Paulena Papagiannis

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Interview: Ugandan NGO founder on the joys of helping HIV+ children

Big organizations with big titles make big news. The World Bank, the United Nations and the Red Cross, just to name a few, are household names, but they’re not the only ones enacting change around the world. Hannington Segiriniya directs the New Dawn Africa Foundation (NDAF), a small nonprofit in the Entebbe region of Ugand......
Amazing Africa: Portraits

Amazing Africa: Portraits

Beautiful landscapes and beautiful fruits have populated our past Amazing Africa posts — now how about some beautiful faces? In these compelling and intimate shots, the focus is on people and their stories — which is exactly what we’re about here at ONE. A staffer at the Okyereko Rice Cooperative Association in Ghana. P......
DailyFeats checks in with Thrive

DailyFeats checks in with Thrive

A relative newcomer to the social media scene, DailyFeats has a very particular goal: to help you achieve your goals through small, manageable steps. If you want to lose weight, be a better parent or, ahem, help combat global poverty, DailyFeats will present you will manageable tasks to help you meet that goal. This week,&hel......

Global food policy report looks back on 2011 with an eye toward 2012

With our THRIVE campaign in full swing, we can’t seem to get away from talking about agriculture. And how could we? We know that growth in agriculture is on average three times as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other economic sectors, such as mining and manufacturing. We know that the industry employs nearly&hel......

A-List: The soundtrack that kept the Senegalese movement on track

After months of electoral tumult, former Senegalese Prime Minister Macky Sall now holds the office of the President. The 50-year-old veteran politician defeated two-term-seeking-third-term incumbent Abdoulaye Wade — in no small part thanks the most vocal of the country’s protesters: musicians. “We are the ones who start......

Twitty predictions

Last week we asked you to use your wit to help us publicize a petition aimed at preserving funding for programs like PEPFAR and the Global Fund. We wanted you to create your own wacky predictions like the one we used on April Fools’ Day. We weren’t disappointed. Check out some of the predictions below:…...
Burma’s parliament opens its doors to Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma’s parliament opens its doors to Aung San Suu Kyi

After spending the better part of 20 years under house arrest, the Burmese political icon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will enter Burma’s parliament — and not a minute too soon. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party should have claimed 80 percent of the seats back in 1990, but the…...
ONE Act a Week: Use your wit to help us push out our #ipredict petition

ONE Act a Week: Use your wit to help us push out our #ipredict petition

Action: 36. Time: 5 minutes. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Yesterday, we jumped on the April Fool’s Day bandwagon, shaking the foundation of all that is holy on the Internet: We joked that YouTube was banning kittens. To the relief of millions, ONE staff included, that will never happen. Nor will our other crazy predic......
Tax Tool: How does your state compare?

Tax Tool: How does your state compare?

Last week we asked you to tally your state’s foreign aid contribution using our nifty tax tool. Even with a mere 1 percent of money headed to HIV treatments, vaccines, bed nets, and other life-saving programs, the numbers are big and beautiful. Here are your findings: From the great Northeast, Miriam shared that lighthouse-......

A-List: Drama for Life festival puts HIV/AIDS on stage

Calling all thespians! Drama for Life, an HIV/AIDS awareness theater program out of Johannesburg’s Wits University, is now accepting applications from African artists to participate in their summer 2012 Sex Actually Festival. The boldly named festival, scheduled for Aug. 23 to Sept. 1, brings together activists and artists ......
Amazing Africa: View from the classroom

Amazing Africa: View from the classroom

We’ve shared landscapes, fruits and vegetables, vibrant colors, and your contributions. This time around we’re exploring education — what Nelson Mandela once said is the “most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Get in touch with your inner child through these images of learning and play. And......
Ending corruption, click by click

Ending corruption, click by click

Large-scale graft has been making media waves in recent days, but that’s not the only kind of corruption that’s stirring people around the world to take a stand. It’s the 8000 Kenyan shillings, above school fees, that a mother paid for her daughter to enter school; the 3500 shillings residents of southland Nairobi shell......
5 ways to take part in World Water Day

5 ways to take part in World Water Day

We recently celebrated reaching a major MDG target: 89 percent of the world’s population now enjoys access to ample clean water. It’s definitely something to cheer for, especially since today, March 22, is World Water Day. But even though we’ve made great progress, the fight is far from over. UNICEF and the World Health......
A-List: Arise Magazine Fashion Week takes the world of fashion by storm

A-List: Arise Magazine Fashion Week takes the world of fashion by storm

“You’ve got Milan, London, New York and Paris. Why not Lagos?” mused Penny McDonald, head organizer of Arise Magazine Fashion Week, an annual event that took place earlier this month. Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, hosted a week-long celebration of the best of haute couture — the first in the country, but cert......

24 water videos in 24 hours

To help people connect with water projects in the developing world in advance of World Water Day on March 22, our friends at Water.org have launched #24HoursOfWater. Every hour, the organization is tweeting a new, brief video clip that illustrates the severity of the water crisis and how much people benefit from accessibility......