Mar 16, 2017 02:35 pm Save the Children global artist ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his sweet soccer skills and his ever-changing haircuts. Now, he is getting hairstyle advice from Omar, a Syrian refugee teen in barber training at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
Today, on the six-year mark of the Syrian conflict, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself and his son on his social media channels holding a picture of Omar in an attempt to remind people about those who are most vulnerable in the devastating conflict. In the photo, Omar is holding a drawing of himself in barber training, a picture he drew through Save the Children’s art therapy program – called Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) – that helps kids process and communicate feelings related to their experiences.
Omar regularly attends Save the Children’s drop-in center for adolescent and teen boys, many of whom who work odd jobs in and around the camp to bring money home to their families. The center offers a place for boys to learn and to play. This is where Omar enrolled in a six-month barber training course. Most boys complete the course and take a barbershop kit home to start their own business and earn a living. But Omar had a different purpose in mind. He made a good cause out of it.
“I shave and cut hair for old and disabled people and for people who cannot make it to a barbershop,” Omar said. “They call me and I take my kit and go to their house for free,” he added. When asked how he would style Ronaldo’s air if given the chance, Omar said, “Whatever he likes. I think ‘fading’ would suit him.” Fading is the most popular and basic haircut among boys at Za’atari.
This “goodwill barber of Za’atari” is just one child among many impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Ronaldo’s post of Omar comes in the wake of a recent report by Save the Children and its Syrian partners.
Published in advance of the six-year mark, “Invisible Wounds” includes findings from interviews with more than 450 children, adolescents and adults inside Syria in the largest study of its kind conducted during the course of the conflict. It found that children are living in an almost constant state of fear, terrified by shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence, with devastating psychological consequences.
For more information on Save the Children’s work on the Syrian crisis, go here. To donate to Save the Children’s Syrian Relief Fund, please visit Savethechildren.org/Syria or text SYRIA to 20222 donate $25.
Mar 16, 2017 01:30 pm Prince Harry has visited Epping Forest to view the Wood Pasture Restoration Project which is part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
During his visit His Royal Highness was able to learn about the area’s natural and historic heritage and he was able to witness the work that is being undertaken as part of the QCC project.
Park Rangers introduced Prince Harry to Longhorn cow Lucky, who grazes across the forest using satellite collars and fenceless grazing technology. He also chatted to those who are involved with ancient tree conservation work and learnt how the site is being preserved and managed for generations to come.
The QCC was launched in 2015 in partnership with The Royal Commonwealth Society and is a conservation initiative that aims to create a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife.
Epping Forest, London’s largest open space, was dedicated to the QCC in 2016 by The City of London Corporation.
Home to over a million trees Epping Forest is steeped in Royal History. It was opened in 1882 by Queen Victoria when she made a public address under the Queen’s Oak Tree. She dedicated the forest to “the use and enjoyment of my people for all time”.
Prince Harry also met some local school children who frequently use the park and are involved in a range of conservation activities. His Royal Highness helped identify plant health problems and took part in an activity called pond dipping, which is all part of The QCC’s aim to promote the value of native forests.
Finally Prince Harry, together with school children, planted a tree under the Queen’s Oak to mark the Epping Forest Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Prince Harry previously supported the QCC during his visit to the Caribbean. He visited projects in Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.
The forestry sites across the Commonwealth dedicated to the QCC will be preserved in perpetuity to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
Since the launch 21 Commonwealth counties have dedicated forestry projects or are planting new forests, with another 10 countries in the process of finalising submissions.
The Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction is the first in a new series of specially curated auctions hosted on Charitybuzz.com that will help charities raise even more money for worthy causes all year long. The full slate includes CB Curates: Music – March 14–30 , CB Curates: Golf – April 18–May 4 , CB Curates: Broadway – May 23–June 13 , CB Curates: Fashion – August 8–24, CB Curates: Hollywood – October 3–19 , and CB Curates: Entrepreneur – November 1–16 .
WE Day, a series of inspiring stadium-sized life-changing events that take place around the world, announces the initial list of speakers, performers and presenters attending the first-ever WE Day event in the tri-state area, WE Day New York Welcome, on April 6, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall.
Alongside partners, led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation, Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft, WE Day New York Welcome brings together 6,000 local change-makers, inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers to celebrate their commitment to taking action on social issues.
Hosted by multimedia icon, Angie Martinez, a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites will take the stage this year, including Martin Luther King III, Daya, Talib Kweli, Rowan Blanchard, Winnie Harlow, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Paula Abdul, Mia Farrow, Darren Criss & Computer Games, Skai Jackson, Jordan Smith, J.R. Martinez, Celebrity Marauders and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches to inspire another year of change.
“WE Day is such an inspirational event—learning about the amazing initiatives my fellow peers are undertaking to support each other and help build stronger communities is exactly what gives me inspiration to try and make a difference in the world,” said Multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and recording artist Daya. “I cannot wait to attend my first ever WE Day in New York and celebrate the power of young people and the leaders of tomorrow.”
Darren Criss, actor and member of indie pop-band Computer Games stated, “I’m proud to say that WE Day New York will be my fifth WE Day. Witnessing so many young people get excited about creating positive impacts in the world, and be so passionate about raising awareness for social issues- this is why I keep coming back to WE Day. It serves as an inspiration and reminder that no matter what your age, you too can make a difference.”
