Spotted – BORGEN http://www.borgenmagazine.com Humanity, Politics & You Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:30:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Audrey Hepburn’s Humanitarian Legacy http://www.borgenmagazine.com/audrey-hepburns-humanitarian-legacy/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:30:11 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=129365 SEATTLE — Audrey Hepburn is known best for her work as an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She excelled in the field of acting and is one of few stars to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. Hepburn is remembered for her grace and beauty, especially the iconic [...]

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SEATTLE — Audrey Hepburn is known best for her work as an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She excelled in the field of acting and is one of few stars to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. Hepburn is remembered for her grace and beauty, especially the iconic look she presented in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, Hepburn was also a well-known advocate for humanitarian causes. She spent the later part of her life participating in different programs with UNICEF. Her help in countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan is an important part of Audrey Hepburn’s humanitarian legacy.

Hepburn’s Second Career Allowed Her to Give Back to Others

Towards the end of the 1980s, Hepburn was wrapping up her film career. Instead of spending the last years of her life at a comfortable estate, she became a Special Ambassador for UNICEF. She wanted to help UNICEF provide aid to those in need because, as a starving child in the Netherlands during World War II, she benefited from UNICEF’s aid when they brought much-needed food and medicine to her country. Another factor that pushed Hepburn to pursue a role with UNICEF was her love for children. She has been quoted as saying, “When I was little, I used to embarrass my mother by trying to pick babies out of prams at the market. The one thing I dreamed of in my life was to have children of my own. It always boils down to the same thing–of not only receiving love but wanting desperately to give it.”

Audrey Hepburn’s Humanitarian Legacy Made an Impact on the Impoverished

Shortly after becoming a Special Ambassador, Hepburn’s humanitarian legacy began with a trip to Ethiopia. During this time, Ethiopia was one of the poorest countries in the world, and its people were subject to a terrible famine due to a long-lasting drought. The purpose of the trip was to call attention to the horrible living conditions; Hepburn visited areas with no water, heating or sanitation. Hepburn wanted to use her name and status to show the world what was happening in Ethiopia, explaining, “My first big mission for UNICEF in Ethiopia was just to attract attention, before it was too late, to conditions which threatened the whole country. My role was to inform the world, to make sure that the people of Ethiopia were not forgotten.”

In an additional trip with UNICEF, Hepburn went to Sudan in April 1989. This time, the goal was to implement a new program called Operation Lifeline. The relief effort’s objective was to transport food and supplies to southern Sudan, which was cut off completely from aid because of the civil war. During her time in Sudan with UNICEF, Hepburn visited many refugee camps in the area that is now South Sudan. She was able to observe relief being provided to those who were sick, including vaccinations and distribution of food bags.

Audrey Hepburn’s humanitarian legacy should be acknowledged as often as her work as an actress. She is forever remembered for consistently encompassing a kind spirit and a giving heart. Even when her days of making movies were behind her, Hepburn continued to use her status to advocate for people in developing countries for many years.

– Alyssa Hannam
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Hugh Jackman’s Coffee Helps Poor Farmers http://www.borgenmagazine.com/hugh-jackmans-coffee-helps-poor-farmers/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:30:33 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=129303 SEATTLE — Hugh Jackman is a big name in Hollywood. Fans of X-Men know him as Wolverine, and he has also starred in Les Miserables. However, he is also known as the founder and owner of Laughing Man Coffee. This is no ordinary coffee company; Hugh Jackman’s coffee helps poor farmers and their families make [...]

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SEATTLE — Hugh Jackman is a big name in Hollywood. Fans of X-Men know him as Wolverine, and he has also starred in Les Miserables. However, he is also known as the founder and owner of Laughing Man Coffee. This is no ordinary coffee company; Hugh Jackman’s coffee helps poor farmers and their families make more money and live better lives.

The Origins of Laughing Man Coffee

In 2009, Hugh Jackman traveled to Ethiopia to make a documentary called Dukale’s Dream. While there, he met and formed a bond with the titular coffee farmer, Dukale. With the help of his family and village, Dukale makes his farm environmentally and economically sustainable, which means that his coffee beans are worth more money.

