Last week, the Senator launched the Declaration on U.S. Policy and the Global Challenges of Water with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. with Coca-Cola Chair, Neville Isdell. See the VIDEO HERE.
Mar 12 2009
Africa at the ICON
ICON in the Gulch -- 600 12th Avenue South, Nashville TN
thursday, March 21 (21+)
Live Music, Drinks and Hors d'Oeuvres, and an African Wine Tasting tour -- $15 donation per pesron at the door, all of the above and FREE parking
100% of your donation benefits Ellie's Run for Africa thanks to our sponsors: Lipman, Tall Horse, and Icon in the Gulch
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Mar 07 2009
How long have we been working in Sudan?
Save the Children USA has been working in Sudan for 25 years. (Save the Children UK has been in Sudan for over 50 years.
Are we working in Darfur?
Up until March 5th - Yes, Save the Children USA received permission from the Sudanese government to enter the conflict ravaged region of Darfur, where a humanitarian crisis was unfolding in March 2004. By the end of 2004 we were the only international aid agency simultaneously addressing the monthly food, water, shelter, health and protection needs of hundreds of thousands of displaced children and members of their families, especially women.
At the five-year anniversary of our initial deployment to West Darfur, Save the Children remained by the side of children and women still unable to return to their villages and communities because of the region’s instability and fluctuations in violence. Many roads in Darfur are unsafe because of armed groups; the violence has also periodically affected Save the Children and our local staff directly. While Save the Save the Children remained vigilant to security conditions, we continued to provide a lifeline of food, clean water, nutrition interventions, basic and reproductive health care, protection and education programs to children and women in camps and communities throughout West Darfur up until late this week.
Save the Children USA was providing essential support to more than 1 million children and their families including food, clean water, nutritional interventions, basic and reproductive health care, protection and education programs for children and women in camps and communities throughout Sudan. We don’t know what the outcome of these developments will be, but we do know that if we are forced to stop our work for any period the lives of hundreds of thousands of children could be at risk.
Will this have an impact on your work in Southern Sudan?
We don’t know what sort of impact this might have, but any break down in the peace agreement between northern and southern Sudan would have grave implications for children. It’s essential that aid agencies like Save the Children continue to be able to deliver life-saving assistance to children across the country.
What should the US government do?
The US government must explore every possible avenue to get the suspension requests revoked and ensure aid agencies like Save the Children are able to continue delivering essential aid in Sudan. It’s imperative that international attention urgently focus on Sudan and that world leaders come together now to unite behind finding a solution to this conflict.
- UN estimates 300,000 people have been killed during the six-year conflict in Darfur.
- UN estimates 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes.
MARCH 5, 2009
Dear Colleagues --
As you all are probably aware from the news, the Government of Sudan has taken some action following the ICC ruling on President al-Bashir and in that connection, Save the Children received a letter last evening which revoked our registration to operate in the country. CARE, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Doctors Without Boarders and the International Rescue Committee, among other NGOs, have also all been asked to leave. All staff are safe and accounted for and we are currently relocating international staff back to Khartoum where we believe they will be processed to depart. In addition, we're cooperating with the Government of Sudan in its requests related to reviewing all of SC/US' assets in the country.
Our strategy will be to reenter Sudan and reestablish our work there as soon as possible, but at this point, all operations have been suspended. It is unclear how long it will be until we are able to return. In the meantime, we are not making any statements against the Sudanese Government -- all of our messages are focused on the humanitarian crisis that is being faced by children and their families.
At present, the registration of Save the Children/Sweden has not been revoked in Sudan, and we are working with them to see how we might continue some of our operations through their efforts.
The Save the Children/US Crisis Management Team met today and will be meeting again tomorrow to assess the situation. Additional updates will be provided to the Board of Trustees as things develop. Please don't hesitate to contact either of us if you have any questions.
