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It was a delightful moment and a rare privilege for me and my wife Mrs.Kala Christopher,Honorary Secretary,Goodwill Social Work Centre,Madurai,India to have been invited by Lord Bilimoria,CBE,DL,Patron,Thare Machi Education,Lemington Spa,CV325Y3,United Kingdom to attend an event in the River Room,House of Lords,London,UK on Tuesday,4th July 2017. We both were invited to make a presentation of the TME(UK)-GoodwillSWC collaborative partnership project to promote health education through TME-DVD lessons on various health issues and concerns,being  undertaken  in various districts in Tamilnadu,India in the above event. In the words of Beth Manship,Production Co-ordinator,Thare Machi Education,UK, “It was inspirational to meet my Indian colleague Dr.Christopher Daniel and hear him speak about the sheer number of people whose lives have been saved through access to our education about health and hygiene”.

I invite you to read our GoodwillSWC's news about TME India partnership initiative in Thare Machi Education,UK newsletter 'TME returns to the House of Lords.Please click on the link at: TME%20News%20Letter%20Sir%20UK%20Visit%20%281%29.pdf

Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill Social Work Centre
No:5,South Street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625002
Tamilnadu
India

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Your nonprofit event relies on sponsors to survive. But no matter how good the cause, it can be challenging to find the right partners.

In fact, it’s a common roadblock for many event professionals seeking sponsorship. Clients often need my help finding sponsors at Selfish Giving, and a recent survey found that majority of events stated it as their greatest challenge with event sponsorship.

It doesn’t help that many nonprofit events start cold calling potential sponsors when there are warmer prospects right under their nose.

Here’s how you can identify those warm prospects, and warm up even cold potential sponsors.

Targeting warm prospects

Sponsors are not so much discovered as they are identified. For instance, there are businesses already engaged with your organization and event in some way — they just need to be converted into sponsors.

Since these prospects are already invested in your cause, put them them at the top of your list for outreach.

Let’s say, for example, you and a vendor have a great long-standing relationship. Start by asking them more about their business goals and objectives, then listen. If your attendees are their customers, there’s likely to be an opportunity for sponsorship.

After asking your close partners whether they’re interested in becoming event sponsors, the next step is to leverage their networks. A major donor or even a board member from your organization might know someone who’d be the perfect sponsor for your nonprofit event. I once landed a new sponsor because a board member introduced me to her neighbor – the founder of a large retail chain.

Rounding up potential suspects

Once you’ve exhausted the warm connections in your network, the next place you’ll look for potential sponsors is beyond your network. I call these potential sponsors “suspects,” because they’re companies you have no relationship with — you don’t know them, and they don’t know you.

Searching for potential event sponsors in the wild can be challenging, but there are strategic ways you can identify partners who would be a good fit.

Brittany Hill is a pro at warming up cold leads as the co-founder of Catalist, a matchmaking platform that connects nonprofits and businesses for win-win partnerships.

“Start with the free and basic tools, like Google or LinkedIn,” Hill suggests. “Look for business and philanthropic challenges a partnership with your organization could solve.”

Let’s say, for example, a human resource professional association has a few sessions about hosting effective team offsites. This could be a valuable opportunity for a venue marketplace or party supply store to sponsor.

Another place Hill suggests to identify potential sponsors is your email and attendee lists. Once a week, review email subscribers and new members or attendees and look for company emails (e.g., name@company.com). These make for great leads because they’ve already expressed interest in your organization.

Of course, you can also look at companies sponsoring other nonprofit events. These leads are better than most, simply because they already understand the value of sponsoring nonprofit events like yours.

The fact that they are supporting another nonprofit shouldn’t dissuade you from targeting them. Most businesses work with more than one nonprofit partner.

After identifying companies for sponsorship, look for influential employees and decision makers on Twitter. Follow them and start retweeting their posts and interacting with them. As your relationship with them warms up, ask for a meeting to discuss a sponsorship opportunity.

Securing sponsors for your nonprofit event

Now that you have a variety of tactics to help you identify potential sponsors, your next task is to win their partnership. For expert advice on how to unlock more opportunity and build great relationships with your sponsors, check out the 2017 Guide to Event Sponsorship.

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AllHumanity Network is very proud to welcome David Traub to our humanitarian network.  

David has nearly 30 years of experience as an award-winning executive producer of feature films, digital media products and games; as a venture catalyst, global business and economic development executive; and as an investor and/or board member/advisor to over 35 startup, early stage, institutional, multi-national and government entities. 

David's current activities include the executive production of the United Nations GSII Global Goals Award Show movies, Executive Director for a new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-centric United Nations MBA program; and founding activities related to a new SDG-centric UN Venture Fund. On the media side he was Exec or Co-Producer on the recent movies JOBS and BRONX BULL (the story of Jake LaMotta), and is currently Executive Producing GEORGE BENSON, AMERICAN KING and others, His first feature film credit was for primary VR consultant, and for producing display graphics on, THE LAWNMOWER MAN; and is involved in the development of the pending sequel.


