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Haiti Experiences Devastation After Sandy

Haiti, the tiny island in the Caribbean and one of the poorest countries in the world, experienced severe infrastructure devastation and 52 deaths caused by hurricane Sandy. 200,000 people are currently homeless as a direct result of the hurricane. Still suffering from the damage of Issac earlier this summer and the earthquake from nearly three years ago, Haiti is again ripe for a devastating cholera outbreak, food shortages, and food price spikes. Crop damage, especially banana and coffee, is expected and the loss of livestock will hurt many farmers.

With all of the infrastructure damage and humanitarian efforts that are perpetually underway the Security Council recently extended the UN Haiti Mission for one year until October 15, 2013. The UN Haiti Mission creates development programs that help bring Haitians to self-sufficiency like the inland fish farm written about in September, or the recent infrastructure project that got underway in Port-au-Prince that will help rebuild streets and roadways.

Security Council Meeting: Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Photo: United Nations)

Here is a telling video from the Washington Post that shows some of the devastation first hand and how those still living in the tent cities are faring.

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Have You Thought of Being Fearless? You Should!

The Case Foundation along with Microsoft and REI are looking for some of the brightest social innovators out there and are giving away $650,000 in grants to prove it. Want to know more? Read on!


As part of its Be Fearless initiative, the Case Foundation, in partnership with Microsoft and REI, is looking for the unsung individuals in communities across the country that have a successful track record of tackling social challenges because their approach is bold, uncommon, experimental and unconventional. The Case Foundation is Finding Fearless.

$650,000 in grants, software and technology prizes and outdoor adventures will be awarded to these fearless change makers.

After an open nomination process, a “Fearless Academy” of judges will award the top 10 submissions $10,000 grants and the next 10, $1,000 grants. All projects will receive a $25,000 software grant from Microsoft and a $100 REI gift card. The public will then have the opportunity to vote on their favorite fearless projects to determine which ones will receive an additional $10,000 grant, an REI Adventure Trip to Bryce Canyon and more.


The Case Foundation and their presenting partners, Microsoft and REI, are celebrating unsung social innovators that have a successful track record of tackling social challenges because their approach is bold, experimental, unconventional and fearless.



Heifer International Teaches Children About Giving

Heifer International, the organization we affectionately know to empower families the world over through animal gifts that provide not only a way out of hunger, but also a way into sustainable self-reliance, just launched a new interactive educational tool teaching children the power of giving. Aimed squarely at children between the ages of 5-10, Heifer’s new character, Sarah the Goat, guides children through the process of what it means to give an animal gift to a family living in poverty.

Children even as young as five will be able to grasp the concept of how one animal -from a goat, to a chicken, to a llama – can immeasurably changed the trajectory of a family with little to eat and hardly a way to earn income. As parents it is important to introduce our children to philanthropy at an early age. Heifer International helps us do that by creating an easy-to-understand tool allowing kids to understand that small changes can result in sustainable difference.

Using Heifer’s educational tool, children are mentioned in writing by name (parents have to put it in to get started) to kick off the personalized lesson and then Sarah the Goat begins to ask  questions that  allows kids to think critically about the importance of an animal to families in the developing world. While the issues of poverty and hunger are huge concepts for children to fully understand Sarah the Goat brings those huge issues to a kid’s level without missing the greater point of doing something for others.

To use the educational tool with your child visit  www.heifer.org/alt-gift/sarah

Kaboom’s Summer Challenge

Get outside. Win great prizes. This summer, the national nonprofit KaBOOM! challenges you and your family to visit as many playgrounds as you can.

A swing doesn’t swing on its own. A slide doesn’t slide. Playgrounds are the heart of a community – and they come alive when you and your family are there.

For each playground you visit, you earn points and badges toward one of three Grand Prizes–a week-long trip for two to Washington, DC. The three Grand Prize winners will not only get to see the sights in DC, but also visit the KaBOOM! headquarters and share their Summer Challenge experiences at its annual Play Academy!

Every other week, you’ll get a “mini challenge” for a chance to earn prizes as you go. You will track and share your adventures using the new Tag! mobile app, to be released in June. Each playground you visit will be recorded on the KaBOOM! Map of Play, which KaBOOM! uses to work toward its vision of a playground within walking distance of every child.

The more you play, the more you help KaBOOM! save play! Are you up to the Challenge?