Poor Children to Benefit from Golden Rice

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The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) expressed a belief that widespread sowing of the so-called golden rice could dramatically reduce vitamin A deficiency in children which is the number one cause of preventable death and blindness in the poorest countries. The golden rice program which is planned to be launched by 2015 is also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Helen Keller International and the USAID. The latter also donated over $10 million for research ...

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Tanzanian Child Gold Miners Need Help

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A recent report by Human Rights Watch (Toxic Toil: Child Labor and Mercury Exposure in Tanzania’s Small-Scale Gold Mines) on child gold mining in Tanzania revealed a shocking reality of child workers in this African country. According to the report, thousands of children, some of which are as young as 8, are working in small-scale gold mines and exposing themselves to serious health risks including mercury ...

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Campaign Donates $200k for Syrian Children

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) media report that The Big Heart Campaign for Syrian Refugee Children donated $200,000 to help Syrian children who were forced to leave their homes due to the civil war which is raging in the country since April 2011. This donation is only one of a series of actions by The Big Heart Campaign since its launch on the World Refuge Day ...

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New Hope For Children Needing Transplant

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New Hope For Children Needing TransplantAustralian parents Jo and Nigel Bury were crushed when watching their 14-year-old daughter Chelsea suffering and not being able to help while she was going through lengthy and often painful dialysis. Chelsea needed a kidney transplant but neither of her parents was an appropriate donor because their blood types were incompatible with their daughter’s. As a result, her body would reject ...

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Largest Source of Charity Gifts: Baby Boomers

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Largest Source of Charity Gifts: Baby BoomersBaby boomers are the part of the American demographic who were born between 1946 and 1960. Forty-three percent of all monetary contributions by individuals to charities are now made by baby boomers. Another segment of the American demographic, the millennials, who were born between 1981 and 1995, believe more fervently in volunteering than other demographics.

A study released on August ...

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Chuck Feeney Gives $20M to Fight Kids Poverty

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Chuck Feeney Gives $20M to Fight Kids PovertyIrish media report that Irish-American businessman and philanthropist Chuck Feeney promised to donate nearly $20 million (about 15 million euros) to State agency Pobal to combat child poverty. The agency is allegedly also talking with the Department of Health and Children to provide a matching sum that will be donated through Feeney’s foundation The Atlantic ...

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Children’s Illustrators to Hold an Auction

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Children's Illustrators to Hold an AuctionA group of children’s illustrators including Tony Ross, Quentin Blake, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Alex T. Smith, Mick Inkpen, Lauren Child and Nicholas Allan decided to help raise funds for the Memphis-based children’s charity organization International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF). They will offer their illustrations at a private auction that will be held on August 9 at the Illustration Cupboard in ...

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Low-Income Americans Can’t Afford Diapers

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Low-Income Americans Can't Afford DiapersA report that recently appeared in the journal Pediatrics reveals that many low-income Americans can’t afford to buy enough diapers to keep their children clean and dry. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and the National Diaper Bank Network found that nearly 30 percent of moms can’t afford to change diapers as often as they should and are forced to turn for ...

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African Later Motherhood Means Poverty Escape

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African Later Motherhood Means Poverty EscapeJane Otai recently blogged in response to a July 8th New York Times Room for Debate piece. The piece was entitled “Should Women Delay Motherhood?” The original debate was centered on the perspectives of women in the Western world.

Otai comes from the slums in Nairobi. For her and her fellow women there is not always an option to even consider delaying ...

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