David is author of nearly 50 articles on the evolution of the digital domain, education and economic development for publications, books and clients such as Ontario Ministry of Culture, NTT-Docomo, Microsoft and Carnagie-Mellon. He has given more than 60 keynote and other speeches globally. David earned a Ed.M in Education from Harvard ('90) with focus on optimizing economic/career development via entertainment interfaces/media, while conducting class-work at MIT Media Lab & Harvard’s Business School. In 1984 he earned undergraduate degrees in rhetoric & film with honors from the UC Berkeley.

His "personal passion" is the use of popular media/technology for positive 'soft power' social impact; digital innovation/entrepreneurship in the same regard, and in general, any and all content that delivers ‘bio-psycho-social’ -friendly curriculum and solutions: the ‘missing piece’ in modern education.

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What is the right answer for Immigration?

MUST SEE VIDEO IF YOU WANT TO START, OR CONTINUE, SPEAKING INTO MATTERS OF IMMIGRATION.
I am not proposing to tell you what to say in these matters; rather I am asking that you build a foundation of knowledge using non-biased resources, such as this video, that are not politically charged. Likewise, I welcome your comments in support or countervailing views that are focused on constructive holistic solutions...related fact-based study outcomes and multimedia resources are of strong benefit.

This video is not saying immigration is bad...it is asserting that unmanaged or unbalanced immigration is harmful to all parties involved. Personally, I am mostly concerned about unlawful immigration due to the fact that this practice devoids any chance of keeping a balance and strategy that supports unified objectives.

There is a solution...we can work together to improve conditions, and access to opportunity, if we work as a team with a mutual goal based on a common understanding. We need to drive decisions based on FACTS rather than political agendas and corrupt systems seeking to sustain and elevate chaos, confusion, division and even epidemic levels of anarchy.

I welcome your serious discussion and engagement if you watch this video and you truly want to join in an effort to serve humanity. We should prioritize teaching people "how to fish" rather than giving them a fish that will soon be gone (yet not solve the root cause of global unmet needs).

Legal Immigration is "Good" when properly balanced for the good of all parties involved (to include the population of the country of origin). Much of the progress we have made in moving forward as a unified humanity ties to successful immigration policies. Conversely, unmanaged or illegal immigration policies and practices increase division and seed to, or nurture, further division and ulterior motives that are focused on dominance or destruction of a unified humanity.

Visit and join http://AllHumanity.org ---"Together We Can" create sustainable solutions for a Global Unified Humanity committed to common good and respect for AllHumanity.

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The new team at The AllHumanity Group is in place and preparing to deliver the 2017 agenda #allhumanitycrew

Agenda 2017 & Beyond:

1) To complete the technology infrastructure for the AllHumanity Humanitarian Platform in cooperation with leading technology and humanitarian, faith based and non-faith based organizations.

2) To create the humanitarian menu and suite of services offered/provided by AllHumanity Group to the globe.

3) Brand Identity & Management Integration

4) Delivery of the AllHumanity Primary Corporate Hub, where all services and entities will be provided world-wide.

5) Delivery of AllHumanityTV a centralized video repository for deliverability and management of social interactive television services.

6) Delivery of AllHumanity Social Network a global collection source with data streams and quantitative data from over 1,000 global humanitarian networks

7) Continued Infrastructure Architecture & Development

and

8) Continued humanitarian assistance in areas including hunger abatement, homelessness, veteran and veteran family PTSD programs, disaster relief, disaster preparedness, orphanage programs and education.

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Time for action at UN and global level

UN Charter designed 70 years ago is clearly out of date; we need innovative system for global crises

LONDON

We are in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our lifetime.

From 2008 to 2014, 111 countries out of a total of 207 (54 percent of the world) had deteriorated in levels of peace and more nations are drifting away from stability.

According to UN data, disasters affect more than 200 million people each year. A total of 574 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, 20 percent of which occurred in Africa, affecting 31 million.

Sixty-five million people are either displaced or have become refugees -- the highest figure ever recorded since World War II.

Two hundred and fifty million children are trapped in conflicts worldwide.

World leaders and institutions have not been able to prevent or stop these conflicts. It is not easy for leaders and institutions to handle crisis after crisis without the support and co-operation of global citizens, civil society and the private sector.

We are experiencing more frequent and intensive disasters. No one individual or nation can solve these challenges alone. The responsibility is collective. And so must be our actions.

Support and co-operation from the public will only come if world leaders and institutions uphold the sanctity of human rights, justice, welfare and security.

We all need to work for greater respect for international humanitarian law and human rights.

At the moment, these laws are being ignored completely and shamelessly in general and in Syria in particular.

There is a moral duty to hold back those individuals, organizations or nations doing wrong and a moral duty to assist those individuals, organizations or nations to whom wrong is done.

Refugees in need

The current trend of spending billions of dollars and human resources in addressing humanitarian crises but ignoring the issue of conflicts, is similar to treating the symptoms of a disease but not treating the cause.

