Category Archives: Humanitarianism

Happy Holidays

Memo to anyone reposting that “and it’s MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays” whine: If you’re doing it as a religious assertion, remember that (as the interminable song tells us) there are 11 other days involved in the Christmas season, making “Happy Holidays” totally valid. And if you’re posting it to be exclusionary or not-so-subtly racist, […]

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The Teen Files – Part 2: Lines that Divide Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2AJ7Vcxk3w I’m sure I’ve Stumbled this before (devs: Search function, pleeeeease!) but went looking for it again after a back and forth with the Good Pastor. An emotional 6 minutes of a high school Challenge Day activity called “Crossing the Line”, designed to show students that they all have connections, even bullies and their victims. […]

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Homepage | Freerice.com

http://www.freerice.com/ And oh – for those of you who are either under-challenged or over-challenged by FreeRice.com’s vocabulary tests, there’s now art-, math-, and geography-based tests as well. Finally, my countless hours spent in museums can benefit someone other than myself!

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Refugees Find Hostility and Hope on Soccer Field – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/21/us/21fugees.html?ei=5087%0A&em=&en=1fa37aebc606b997&ex=1169701200&pagewanted=all SU’s acting weird, but I’m determined to post this, so here goes! This is a stunning and inspiring article from the New York Times. In a small town in Georgia, an immigrant woman has organised a soccer team made up entirely of refugee children. She is their coach, their mentor, their friend and their […]

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Life Expectancy, Food and Hunger, Access to Safe Water, AIDS, Population, and Human Conditions – Earth Web Site

http://www.theglobaleducationproject.org/earth/human-conditions.php Percentage of population aged 15 – 49 living wth HIV (does not include 2.2 million children under 15 living with HIV) “In sub-Saharan Africa an estimated 25 million people are infected with HIV — almost 2/3 of all people living with HIV. [In 2004] 2.2 million died (75% of the 3 million deaths globally)… […]

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http://www.nshb.net/canada-pension-or-refugee-status-its-your-retirement It is interesting that the Federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can also get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00. This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 to […]

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A gift for an entire village / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0912/p17s01-bogn.html Many thanks to the Christian Science Monitor for this inspiring story, and to PaulJC for Stumbling it. I love stories like this because it shows how one person’s efforts can result in a sea change for a community. Or 55 communities, in this case! Today, 13 years after Mortenson’s failure as a mountaineer on […]

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The Red Cross Emblem: It may just be fun and games to you, but it means the world to us- Canadian Red Cross

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=016637&tid=001 When someone misuses the Red Cross, (the video game industry being just one of many), we seek their cooperation in ending the unauthorized use. In nearly all cases, they comply and no further action is necessary. As a humanitarian organization, our preferred choice is to educate people about the emblem and seek their cooperation. […]

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