One Giant Leap for Child Nutrition

Building a national nonprofit organization with a vision to end childhood hunger in America combines urgency, flexibility and patience. “We started thirty years ago in response to the famine in Ethiopia,” says Share Our Strength co-founder Debbie Shore. “There was a hunger problem and we thought restaurants would be the obvious partner because they feed … Continue reading One Giant Leap for Child Nutrition

Circus arts form an exit from poverty

Until Performing Life pitched its tent in Cochabamba, Bolivia, impoverished children could only dream of better circumstances. These neighborhoods lack piped water, sewage and paved roads. Many families share one-room houses. Instead of attending school, poor children unable to afford books and supplies wander the streets and panhandle for money. Abject conditions alarmed Performing Life … Continue reading Circus arts form an exit from poverty

Survival on the Line

Armed with a dual degree in sociology and Latin American studies from Brown University, Clay Plager-Unger answered an ad posted in 2007 by Planet Drum Foundation. The San Francisco-based nonprofit, started in 1973 by performer Judy Goldhaft and the late ecological visionary Peter Berg, sought a leader for a bold environmental project in Ecuador.   … Continue reading Survival on the Line

NGOs under fire in Egypt

On the pretense of preserving law and order, Egyptian authorities have put NGOs in cross hairs. Repressive penalties and restrictions bar travel for scores of activists, freeze assets and send critics to jail.   A series of administrative detention orders put prominent human rights lawyer Malek Adly in solitary confinement for 100 days. Supporters blamed his … Continue reading NGOs under fire in Egypt

Four NGOs defend democracy in Malaysia

When human rights come under threat, NGOs mount a vigorous defense. Four groups in Malaysia oppose a leader allegedly steeped in corruption. Prime minister Najib Razak stands accused by the U.S. Justice Department of allowing a family friend to embezzle $3.5 billion from the state-run investment fund.   Cornered by critics pressing him to step down, the … Continue reading Four NGOs defend democracy in Malaysia

Global med students aid Uganda

As the Uganda Village Project prepares to mark 14 years of humanitarian assistance to the people of the Iganga district, co-founder Alison Hayward recalls the learning curve with pride — when she isn’t handling urgent duties as an emergency room physician at the Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. “I didn’t … Continue reading Global med students aid Uganda

Who looks out for India’s rural poor?

The Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh on India’s remote southeastern coast seldom makes headlines unless natural disasters or political disruptions loom. Every day, however, grinding rural poverty affects millions of inhabitants living far away from the seats of national power in Delhi and Mumbai. Fortunately for the disabled, the HIV afflicted, destitute widows and agricultural … Continue reading Who looks out for India’s rural poor?