Why spend billions on humanitarian relief when we can actually stop that expense by preventing the conflicts which create thousands of refugees?

On average a refugee remains a refugee for 17 years and some have been refugees for over 50 years. So with conflicts and our complacency we are promoting a sentence of 17 years’ suffering on innocent people.

Some of the refugees may be economic migrants in search of better prospects but the vast majority are helpless individuals in need of understanding by the world leaders and the global population.

With the crisis in Syria, about 11 million people (half the population) have been displaced, having lost their homes, and 4.8 million people have fled as refugees, mainly to Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq and some even to Europe.

Turkey is hosting three million refugees and half the population of Lebanon are now refugees.

Turkey spends $10 billion per year on refugees and the international community contributes only $455 million. Lebanon’s economy has been adversely affected. Europe has difficulty appeasing their citizens about the need to support refugees.

With the exception of some, most European nations are unable to accept the refugees. The humiliation and suffering faced by refugees is shocking and unimaginable for human beings in a civilized society in the 21st century.

There are currently over 65 million refugees and displaced persons. These are innocent people who, through no fault of their own, have had to flee places that they loved and that they knew.

Most of them were well-respected in society, well off and would much rather be in their own homes in their own nations and get on with life as normal without being a burden on anyone or any nation.

They had to flee to other areas and nations with no possessions, purely and simply for their safety and that of their families. We have to see through their eyes and minds and open our hearts and help them to go back to their own homes with the provision of security, safety and incentives.

Young generation paying the heaviest price

In Syria, over 200,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands have sustained injuries. Thousands of children have become orphans and thousands more have lost loved ones.

At least 1 in 5 displaced women and girls are the victims of sexual violence. The victims say – “We need a decent life and dignity”. Girls say “We just want to be able to go to school and live in peace without having guns pointed at us. That is all we want”.

The young generation is paying a heavy price for all conflicts. There are presently over 3,000,000 children who are unable to receive education of any kind. Take the example of Syria. Six million children in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance of which two million are in hard-to-reach areas and 500,000 are living under siege. Some have been living under siege for two years.

Children go to school if their parents allow them to, because they are not sure if their children will come back alive in the afternoon.

At school, children cannot concentrate because of cold, hunger, nightmares and a lack of sleep. Children suffer psychological and physical disorders as well as physical and sexual harassment.

The world will pay a huge penalty for all that is happening globally to children currently. These children, after some years, will become a huge liability to all and will not allow ordinary citizens to live in peace. The victims of yesterday have become the terrorists of today and the victims of today will become the terrorists of tomorrow.

The Syrian problems have been going on for the last six years. It reflects badly on those who have the power to change the course of the Syrian crisis and who are either remaining silent or obstructing a peaceful settlement in Syria.

There are so many “players” involved in the crisis in Syria, each with their own agenda and vested interests -- individuals, organizations and nations -- that the world is taking a defeatist attitude by stating that Syria is a very “complicated” situation. It actually isn’t.

Peace in Syria is possible and, that too, will take place within the next three months. There are reasons for that optimism. The year 2017 is going to usher in a new era and new management with an innovative approach to the Syrian crisis.

UN role

The Vienna peace talks for Syria (14 Nov. 2015) known as the talks of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), were negotiations of foreign powers that began in Vienna, Austria at the level of foreign ministers, to resolve the conflict in Syria, after unsuccessful previous Syrian peace initiatives.

The ISSG were 20 powers and international organizations, co-chaired by Russia and the U.S.

In December 2015, exactly a year ago, the UN Security Council had unanimously agreed a resolution endorsing an international roadmap for a peace process in Syria.

On 1 Feb. this year a formal start of the mediated Geneva Syria peace talks was announced by the United Nations. It is so sad that peace in Syria has not materialized to date despite good and honorable intentions by many.

Outgoing Secretary-General of UN, Ban Ki-Moon, at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on in May 2016 stated that the level of suffering worldwide was at an unprecedented level.

He went on to state that not only is it important to keep people alive but to enable them to live in dignity. The efforts of UN have been undermined and frustrated purely and simply because of the existing obsolete tools to address the current global problems.

Signed on June 26, 1945, the UN Charter prescribed certain provisions in the areas of security, justice, welfare and human rights -- with UN member nations undertaking “to settle disputes peacefully; refrain from treating or using force, not to assist an aggressor, and to assist in carrying out the Charter’s provisions”.

The systems, however, to address the current problems were designed 70 years ago and are now outdated.

We need to design innovative systems and handle the problems as a joint partnership effort, without duplication, with sincerity and goodwill towards all.

Humanitarian relief efforts need to go hand-in-hand with developmental efforts under the supervision of an effective global policeman.

A few parties, in combination, may achieve some success in the short term to achieve peace but difficulties will arise in the long term.

We need to now plan a long-term solution for all the numerous current global problems. It is, therefore, now imperative to engage political leaders, powerful interests, hostile parties and ordinary people in negotiating change.

Remember, ordinary people have power too. The process of reconciliation will help to transform relationships destroyed by years of violent conflict.

