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I am preparing for a trip to Bangladesh and possibly Myanmar in December.  I will be fact-finding and helping to tell a story of my visit to the people in Southern California.  I would very much appreciate being able to dialogue with members of this platform to help begin to amplify my voice, and build power relations that can advocate for change...

I am not normally a 'name and shame' type of guy.  I learned during my career with UNHCR about how it is possible to make change come to be, using and leveraging technology, but always ensuring the citizen voices were being hear.

Citizen voices, especially those voices of people who have fled their country and are vulnerable is certainly very complex.  But helping people to help themselves has always been very rewarding for me personally.

Allow me to make a quick introduction to the problems that I am preparing to face - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky0DoYv2Ph8&pbjreload=10

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Since the Poverty and Child labour are directly proportionate with each other. The existence of both in Pakistan is a persistent, omnipresent and slight ignorant phenomenon at its existing tangible scale. Children particularly of Thar Desert may need to deeply study and focus of their plight in working status across all working-fields, which make them too far of their basic rights. Indeed, few of researches conducted by different entities on specific sectors of child labour have disclosed the insights of respective child labour areas. Rather knowing the working conditions of children irrespective of specific sectors is the need of hour to go in its insight and discover the secrets. 

Once it is studied the poverty-stricken people of this area it finds that most of the people don’t have their own resources as they are deprived of resources. The poverty and vulnerability of the poor masses in the area leads in consequences the kind of bonded labour relations which is a widespread issue in the area having strong historical roots that are well-entrenched in the social and cultural milieu of the area. Being a multi-religious society, the lower-caste Hindu population mainly comprising schedule casts are the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of bondage relations leading to child labour as wider scale. The deeply rooted caste-system which also defines economic impoverishment and social exclusion is a significant indicator of poverty which often pushes landless tenants and their families into bondage. The socio-economic indicators of bonded/marginalized families depict a dismal scenario.  There is gross economic exploitation in terms of child labour once these poor people take the loans from landlords/and contractors of area they put their children at the work. This results in violation of child rights and emergence of child labour at wider scale, rather child labour is a crime in laws.

Study generally found that 94% of households have working children. Around 42% of children of the sample work more than 4 hours a day and have prolong experience this number of extent child labour is wider which need to be check further for appropriate actions. Children work with families earn very less compared with their prolong working hours and days. Of the working children near to three quarters of children are boys and bit less than one quarter are girls. Of these working children more around 70% don’t go to schools. Indeed, most of children like the work once as they were asked this question but almost all were had compliant with the hardness and hectic situation of their works including agriculture, livestock, carpet weaving, brick kilns, rope making, embroidery, sewing, domestic work, handicrafts, construction and quarries.

Once the households’ incomes offset their expenditures that shows deficit of 9% as around 80% of households are found under heavy debts. Of them majority had took these loans a year back or even more than tow years of older. As, 43.5 % the largest portion of loans have been taken to offset the expenses of foods, then second largest reason of taking loan is medical treatment which is around 15% of the total loans. 14% of loans are taken either for marriages or death feasts and 6.7% of loans being taken for income generations. All remaining loans are taken for other miscellaneous reasons are 20%. Here it is again found that most people take most of loans for three top necessities included food, medical treatment and marriage/death feasts.

This data can really be a good guide to work over the poverty or for further investigations and researches in this regard probing the situation in depth. Overwhelming majority of parents told that they put their children at work because of poverty rather vast majority of them like schooling for their children besides work.

My article in light of findings, which explored that there is correlation between child labour as crime and poverty in Desert Thar, suggest few of recommendations including make this assessment as base for future in-depth researches and instantly take appropriate steps to cope with child labour so that vast majority of children who are off the schools could enjoy schooling and get entertained with their other basic rights which are being violated at their workplaces as a crime.

 

Recommendations:

  1. Rather child labour is banned in law but it is there as crime. However, it needs to draw the attention of concerns to the issue so that the root causes of issue may be explored and take a step forward with better strategy to cope with the issue systematically.
  2. The support mechanism should include schooling facilities, evolve marketing linkages of certain occupations and crafts by making communities the owner of their business preventing from external exploitation
  3. The steps should be taken with recurrent lobbying and advocacy in minimizing the occurrence of child labour (which is a crime) in Thar particularly and entire of Sindh province and Pakistan at latter stage by ensuring the proactive involvement of relative Government authorities and other decision makers initially in recognizing that a problem exists that is institutionalized, widespread and growing. Further, the child labour problem must be seen, for its best solution, as seriously undermining the normal development of the working children.
  4. Also, facilitate and sensitize Government to take steps getting workers out of debt. For the purpose, special funds might be allocated.
  5. Easy micro-financing facilities should be enhanced to those who are willing to start their own businesses.

 

Om Parkash Pragani

Community Development Professional

parkashrp@gmail.com   +92-3363309955

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Toastmasters as an educational tool

Toastmasters International is a national non-profit network of people who empower others to greatness.  

Here are some select articles are Toastmasters effect on the world and its effects.

http://www.toastmasters.org/

https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine

https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine/magazine-issues/2017/september-2017/traveling-toastmasters

There are many Toastmasters clubs all over the world and they are making a difference.  The fee is $45 to join a club.  I have learned a Toastmaster that leadership is possible even as an introvert.  There are different types of leadership styles and

Toastmasters will adapt to any of them.   With their new program Pathways, they teach blogging, volunteering, innovative and podcasting.  It gives you real world skills for a low price.  It is a safe place to learn how to speak and to be able to learn from your

mistakes in a safe environment.  Toastmasters is in many different language and countries.  A lot of Toastmasters ending being leaders in their field, among the different companies that use Toastmasters is Microsoft, Google and Costco and also give TED Talks.

I hope you join us and help solve the world's problems. 

Join a club near you and create a club.  You can find a club near you using this tool,

https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club

Thanks,

Rebecca Trocki.CC, ALB

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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.

http://m.journaltimes.com/news/local/man-walking-the-perimeter-of-u-s-raise-awareness-of/article_7a89e424-77c6-50d3-92cb-6156b5f58188.html

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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.

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Opinion-and-Analysis/Why-it-pays-to-integrate-technology-in-classrooms/539548-3329326-jvafox/index.html

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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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