Global Support2019-08-21T20:41:17-04:00

Unicef – Reaching children in crisis

  Reaching children in crisis Less than a week after her appointment as UNICEF Ambassador international film star Audrey Hepburn saw UNICEF’s life-saving work reaching children in crisis. It was March 1988 and after years of drought, hunger crises and civil war, Ethiopia was one of the most difficult places on earth to be a child - millions of lives were at risk. While in Ethiopia Ms. Hepburn saw UNICEF-assisted health clinics, feeding programmes, [...]

Tusk Trust – Investing in The Future of Africa

Protecting Wildlife, Supporting Communities, Promoting Education The setting was about as far away from Africa as it gets. Up a winding private road in Beverly Hills, on an immaculate estate with views that stretched out toward the Pacific Ocean. Just another sleepy Sunday morning, save for the fact a handful of Hollywood’s more celebrated residents had gathered to await the arrival of the world’s most famous couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who [...]

Conservation International – People Need Nature to Thrive

People Need Nature to Thrive Mission: Protecting Humanity through Environmental Initiatives While everyone knows superstar, Harrison Ford as an action hero in the legendary film franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones, considerably fewer are familiar with his heroics off-screen. For over 20 years this cinematic idol has been championing his efforts to wage another clear and present danger — the depletion of the earth’s natural resources. Operating as the Vice Chair for Conservation International [...]

UNHCR – Helena Christensen Mission to Colombia

Helena Christensen Mission to Colombia with UNHCR I have just returned from a trip to Colombia with UNHCR, where I had the privilege of meeting some incredibly courageous, but very vulnerable women. As a photographer, it was an extraordinary opportunity travelling to Colombia, spending time in communities there, talking to women and documenting their lives — using photography to tell their stories. Colombia has a population of 48 million people, of whom almost 7 million are [...]

Conservation International

Ian Somerhalder: The Voice Of Coral Reef For fans of Warner Brother’s hit supernatural TV drama “The Vampire Diaries,” actor,  Ian Somerhalder will forever be likened to Damon Salvatore — the blood-thirsty, yet charming vampire. While Ian’s charisma may be equally as palpable as his persona onscreen, fortunately in real life he is much more interested in preserving life than taking it. As the Co-Founder and President of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), [...]

Unicef – Ensure a brighter future for all children

Unicef - Ensure a brighter future for all children As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, international singer and songwriter Katy Perry visited Madagascar in 2013 to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009. UNICEF has an extensive network on the ground in the country and works with government and social agencies to promote [...]

Water.org – Breaking The Cycle of Poverty

When you think of essentials in life, nothing is more fundamental than the need for safe water and sanitation. Though most of us are lucky enough to never experience what it’s like to go without a toilet or safe, clean water, this is not the case for millions of people across the world. For the third consecutive year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report in 2014 ranked water crises as a [...]

MWCT – Restoring the ballance

  For generations the Maasai people have lived happily along the Great Rift Valley of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania — deep within the heart of Africa. Co-existing with wildlife, these semi-nomadic people are one of the few remaining tribes who continue to live in accordance with their traditional lifestyle. Unfortunately the Maasai have struggled in modern Africa. Since the European settlers arrived in the late 19th century, the tribe has lost over two-thirds [...]

The Clinton Foundation – The Truth about Gender Equality

The Truth about Gender Equality For women, the road to equality has been long and arduous. Forced to overcome deep-rooted patriarchal constructs and restrictive gender biases, for centuries women have fought to receive the same fundamental rights and freedoms as men. Over time, a great deal of progress has been made; in fact, it’s hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago women in Canada and the United States didn’t even [...]

UNHCR – Sister Angelique

Sister Angelique   By Kristin Davis for UNHCR   We are driving through green, thick canopies of forest and alongside powerful, rushing rivers. The climate is tropical and the scenery is beautiful here in the Haut-Uele District of the Democratic Republic of Congo, far up north on the border with South Sudan. But as we barrel down the pot-holed roads towards the town of Dungu I know that this splendid landscape belies the thousands upon thousands [...]

Unicef – A Generation Without a Home

Orlando Bloom The Children of Syria A Generation Without a Home Best known for his portrayal of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, for over a decade Orlando Bloom has entertained audiences with his Hollywood heroics. However, when this award-winning actor isn't fighting the battle of good and evil on the silver screen, he’s working alongside UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) to help improve the lives of real [...]

Shania Kids Can

Reaching Children Under the Radar “As a child, I often went to school without having had breakfast, without a lunch, no money to take part in pizza days or many field trips for example, because I wasn't able to pay or get the authorization signature from my parents because they were not available or unable.  Reflecting back, I realize that my disadvantages created a lack of self-confidence and insecurity, causing me to withdraw and [...]

Me to We – Free the children

Free the children On World Day Against Child Labour, I think sadly of the lost potential of 168 million children toiling in brick kilns, carpet factories and plantations instead of attending school. I also celebrate a friend and force of nature who works enthusiastically to educate girls who might otherwise walk for hours to gather water and firewood, or be forced into early marriage. Nelly Furtado is not only a chart-topping songstress in [...]