After all, whose "peace" is it? Change requires the use of soft power and the possible threat of hard power.

First and foremost, although it is a shared responsibility for helping humanity in crisis, the responsibility for the citizens of a nation rests with the respective nation.

Therefore, the real responsibility for refugees rests with the nations from where they originated. The support and co-operation of those nations has to be mobilized as each nation, indeed, carries the responsibility for its own citizens.

Those nations unwilling to honor this responsibility need to be made aware of the resultant unpleasant penalties, consequences and repercussions.

All individuals are to be encouraged to internalize the principle of “live and let live” and “do unto others as you would like done to you and your dear ones”.

The salvation for humanity lies in promoting love for each other and not hatred. Love, moral and cultural values will help to bring about global peace. It is about time to implement strategies to address the obstacles to global peace. The time for mere discussion has gone and it is, now, time for action both at the UN and global level.

* Opinions expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Anadolu Agency's editorial policy

 

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Is Virtual Reality (VR) the “empathy machine”? What are the best practices of VR, a technology that is taking off in 2016?

Mark Atkin, curator of VR exhibitions at Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK’s biggest non-fiction film festival, speaks with the Thomson Reuters Foundation about the challenges of making VR films and how filmmakers can adapt their ways of storytelling.

Virtual reality was tied to computer gaming when it gained popularity in the 1990s. But as the technology has progressed, it has found many other uses. Filmmakers and charities have begun to use VR films to raise awareness of humanitarian issues worldwide, with its immersive quality helping audiences to better understand the plight of those caught up in wars or disasters.

“It’s certainly not good enough just to take your camera and stick it in the middle of a refugee camp and think ‘now people will understand,'” Atkin said. “If you don’t have a strong connection to the character, if you don’t have a compelling story, it’s just like any other media. It’s not going to move you very much at all.”

https://www.linktv.org/shows/trust-docs/using-virtual-reality-to-tell-stories-of-humanitarian-issues-worldwide

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We have all heard the term many times, whether because of the fault of someone making a crucial error in judgement or maybe they just gave up. No matter the fault, there was a crash and because of the depth of the fall, there are now ashes, many ashes, rubble and smoldering of dreams and hopes.

Many of us have experienced this in our own lives and because of it we have given up on those dreams and walked away hurt, discouraged and maybe, just maybe mad at God.

As I was praying this morning, I saw in my minds eye a picture kind of like what you see here of this iconic capture of the Hindenburg crash and burn that In 1936, .the airship era screeched to a spectacular halt when the Hindenburg burst into flames while landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The disaster claimed the lives of 36 people and received an unprecedented amount of media coverage.

Maybe you feel like there is a great amount of media and social coverage about your "Crash and Burn" incident and it all came to a screeching halt.

Here's the deal though. Think about this. God almighty, your Heavenly Father, was watching the whole time. He was trying to give direction for you, he knew how the winds were blowing, He knew that you were navigating off course, of what He had purposed, but because of your own decision making though and not truly seeking His will and His purpose, is when it all came falling apart.

We have a free will, we can make our own decisions and sometimes it can seem very hard to know what the will of God for our lives are, so we move to quick, we make that right turn, because it seems like "The Right" turn, yet it threw us off course and straight into a wall. We're we listening to ourselves, the enemy of our souls, what really happened?

Here's the Good News. God is the greatest of all artist and architects in the universe. He will place you back on the potter's wheel, He will show you where and how the wrong turns occurred and he lovingly takes all the good things (your obedience, the passion in your heart, the giftings and the calling) and leaves the unwanted parts out of the mix and He begins to reshape and mold us back into what He desires.

Think about it. How many times, for those of us who have children, have you had to watch one of your children, go through the same process, the same hurt, the same mistakes..They had to learn on their own. It had to be driven into their conscience mind and demeanor and it did. They now know "I am not going that way, I am not reaching for that knob" or whatever it may be. We then pick them up, knowing it was painful. Allowing that teenager, who knows everything at 17, to do that thing, you have told them time and time again, "Will truly hurt you" BUT, they have to learn on their own.

Back to the Good News. God takes all of our ashes, from the crash and He forms it into beauty and He rebreaths that wonderful sense of His presence back into our lives, into our hearts and He wraps His arms around us. This time, we know we do not want to lean to our own understanding, that we want to acknowledge Him in all our ways and we know that He will make our path straight and we can move forward for what He has designed us to be. We have to allow this process to take place. God's faithfulness is so great toward us. Take a look at just some of the promises He has given us, in His love letter to us:

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

 

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says -- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel -- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."

1 Corinthians 1:9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Last but assuredly not least is His promise to create the Beauty He desires in all of us. So, if you have "Crashed and Burned" know this we all have and we more than likely will again..Yet, God is faithful and will take our ashes and make beauty from them, again and again.

 

Isaiah 61:3

 He will provide for those that grieve
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

 

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Goodwill Social Work Centre, Madurai,India is a non-profit organization registered under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 1975 and Foreign contribution Regulation Act 1976.Founded in 1981, Our  organisation has been involved in providing a wide spectrum of services to children,youth,adults in dysfunctional families with a preventative, rehabilitative and developmental in perspective and based on the principles of scientific humanism in line with the professional social work model.

