Genevieve Alander

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Interview: Training Olympic-hopefuls in rural Ethiopia

Interview: Training Olympic-hopefuls in rural Ethiopia

As we’ve learned from this year’s Olympic Games, some of the best athletes in the world come from developing nations. These athletes, who may not have had the same training opportunities and resources as their Western counterparts, have jumped over some incredible social, economic and political hurdles to become the champ......
Small idea, big impact: Using rats to detect land mines

Small idea, big impact: Using rats to detect land mines

For this week’s Small idea, big impact, I bring you the story of a man who is minimizing land mine-related deaths in Africa by using rats to detect land mines. His story blew my mind (no pun intended), so read on! When I hear the word “rats,” one word comes to mind: gross! But for…...
Amazing Africa: Wish you were here

Amazing Africa: Wish you were here

Take your eyes on a summer holiday and view these breathtaking photos of landscapes from various parts of Africa. These photos — taken by ONE members Sophie Wainwright, Jacqueline Akakpo, Jessica Frisina, Karen Walrond, Brent Cline — highlight the unique geography of Africa. You’ll find sandy beaches, lush j......
ONE DC interns bring in 200 new members

ONE DC interns bring in 200 new members

Something that I’ve noticed about college kids is that most of them really want to make a difference. College is the phase where kids turn into adults, learn who they are and figure out what they want to do with their life. Whether it’s something as small as getting involved in an organization on campus…...
What an all-star ONE member looks like

What an all-star ONE member looks like

Most high school kids play sports, hang out with friends and sleep in on weekends when they have some spare time. This is not the case for ONE member Akbar Khan, a rising high school senior from Salt Lake City, Utah. Akbar has gone above and beyond by starting Letters for Lives, an initiative to…...
Small idea, big impact: Shoes that create hundreds of jobs in Ethiopia

Small idea, big impact: Shoes that create hundreds of jobs in Ethiopia

Small idea, big impact is a weekly blog series on simple products that are helping reduce poverty in the world’s poorest places. A true social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and applies business principles to fix the issue. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu of Ethiopia is an excellent example of just that......
Amazing Africa: A glimpse of the drought in the Sahel region

Amazing Africa: A glimpse of the drought in the Sahel region

David Orme’s photos from the drought in the Sahel region of Africa could not be more timely. Earlier today, we launched our petition to President Obama to stop the cycle of hunger in some of the world’s poorest places, and this is the perfect way to visualize why we need to take action. David Orme,…...
Amazing Africa: Wild animals

Amazing Africa: Wild animals

A few weeks ago, Amy Lafferty shared photos of adorable children in Tanzania with us. Back by popular demand, this week Amy shares more stunning pictures taken in Africa, this time of animals. She captured these pictures when she was on a safari in northern Tanzania visiting Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti and Ngoro......
Amazing Africa: Two perspectives of Uganda

Amazing Africa: Two perspectives of Uganda

This week, I am featuring the photgraphy from two different people who spent time in Uganda. Jessica Restucci, the executive director of Maternal Earth, took these beautiful photos while she was training women on maternal health issues in Uganda. And Marty Berg, another wonderful photographer, shares his personal photos from ......
Amazing Africa: Around the continent

Amazing Africa: Around the continent

This past week, we did a Twitter roundup asking ONE members to share their best photographs from their trips to Africa with us. And what a remarkable response we had! We chose 10 photographs from six different photographers around the world to share with you. Their photos from South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya and South&h......
Small idea, big impact: Affordable sanitary pads

Small idea, big impact: Affordable sanitary pads

Many of you liked my article, Small idea, big impact: Recycled soap last week, so this week I wanted to highlight another simple innovation making a huge difference in Africa: affordable sanitary pads. I recently spotted a feature on them in Inc. Magazine and thought I’d share his story with you. Dr. Moses Musaazi (pict......
1 Year Later: Why South Sudan is still struggling to make peace

1 Year Later: Why South Sudan is still struggling to make peace

Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. After more than 50 years of violence between northern and southern Sudan, the South finally gained its independence last July, becoming the Republic of South Sudan. Although there were high hopes for the Republic of South Sudan’s new found fre......
Amazing Africa: Smiles all around

Amazing Africa: Smiles all around

After graduating from Oxford University, Amy Lafferty moved to Tanzania last February to work at Cheka School in Sakina. This school is the only free pre-primary school in the area and relies on donations and funding through the volunteers. This week she shared some awesome photos with us of the beautiful children she worked ......
Small idea, big impact: Recycled soap

Small idea, big impact: Recycled soap

This is the story of an innovative organization that is making a BIG impact on the fight against poverty with simple solutions. If you like what you read, let us know in the comments below and we’ll spotlight another organization next week! What if I told you that your unused hotel soap could save lives?…...
Amazing Africa: Faces that tell a story

Amazing Africa: Faces that tell a story

Today, our photos come from Laura Cook, a professional photographer who travels all over the world on the quest to take photos of people in a beautiful and dignified way. Laura uses her pictures to tell the powerful, complex stories of her subjects. “It is time to strip away the negative images of so many…...
Zidisha: Fostering entrepreneurship one loan at a time

Zidisha: Fostering entrepreneurship one loan at a time

In the developing world, just a couple hundred dollars can be enough for a person to start their own business. In many cases, it is a challenge for these budding entrepreneurs to get a hold of this funding, preventing them from reaching their dreams. But once an entrepreneur has the resources they need to start…...