March 5, 6:30CT: Green Hills 16
Feb 26 2009
Please join ONE and our partners on Thursday, March 5 for a nationwide event featuring the acclaimed documentary “A Powerful Noise,” followed by a live broadcast of a town hall discussion with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; actress and activist Natalie Portman; CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle; CARE advocate and Marie Claire contributing editor Christy Turlington Burns; and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Check out the ONE blog for more information and a link to buy tickets: What: Film screening of the documentary "A Powerful Noise," followed by a live-broadcast town hall discussion Who: ONE members in the area, plus Madeleine Albright, Natalie Portman, Dr. Helene Gayle, Christy Turlington Burns, Nicholas Kristof and more Where: Green Hills 16 When: Thursday, March 5, at 7:30PM ET/6:30PM CT/5:30PM PT More info: In honor of International Women's Day, ONE is working in partnership with CARE, the UN Commission on the Status of Women and others to present “A Powerful Noise.” This remarkable film takes you inside the lives of three women to witness their daily efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, champion girls’ education and provide economic opportunities for women. Weaving through locations in Vietnam, Mali and Bosnia, this inspiring documentary tells a tale of hope much larger than the sum of its parts. The presentation will conclude with a live-broadcast panel of renowned advocates discussing how women, equipped with the proper resources, have the power to help families and entire communities escape poverty and change the world. For info and tickets, please visit the ONE blog: Hope to see you there! Margaret McDonnell, ONE.org
3815 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
Please join ONE and our partners on Thursday, March 5 for a nationwide event featuring the acclaimed documentary “A Powerful Noise,” followed by a live broadcast of a town hall discussion with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; actress and activist Natalie Portman; CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle; CARE advocate and Marie Claire contributing editor Christy Turlington Burns; and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
Check out the ONE blog for more information and a link to buy tickets:
What: Film screening of the documentary "A Powerful Noise," followed by a live-broadcast town hall discussion
Who: ONE members in the area, plus Madeleine Albright, Natalie Portman, Dr. Helene Gayle, Christy Turlington Burns, Nicholas Kristof and more
Where: Green Hills 16
When: Thursday, March 5, at 7:30PM ET/6:30PM CT/5:30PM PT
In honor of International Women's Day, ONE is working in partnership with CARE, the UN Commission on the Status of Women and others to present “A Powerful Noise.” This remarkable film takes you inside the lives of three women to witness their daily efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, champion girls’ education and provide economic opportunities for women. Weaving through locations in Vietnam, Mali and Bosnia, this inspiring documentary tells a tale of hope much larger than the sum of its parts.
The presentation will conclude with a live-broadcast panel of renowned advocates discussing how women, equipped with the proper resources, have the power to help families and entire communities escape poverty and change the world.
For info and tickets, please visit the ONE blog:
Hope to see you there!
Margaret McDonnell, ONE.org
Jan 28 2009
As we've come to know, Julianne Moore is one of Save the Children's most dedicated and passionate artist ambassadors, with visits to our sites in Kentucky and Tennessee, advocacy for kids affected by disasters and, of course, the incredibly successful Valentine's Day project, which is now its second year.
Starting with an amazing cover story in the new Redbook, Julianne is all over the media promoting the project, and we wanted to make sure you saw all of her terrific advocacy on our behalf. Also, check it this blog post she co-authored with me that was published today on the home page of The Huffington Post, one of the highest trafficked and most respected news and opinion sites: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-kennedy-shriver-and-julianne-moore/obamas-call-for-responsib_b_161367.html
Tune in to Fox and Friends tomorrow at 7:50AM EST and then The Today Show at 9:30AM. She will also appear on Access Hollywood this week. Last but certainly not least, she will appear on this Friday's installment of The View. I hope you have a chance to watch at least one of the interviews - - you will see is what a poised, thoughtful and dedicated advocate she is for all kids.
So tune in and, just as important, go to www.savethechildren.org to order your set of Valentines Day cards and get your kids engaged in helping other kids!
Mark K. Shriver
Vice President and Managing Director, US Programs
2000 L Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036 USA
Phone: (202) 640-6627 Fax: (202) 640-6950
Happy New Year!
