Blog: Global Issues

World Cancer Day 2016: Uniting for a Cure

Cancer, one of the world’s most dreadful diseases takes the loved ones of millions every year, among them multiple beloved celebrities within just the first few weeks of 2016. As we recognize World Cancer Day on February 4th, we cannot help but hope that the time when humanity can breathe a sigh of relief is… CONTINUE READING >>


The Sustainable Development Goals: A Plan for 2016 and Beyond

As we find ourselves only a number of days into 2016, it’s the time of year when many of us commit to altering our lifestyles in an attempt to abide bold resolutions.  The beginning of this year, however, marks an important benchmark for humanity itself. The world — under the auspices of the United Nations… CONTINUE READING >>


Flushing Away the Issues, One Toilet at a Time

SDG #6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Pehle Shauchalaya, phir Devalaya (peh-lay shah-cha-lay, fir they-va-lay). This might not say much to the those who don’t understand the Indian national language, Hindi, but the phrase – which translates to “Toilets First, Temples Later”- speaks volumes about the sanitation initiative sweeping… CONTINUE READING >>


Trends in Diaspora Giving and Global Impact

Diaspora giving is not a novel idea or an emerging movement. Recent technological innovations however, have made it easier than ever for donors to support causes in their countries of origin. Historically, it has been common for immigrants and their descendants to maintain close ties to their native communities by sending money to family members… CONTINUE READING >>


Searching for the Good in the Migrant & Refugee Crisis

 On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress for the first time in history, and made a “radical” statement about the dire circumstances that refugees are facing across the world —  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Yes, that’s right, the Golden Rule…. CONTINUE READING >>


Partnering for Peace: Building Bridges and Burgers to Connect Cultures

  We can all stop holding our breath — the much anticipated      McWhopper is not going to happen.[1] The proposed jointly-  created “peace burger” between Burger King and McDonald’s  to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21st   seems to have eluded us this time around– instead    McDonald’s and Burger King… CONTINUE READING >>


Giving in the Spirit of Mandela Day: The State of Charity and Development in South Africa

Ted Hart, CEO – CAF America Nelson Mandela International Day, launched by the UN General Assembly in 2009, is a global call for service inspired by the legacy Nelson Mandela left behind. Celebrated annually on July 18 in honor of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, it is important to remember the message that led to its creation…. CONTINUE READING >>


Africa Leapfrogs its Way to a Long and Prosperous Future

Energy is necessary for the industrialization and economic development of all nations, and according to the World Bank, it is also a key component to reducing poverty. Some 600 million people in Africa still don’t have access to electricity, which means they have limitations on things that industrialized nations take for granted. They don’t have refrigerators to store food, their main activities are mostly limited to daylight hours, and they still have to carry their water and collect wood and other biomass fuels by hand. All of these factors force them to solely focus on their day-to-day survival and restrict their time, their potential to learn, and their ability to develop and work their way out of poverty.


The Future: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 3)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

Practice empathy by taking a moment to consider what it would feel like if you were suddenly forced to flee from your home. What would you do? Where would you go? What would you bring? In the spirit of World Refugee Day, consider taking the opportunity to support the incredible individuals of the world who face their uncertain futures boldly and courageously.


The Present: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 2)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

Refugees are a very real and current topic of discussion today. Although their stories may lack significant coverage in the press, the reality is that many individuals continue to leave the only home they ever knew to travel to different countries in hopes of asylum. Every individual has a story, and there are many organizations who offer support for these refugees.


The Past: Exploring the Experiences of Refugees Across the Globe (Part 1)

(by Thelmany Khieu)

In honor of this year’s World Refugee Day theme: “1 family apart by war is too many,” I am sharing my father’s own account of how he came to the United States. My father can recite the exact date of his arrival to America: June 29, 1979, as if it were yesterday. He was one out of millions affected by the Khmer Rouge.


#DefeatMalaria on World Malaria Day

Spring! Warm weather, sunshine, flowers, and… mosquitoes. In many parts of the United States, these annoying creatures come sooner than people would like. Fortunately, they’re usually no more than a nuisance. But what do they mean for people in other parts of the world?

Imagine a mosquito. It bites you. You get a bump, it itches, and a few days later it’s gone. That’s it, the end.

Except when it’s not. In many countries, that bite can mean so much more. It can mean malaria- illness, oppressive medical expenses, and death.

However, did you know that malaria is preventable and curable?


» Blog: World Water Day — 4 Perspectives from Around the Globe

3/20: Water is a significant part of everyday life, and many people in the developed world might not typically think twice about it. How is water viewed in different contexts around the globe?


» Blog: 10 Empowering Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8

This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. Read this blog post and learn 10 different ways to celebrate women worldwide.


» Infographic: Four Startling Realities About Women Worldwide

For International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting some of the realities women face in the world today.


World Water Day: 4 Perspectives from Around the Globe

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day. Water is a significant part of everyday life, and many people in the developed world might not typically think twice about it. How is water viewed in different contexts around the globe?


World Water Day: 4 Water Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day. In honor of the day, here are four water facts you probably didn’t know.


Four Startling Realities About Women Worldwide

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. In this post, we have an infographic showing four startling realities about women worldwide.


10 Empowering Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’. International Women’s Day began in 1908 when 15,000 audacious women marched throughout the streets of New York City to demand shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights. In 1975, the United Nations gave official recognition to International Women’s Day, and it is now an official holiday in 27 countries. Since then, it has become a global day of celebration for the major accomplishments of women.


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