Prayer of Peace - Relief & Resistance in Burma's War Zones, is a 30-minute documentary filmed on the front line of conflict deep inside Burma. The documentary follows ethnic relief workers as they aid internally displaced people suffering under the Burma Army. Focusing on a female medic and a pastor/human rights cameraman, the film reveals a people that have maintained their dignity and hope for peace despite the odds. Filmed on relief missions with the Free Burma Rangers. Produced by Matt Blauer. Links: http://freeburmarangers.org http://prayerofpeacefilm.blogspot.com http://http://frontfilms.com+ More details
Pedro can’t afford shiny new shirts. He’s living in a favela. But wouldn’t it be cool if somebody helped him design his own shirt and produced it? Enter ARTHELPS, an initiative of creatives and artists who have addressed to the task of spotting and supporting the potential of socially deprived people via creativity. By publishing and placing their creative work, ARTHELPS aims at giving them a voice in public and effectively assist them. So Pedro really got to design his very own shirt and you can buy it to help fund a school in the favela. Now isn’t that pretty awesome? © www.studioflox.de, 2014 Follow us! www. twitter.com/studioflox www.facebook.com/studioflox CREDITS Project by: ARTHELPS Copywriter: Tassilo Gutscher, ARTHELPS Creative concept, direction and production: Studio Flox DP favela: Lukas Augustin DP studio shoot: Florian Haßler Shirt photography by: Julia Werner Stopmotion animation: Nica Herrmann, Florian Haßler Voice talent: Brian Paccagnella Motiondesign: Marc Böttler VFX: Hartmut Ulmer Sounddesign: Gerd Böttler Animal trainer and parrot girl: Diana Sandvoss Chicken provided by: Philipp Galley Additional thanks to Fabian Oswald+ More details
**BLOG POST http://www.asworldsdivide.com/archives/2682 http://www.facebook.com/asworldsdivide Infant mortality is indeed a sensitive subject and, for all things related, difficult to know how best to approach when discussing on a public platform. My dilemma, after having observed an unexpected sense of functionality in a people coping with losing what I’d consider to be an abnormally high number of infants, is that as a result of this I find myself now questioning exactly how to react. In a study conducted in Mentawai in 1978 by Hólfer and Pech, it was found that between 15-24% of women lose a child under the age of five. Which, when compared to most developed countries, is an extremely high percentage. In a study we conducted within remote forest communities here in 2011, it was found that for these women the figures have not improved. Thirty-three years on and still around one in four women here will lose a child under the age of five. Naturally, upon learning of this situation, the mind quickly leaps to the theory that... read the rest of this article at http://www.asworldsdivide.com/archives/2682+ More details
"If we truly care about helping the poor, we should prioritize economic growth, which is the key to lifting whole societies from poverty to prosperity. In the AEI book "Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing," three professors provide a compelling moral and economic case for growth. The authors write: "Economic growth marks a boundary between wealth and human flourishing, on one side, and poverty and degradation, on the other." - American Enterprise Institute AEI: Values & Capitalism http://www.aei.org/economicgrowth AEI: YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28PJPSms_xU&feature=share&list=SPytTJqkSQqtpzqmDrxcsRPo10231UcTCm Blog from Acton Institute http://blog.acton.org/archives/53674-taking-down-poverty-one-toy-block-at-a-time.html+ More details
Over three weeks in 2012, 25 youth traveled to Busiga, Burundi with Loveworks to build homes for the Batwa tribe. Throughout the experience, they learned that loving a community means much more than giving of material necessity. It means dancing, singing, balloons, and even playing soccer. This is their story. www.ourloveworks.com Music: George Rogers Clark - A Spark, A Fire!+ More details
In the aftermath of January's devastating earthquake in Haiti, post-disaster relief is creating a new kind of problem for businesses there. The massive influx of food aid has altered the price of rice, throwing the delicate balance in Haiti's food supply chain out of whack and threatening to collapse the country's rice market. It's the kind of problem that can turn a one-time disaster into a crisis that lasts years. But international aid organizations like the U.N.'s World Food Programme are trying out a new method of delivering relief that they hope will avoid that problem. "It's a simple idea," says reporter Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money. "If people are hungry, don't give them rice. Give them money to buy rice, or vouchers that amount to the same thing. That way, instead of destroying [local] business, you strengthen it." But as Davidson and producer Travis Fox discover in their story The Aid Dilemma -- part of a unique and ongoing partnership between NPR and FRONTLINE -- a simple idea can quickly turn complicated.+ More details
Synopsis: A unique boat offering life saving medical treatment sets sail for the poorest of the poor in Africa. They have just one year to do the impossible – to provide the care these people cannot get any other way. On board are young volunteer doctors and nurses - now headed straight for the biggest medical and ethical challenges of their lives. Ahead lies unbelievable illnesses, many they have never seen outside of textbooks. A dramatic journey is underway as they deal with life and death cases - and balance the fates of these patients in their hands. Would you like to see the film? Find out how at www.thesurgeryship.com If you like this trailer, please show your support by clicking "Like us" on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/TheSurgeryShip Awards and Nominations • Winner - Best Documentary - Audience Award - Sarasota Film Festival – USA • Australian Directors Guild - Nomination Best Direction - Australia • Association of International Broadcasters - Nominated Best Documentary (General) - London, UK • Winner Bronze Cinematography Award - Australian Cinematographers Society • Milan International Film Festival - Nomination Best Direction • Milan International Film Festival - Nomination Best Composing Genre: Medical, Social issue Duration: 1 x 54/78 min Director: Madeleine Hetherton Producer: Media Stockade Language: English, French, Susu, Foula Shooting format: HD Country of filming/production: Guinea, West Africa Production company: Media Stockade Secured finance: Complete. Commissioned by Australian public broadcaster SBS Seeking: International broadcast acquisition (sales agent SBS International) Contact: Madeleine Hetherton, Media Stockade, email@example.com+ More details
‘The Calling’ is the inspirational story of the Porter family, and how they have devoted their lives to the people of West Africa and aviation. When Jonathan’s son Mathew is very nearly killed in a terrible car accident, they realize the need for humanitarian aviation in Ghana. They can’t wait for the missions to come, they have to start it themselves and now. As Mathew fights for his survival, Medicine On The Move was born. The challenge seems insurmountable and making the operation sustainable is the key to survival. Against all odds and in a unique approach, Jonathan seeks out young females from the rural communities. He then gives them a chance of a lifetime. A chance to build, maintain and pilot aircraft. The result is moving. An incredible story of West African women flying solutions to other West Africans, giving back and helping communities such as their own, all over Ghana. This inspiring film will lift the heart of anyone who ever dreamed large. Changing the world, one Flight at a time. medicineonthemove.org rexpemberton.com+ More details
Operation Blessing is always looking for effective, as well as innovative, ways to assess and record the impact in disaster and humanitarian aid zones. One way we've started doing that is by using a quadcopter, or drone, to view the scale of destruction in disaster or aid zones. This unique device lets us see what the scope of the needs are and helps provide views (or coverage) that might not otherwise be accessible during the first responder stages of a large disaster. This is a tool we will continue to use to bring you disaster relief and development efforts from around the world—so stay tuned for more powerful footage from this quadcopter. Thank you for your support and for giving voice to those who are suffering.+ More details
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