Everything is Connected

Biologist Joseph Sarvary shares a vital message with students concerned about global perils. “Everybody can have an impact — and working for an NGO is one of the best ways to do it,” says the deputy director for Para La Tierra, an NGO that conserves fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research, community engagement, and … Continue reading Everything is Connected

Girls Just Wanna Have Mentors

Nigerian broadcaster Abigail Ekiotenne has a demanding professional schedule, but she makes plenty of time to advise African girls who seek guidance on the path to adulthood. That’s the mission of Girls Impact Network (GIN), an NGO that enlists professional women to act as mentors for girls. This crucial role goes unfulfilled too often in … Continue reading Girls Just Wanna Have Mentors

A Farewell to Arms

Easing human suffering in war zones tests commitment to humanitarian goals. Three decades of violent conflict, civil war and insurgencies make Afghanistan a dangerous place, but not too dangerous for thousands of NGOs that operate with stunning courage and conviction.   Global partnerships battle poverty, protect the environment, reduce child mortality, improve health, increase education … Continue reading A Farewell to Arms

Rx For Inhumanity

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization based in Copenhagen, orchestrates vital humanitarian support for a vast and growing global population. Its tireless network of 150 member centers in over 70 countries operates in a wide range of contexts, from conflict-driven regimes to western democracies.   All IRCT members … Continue reading Rx For Inhumanity

Rest for Weary Travelers

The American Refugee Committee (ARC) always heads straight for the world’s toughest philanthropic terrain. As its website reports,   Today’s humanitarian challenges are bigger and more complicated than ever. Our globalized world has brought everyone closer together – problems that were once distant now reach around the globe and impact communities and people in very … Continue reading Rest for Weary Travelers

Cultures Converge in the Amazon Basin

The English language has no precise word match for socioambiental, the mission that mobilizes Instituto Socioambiental, or ISA, is an NGO based in Brazil. Its name signifies the convergence of social activity and nature as one integrated unit, not two forces in perpetual competition, says Bruno Weis, ISA’s information coordinator. Bid goodbye to coexistence marked by … Continue reading Cultures Converge in the Amazon Basin

Learning Exercise in Cameroon

Filmmaker Gilbert Mbeh has a hopeful message for young Africans who embrace education. Despite daunting odds, many roads can lead to success. Mr. Mbeh will celebrate some of them in his forthcoming documentary film series, “My Journey.” Ongoing profiles will feature prominent Africans like Kelly Mua Kingsly, whose career spans strategic planning and financial management … Continue reading Learning Exercise in Cameroon

We Shall Overcome

Friends of Anifowose Titilope have dubbed her “Legal Eagle,” a nickname that arises from steadfast devotion to promoting social justice in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. “You don’t have to be a millionaire to think about the less privileged,” says Ms Titilope, who launched Eagles Foundation for Humanity while studying law at the University of Ilorin, … Continue reading We Shall Overcome