Since its inception  our organisation has been working in the areas of children's rights, children’s rights through artwork, Children’s environmental health rights, humanitarian aid, Intensive family preservation of dysfunctional families, Youth and women development, non-formal employment training for youth, community technology services, environment education and action, social research,, NGO capacity building and networking and NGO consultancy. GOODWILL is highly professional in its approach and its methods are underpinned by a strong academic research ethos.

As part of our development initiative   we  have been organising capacity building programmes for children ,youth, women and in rural and urban areas on the theme 'Use of Technology to bring knowledge and hope to the communities' through interactive  audio-visual lessons on basic health and life skills subjects developed by Thare Machi Education(TME), a registered Charity in the United Kingdom.

Both TME(UK) and GOODWILL(India) has been taking up partnership project in the state of Tamilnadu to organise health promotion programmes which include:

 1. Distribution of DVDs in Tamil and English languages free of charge

2.Organising interactive training sessions on the use of DVD lessons to disseminate health information for developing the life skills in various target groups(children, youth men and women) and organisations(Schools,NGOS,Corporates,Schools of social work, Governmental institutions etc)

3. Organising Institutional Capacity building and training programmes on the use of TME DVDs for the target audience.

 We have already been involved in distributing , free of charge, a set of 30 interactive DVDs on health related topics in Tamil and English languages to schools, colleges/Schools of Social work, NGOs, Corporates etc in and around Madurai,Tamilnadu. We are proud to state that the extent of participation of target groups in the DVD interactive training sessions has been phenomenal.

Since  May '15 to Dec. '15  12,92,862  viewings of TME lessons in Tamil with a total number of viewers being 10,15, 860 from six districts namely Madurai, Ramnad,Sivagangai,Theni,Viruthunagar and Dindigul  in the state of Tamilnadu,India

The  target groups  included 227 organisations namely 1.53 NGOs 2.42 Schools 3.80 primary health centres and nutrtition units 4.24 informal groups and 28 self groups

In the initial phase Goodwill Social Work Centre has been working in partnership with  Five NGO networking organisations in six districts namely Madurai, Ramnad,Sivagangai,Theni,Viruthunagar and Dindigul  in the state of Tamilnadu,India.In addition  Goodwill Social Work Centre has made collaborative arrangements with the following governmental and non-governmental agencies in the distribution and organising capacity building programmes on the use of interactive DVD lessons on  various health related issues for NGO personnel and Governmental officials namely World Vision Network in India and  Deputy Directorate of Health services,Madurai District. Govt. of Tamilnadu.

We invite you to read a summary of TME Technology and Goodwill Social Work Centre Life Skills project to The Communication Initiative website http://www.comminit.com.

We invite you to  follow the link: http://www.comminit.com/adolescent-development/content/tme-technology-and-goodwill-social-work-centre-life-skills ; and watch our slideshow at : http://slide.ly/view/39aeb370e87ef693fcdc5561769a35a0

Please follow this link on our 'amazing results' published in the TME(UK)Newsletter at :  TME%20newsletter%20March_2016%20About%20GSWC-%20TME%20partnership%20project.PDF

Thanks very much for reading

Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,M.A.,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South street Extension
Singarayar colony
Madurai-625002,Tamilnadu
India
Email:chrisdangswc@gmail.com
Website: www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org
Telephone:0452 2531175
Mobile:9443108595

 

 

 

 

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NSHUPU, TANZANIA, 31 May 2016. Walking on the roads in the village of Nshupu, a common sight is children and women carrying heavy loads of water atop their heads. They can spend over two hours a day collecting water. That means less time for work, school, farming, and other activities that could help alleviate poverty.

Most of us in the developed world take for guaranteed that we’re able to just turn on the faucet in our homes for clean water. While water is a basic necessity of life, UNICEF reports that an estimated 44% of Tanzanians don’t have access to clean water and 4,000 children die annually in the nation due to preventable water-borne diseases.  Yet a surprisingly simple and sustainable solution can have a profound impact on Tanzania’s rural communities.

Precious Project has initiated a campaign to provide village school children direct access to clean drinking water. As part of its role in investing in sustainable development programs for the village, Precious Project will leverage the one clean and maintainable source of water – rainwater. Precious Project’s solution is to harvest rainwater by installing a catchment system (gutters) on the Precious school rooftop(s). The catchments will direct the rainfall into a 10,000-liter sanitary holding tank. The total cost for materials and installation using local labor will be $5000.  The investment will provide safe drinking water for up to 230 village school children daily.

How to Help

The World Health Organization has stated in economic terms that every $1 spent in providing clean water delivers an economic return of between $3 and $34. If you would like to help bring clean drinking water to children in the village of Nshupu, you can make a donation at http://www.preciousproject.org/donate.html or Global Giving’s at https://goto.gg/23662 .

