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Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

By Penny Anderson, Mercy Corps Country Director, Liberia & Kedar Mankad, Policy Officer Agriculture & Inclusive Growth, ONE “Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf The Ebola outbreak i......
Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

By Anne Boher. This piece is reposted from UNICEF. After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school. KENEMA, Sierra Leone – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary,…...
Lessons of a Social Entrepreneur: Don’t be afraid to dare

Lessons of a Social Entrepreneur: Don’t be afraid to dare

By Amadou “Chico” Cissoko, a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative. My mother always told me that I was pretentious. And when I looked it up in the dictionary, I found that one of the synonyms for pretentious was ambitious: a strong desire to do or achieve something or a desire and…...
Opportunity and dignity, not pity

Opportunity and dignity, not pity

By Don Larson, founder, Sunshine Nut Company. This piece is reposted from Skoll World Forum with permission from the author.  How do you provide hope? You establish your company in a developing country with the intention of bringing hope to the poor and orphaned. You leave behind your posh lifestyle in suburban America and ......
4 Things Ebola taught me about myself

4 Things Ebola taught me about myself

By Emily Roenigk. This piece appeared originally here in conjunction with World Relief. It has been updated to reflect December 11, 2014 data.  For most Americans, it’s taken over 6,300 burials in West African soil and four in the U.S. to realize that what’s threatening humans in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberi......
PHOTOS: Mr. Acheson goes to Washington

PHOTOS: Mr. Acheson goes to Washington

Top Chef judge and ONE supporter Hugh Acheson shares his experience lobbying on Capitol Hill with ONE in support of the Energize/Electrify Africa Act.  Last week I spent the day in our nation’s capital with the amazingly effective ONE Campaign talking with politicians from both parties about a really important cause. T......
Human Rights Day: The true cost of your electronic devices

Human Rights Day: The true cost of your electronic devices

For International Human Rights Day, Bandi Mbubi, the founder of Congo Calling, explains why both the public and the companies that make electronics should pay attention to how the minerals used in consumer electronics are mined and traded. Everyone reading this essay has a personal connection to the civil war in the Democrati......
“Girl power” is HIV prevention

“Girl power” is HIV prevention

Cristina Jade Peña became an HIV/AIDS advocate and educator shortly after learning she was born HIV-positive. She holds a Masters from the University of California, Berkeley in public policy and collaborates with national and international organizations to advance health policy. Cristina has been an EGPAF Ambassador since 19......
Reaching adolescents with the right kind of HIV and sexual health services

Reaching adolescents with the right kind of HIV and sexual health services

This blog post was written by David J. Olson, Global Development Communicator and Advocate for Olson Global Communications. Pacifique is a 20-year-old student living in Bujumbura, Burundi, who found out he was born HIV-positive when he was 10 years old. He had been taking anti-retroviral medication for a year without knowin......
How 5 deadly diseases changed healthcare forever

How 5 deadly diseases changed healthcare forever

By Jaswanth Madhavan, policy team, ONE Throughout history, humans have battled with contagious deadly diseases that have claimed the lives of millions of people and disrupted the lives of many more. But with each outbreak, epidemic and pandemic, humans persevered, and we modified our health systems accordingly. Here are five ......
How my family transformed our Christmas giving

How my family transformed our Christmas giving

By father, grandfather and World Concern activist Rod Robinson. This piece was originally published in The Huffington Post. Two years ago, my son Jordan—a freshman in high school at the time—launched a chain of events that transformed an entire village half a world away. It also transformed the way our family gives during......
Why Ebola also means hunger for people in Liberia

Why Ebola also means hunger for people in Liberia

While millions of Americans gather around full tables of food this Thanksgiving, some people are suffering from lack of access to food due to the Ebola crisis. Samwar Fallah reports from the quarantined town of Gozohn on Liberia’s central coast. This piece was part of a reporting partnership between ONE and Ebola Deepl......
How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

By Benjamin M. Freeman Jr., a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative. After an exciting 14 weeks in the USA as a Mandela Washington Fellow, I faced the mind-boggling challenge of returning to Liberia in the midst of a raging Ebola outbreak. The Government of Liberia had announced a state of emergenc......
7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

By Jaswanth Madhavan, ONE policy team  We know how important toilets are in the fight against water contamination and diarrheal disease. But because of infrastructure and cost, conventional toilets don’t always work in developing countries – and as a result, 35% of the world’s population to lack access......
11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

For World Toilet Day (November 19th), Mo Scarpelli, a multimedia producer at charity: water, shares the story of Khadija’s and her journey back to school thanks to the installation of sanitation facilities. This story was reposted with permission from charity: water.  What did you care about when you were in the fif......