Jackman was inspired by the work that Dukale and his community put into growing and selling coffee beans to consumers around the world. The resulting profits not only put food on Dukale and his family’s table, but also circulated through the whole village to make life better for all of its residents. Knowing this, Jackman promised Dukale that he would do his part to help. And thus, Laughing Man Coffee was born.

How Hugh Jackman’s Coffee Helps Poor Farmers

Like any other coffee business, Laughing Man Coffee sells coffee to tired and thirsty customers. However, Jackman buys his beans exclusively from poorer countries, such as Ethiopia and Colombia. Additionally, Jackman does not keep one penny of the profits. His first order of business is to pay the farmers who provided him with the beans. After that, all of the remaining profits go to various charities, including Fair Trade USA and the Higher Education Scholarship Program.

For a long time, Laughing Man Coffee only sold coffee online and at a few cafes in New York City. However, that changed when an employee at Keurig recommended the coffee to the company’s CEO, Brian Kelly. In August 2016, Jackman met with Kelly to discuss Jackman’s coffee. Kelly wanted Laughing Man Coffee to be sold in stores across the U.S. Major American retailer Kroger offered its support for the partnership. Soon, Jackman’s coffee was being sold all over the U.S., allowing the coffee bean farmers and charities to make more money than ever before.

Current Projects

Laughing Man Coffee has partnered with Fair Trade USA to help provide college scholarships and housing improvements to families in Huila, Colombia. Their goal for 2018 is to provide 40 scholarships and 100 houses.

The housing project has had a huge impact on the lives of Huila’s residents. These projects range from installing new floors to renovating kitchens, installing second stories and building entirely new houses. Reviews for these projects have been overwhelmingly positive, citing that these changes constitute vast improvements over old living conditions. For instance, a man named Wilson Ceballes Rivera had previously lived in a clay house reinforced with sticks, and was very grateful when the Laughing Man Foundation helped him build a new house.

Hugh Jackman may have gained his fame on the big screen, but his coffee business has had a far greater impact on people’s lives. His contributions to helping the poor are so great that many people recognize him from his coffee business rather than from his movies. Hugh Jackman’s coffee helps poor farmers around the world make more money, build better houses, get their children good educations and generally lead better lives.

– Cassie Parvaz
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Hilary Duff’s Charity Work to End Global Poverty http://www.borgenmagazine.com/hilary-duffs-charity-work/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:30:29 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=129301 SEATTLE — Hilary Duff, an American singer and actress, has a wide-ranging history of charitable activities. Specific causes that she has focused on have had success in alleviating global poverty through charities. Hilary Duff’s charity work is ongoing, and she will continue to do good for the world. The History of Hilary Duff’s Charity Work [...]

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SEATTLE — Hilary Duff, an American singer and actress, has a wide-ranging history of charitable activities. Specific causes that she has focused on have had success in alleviating global poverty through charities. Hilary Duff’s charity work is ongoing, and she will continue to do good for the world.

The History of Hilary Duff’s Charity Work

Hilary Duff has a diverse charitable record, as she is involved with many different charities. Duff has gone to hospitals to visit sick children, and she has brought poor children to amusement parks. This is in addition to contributing to fundraising efforts through Kids With A Cause, of which Duff was a founding member. Duff is also involved in Return to Freedom, which helps animals and the environment; she is the Youth Ambassador.

When Hilary Duff tours, she donates a percentage of the money from concert tickets to charities involved with hunger issues. Duff also asks people attending her concerts to bring canned foods to donate to USA Harvest. This has had a lot of positive results, with Duff and her fans collecting more than four million pounds of food for hunger charities.

Hilary Duff Does Her Part to Help Reduce Global Poverty

Hilary Duff’s charity work extends all over the world. Duff went on a visit to Colombia with Blessings in a Backpack, which helps provide food for poor school children. With Blessings in a Backpack, Duff brought more than 3,000 backpacks that contained nutritious food to kids in Bogota. 