A Blind Child’s Gift Of Sight

A Blind Child’s Gift Of Sight “I always wish to see things around me. I promise that I will not cry and if I will see, I will buy you a bottle of Coca Cola.” Cristella, 4-year-old Burundian cataract patient 4-year-old Cristella was born in Burundi with cataracts in both eyes leaving her blind. She wanted to be able to see the faces of her mother and father, her home, and the world [...]

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts With mother’s day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to reflect about the sacrifices our mothers made when we were growing up. These remarkable women put their needs on the back burner to help us with our homework, tend to our scraped knees, and provide us with everything we need to feel safe and loved.  While there is almost no end to what a mother will [...]

Farm Radio

Farm Radio A Simple But Powerful Tool In The Fight Against Poverty and Hunger Radio may be old, but it’s still going strong. From sharing up-to-the-minute news to the latest hits, it continues to connect us to what’s going on at home and around the world. Even in today’s high-tech world, radio remains an important and powerful communication tool. One that can change lives for the better. That’s what radio did for Masiye [...]

Honouring A Conservation Hero

Honouring A Conservation Hero When luxury condo developer Shane Baghai purchased 200 acres of farmland in Caledon, Ontario, to establish Paradise Farms, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) was there to help. Shane’s acute awareness of agriculture’s interdependent relationship with the natural world, created the opportunity to partner in a big way to preserve and protect this vital natural habitat. On his farm, Shane is working to protect water quality and wildlife habitat by participating [...]

Laura Vandervoort – Transforming Lives With World Vision

Laura Vandervoort - Transforming Lives With World Vision Born and raised in Toronto, Canada actress Laura Vandervoort is best known for her portrayal of Elena Michaels on SPACE’s hit TV series Bitten, her dynamic role as Supergirl on Smallville, and ‘Lisa’ on ABC’s series V. Though her on-screen personas are often otherworldly, as a Global Ambassador with World Vision Laura’s pursuits are much more down-to-earth. 10 years ago Laura Vandervoort began sponsoring two [...]

Wild Aid

WildAid Wildlife activists and animal lovers alike are up in arms in the wake of last month’s tragic poaching incident, in which an entire family of twelve elephants were slaughtered and their tusks carted off at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.  As the single worst recorded ivory poach in Kenya’s history, the world has been forced to take a sobering look at the ongoing battle with the illegal wildlife trade. Every year the [...]

UNHCR – An Emotional Journey Home

Alek Wek: An emotional journey home with UNHCR Alek Wek, the long limbed South Sudanese supermodel, is beguiling in person. Her intoxicating accent and mega-watt smile immediately intrigue but this woman is far more than a pretty face. This past July, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) accompanied the infamous model, a refugee herself, to South Sudan for the one-year anniversary of the country’s independence.  “I couldn’t believe it really happened.  After almost 50 [...]

Unicef – No child too far

No child too far: Ewan McGregor on UNICEF’s work reaching fragile newborns in India Ewan McGregor recounts an emotional visit to a pioneering unit saving tiny lives in one of the poorest parts of India It was my first trip to India with UNICEF and I had come to the city of Patna in the western state of Bihar. As we were driving through the city I was overwhelmed by the poverty: children [...]

PSI – The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled: Delivering Better Health for More Children   BY: MANDY MOORE   It’s cold and flu season….for many parents in the developed world a child’s fever may signal a cold or a flu or an infection of some type – something usually pretty easily treated.   For millions of parents in the developing world a child’s fever can mean death.   The nearest health center might be up to one [...]

WaterCan – Mission to Africa’s Highest Peak

  As the single largest cause of sickness on earth, lack of safe water and sanitation is a daunting problem with no easy solution. Today, over 780 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, and more than 2.5 billion people are without basic sanitation.  As dismal as this sounds there is hope! Founded in 1987 by visionary Michael Lubbock, WaterCan is a leading Canadian water charity dedicated to helping the world’s poorest [...]

Oxfam – Humanitarian aid and long-term development

Oxfam - Humanitarian aid  and long-term development Scarlett Johansson affectionately refers to wells, water pipes, latrines and septic tanks as “Oxfam’s magic.” The Hollywood actress is an Oxfam ambassador who was struck by the “sense of community and humanity” amid the desperate poverty she witnessed during a visit to the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya in the fall. “Oxfam being here on the ground providing clean water and sanitation is essential, it’s [...]

Raising Hope for Congo

Raising Hope for Congo…Robin’s Courageous Journey As people around the world become more mindful of where their consumer products come from, accountability for human rights violations are being demanded.  Of the many deplorable cases, the situation in eastern Congo is one of the most heinous.  Home to many mines rich in natural resources; Congo’s government and rebel militias fight for control, using the profits to fund horrific violence. Congo's disorganized military and police do [...]