About Precious Project

Founded in 2011, Precious Project's mission is to offer high quality education and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Tanzania. We partner with the local community to provide a primary school, children's home, organic farm and agricultural practices all grounded in sustainable environmental principals. Precious Project also supports women's empowerment groups that foster economic self-sufficiency.  Precious Project is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and registered NGO in Tanzania.

For More Information

Contact Gil Williams or Susie Rheault at  +1.781.259.0970 or info@preciousproject.org.

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RACINE — Leroy Bailey left his home in Virginia two years ago with a pretty big goal — to walk the perimeter of the entire United States to help draw attention to the plight of homeless veterans.

With a 40-pound pack strapped to his back, the wiry then-52-year-old started out from 15th Street in Virginia Beach on June 30, 2014.

“I was complaining to God that no places were being built for the homeless… We care more about housing stray animals in this country, than we do about people,” Bailey said. “He said if you want to build hope centers (for the homeless) around America, you have to walk around America.”

On Wednesday afternoon, more than 8,000 miles through his 11,500-mile trek — one that has taken him through the Everglades, the deserts of the southwest, and the hills of California — he arrived in Racine County, by way of Highway 32.

Landing first at Mocha Lisa Coffee Shop, 2825 4 1/2 Mile Road in Caledonia, he met a customer who put him in touch with local nonprofit Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. Later the Veterans of America Motorcycle Club in Caledonia put him up in a hotel for the night.

He called the help received here the best community assistance he’s received on his trek that was organized by a church.

A long walk

On Thursday morning, the soon-to-be 54-year-old was sipping coffee once again, this time at Divino Gelato Café, 245 Main St.

Ready to set back out on his track, the contractor and recovering alcoholic took a few minutes to talk about his journey thus far, which has been equal parts grueling and uplifting.

“Basically this is a faith walk. I have no idea what the next city is going to look like. Where I am going to sleep,” he said. “I sprained my ankle in Louisiana. I had stress fractures in my left foot diagnosed in Lordsburg, New Mexico. I had my backpack stolen in San Francisco. I lost my wallet in Seattle.”

But for all the hardships he has suffered, including being turned away by churches in some towns, Bailey has met numerous good Samaritans.

Meeting the homeless

Bailey isn’t the first person to set out on a countrywide trek to raise awareness for the homeless or another cause, but he does believe he is the first person to — as closely as possible given various restrictions — walk the actual perimeter of the U.S. with the goal of helping homeless vets. Bailey, who himself was once homeless, has been working with the homeless for 32 years.

With many nights spent sleeping in the same places where the homeless sleep, Bailey got a sense of how the homeless are treated in communities across the country, from the stifling conditions of a cramped shelter in Florida, to the men he met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who told him that New Orleans police gave them the option of 90 days in jail or a bus ticket out of town.

His plan is to use any money he raises during his travels to support Servants of God Ministry, which is dedicated to raising money to build homeless shelters across America.

Heading home

But before he can work building shelters he has to get home. On Thursday afternoon he left Racine hoping to make Zion, Illinois, by supper time. He tries to walk 20 miles a day, he said. From there he plans to walk along the lake, to Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually reaching Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence Seaway, before crossing Maine, and heading back down the East Coast.

“My wife is hoping I’ll be back home by October,” he said.

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A classroom evokes nostalgic memories in many people’s minds; chalk, a blackboard and an educator at the top of their voice teaching as students scribble down notes. While this model has worked over the years, as with everything else, evolution is inevitable.

With revolutionary changes occasioned by technology in all facets of modern life by the likes of Uber, m-commerce platforms like Kenya’s M-Pesa and social media, you would expect that learning in our countries would’ve by now transformed.

However, the uptake of technology in our education system has been slower than desired and the classroom has conspicuously remained unchanged.

Nonetheless, education has continued to be at the centre of new innovations and advancements globally. And as such, we need to increasingly consider fusing technology into the learning environment.

As the workplace demands highly skilled, self-driven and technology savvy employees continue to soar, so must the impulse to transform the modern day classroom into productive, tech-fuelled environments in which students can develop the expertise they will require in the job market. It is projected that by 2020, 77 per cent of all jobs will require ICT skills.

Future employers

Once we interrogate these, we will realise that there is a huge opportunity in using technology to deepen access to education.

Take Rwanda, for example. Through the One Laptop per Child Project, more than 200,000 laptops have been distributed to close to 800 schools and is expected to benefit more than 3 million pupils. It is not hard to imagine the level of empowerment that the younger generations in this country are being handed.

Kenya occupies a very opportune space to redefine the role of technology in driving literacy. With an understanding that the education sector is responsible for producing future employers, leaders and business people, there’s a need to adequately prepare our children to face this world.

We can do just this by using technology to redefine the learning environment — just as we have done with medicine, banking and even commerce.

It would be best to borrow from Andreas Schleicher of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) when he opines: “The world economy pays you for what you can do with what you know.”

Steyn is the general manager, Intel East Africa.