Bogota mayor Samuel Moreno named Duff an Ambassador for Youth as a part of her charity work there. Duff commented to JollyPeople.com on her trip with Blessings in a Backpack in Columbia, “We’ve been working for four years feeding children over the weekends. They invited us to come here, and we got our first school in Bogota.” Duff’s good deeds have had a positive impact, especially for those who suffer the most in impoverished countries.

Causes and Charities That Hilary Duff Focuses On

There are more than 30 different causes that Hilary Duff supports, including poverty, homelessness, hunger, abuse, HIV/AIDS, at-risk/disadvantaged youths, children, disaster relief and education. Along with the causes that Duff supports, there are also many charities that she partners with to provide aid to those affected by these issues, such as World Vision, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Angelwear, STOMP Out Bullying, Aid Still Required, Alberta Harvest, Blessings in a Backpack, Kids With A Cause and USA Harvest. The power of charity has a lasting impact on these causes. In addition, when celebrities support different causes and work with charities to assist these causes, others are often inspired to make a difference and help.   

Hilary Duff’s charity work has helped make the world a better place, especially in impoverished areas. Duff’s participation in these different charities and her passion for many different causes are an important part of the fight to end global poverty. Duff plans to continue with her global charitable efforts, and this will help make progress in addressing the massive problem of global poverty.

– Kelly Kipfer
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Gigi Hadid and UNICEF: Bringing Awareness to Refugees http://www.borgenmagazine.com/gigi-hadid-and-unicef/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:30:50 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=129319 SEATTLE — One year after the Rohingya refugee crisis began forcing many young children and adults to flee Myanmar, supermodel Gigi Hadid traveled to Bangladesh to serve as an activist and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) supporter. Currently, there are 1.3 million people in the area who need humanitarian aid, with half or more being [...]

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SEATTLE — One year after the Rohingya refugee crisis began forcing many young children and adults to flee Myanmar, supermodel Gigi Hadid traveled to Bangladesh to serve as an activist and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) supporter. Currently, there are 1.3 million people in the area who need humanitarian aid, with half or more being children. Through this partnership, Hadid and UNICEF have been a voice for these young children and families in crisis and have supported millions of young refugees.

UNICEF’s Work With Refugees

As strong believers in the rights of children everywhere, UNICEF has played an important role in alleviating the refugee crisis and supports many children who have had to flee their homes due to war, poverty or persecution. This organization supports six actions and policies to protect child refugees:

  • Call for solutions to the causes that force children to become refugees, such as poverty and conflict.
  • Make sure these children are educated and healthy with access to schools, hospitals, food and shelter.
  • Ensure children stay with their families and have legal identities.
  • Stop detaining children and instead look for different solutions.
  • End discrimination, xenophobia and the stigma surrounding refugees and be a more welcoming global community.
  • Provide protection from violence and exploitation, such as forced labor and sexual slavery.

UNICEF works to support these goals around the world in different ways. One way is by providing humanitarian aid to refugee camps in great need. UNICEF works with local and national governments to provide legal protection and government services for these children. It also analyzes and reports data on the status of refugees.

The organization also operate spaces within camps that are child-friendly. This way, kids can play, run around and spend time or reunite with their families. When Hadid visited the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, she shared many photos and stories from these spaces and appeared touched by her many new friends.

Gigi Hadid and UNICEF Raise Awareness and Funds for Refugees

Hadid saw many different aspects of life as a refugee during her trip to Bangladesh. Her trip also highlighted the important programs that UNICEF has started in this area.

She visited the border area near the Sabrang River to see the path many refugees journeyed on. She shared photos from a Learning Center in Shamalpur Camp and discussed the services provided to children. At this center, children are taught Burmese, English, math and life skills, and are given psychosocial support to help with their emotional needs. Hadid also visited an Information Feedback Center, where activists and mobilizers build communities to respond to these crises. Other stops included a woman-friendly space, a soccer game at a child-friendly space and a visit to a therapeutic feeding center.

