Photo Essay: 5 Girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal

Photo Essay: 5 Girls who said NO to child marriage in West Bengal

By Melany Grout, Landesa The Girls Project, a partnership between the government of West Bengal and Landesa, aims to keep girls in school and reduce their vulnerability to child marriage. More than 40,000 girls are currently participating in the project, learning about their rights to own and inherit land and…
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…
New report: $1 Trillion siphoned from poor countries every year

New report: $1 Trillion siphoned from poor countries every year

Poor countries are poor and the money rich countries spend helping them is bigger than money coming the other way, right? Wrong. The ONE Campaign has just launched a campaign exposing the biggest heist you’ve never heard of. ONE’s analysis shows that more than a trillion dollars is…
Essay: What it’s REALLY like fighting Ebola in Liberia

Essay: What it’s REALLY like fighting Ebola in Liberia

By Captain Jordan Tappero, MD, MPH, Director – Division of Global Health Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During my time in Liberia, I have tried not to provide much detail to my family about the day-to-day work we are doing. I don’t want to cause alarm or…
Gladys’ story: Why my success has a ripple effect on others

Gladys’ story: Why my success has a ripple effect on others

Proof that socially conscious companies are making a real impact Meet Gladys Sala Petey, president of the Christian Mothers Association Shea Butter Cooperative in Damongo, Ghana. She works with Shea Yeleen International, a social enterprise that trains women-owned cooperatives to produce, market and sell shea butter. In addition to taking care of…
New Twitter Action: End the Trillion Dollar Scandal

New Twitter Action: End the Trillion Dollar Scandal

People in some of the world's poorest countries are being deprived of one trillion dollars every year. Criminals are secretly siphoning off cash through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement. Not just a little cash. One trillion dollars. Take the action now. We're not talking about international aid,…
A commonsense fix that could prevent the next Ebola outbreak

A commonsense fix that could prevent the next Ebola outbreak

By Steve Holt. This article was originally published on TakePart World.  Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary who had contracted Ebola while helping its victims in West Africa, walked out of the hospital Aug. 21, cured. At a press conference, the 33-year-old Texan called his recovery a “miracle.”…
South Africa’s townships: A poem of determination

South Africa’s townships: A poem of determination

Our guest blogger today is William Richards, a ONE Youth Ambassador from the UK. This past July, I spent my summer vacation in South Africa doing some volunteering and sightseeing. My school organized the trip, and while it was enjoyable to see the sights (Table Mountain and Robben Island…
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…
Meet Angolan transparency champion Rafael Marques

Meet Angolan transparency champion Rafael Marques

In Angola, fighting corruption is not a popular line of work. Oftentimes, powerful businessmen and political figures are the culprits, and for activists, whistle-blowing can potentially put their lives in danger. But Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has devoted his entire career to increasing transparency in his country…
In Photos: Living in quarantine to contain the Ebola virus

In Photos: Living in quarantine to contain the Ebola virus

Photos by Frances Kennedy, WFP In Liberia, one of countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, neighborhoods like Dolo's Town and West Point were being quarantined to contain the spread of the virus. The quarantine has since been lifted, but for a period of 21 days, it changed…
10 lessons learned on the impact of secure land rights

10 lessons learned on the impact of secure land rights

Roy Prosterman is the founder and President Emeritus of Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest women and men. Got land rights? If you live in North America or Europe, the answer is probably: yes. If you live in the…
1 Reason we can’t halt Ebola? Health worker shortages.

1 Reason we can’t halt Ebola? Health worker shortages.

Over the last few weeks, global efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa have been growing. The WHO now has a strategy to fight the disease, while donors have begun contributing money and resources. But it’s not enough. Groups working on the ground like…
Sign the Petition: Tell world leaders to step up on Ebola NOW!

Sign the Petition: Tell world leaders to step up on Ebola NOW!

Thousands of men, women and children have died from Ebola, and the number is likely to get much worse. Families travel for miles and end up sitting outside overwhelmed clinics, waiting to die, because there is no room inside. Nothing could be more wrong. As President Obama said…