I went home to the United States for Christmas and New Year's. Upon returning to Sierra Leone in January, I felt re-energized and excited to get back into my work at Africare. January is a busy month for us, as many of our deadlines for filing reports and proposals come at the end of this month. One of my biggest tasks at the moment is to help Africare complete the annual report for an HIV/AIDS education program that we are undertaking together with the Global Fund. This program takes place in the Kenema and Kailahun Districts, and trains young people about how HIV is transmitted and what measures they can take to protect themselves. Next week I will be traveling to Kenema, in order to write some more detailed and story-based narratives on the program. In particular, we are looking for success stories, as well as some possible mistakes, so that we can discuss some of the lessons we've learned for year 2 of the program. In addition, I am working on a proposed project with UNICEF to lower infant and maternal mortality. This involves training traditional birth attendants (TBAs), educating mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, and improving support for women who suffer gender-based violence.
In two weeks, I'm traveling to Nelspruit, South Africa for Princeton in Africa's annual reunion and retreat. I am very excited to be able to discuss my adventures with my fellow PiAfers. All of Freetown (and, I gather, all of Africa) was excited today for the inauguration of President Obama. While many have unreasonably high expectations of the new president, there is a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the United States here.
Jan 20 2009
We had a fantastic event today at the house pulling together folks from all corners of the Music Industry here in Nashville: Music City, USA. We had some artists from Country Music and some from CCM, and lots of energy to move forward to change the world. Hope through Healing Hands motto is "using health as a currency for peace." It's a slogan I think we all can get behind: a better, safer world for us all.
I was excited to meet many of the artists and managers, many of whom have been activists for HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty for years. This was Hope through Healing Hands first outreach event in Nashville as we begin pulling together the best of the Music community and the best of the Health community with a hope for synergy on behalf of the "bottom billion" - the 1 billion people on the planet who still live on less than a dollar a day. We want Nashville to be a center for excellence in global health.
Thanks to everyone who came, and if you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved with Hope through Healing Hands---if you're an artist, manager, publicist, agent, or just someone who cares about global health issues!--- Call us 615 818 5579 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org for more information on how to Take Action today.
We look forward to hearing your voice; your voice can change the world.
Jan 14 2009
Save the Children needs YOU!!
Save the Children posted a concept on the Change.org web site based on S25 called "Save the Lives of Children ~ Improve Global Child Health" and the idea qualified for the final round. Today a new round of voting begins, and goes through January 15th. If we're one of the top ideas, we'll be invited to a reception with the Case Foundation and Change.org will support a grassroots advocacy campaign around the idea.
The main thing we need between now and the 15th are additional votes to make sure our idea is one of the top 10. So, follow the link below and vote for our concept. Also, rally all of your friends, family, and colleagues to also vote for our concept. Email this link and lets make change for children a reality!!!
To vote, click on the following link:
If you have any additional questions, please contact Angela Smith (RD,) Christen Grasso (S25,) or Ryan Quinn (PPA.)
Jan 12 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2008
We had a fantastic event on Saturday morning with the women of Grace Chapel Church here in Leipers Fork, TN. What an amazing bunch of women!
A few months ago, my good friend Reese Smith introduced the Knit One, Save One Campaign, a national grassroots effort launched by the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation, to his wife, Emily, an avid knitter and member of the "Knitting with Grace" club at the church. The initiative aims to draw attention to the 4 million newborns that die each year in the first month of life in the developing world. Participants are asked to make a baby cap, and are also encouraged to write a personal note to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to lead the way to save millions of babies globally.
Emily Smith, Beth Ann Bright, Mary Bit Mahaffey and a number of other women in the group committed to 100 caps. And, like the story of the loaves and the fishes, they just multiplied exponentially! Saturday, the "Knitting with Grace" club presented me with over 500 knitted caps and over 500 caps made by machine. Over 1000 caps!
These little caps will each be shipped, along with thousands from all 50 states to pregnant women and new moms and their babies in Save the Children's programs in Africa and Asia. Hypothermia is a contributing cause of death for newborns, especially small babies unable to maintain their body temperature. To keep infants safe and warm, these little caps will be given for them to wear along with helpful advice to moms about hygiene and breastfeeding. These little caps will be a key component of a life saving package.
It was so exciting to see the amazing work these women had done. Thank you Grace Chapel Church for your initiative, advocacy, awareness-raising, and hard work for the least of these.
To read more about the campaign, and see how many caps Americans have made, go here: www.savethechildren.org/knitonesaveone. The deadline for the project has been extended to January 31st. Let us know if you would like to be involved!