After sharing a week’s worth of thoughtful social media posts about her trip, Hadid, along with UNICEF Ambassador and model Halima Aden, began a CrowdRise page to fundraise for UNICEF. Furthering their impact even more, both models were featured on the cover of September’s CR Fashion Book.

This trip and the way Hadid used her voice to show what life is like for refugees and raise awareness for a cause is a great example of a celebrity using their fame for good. The partnership between Hadid and UNICEF has allowed many to learn more about the Rohingya refugees and will surely have more to share in the future.

– Alexandra Eppenauer
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Richard Gere’s Philanthropy Has a Global Impact http://www.borgenmagazine.com/richard-geres-philanthropy/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:30:56 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=129099 SEATTLE — Very few celebrity actors go beyond their stardom to dedicate their life to global causes. One such star is actor Richard Gere, who is not known only for his film roles but also for his humanitarian work. Richard Gere’s philanthropy demonstrates his commitment to advocacy and activism. The Gere Foundation Supports Global Humanitarian [...]

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SEATTLE — Very few celebrity actors go beyond their stardom to dedicate their life to global causes. One such star is actor Richard Gere, who is not known only for his film roles but also for his humanitarian work. Richard Gere’s philanthropy demonstrates his commitment to advocacy and activism.

The Gere Foundation Supports Global Humanitarian Issues

In the early 1980s, Gere became a voice for human rights issues. He was a strong advocate for issues like HIV/AIDS and the Tibet crisis. In 1991, Gere started the Gere Foundation to support the many important causes around the world. For more than 27 years, he has worked to bring attention and effective solutions to humanitarian issues rooted in intolerance, injustice and inequality. Grants from his foundation go towards research and treatment for HIV/AIDS, educational and healthcare programs and to organizations addressing human rights violations throughout the world.

Numerous groups dedicated to HIV/AIDS research and care have received grant funding from the foundation. Examples include:

  • AIDS Research Alliance
  • AIDS Project of Los Angeles
  • Children Affected by AIDS
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Harvard AIDS Institute

Richard Gere’s Philanthropy Includes Decades of Advocacy for Tibet

Gere has been a strong advocate for Tibet since the 1970s, long before he started his foundation. He has practiced Buddhism for many years and is a longtime student and friend of the Dalai Lama. Gere’s mission is to protect the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. His foundation contributes to the Tibet Fund, which works with the many Tibetan refugees residing in Bhutan, India and Nepal, as well as providing assistance to those who are in Tibet itself.

Gere was the co-founder and chairman of Tibet House and joined the board of directors of the International Campaign for Tibet to more effectively engage both national and international forums of influence. To bring awareness to the Tibetan crisis, Gere addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the U.S. House of Representatives, the European Parliament and the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

Gere’s Activism Benefits Numerous Organizations and Causes

Gere contributed to the book We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, released in October 2009. Gere discussed the persecution and loss of land of indigenous peoples and how it reflects on humankind’s own relationship with nature and capacity to survive. The royalties from the sale of the book go to the indigenous rights organization Survival International.

Richard Gere’s philanthropy includes work with a variety of humanitarian organizations, such as:

  • AMFAR
  • Amnesty International
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Human Rights Watch
  • J/P Haitian Relief Organization
  • International Red Cross
  • Oxfam America
  • Red Crescent Movement

Internationally acclaimed actor Richard Gere has shown that he also has a humanitarian side. He has helped several causes and has supported people from underprivileged backgrounds. His efforts to help Tibetan people move back to Tibet have been tremendously impactful. Gere’s work has benefited causes like AIDS, poverty and other issues around the world.

– Preethi Ravi
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How Christy Turlington-Burns Is Making Sure Every Mother Counts http://www.borgenmagazine.com/every-mother-counts/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:30:31 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128937 SEATTLE — Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a nonprofit organization working to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries. With a focus on advocacy, EMC informs, educates and mobilizes individuals to support global maternal health programs. EMC was founded by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington-Burns in 2010. After experiencing childbirth complications herself, [...]

