy.
Julia and other young farmers blame multinational and German companies for buying up land for speculation purposes. This has led to price increases – especially in eastern Germany – of up to 300 percent.
Julia helps run an organic farm collective outside of Berlin with 14 other farmers. Her farm is successful, but she says she can’t expand because the land has simply become too expensive. So she and her group have decided to fight back. She is a leader in a movement that aims to enlist the help of customers who buy organic food to stop industrial giants from bidding up the price of land.
Listen to the report by Michael Scaturro in Berlin:
DateTuesday 14.01.2014 | 13:31
Express yourself with color
Graffiti has a bad name. It’s often associated with vandalism, out-of-control youth and illegal tags in seedy places.
But for 23-year-old Daria Andert, graffiti can also be an important way for young people to express themselves and connect with their “inner artist.”
The art student from Cologne volunteers with a graffiti project called MittwochsMaler (Wednesday Painters), which holds drawing workshops, and helps aspiring sprayers practice graffiti on a legal wall.
Daria is hoping to deter illegal tagging, and show society graffiti artists shouldn’t be painted with the same brush as vandals.
Listen to the report by Natalie Muller in Cologne:
DateTuesday 07.01.2014 | 13:52