In a recent a recent report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): A humanitarian barge departed Bor on 16 March. The barge was carrying over 1,000 mt of relief items to Malakal. So far in 2015, 214,950 children (37 per cent girls) have been reached with education support in South Sudan. There were reports of localized population displacement following fighting in Greater Upper Nile as well as inter-communal violence in Lakes State. Humanitarian partners have reviewed service provision in Mingkaman in order to rationalise them and prioritise life-saving assistance. Read more: South Sudan: Crisis Situation … Continue reading South Sudan Situation Report No. 79
Perhaps there is nothing more powerful in life as watching life blossom and watching life enter into its winter season. Recently, I had the pleasure to once again experience a life in its winter season breathe its last few hours on earth. Many are brought to an unwavering chill when talking about death; however, I add one additional element to this rather earthly experience. It is the experience of being in tune with the spirit of a person and knowing that at any moment God could nod and say, “It is so!” This moment of transition is a sort of … Continue reading Watching Life Transition From Earth To Heaven
The tension between marketing/communications and those that produce revenue, membership/development, is often challenging within an organization. Equally challenging, are leaders who do not see a value in establishing and maintaining synergy between marketing/communications and membership/development. Organizations lacking that synergy often grapple with having to solve disjointed departmental communications and operations, inconsistent brand messaging, poor text heavy marketing collateral, and ineffective call-to-action campaigns that bore the community of existing and potential stakeholders. Recently, a well-educated Ivy League graduate and senior leader at a Boston, Massachusetts area non-profit asked me a question while addressing the details of my professional background: How do … Continue reading Q&A: Is There Tension Between Marketing & Development? Exponential Success Depends On Synergy!
In an article published recently by the Associated Press: “Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor. More discouraged workers are giving up on the job market, leaving them vulnerable as unemployment aid begins to run out. Suburbs are seeing increases in poverty [too].” Dr. Cornell West of The Poverty Tour says, “You can’t lead people unless you love people and you cant save people unless you serve people.” What is the depth of your love and quality of your service for people, specifically poor people? Take action today and help someone in need. … Continue reading Reflect Now: Poverty Is Immoral & Oppressive
Life is a journey that has twists and turns. As many of you know I found Open Table in order to give back to society. I’m pleased to say that I’ve volunteered 555 hours at Open Table and have no plans on stopping. Serving those in need in Massachusetts has been a spiritually rewarding experience. Dr. Cornell West of The Poverty Tour says: You can’t lead people unless you love people and you can’t save people unless you serve people. What is the depth of your love and quality of your service for people, specifically poor people? My love for people … Continue reading Reflect Now: Stephen McDow Volunteers 555 Hours At Open Table
Pam Warhurst’s efforts in Britain with increasing sources of good food while impacting the local environment and sustaining business is an expression of grassroots activism at its best. Ms. Warhurst is encouraging community activism without bureaucracy. She believes, “We are all part of the local food jigsaw; we are all part of the solution!” Please view her Ted Talk video below: How we can eat our landscapes. About Pam Warhurst Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain. She also co-founded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local … Continue reading ACT NOW: Learn How WE Can Solve Hunger Through Edible Tourism & Impact Local Business
Can you believe it? I’m helping Open Table raise money for our program by participating in Ride For Food on September 15, 2013. All money raised will help Open Table better serve their guests who are experiencing hardship. Any donation you can make will be appreciated. I have set a goal of $1,000. Thanks to a generous financial backer I will join Team Open Table at 7:30 am on the campus of the Noble and Greenough School. I’ve personally committed to 12 miles. Your support is encouraged and appreciated in advance. Together, we can make an impact in the lives of … Continue reading ACT NOW: Support Stephen McDow’s Efforts To Raise Money For Ride For Food
A nation in crisis! 400,000 plus people left Southern Sudan because of hunger and diseases like Cholera. OCHA South Sudan (Read More) “With the situation the way it is currently, people in South Sudan do not get scared of death anymore.” Abila Tom Reuben – Voice for Change (VOA NEWS) (Read More) 3.5 million (estimated) South Sudanese people are facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Read More) 235,000 children under the age of five will requite treatment for severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF (Read More) South Sudan needs your help! Visit … Continue reading Serve Now: South Sudan Children Are Plagued By Hunger, Disease & Insecurity
An estimated 1.5 million people have been uprooted in fighting that started with a political impasse in mid-December 2013 between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar. The conflict also sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UN bases around the country. UN Mission South Sudan At least 40,000 people who fled fighting in South Sudan are staying in horrific conditions at a UN camp. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) “Being a father is always about being able to provide for your son, sending him to school or a good hospital if he needs it. But how can you say you’re … Continue reading Serve Now: Never Forget Millions In South Sudan Are Homeless!
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