TAG: Humanitarian

Architecture Steps Up With High Fives

Architecture Steps Up With High Fives

Most of us don’t think of flooring as a luxury item, but as a basic element of housing. However, the impact of inadequate flooring is widespread. An effort called the High Fives Campaign is a movement by the nonprofit organization, Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), that is determined to improve the lives of families simply by replacing the dirt floors in their homes. With a goal date of 2015, they are seeking to completely remove dirt floors in at least 500 homes in Bangladesh so children are healthier, safer and can celebrate their fifth birthdays by decreasing the… read more

Socially Responsible Architecture

Socially Responsible Architecture

The role of architecture is often focused on for design and construction, important vehicles for enlarging and elevating our worlds. However, what place architecture has in humanitarian efforts can go either largely unnoticed – or largely absent. BUILDaCHANGE is one nonprofit organization that is attempting to merge the disciplines of architecture and philanthropy with their real life designs. FAREstudio architects started BUILDaCHANGE in 2012 with the clear goal of utilizing the design and building processes for a greater good. With the assistance of local workers when applicable, they create sustainable and functional facilities. FAREstudio has developed projects like women’s health… read more

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services. There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water. UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by… read more

Research, Results And Smiles for Over 50 Years

Research, Results And Smiles for Over 50 Years

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been a leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment for over 5 decades. Established by Danny Thomas on February 4, 1962, the story of this children’s hospital is an inspirational one. The goal of the hospital remains true to its original vision, to find cures for cancer and other diseases that affect children through a research based model and individualized treatment. St. Jude is open to all children, worldwide, and the hospital sees an average 7,800 patients annually, and families receive entirely free services for their children. Patients that need treatment at St. Jude… read more

The Power Of A Purchase

The Power Of A Purchase

If you have ever wondered what the effect of purchasing a product is, one example of a company that actually makes that possible is Given Goods. Each product at their marketplace has been chosen for its reciprocal properties, and the stories of the merchandise is also shared with members. They tell how the purchase of each particular item effects the area where it came from as well as the difference it makes for individuals and their families. They also have programs associated with some products that are meant to benefit various humanitarian efforts. Their interactive community map allows customers to check… read more

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

Gentle Voice, Powerful Words-The Message of Malala

As you listen in on the moans and groans that periodically creep up when getting children ready for the school week and its at times hectic schedules, homework and practices, it can get stressful. And then you hear about Malala Yousafzai. Her story and what happened to the then 15 year old on the way to school on October 9th, 2012 is hard to hear. Her unwavering commitment to make a stand for those who are deprived of their basic rights to be educated is, for lack of a bigger, better word – commendable. Standing up for girls everywhere who are… read more