The sad, hard facts about the dangers of kerosene use for lighting in rural Philippines and other remote parts of the globe are most of the time difficult to comprehend. But let me break them down for you. Indoor air pollution leading to respiratory illnesses, eye problems, poor health and infertility. High levels of illiteracy emerging from poor school performance. These children attend the hospital more than school and can’t do their homework in the poorly lit houses. And this brings me to poverty. Read more »
Access to sanitation and clean water is still a far-off dream for millions of women around the world.
It’s a glaring absence because women’s lives are intricately connected to water. In most of the world, they are tasked with gathering drinking water, growing household food, and caring for family members sickened by poor water. Yet their voices are often missing in water and sanitation management discussions at local, country and international levels. Read more »
In addition to the amazing Togo-based organization AIDSS, Do Good Lab has the privilege of partnering with Global Hope Mobilization, or GLOHOMO. As their name reflects, this Malawian grassroots movement works toward sustainable development. They seek organic, positive change, focusing on the areas of climate change, environmental responsibility, sexual health, and provision of health care to medically underserved Malawians. Read more »
Today ended our first photo contest ‘What does Water mean to you?’. It was a huge success: we received 18 submissions and over 200 people voted for their favorite photo. The winning picture from Zhay Pochop received over 100 votes and all winner will receive a filtering water bottle from Hydros.
Politically, Togo is still under the same ruling party that came into power almost five decades ago, with the son of the previous president being installed as President in 2005. Presidential elections were held in 2010, and the ruling party won with a significant majority, despite complaints of procedural problems in the voting process. National assembly elections are scheduled for this year, yet not much of a dent is projected into the current party’s monolithic power. Read more »
Do Good Lab has the privilege of partering with Action et Initiative pour generic cialis 5mg le Developpement Sanitaire et Sociale (AIDSS) to address the rising AIDS prevalence in Africa.
This Togo-based grassroots organization reaches out to HIV/AIDS patients, focusing not only on their medical condition but also on their psychological well-being and social issues. It was founded as an NGO (non-governmental non profit) in 2000, when legal expert Kerim Ryssalatou joined forces with medical professionals to enhance the wellbeing of the HIV/AIDS community. Read more »
5:45 A.M. The rooster outside “sang” with reckless disregard to my objections. I hopped out of bed and checked my bag. Two years ago, morning routines involved an alarm clock, a bag of books and a car. Now in Togo, I had a ruthlessly early-rising animal, a duffle bag containing one machete and one hoe, and a bike. Today, as on almost every day during the past five months, my local counterpart and I will ride 4 kilometers to a 3-hectare plot of land that we designated for our Moringa trees. Read more »
Imagine, in your daily life, that one in three of those you come into contact with are wasting away with disease. Imagine seeing children taking care of other children, in a region where as many as 16% of children (almost 15 million) will lose their parents to this disease. And imagine living in a place where this disease is so rampant that the average life expectancy is under 49 years of age. This insidious killer? AIDS. Read more »
In March we hosted an International Cook-off and our volunteers presented their favorite international dishes. Thanks for everybody who came out and helped us to eat and “judge” the food and the hosting qualities of our volunteers. Some of you asked us to post the amazing recipes we used – please find below links to the recipes and cooking instructions as well as the winners in the categories: Best Drink, Best Appetizer, Best Main Dish, Best Dessert and Best Overall Presentation. Read more »
I was very fortunate to be invited to the conference The Science of Getting People to do Good organized by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the Center for Social Innovation. The goal of the one-day event on March 30th, was to bring researchers from the fields of education, psychology, economics, public policy and business together to discuss with practitioners from non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and companies interested in helping people to improve their own performance or to perform their civic duty.
The speakers gave practical advice on how we deliver and frame messages to increase prosocial behavior. Read more »