For two Kenyan farmers, solar lamps benefit every part of life

For two Kenyan farmers, solar lamps benefit every part of life

In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in…
How can I really help?

How can I really help?

There are lots of ways for Americans to lend a hand to people in developing nations. Here’s how to find some that work. By Vince Beiser, TakePart World.  You read the news, you watch the documentaries, you listen to the songs: You’re concerned about all those people in…
5 Questions about Ebola, answered with infographics

5 Questions about Ebola, answered with infographics

Click each infographic to enlarge.  1. Where is the recent Ebola outbreak? According to the World Health Organization and the New York Times, "more than 1,600 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March... making this the biggest outbreak on record." Over half of those who have been…
21 things only activists will understand

21 things only activists will understand

1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you 2. When someone thinks they know all about an issue because they saw a Leo DiCaprio movie 3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Wal-mart 4. When you are…
QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. If you were invited to the Summit, do you think you know enough about African countries, politics, geography and leadership to pass as a diplomat? Take…
How the global health community is responding to Ebola

How the global health community is responding to Ebola

UPDATED 4:10 PM July 31 The spreading Ebola virus is making international headlines this week, months after the latest outbreak first began earlier this year. Ebola—a hemorrhagic fever spread primarily through blood and other bodily fluids—is scary and deadly, with no known vaccine or cure and a fatality…
How to talk about Africa in the 21st century

How to talk about Africa in the 21st century

Africa is changing rapidly, but the world’s perception of it isn’t quite keeping pace. On the first day of the historic Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., the Brookings Institute brought together voices from business, government, civil society and the media for an important discussion on Africa’s image…
Picture this: A tale of two babies

Picture this: A tale of two babies

Lack of electricity should not dictate whether you live or die. By Kelly Lippi and Ari Hoffman A premature baby is born by emergency cesarean section in southwestern Uganda. He is cold. Mom can’t keep him warm while recovering from surgery. Power is out. Not out from a storm or downed…
Support these four organizations to help fight Ebola

Support these four organizations to help fight Ebola

In the face of the worst Ebola virus outbreak on record, the international community has rallied around critical efforts to stop the virus’ spread and care for those affected. You can be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that are providing vital support to communities…
Emails from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak

Emails from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak

“If you don’t get me on that plane soon I’m going to think my way out of this.” This was Dr. William Fischer II’s response when asked to join a Doctors Without Borders team working in Guinea to contain the Ebola virus. Fischer, an associate program director at…
Teach a woman to fish

Teach a woman to fish

Ritu Sharma is the Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. She is also the author…
10 Ways breastfeeding fights extreme poverty

10 Ways breastfeeding fights extreme poverty

Mark it on your calendar: World Breastfeeding Week starts this Friday! Hailed by UNICEF as nature’s “safety net,” exclusive breastfeeding is one of the most effective interventions for preventing child deaths. Keep reading to learn ten important links between breastfeeding and the fight against extreme poverty—some of them…
Meet Matt, 15, founder of Cards of Joy

Meet Matt, 15, founder of Cards of Joy

15 year old Matt Millstein sits down with ONE for an interview about his organization, Cards of Joy, a non-profit that seeks to help kids in Haiti buy donating profits made from selling handmade greeting cards. Learn more about Matt and be inspired to change the world!
Your daily energy use vs Africa’s

Your daily energy use vs Africa’s

What does it mean to live without electricity? See how much electricity Americans use each day – and understand how crucial it is to our daily lives. Electricity is not a luxury, but a necessity, and all 7 billion humans should have access to it. Most people living…
Students make a difference at a hospital in Nicaragua

Students make a difference at a hospital in Nicaragua

Maya Mills is in the 8th grade at Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory School in San Francisco, CA. In June 2014, she traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer for Operation Rainbow with her mother, Dr. Karen Makely, who donates her time and talent to perform surgeries for the organization. This piece…