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Now is Our Time to End Malaria

Media cycles often deliver the gravest of news, especially when it comes to public health. Recent global outbreaks of Zika and Ebola have captured the public’s attention, and for good reason given the severity of these diseases. But on this World Malaria Day, I would like to disrupt the news cycles with a bit of optimism. Why you may ask? Because global efforts to defeat malaria—one of the most relentless global health emergencies of our time—are working. In fact, the fight against malaria over the past 15 years represents one of the greatest success stories in the history of public health.

Since 2000, malaria interventions have reduced the rate of global malaria deaths by nearly 60 percent, saving 6.2 million lives and averting 663 million infections. In Africa, where the vast majority of malaria deaths occur, we’ve reduced the mortality from malaria by more than 70 percent. Half the world’s nations are now malaria-free, and we are well on the path to achieving what we once thought inconceivable: ending the malaria epidemic and eradicating the disease for good.

This is not a hypothetical—we can end the epidemic within the next 15-20 years.

How do we get there? Certainly not by chance. The last 15 years have shown us that only when we double down on efforts and move collectively toward clear, time-bound goals can we prevail over this age-old scourge. It is this formula that has catalyzed our progress to date and will be instrumental in propelling us forward.

Last September, Bill Gates and I authored a publication outlining a path toward malaria eradication within a generation. Our analysis shows that ending malaria has the potential to save an estimated 11 million lives and unlock an estimated $2 trillion in economic benefits. This is more than a numbers game—it means healthy children living past their fifth birthdays and growing into talented young people who will drive innovation and burgeoning economies.

Momentum to see us to the finish line is building:

  • The U.K. government, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recently made a £3 billion commitment over the next five years to fight malaria. This is in addition to a £1 billion commitment to the Ross Fund, named in honor of the British Nobel laureate who first discovered the mosquito’s role in malaria transmission.
  • President Obama, in his final State of the Union address, called on the world to end malaria and has requested of Congress a $200 million increase to the federal budget to assist these efforts.
  • And for the first time, leaders in affected nations of Africa and Asia have established their own timelines for malaria elimination. This regional leadership will steer the path forward, and I am so grateful to the champions leading this, such as former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

On this World Malaria Day, I stand reinvigorated by the opportunity at hand. The end of malaria is within our grasp. Now it is our collective obligation to meet the call. I am confident that working together we will soon see the day when we no longer need to break the news cycles with the threat of malaria. 

Ray Chambers

United Nations Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria

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WASHINGTON—Faced with an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis that is stretching aid agencies to the brink, a group of leading U.S. relief and advocacy organizations including CARE USAInternational Rescue CommitteeMercy CorpsOxfam AmericaSave the Children USAU.S. Fund for UNICEFWorld Food Program USA launched a coordinated effort to revamp the way the international system provides emergency and development relief.    The U.S. Institute of Peace, an independent, national institute dedicated to managing conflict, also contributed to the report.

To launch the effort, the eight organizations issued a report, “A World at Risk: Humanitarian Response at A Crossroads,” which outlines a comprehensive set of recommendations that donor countries, host nations and aid organizations must take to address a scale of human suffering not seen since World War II.

“Having been driven from their homes by conflict and natural disasters, 60 million people across the globe are currently in dire need -- and that number is only expected to grow,” says Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser."We must rethink how the humanitarian system can meet this rising need, working with local leaders, and helping communities become more resilient to the challenges they will inevitably face.”

The current humanitarian system is simply unable to meet the challenge of providing life’s basic needs—food, water, shelter—for the record number of people affected by conflict and disaster across the globe. Such widespread suffering fuels instability that transcends borders.

“This is one of the most significant challenges of our time. These conflict-driven crises not only cause enormous human suffering, but also pose a direct threat to global stability,” says Rick Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA. “The U.S. must continue to play a lead role, including mobilizing the rest of the world to address this challenge.”

The report outlines the need to find innovative ways to secure flexible and predictable funding, improve the link between emergency response and longer-term development efforts, boost the role of the private sector, including economic investments to spur job creation among refugee populations as well as host communities, increase local involvement, provide better support for refugee-hosting nations, and increase accountability and transparency among aid organizations.

"The steep increase in humanitarian crises is increasingly driven by protracted conflicts," says Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace. "We urgently need to rethink how we provide assistance as well as focus on getting ahead of these terrible cycles of conflict so we can shrink the need."  

The report also notes the new socioeconomic challenges created by these disasters, including the protracted nature of conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and elsewhere and the increasing number of refugees who now live in urban settings instead of designated camps. The result is millions of people’s lives are being put on hold now that the average length of displacement stands at 17 years.

The organizations are working together to bring these recommendations directly to Members of Congress, the Administration and relevant financial institutions for in-depth, solution-oriented discussions. The recommendations are presented ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May as well as the upcoming UN General Assembly meetings this fall.

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To download the report, please visit: www.wfpusa.org/humanitarianreport.

Media contact: Holly Frew  hfrew@care.org  +1.404.979.9389

About CARE:  Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has more than six decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE places special focus on women and children, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. To learn more, visit www.care.org.       