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SEATTLE — Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a nonprofit organization working to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries. With a focus on advocacy, EMC informs, educates and mobilizes individuals to support global maternal health programs.

EMC was founded by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington-Burns in 2010. After experiencing childbirth complications herself, Turlington-Burns directed and produced the documentary “No Woman, No Cry.” The documentary was created to raise awareness about maternal health challenges encountered by women and girls worldwide. Every Mother Counts invests in various programs that provide women around the world with accessible healthcare.

Every year, more than 300,000 women will not survive pregnancy and childbirth complications while others endure long-term disabilities. This translates to one woman dying every two minutes from childbirth, leaving behind an average of four orphans per death. Ninety-nine percent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, 98 percent of which are preventable.

Dr. Jeff Sachs of Columbia University stated in a video for Every Mother Counts, “Hundreds of thousands of women will die of childbirth this year for the absurd reason that simple interventions that could save them are not available. This is a life and death issue around the world.”

EMC works to decrease maternal mortality rates by addressing three main barriers: transportation, education and supplies.

Every Mother Counts Works to Provide Access to Reliable Transportation

With very limited access to reliable transportation, most women have to walk three to eight miles to the nearest hospital, sometimes during labor. Poor infrastructure and an absence of public transit result in dangerous and challenging travel conditions. Most reliable transportation that is available is typically costly, preventing expectant mothers from traveling. Ambulances are uncommon and women who choose to travel often do not have a safe place to stay and must return home.

Rahel Maskiawa, a midwife at Ol Donyu Sambu Clinic in Zambia, told Every Mother Counts, “In our area, the thing that brings about the most deaths is the lack of transportation from the villages to a healthcare center or dispensary.”

With EMC’s support, Baylor Children’s Foundation Uganda has helped more than 85,000 mothers travel to healthcare facilities since 2012. Baylor Uganda provides travel vouchers to expectant mothers, allowing them to access a clinic for prenatal care, delivery and a follow-up.

Increasing Training of Skilled Birth Attendants

To ensure safe delivery and motherhood, skilled attendance remains a critical intervention. Many developing countries are experiencing a scarcity of trained health professionals and midwives:

  • Tanzania: 90 obstetricians and gynecologists for 17 million women
  • Guatemala: 41 nurses and midwives per 10,000 women
  • Bangladesh: 82 percent of all births occur without a skilled provider

Currently, there is a global need for 700,000 trained birth attendants. This scarcity is responsible for two million avoidable stillbirths, maternal and newborn deaths every year. Expectant mothers have a three to four times higher risk of dying when they do not receive prenatal care.

EMC is working with Midwives for Haiti, an organization that helps train and educate new birth attendants. Midwives for Haiti also supports complete maternal health in rural communities and provides emergency transfers to hospitals.

Solar Power Helps Hospitals Obtain Necessary Medical Supplies and Equipment

Health providers and hospitals lack basic supplies and utilities that are necessary to ensure a safe childbirth. In Malawi, only 1 percent of the population has access to electricity. As a result, health professionals must use candles, kerosene lanterns, flashlights or cell phones to see during delivery. Patients must provide or pay for the candles, batteries for flashlights, gloves, soap, sterile barriers and sterile razors. Hospitals cannot provide space to store such items, medical equipment or power to operate it.

By supporting We Care Solar, EMC has helped provide 40 rural hospitals in Malawi with reliable, portable solar power sources.

Since 2012, Every Mother Counts has positively impacted the lives and health of more than 680,800 mothers and babies. The organization has raised $17 million in funds that have been used as grants to invest in various programs worldwide. To date, more than 225,000 individuals have joined the movement to improve maternal health globally.

Recognized as one of Fast Company’s 10 most innovative nonprofit companies in 2016, Every Mother Counts continues to reduce maternal mortality and increase the accessibility of prenatal care in developing countries.

