In Liberia yesterday, ChildFund participated in an airlift of 15,000 pounds of emergency medical supplies for hospital workers coping with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Read more about the collaboration with other nonprofits, corporations and individuals here.
Today, Halima’s first visit is with Nadzua, age 35, mother of 11; she is a second wife, married into a family who lost their mother to HIV. In her packed-dirt front yard, she greets Halima warmly, a sleepy toddler balanced on her hip. Her 2-year-old son, Mbega, is the only one of Nadzua’s children home this morning — the others are at school, and her husband is in town. Read more about HIV and AIDS in Kenya.
Different UN offices around the world marked World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities, often in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide.
The Day is observed annually on 19 August, the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Read more at: http://j.mp/1pII6Q7
Saturday was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and ChildFund’s blog post focuses on Bolivia, where nearly three out of four people belong to an indigenous group. Many countries where we work have significant indigenous populations, and they often face special challenges, including speaking languages other than the “official” tongue. Read more here.
The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency Friday over the Ebola outbreak in western Africa that has killed almost 1,000 people.
The outbreak of the deadly virus is “extraordinary event” and a public health risk to other countries, it said.
The Ebola crisis is affecting countries where ChildFund works, and we’re finding that community involvement — volunteers with our local partners who spread the word about good hygiene and early medical attention — is making a difference. We’re working with governments and other NGOs. You can read more about our response here.
Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be taking a 50 day trip in partnership with the United Nations, supported by the Secretary General’s MDG Advocacy Group. I’ll be posting portraits and stories from the trip on the blog. We’re calling it a ‘World Tour,’ because the trip will span over 25,000 miles and circumnavigate the globe. But since there are only ten countries on the itinerary, it would be rather foolish to claim that these portraits and stories somehow represent ‘the world,’ or humanity as a whole. The point of the trip is not to “say” anything about the world. But rather to visit some faraway places, and listen to as many people as possible.
In addition to gathering portraits and stories, the purpose of the tour is to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals, which are pictured. The MDG’s are eight international development goals that every member state of the UN agreed we should accomplish by the year 2015. Basically: they’re stuff that everyone can agree the world needs. (More info can be found here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/). So in addition to telling stories of individuals, we hope this trip may in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together. Hope you enjoy.