The Children Of Syria

Becoming an official Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2009, Orlando Bloom has travelled to disaster stricken communities all over the world in hopes of raising awareness and rallying much needed humanitarian relief. Most recently, Bloom has joined UNICEF in their mission to support children and families impacted by the Syrian crisis.

Farm Radio
A Simple Device That Seeds Change and Tackles Hunger

For about a century, radio has played a vital role in our lives. From bringing us up-to-the-minute news to providing us with the latest musical hits, it has connected us to what’s going on in the world. Today, radio is still changing lives around the world.

A Story of Revival

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 of terrible stories of savage brutality and darkness that have scarred the people of this remote region.

Mission to Columbia

Colombia has a population of 48 million people, of whom almost 7 million are internally displaced (IDP’s) forced from their homes: to put it in perspective — that is the equivalent of almost the entire population of Hong Kong being forced from their homes.

The Clinton Foundation
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 have the right to vote.

Restoring The Balance

Spending much of his youth in the outback of Kenya on sporting safaris with his father, Luca Belpietro’s passion for East Africa began early in life. As an adult, Luca earned an Economics degree, eventually becoming a successful managing director of a financial consulting firm. However the plains of Africa never left his thoughts. Unable to turn his back on his dream of living and working in the wilderness of East Africa, Luca and his girlfriend (now wife) Antonella Bonomi moved to the Chyulu Hills in Kenya.

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 around the world.

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 child protection and survival.

Ian Somerhalder
The Voice Of Coral Reef

As the Co-Founder and President of Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), Ian has spent much of the last four years fighting for the future of our planet. Assembling a team of passionate activists across the globe, this Hollywood heartthrob has gained the admiration of the entertainment industry and the environmental community alike.

Conservation International
People Need Nature To Thrive

As the world’s population continues to skyrocket, more and more pressure is being put on our natural resources. In fact, in the next 40 years our population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people, which will essentially double global demand for food, water and energy. Today as it stands, 1 in 6 people don’t have access to clean drinking water, half of the world’s sick suffer from waterborne disease, and over a billion lack proper sanitation.

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, income-generating activities and orphanages. She met with children, their familes and UNICEF's frontline emergency responders.

Me to We
Giving Girls The Power

Nelly Furtado is not only a chart-topping songstress in English and Spanish, she is also a fierce advocate for girls education and a dedicated Ambassador for Free The Children, the charity I co-counded with my brother, Marc, almost 20 years ago.

Shania Kids Can
Reaching Children Under The Radar

These are the words of world-renowned Canadian country pop singer and song writer, Shania Twain. In a heartfelt personal note Shania reveals the struggles of a youth shrouded in poverty and isolation. Often lacking access to proper nutrition, clean clothing and parental support, Shania shares the challenges of growing up in a disadvantaged family.

Ensure No Child Is Too Far

Set in southeastern Peru’s Urubamba Valley, Cusco is 3,300 meters high in the Andes mountain range and is the Inca’s ancient capital city where treks to the Machu Picchu ruins begin.

Every Mother Counts
Working Together To Make Pregnancy Safe For All Moms

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.

Wild Aid
A Global Campaign

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 was 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 ill egal wildlife trade.

The 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!

The Road Less Travelled

For many kids in sub-Saharan Africa, fevers are often the first sign of serious health issues like malaria or pneumonia—both are leading causes of death among children in the developing world. During a recent visit to Cameroon I learned that malaria was the number one reason children didn't live to celebrate their fifth birthday. The disease was responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths in health care facilities across the country.

An Emotional Journey Home

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 years my country is free. It was truly an inspiration to see the pride of the South Sudanese people," Wek said.

No Child Too Far

Ewan McGregor recounts an emotional visit to a pioneering unit saving tiny lives in one of the poorest parts of India

Humanitarian Aid And Long-term Development

Nearly a quarter of 445,000 refugees at Dadaab arrived in a surge last year, when the worst drought in decades made malnutrition rates soar and livestock perish in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Raise Hope For Congo
Robin's Passionate Journey

As people around the world become more mindful of the raw materials and labour tat go into our electronics, jewelry, and other products, consumers have come to expect accountability for human rights violations. Savvy customers of cell phones, laptops, music players and digital cameras have become increasingly aware of the situation in eastern Congo, where the deadliset conflict since World War II continues today.

Tusk Trust
Investing In The Future Of Africa

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 of the world's most famous couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Impact Of These Programs Is Undeniable

This past December UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham took time away from his Asian soccer tour to visit 'Village for Youth' a youth residence in Manila, Philippines.

Virgin Unite
Protect Canada's Polar Bears

It's no secret climate change is the largest environmental threat to our planet, with adverse consequences affecting people, nature and the economy. Canada's Arctic is warming faster than any place on Earth, putting wildlife such as the iconic Polar Bear in peril.

Second Harvest
No Waste. No Hunger.

For almost 30 years Second Harvest has been preventing fresh, surplus food from ending up in landfill, and delivering that good food to seniors, adults and children, experiencing hunger in our community. The food that Second Harvest rescues is all donated, perfectly good food that provides nutritional sustenance to our city’s most vulnerable.

Journalists for Human Rights
Knowledge is Power

Journalism for Human Rights (JHR) is a unique Canadian charity that helps reporters in some of the world’s most challenging places cover local issues to raise human rights awareness and improve people’s lives. From the D.R. Congo to South Sudan to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, JHR-trained journalists are exposing human rights abuses, and sharing people’s stories — stories that would otherwise never be told. Once the public becomes aware of these concerns, they can begin to talk about them and mobilize for change.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation
The Face of HIV

Of the more than 23 million people infected with HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, 60% are women. And in the age range fifteen to twenty-four, 75% are women and girls. But the fact that African women are disproportionately affected by HIV is just one part of the story. For the face of hope, the face at the heart of the response is also an African woman’s face.

Seva Canada
Help a Blind Person See

Most of the world’s 39 million blind live in the developing world, and could have their sight restored if care was brought to them. A 15-minute cataract surgery costing just $50 can transform a life forever. You can help a blind person see. Visit seva.ca for more information.

Kids Help Phone
Help Change A Child's Life

As a Kids Help Phone counsellor, my job is to help—so I began by listening. The boy told me his name was Liam* and he was seven years old. Then he explained he was so worried about facing a cruel bully that he cried himself to sleep almost every night. Over our call, we talked about new ways he could get the bullying to stop, and how he could tell his parents and teachers what was happening.

Coldplay Joins Oxfam To Stop Land Grabs

In March, 2011, more than 700 Maya-Q’eqchi’ families in Polochic Valley, Guatemala, were violently evicted from tenant farmland. Homes and crops were torched. Three people were killed. Families were left on the side of the road with no means to earn a living or to feed themselves.

Christian Blind Mission
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Disability

Most children who live in poverty with a disability never see the inside of a classroom. They either die in infancy or they can’t get themselves to the schoolhouse. Others aren’t considered worth the school fees. Still others can’t take the brutal bullying once they get there, so they drop out.

Ontario SPCA
Give An Animal A Chance Of A Happy Home

In Ontario, the beginning of winter marks a tough season for homeless, abandoned and neglected animals. A former housecat huddles among garbage for warmth, riddled with fleas and on the brink of starvation.


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