– Diane Adame
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Celebrity Spotlight: Paris Jackson http://www.borgenmagazine.com/paris-jackson/ Sun, 26 Aug 2018 08:30:52 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128921 SEATTLE — The name Paris Jackson may be familiar due to the rising model being featured on numerous magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her last name may also be familiar; her father is the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. Her father was not only known for his music and dancing, [...]

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SEATTLE — The name Paris Jackson may be familiar due to the rising model being featured on numerous magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her last name may also be familiar; her father is the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. Her father was not only known for his music and dancing, but also his humanitarian work. He donated more than $300 million to charities in his lifetime. Paris Jackson has been following in her father’s footsteps by donating her time to local and global charities. Here is a look at Paris Jackson’s humanitarian work.

Paris Jackson Toured Africa with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

In August 2017, Paris Jackson made her father proud by taking a charity trip to Malawi. She was on a tour with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, a charity founded by actress Elizabeth Taylor which helps fight HIV and AIDS. She shared a few heartwarming posts on her Instagram during the trip, including a video of kids in Malawi dancing with her, and a photo of her holding a baby and bonding with a local family.

Jackson is following in the footsteps of her godmother, actress Elizabeth Taylor, by using her platform to spread awareness about the spread of HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). In the fall of 2017, she was named an ambassador of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Last April, Jackson wrote an op-ed for Teen Vogue discussing the importance of being educated about HIV and AIDS. “We’re 37 years into the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, and institutionalized oppression is still the oxygen that this crisis breathes. Uncoincidentally, communities that have historically been subjected to prejudice also experience higher incidences of HIV and AIDS,” Jackson wrote in her op-ed.

Jackson Visited Puerto Rico to Help with Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

Last September, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, devastated Puerto Rico. More than a month later, the island was still in dire need of aid. Families throughout Puerto Rico still had limited to no access to food, water or power. Jackson visited the town of Aguadilla in October to help with hurricane relief efforts. She distributed supplies to a local school, giving each student a backpack, a water purifier and a solar light to help them do their homework.

Jackson Supports Her Brother’s Foundation, Heal LA

Paris Jackson’s older brother, Prince Jackson, founded the organization Heal Los Angeles to further the cause of their late father’s Heal the World Foundation. Heal LA’s mission is to “strengthen and support children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region by fighting child abuse, homelessness and hunger.” The organization holds events such as distributing presents to families around the holidays and aiding foster children who have aged out of the system. Paris has praised her brother for his great work and has supported him at his charity events. In October 2017, the siblings joined forces at Heal LA’s second annual Costume for a Cause event.

At only 20 years old, Paris Jackson has spoken out on many important global issues and engaged in many works of charity. She is certainly making her late father very proud.

– Ariane Komyati
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Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation Addresses Health and Education http://www.borgenmagazine.com/clara-lionel-foundation/ Sat, 25 Aug 2018 08:30:53 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128913 SEATTLE — Research has shown that children who live in impoverished conditions are less likely to complete their schooling. As a result, they are qualified for fewer jobs and earn a lower income. The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) aims to improve and increase the number of young people that complete their schooling, including higher education. [...]

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SEATTLE — Research has shown that children who live in impoverished conditions are less likely to complete their schooling. As a result, they are qualified for fewer jobs and earn a lower income. The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) aims to improve and increase the number of young people that complete their schooling, including higher education. In addition, CLF aims to better health and emergency response conditions so that health issues do not have to be a factor in not receiving an education.

Background of the Clara Lionel Foundation

The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in 2012. This foundation was created in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. After her grandmother Clara passed away from cancer, Fenty began the organization to decrease cancer mortality rates in Barbados.

The mission statement of the Clara Lionel Foundation has four parts addressing different inequalities that exist. It advocates for the right to education, as it is a tool against injustice and inequality. Equally as important is the right to health, as it is crucial to happiness and productivity. CLF also advocates for improving and increasing the number of emergency response programs around the world. Finally, Fenty believes that the voices of the younger generations are crucial to change, so one of the main goals of this foundation is to improve the quality of life of young people globally.

