“It all started with some pictures of children that drowned on a beach. We thought: if we dedicate ourselves to this and we do it on our beaches, why are they dying there and why is nobody helping them?“ That’s Proactiva Open Arms. It’s a Spanish non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue refugees who arrive in Europe […]

TreeSisters is a non-profit charity that cares about tropical reforestation. Its mission is to “help reforest the Tropics and increase Earth’s green cover through the combined leadership of women around the world who seek to bring ecological balance back to the planet.” Its objectives are: “(1) Increasing Green Cover – to promote for the benefit of the […]

How can farmers become teachers and villages become classrooms? Quite easily and naturally in Nepal. Because they know the land and environment intimately, local farmers and villagers in eastern Nepal are helping to identify and preserve the country’s immense variety of flora and fauna. Using the local knowledge of the people living there, the non-profit KTK-BELT Project […]

“Out of adversity comes empathy”. Out of empathy came the idea and implementation in Japan of an initiative to assist young people who survived the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck the country in March of 2011. That initiative is BEYOND Tomorrow. Begun in June 2011 just after the disaster, this scholarship and leadership programme is […]

The continuing civil war in Syria is considered one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Estimates indicate that half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Much emphasis during this crisis has been put on essential rescue efforts in the areas of […]

What on earth does “Upcycling the Oceans” mean? Upcycling the Oceans is “an unprecedented global adventure to help clean the oceans of debris through fishermen. It’s a unique, complex and groundbreaking project whose ultimate goal is to transform the plastic debris found in the Mediterranean into thread to make fabric.” With the help of the fishermen, the project recovers […]

It’s old news, and new. We know that the big multinational companies have a lot of clout and can make a difference on a multitude of issues if they want to. Fortune recently published its new Change the World list, which it says is “meant to shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in […]

What is Daily Dump? In numbers, it’s: 25,895 kg of organic waste saved daily 29,370 happy customers 60+ partners bringing Daily Dump to people in India Design and innovation in India for India According to Daily Dump, a company created in India in 2006, “if we all change the way we throw [things away] and if […]

You can make a difference in a child’s life in rural Burkina Faso. Your 20 Swiss francs (about $21) will buy health insurance for a child for one whole year. Just 30 Swiss francs ($31.50) will buy four study books for the students at Rambo high school. Help Swiss association Kaïcedra provide essential gifts for its […]

Business Wire India issued this press release on 22 January about what young people are doing to shape a better future: “The Coca-Cola Company today announced the 2015 winners of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge – a competition exclusively for members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. Global Shapers are young leaders between 20 […]