WE Day New York Welcome is a true community celebration, sharing inspiring stories of New Yorkers taking action to earn their ticket to WE Day. Besty Nwachukwu and Dejanae Johnson are two 7th graders who are passionate about supporting their local community and inspiring their peers to join in. They are leaders in bullying prevention, serving as volunteer peer counselors for the Blue-Light Program to help resolve conflict within their school and community. They also work with various other local programs including Girls Empowered and Motivated for Success — a program dedicated to self-esteem and self-empowerment of young girls, and Project Boost — a program that teaches young people to embrace cultural experiences. Besty and Dejanae are shining examples of change makers in the tri-state area.
“WE Day celebrates the amazing young people who have taken action at home and around the world to create sustainable change for a better tomorrow,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “Standing in a stadium full of passionate youth will affirm your belief that real change can happen — and is happening every single day right here in the New York. This past school year more than 340 schools and groups around the tri-state area made an incredible impact in their own backyards and in communities around the world through their commitment and passion for change.”
WE Day is part of WE — an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world locally and globally, achieving transformative outcomes for themselves and others. Through the yearlong educational program WE Schools, WE provides schools and community groups with educational resources and student-led campaigns designed to enhance existing social initiatives or spark new ones. Youth involved with WE Schools are challenged to make an impact on at least one local and one global issue, and are supported with curricular resources, service campaigns, and mentorship programs to help them become change-makers. To celebrate their efforts, students are invited to WE Day, earning their tickets through action.
In the 2015-2016 school year, students and educators from across the tri-state area helped lead remarkable social change. Nearly 4,000 students from across the region improved their communities through WE Schools by raising awareness and fundraising for local and global issues such as poverty, hunger, education, youth rights and the environment. Students in the after school program at The El Peunte Williamsburg Leadership Center, for example, raised awareness about the homeless population and fundraised to support local families facing homelessness by making and selling 50 handcrafted bracelets and raised $100 to create care packages which they distributed at local parks, fast food restaurants and the Brooklyn Public Library.
In a 2015 study, current and former WE Schools participants were 2.5 times more likely to have a long term commitment to a social cause, 2.3 times more likely to use their professional skills to solve social problems and 1.2 times more likely to report that they had voted in the prior election than their non-participant peers.
You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation, Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft.
WE Day is supported in the tri-state area by Co-Chairs Carolyn Everson, Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; and Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG US.
WE has been empowering young people to transform communities at home and around the globe for over 20 years — now the organization is also empowering individuals and families across the nation to “live WE”. The first ever WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family event will take place on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall following WE Day New York Welcome. WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family will feature inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers, coming together to share their personal stories of leadership and triumph including Paula Abdul, Buzz Aldrin, Mia Farrow, Jordan Smith, Martin Luther King III, J.R. Martinez, Celebrity Marauders and more. WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family is designed to help families bring the power of change into their homes by bonding around causes that truly matter, raising caring and compassionate children, and setting family members on a path for success.
Anyone can find their place with WE and commit to making a change in the world. The first step is to take the WE Pledge at WE.org. By taking the pledge, participants join the WE community and make a commitment to “live WE” every day. For every pledge taken on WE.org, $10 will be donated to local and global programs.
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie yesterday delivered a lecture for the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation, which honors the memory and work of the UNHCR staff member and diplomat, who was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the United Nations office in Baghdad was bombed by terrorists.
“We are here in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello and the 21 other men and women, most of them UN workers, who died with him in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003,” she said. “We remember all those who died, to acknowledge each valuable life cut short, and the families who share, even today, in their sacrifice.
“We also remember them for the power of the example they set: brave individuals from 11 different countries, working to help Iraqi people, at the direction of the United Nations Security Council, and on behalf of us all.
“This is sometimes forgotten: that in serving under the UN flag they died in our names, as our representatives.
“As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, as we live through the gravest refugee crisis since the founding of the United Nations, as 20 million people are on the brink of death from starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, I cannot imagine that there is anyone in the leadership of the United Nations who would not welcome the opportunity to consult Sergio, or send him into the field once more. He is truly missed, even today.
“We can’t all be Sergios. But I hope all of us can determine that we shall be a generation that renews its commitment to “unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”, and “to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
“But in the final analysis, even if we do not, even if that level of vision eludes us and we continue to simply manage rather than to try to overcome our generation’s challenges, we have to keep working determinedly and patiently.
“And you can be certain, as you do, that you follow the example of one of the UN’s finest sons: and that to do even a little of his good, to apply ourselves to the work he left unfinished, in whatever way we can, is a worthy task for any one of us.”
Mar 16, 2017 07:30 am omaze.com is giving you the chance to win a 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT Roadster – and meet Daniel Craig.
All you have to do is donate to the United Nations Mine Action Service through omaze.com. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win this great prize, which includes:
* Take home a 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT Roadster (taxes are covered!)
* Chat with Daniel Craig in a super secret undisclosed location
* Get flown out to that secret location and put up in a 4-star hotel
And that’s not all – as an added incentive, there are a bunch of incentives to get you donating. To see what goodies you can get your hands on, and to start donating, click here.
The mission of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is to work with affected states to reduce the threat and impact of landmines and other explosive hazards. UNMAS coordinates UN interventions to focus on areas of greatest need and to provide education and assistance to people caught up in conflicts. Currently UNMAS works in 18 countries and territories around the world to both save and rebuild lives.