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Meet the Youth Reporters

wedproinc:

The Plan International Philippines Youth Reporter Project: What happens when you give kids a video camera to play with? They have lots to say!

In this video, we meet the Youth Reporters as they answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

mizoguchi:

The Israel-Gaza violence is visible from space

The fighting between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian militant groups, now in its 15th day, is so severe that it is visible from space. A German astronaut on the International Space Station named Alexander Gerst, who has been posting photos on his Twitter account, posted this on Wednesday, in which he says the explosions of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rockets are visible:

The photo is oriented such that north is to the right and south to the left; that dark area at the top is the Mediterranean Sea and the brightest spot, on the coast, is Tel Aviv. To the left of Tel Aviv, just 44 miles to the south, is Gaza City, the largest city in Gaza and the location of a lot of the worst fighting.

(via asapscience)

Hope After Haiyan Project

wedproinc:

Another update from Hope After Haiyan on Facebook, with photos of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new evacuation/community center in Culasi, Antique. The center is being built by Barangay Camancijan with WeDpro’s assistance, with support from Actionaid International and the local government of Culasi, Antique.

The center has a disaster-resilient design by “green” architect Pia Maranan. Building design plans are also up on Hope After Haiyan’s Facebook page, if you’re interested to take a look!

The girl effect: The clock is ticking

wedproinc:

Imagine a little girl just turned 12 years old. Is she excited about her birthday? Or is she afraid of what might happen next? For many girls living in poverty around the world, it means facing child marriage, early pregnancy, health risks, and more. But what if we could change that? 

While it presents a somewhat simplified view of both the problem and the solution, this short video from Girl Effect gives a compelling argument for the strength of a 12 year old girl and the “Girl Effect.”

Girl Effect is an organization and movement that seeks to empower adolescent girls by giving them resources to access education, health, and economic opportunities, creating a “Girl Effect” that positively impacts their families and communities as well as themselves.

For more information about Girl Effect, please go to http://www.girleffect.org/

natgeofound:

A farmer embraces his dog in his stonewalled field on Inishmore Island in Ireland, March 1971.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic Creative

natgeofound:

A farmer embraces his dog in his stonewalled field on Inishmore Island in Ireland, March 1971.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic Creative

xanush:

tr-ibal:

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xanush:

tr-ibal:

I will keep this photo posted for 1 week.

Every time someone Reblogs this photo I will donate 10 cent to charity: water

After the money is donated I will post proof of donation.

Show you care & Reblog.

always

If you don’t reblog this at least once you’re a joke.

(Source: charitywaterproject, via paranoid-anne-droid)

halftheskymovement:


Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men. There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

halftheskymovement:

Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men. 

There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

No Yolanda rehab plan amid Typhoon Glenda

wedproinc:

NGOs like WeDpro doing rehabilitation and recovery programs are stunned by such news. This late of the day.