One goal of the Clara Lionel Foundation is to increase the number of young girls enrolled in secondary school. Each additional year of school a girl completes increases her expected future income by 20 percent. Education and poverty are linked in that when one lives in poverty, they may leave school so that they can work, depriving them of literacy and numeracy skills and decreasing their chances of a future career.

Efforts Target Schools and Students in Barbados

The foundation has created and supported other projects and programs such as the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the Barbados Micro Grants Program. These projects ensure continual investment in the goals of the mission statement, which are education, health and emergency response.

The CLF Scholarship Program targets young adults who come to the United States from countries such as Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti and Guyana that have been accepted into a four-year college or university in the United States. The students are granted the CLF scholarship once the college or university confirms that they can receive scholarships from CLF.

The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides access to cancer screening and treatment that is not readily available in Barbados. So far, CLF has donated three pieces of equipment to the hospital. Additionally, it has given two incubators to the pediatrics department.

While the CLF Scholarship Program is available to students of various countries, the Barbados Micro Grants Program is exclusive to those in the Barbadian educational system. This program provides grants directly to schools that promote academic achievement, health and development. So far, the program has impacted five schools in Barbados.

Partnerships Help the Clara Lionel Foundation Have a Larger Impact

The foundation also works to bring in other brands to help raise awareness, such as Puma, Dior, and oFo. In collaboration with Puma, Fenty’s line Fenty PUMA donates a portion of the profits from sales to CLF. Fenty also uses her own brands, such as Fenty Beauty, to advertise the foundation and help raise awareness and funds for it.

CLF has a partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). GPE currently supports more than 65 developing countries, ensuring that every child has access to a basic education. They target the poorest and most vulnerable within those societies. In 2016, Fenty became an ambassador for GPE.

CLF has projects based in various countries, such as Barbados, Senegal and Malawi. It utilizes its Instagram page to show the progress of its projects globally and give viewers the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the students.

By using her organization to build goals around health and education, Fenty has built an array of support around these issues. By working with cosponsors such as Dior, there is more awareness being spread and therefore more action being taken. An organization like CLF can help turn around the lives of the impoverished and undereducated.

– Jessica Ramtahal
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Demi Lovato’s Iraq Visit Brings Positivity to Suffering Children http://www.borgenmagazine.com/demi-lovatos-iraq-visit/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 08:30:52 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128910 SEATTLE — Pop star, actress and mental health spokeswoman Demi Lovato notified the public at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City that she had an ambassador for mental health advocacy in impoverished areas. Lovato became an ambassador by joining Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization. Both Lovato and Global Citizen have worked [...]

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SEATTLE — Pop star, actress and mental health spokeswoman Demi Lovato notified the public at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City that she had an ambassador for mental health advocacy in impoverished areas. Lovato became an ambassador by joining Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization. Both Lovato and Global Citizen have worked with Save the Children to help poor children in Iraq. In 2016, Lovato became associated with Global Citizen through her performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Save the Children and Demi Lovato’s Iraq Visit Helps Kids in Need

Save the Children is currently running a pilot program called HEART that, through an arts-based approach, helps provide mental health and psychosocial care to internally displaced children in Iraq who have experienced chronic stress due to the recent conflicts in the country. Save the Children has conducted research that emphasizes the importance of ensuring that these impoverished children in Iraq, who are suffering mentally as a result of being in severe danger from violence, are taken care of.

Lovato, Global Citizen and Save the Children have made it their mission to provide whatever help they could to the children in Iraq who were suffering. They did this by providing a creative outlet for the kids to heal through drawing, painting and getting involved with music. In doing so, the children were better able to express the pain they are experiencing. Through the HEART program, they can reflect on what has hurt them in the past and become stronger. Demi Lovato’s Iraq visit with Global Citizen and Save the Children means that these suffering kids will have a second chance.