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ATLANTA (May 3, 2016) — A new online survey conducted by Harris Poll for the humanitarian organization CARE reveals that while 84 percent of Americans have heard of the term “care package” and 60 percent have either sent or received one, only 13 percent know where the phrase originated.

Founded to deliver those original CARE Packages of food and supplies to families clinging to survival in Europe after World War II, CARE commissioned the poll of more than 2,100 American adults in March to commemorate the 70th anniversary of those first CARE Packages.  On May 11, 1946, those early cardboard boxes were distributed in Le Havre, France, the first of more than 100 million CARE Packages that Americans sent to people in need around the world.

Seven decades later, the phrase “care package” is firmly fixed in the American lexicon and seen in an overwhelmingly favorable light, with 92 percent of Americans wishing to receive one and a full 98 percent saying they would like to send one, the poll found.

“This survey shows that care packages continue to embody the best instincts of everyday Americans toward someone in need, whether they be family and friends or refugees half way around the world,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “We believe it’s important to reflect on the roots of the phrase and that unique chapter in American generosity that began in the aftermath of World War II, because the world once again is beset by massive humanitarian crises, from conflict in Syria and Yemen to hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and southern Africa.”

When asked what meanings “care package” carries for them, more than three-quarters of Americans who knew the term (76 percent)  selected “basic necessities for someone in need,” followed by “something that shows you care,” chosen by more than half (58 percent) .

The poll found some disconnects between senders and receivers, however. Those who are currently students said they most wanted to receive homemade food such as baked goods (72 percent) and gift cards (65 percent) in a care package , but when looking at what students actually received,  the most common contents were snacks/candy (36 percent) and practical items (28 percent). Mother’s Day shoppers might want to peek at the survey, too as moms with kids under 18 cited different preferences for items they’d want to receive in a care package. Hint: fewer practical items for mom (49 percent), more pamper items such as fuzzy socks and body lotion (66 percent).

Among the survey’s many other findings:

  • Americans would most want to send a care package to someone in the military (58 percent); a poor person in need (55 percent) and disabled veterans (49 percent).  
  • Millennials ages 18-34 were more likely to say they’ve ever heard of the term “care package” compared to those ages 45+ (89 percent vs. 81 percent). Millennials are also more likely than any other age group to say they love them (47 percent vs. 35 percent of those ages 35-44, 28 percent of those ages 45-54, 22 percent of those ages 55-64, and 19 percent of those ages 65+).
  • Millennials ages 18 to 34 were also by far the most likely group to want to send a care package to a refugee (43 percent vs. 28 percent of those ages 35-44, 24 percent of those ages 45-54, 16 percent of those ages 55-64, and 21 percent of those ages 65+).
  • Among those who have received a care package, snacks/candy was the most common contents category (64 percent), followed by homemade food (58 percent) and practical items (40 percent) such as tissues, pens and lip balm.

About CARE:

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That’s why women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education and health, create economic opportunity, respond to emergencies and confront hunger. Last year CARE worked in 95 countries and reached more than 65 million people around the world. To learn more, visitwww.care.org.

About the survey:

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of CARE from March 23-28, 2016 among 2,120 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Brian Feagans at bfeagans@care.org or 404-979-9453.

Media Contacts:

Nicole Harris, nharris@care.org, 404-735-0871; Brian Feagans, bfeagans@care.org or 404-979-9453.

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WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – CARE, the global poverty-fighting organization, today announced a new commitment to educate three million girls in seven countries at the first-ever United State of Women Summit. The commitment is part of “Let Girls Learn,” the White House’s ground-breaking initiative designed to tackle the barriers that keep 62 million girls – half of them adolescents – out of school.

CARE said it will reach the three million adolescent girls by investing $15 million dollars in its successful “Udaan Second Chances” academic program. The program provides an intensive, nine-month curriculum for girls who were unable to either start or finish primary school. It builds confidence and teaches skills the girls need to overcome the social and economic factors that keep them out of school, prepares parents to embrace educational opportunities for their daughters and engages men and boys to be part of the support system.

“CARE is thrilled to continue our partnership with Let Girls Learn to ensure every girl receives a quality education and the tools needed for a better, brighter future,” said Joyce Adolwa, CARE’s director of girls’ empowerment. “We know that when girls are educated, all of society benefits. Girls who attend school tend to delay marriage and pregnancy, are less vulnerable to disease, and are more likely to increase their own earning power for life.” Adolwa spoke at the Summit today in a panel titled, "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Economic Empowerment for Women and Families.

Through CARE’s “Udaan Second Chances,” some of the most marginalized girls in rural India have completed secondary school and even college. With a 95 percent success rate of girls graduating the program to move on to secondary school, CARE will broaden this program to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan and Somalia with the support of the U.S. government, Ministries of Education, corporations, foundations and local partner organizations.

To arrange interviews at the United State of Women Summit, contact Nicole Ellis, +1-202-595-2828,nicole.ellis@care.org.

About CARE:

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people around the world. To learn more, visit www.care.org.

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