Stop the Pity: Unlock the Potential

By Chrysula Winegar
May 25, 2012

MAY 25th is AFRICA DAY: A holiday in most African nations that began as a call for freedom from colonialism, has become a celebration of African unity, potential and promise. MamaHope as an organization summed that up for us. With only two staff in the U.S. fundraising and local teams on the ground in communities throughout Africa working on projects initiated by those same communities, this small and passionate non-profit team are redefining how we see Africa.

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Melinda Gates on #NoControversy Contraception

By Amie Newman
May 22, 2012

Access to contraception and family planning–tools to help women and families plan for the families they want and care for the families they have –is considered controversial in too many countries around the world. But it’s not.

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Thanking UN Peacekeepers on Capitol Hill

By Peter Yeo
May 21, 2012

As an American, it was a proud moment for me when I watched members of Congress stand before a crowd on Capitol Hill last week and thank United Nations Peacekeepers for putting their lives on the line in the name of global peace and stability. U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) eloquently noted that the sacrifices of UN peacekeepers mean greater national security for us all.

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How you (and the U.S. Government) can end child marriage in developing countries

By Inuki Pantin
May 17, 2012

It starts with one voice. I speak up and while, I won’t be ignored, combining my voice with yours will make our calls stronger. Your representative in Washington listens. If you speak up and you tell your friends to speak up, your representative, your senator will have to listen.

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Seeing Liberia Through Her Eyes

By Teresa Langness
May 17, 2012

Liberia is a country where low literacy rates and poverty are among the many challenges in the transition from war to stability. About 85 percent of adults are unable to read and/or write and unaware of the important roles girls can play in the development of communities and societies

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Ted Turner talks philanthropy with Piers Morgan

By Amy DiElsi
May 14, 2012

In case you missed it, United Nations Foundation Chairman and Founder Ted Turner recently interviewed with CNN’s Piers Morgan about his career, life, and commitment to global philanthropy. We were excited to hear Ted talk about his historic gift that created the UN Foundation, our successful Nothing But Nets campaign, and his involvement in the Giving Pledge.

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A Different View of Mother’s Day

By Chris Helfrich
May 13, 2012

My wife Kate, the mother of our two young boys, understood immediately when I explained to her that I wasn’t going to be home on Mother’s Day. Instead, I was traveling to Africa. She knew that my trip would help bring hope, awareness, and life-saving bed nets to refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan.

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A Message From Nairobi

By Chris Helfrich
May 11, 2012

Chris Helfrich, director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, reports on the South Sudanese humanitarian crisis from Nairobi, Kenya.

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Hope and Resilience in Kakuma

By Chris Helfrich
May 11, 2012

Today we toured Kakuma Refugee Camp in the northern Kenya desert, home to nearly 95,000 refugees, about one-third of whom are from South Sudan. People there have walked days or weeks, or ridden buses, or flown in airplanes, to escape dangerous conditions in their home countries. They arrive exhausted, most with little or no belongings.

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Light Can Be the Difference between Life and Death

By Sean Bartlett
May 10, 2012

When the electricity goes out, you know how quickly and easily your life is disrupted. You can’t watch television; your food could spoil in the refrigerator; you stumble in the darkness to find a flashlight or candles; the traffic lights might even be out of service in your neighborhood.

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