Demi Lovato’s Charity Background and Her Voice in Ending Global Poverty

Lovato herself has dealt with mental health issues. She uses her struggles to speak up and help others who are suffering. Lovato also has a history of being involved with charity. After Lovato joined Global Citizen in 2016, she went to the organization’s first festivals in India and Germany. Demi Lovato’s Iraq visit is just one part of her charitable activities; she stated at the Global Citizen Festival, “Ending the stigma around mental health conditions and supporting internally displaced children to build physical and mental resilience through education and access to justice is not a choice, it needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.” Lovato is using her voice to help end global poverty through her charity work.

Global poverty can be minimized through small actions, as it all adds up. Celebrities like Demi Lovato are often involved in charities, especially ones that are helping impoverished countries. Not only does that leave a positive impact, but it also helps alleviate global poverty.

Demi Lovato has struggled through her own mental health issues, and she is using her experiences to help those suffering globally. Demi Lovato’s Iraq visit has changed the lives of struggling children for the better. Lovato’s dedication to working with Global Citizen and Save the Children to help improve the lives of impoverished children in Iraq is genuinely making a difference in reducing global poverty.

– Kelly Kipfer
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7 Facts About J.K. Rowling’s Charity Work http://www.borgenmagazine.com/facts-about-j-k-rowlings-charity-work/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:30:54 +0000 http://www.borgenmagazine.com/?p=128907 SEATTLE — J. K. Rowling is best known for authoring the Harry Potter book series, which were released between 1997 and 2007 and sold more than 450 million copies worldwide. Rowling is also exceptionally charitable; as someone who has risen from poverty to fame and fortune, she has made a point of giving back to [...]

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SEATTLE — J. K. Rowling is best known for authoring the Harry Potter book series, which were released between 1997 and 2007 and sold more than 450 million copies worldwide. Rowling is also exceptionally charitable; as someone who has risen from poverty to fame and fortune, she has made a point of giving back to those less fortunate. In her 2008 Harvard commencement speech, she stated, “[Poverty] is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.” With this mindset, she has gone on to support numerous charities.

Facts About J.K. Rowling’s Charity Work

  1. J. K. Rowling achieved billionaire status because of her success with the Harry Potter series. However, she is no longer a billionaire because she has donated so much of her fortune to charity. In 2011, she donated 16 percent of her total net worth, equal to about $160 million.
  2. One of Rowling’s novels, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be republished by Scholastic with the proceeds going to the charity Comic Relief and Rowling’s global charity, Lumos. Rowling will be adding a new foreword that is narrated by Newt Scamander and includes new details on the Wizarding World.
  3. Within the past year, Rowling’s charities have donated more than £8 million to various causes. Volant Charitable Trust gave more than £3 million to causes like the Disasters Emergency Committee, Save the Children and Christian Aid. Rowling’s other charity, Lumos, gave more than £5.2 million to aid orphans and children in perilous situations worldwide.
  4. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, is an international nonprofit organization whose main goal is to aid orphaned children in troubled situations in finding their families or otherwise provide them with a loving home. Over the past year, Lumos has helped to reunite more than 111 children in Haiti with their families.
  5. Another of the facts about J.K. Rowling’s charity work is that in addition to her own foundations, Rowling supports 14 organizations. She has served as an ambassador for the charity Gingerbread, and now holds the title of honorary president. Gingerbread advocates for single parents by providing them with support and advice.
  6. Rowling has shown her support for the charity Comic Relief, whose goal is to end poverty and social biases in the U.K., by writing two Harry Potter companion novels for the organization. The sales from Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised more than £17 million for Comic Relief.
  7. An additional charity Rowling fervently supports is the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, located at the University of Edinburgh. Rowling’s mother is the namesake for the clinic; she died in 1990 due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Rowling is an avid humanitarian, and helps to support these organizations by providing personal donations and through her successful book sales. These facts about J.K. Rowling’s charity work are a testament to how Rowling’s hard work and prosperity have positively impacted the world around her.

– Alyssa Hannam

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