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GIVING WARRIORS with Dominique Silverman|Provoking and Inspiring Conversations of Change
34 minutes | Dec 9, 2014
GW038: Hitting the Right Note in Education with Victoria Lanier
Education Through Music–Los Angeles, an independent 501(c)3 organization, began in the Fall of 2006 to provide and promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and creative and general development. ETM-LA is based on the successful ETM model (New York, 1991). Every child deserves a well-rounded education: one that includes music. Yet 61% of schools in California do not even have one full-time equivalent arts specialist. ETM-LA utilizes a comprehensive program that incorporates music into the education of every child, including those with special needs. As schools look for ways to re-introduce the arts back into the curriculum, some schools are opting for exposure opportunities, by bringing in an artist here or there, or through programs that donate arts materials but don't include a plan for how to incorporate these things into the overall learning plan. Education Through Music is the only nonprofit in Los Angeles that provides a comprehensive program to bring music education to inner-city schools, ensuring that the work they are doing will have a long-term impact with the students being served. ETML LA has many Hollywood stars champion their cause from Ed Helms (The Hangover 2, The Office..), Joshua Bell (Grammy Award Winning Violinist), Glee to John Williams, famous film composer, he has composed for movies you might have heard of like Jaws, Indiana Jones, Star Wars.. and many more. Victoria Lanier grew up in New Jersey and was heavily involved in music from an early start. She majored in music at Princeton and after graduation started teaching for Education through Music at an inner city school in New York. She saw firsthand how the program benefitted the children and when she later moved to Los Angeles, she was inspired to start the LA branch of Education Through Music. "Music transcends cultures, school communities and languages," Lanier said. "Kids can come together and speak a common language." Victoria Lanier IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Education Through Music: The program p
47 minutes | Dec 1, 2014
GW037: 2 Billion Under 20 Movement with Jared Kleinert
Jared Kleinert is an 18 year old entrepreneur, author and consultant who is passion driven. He is the co-founder of a book and organization called “2 billion under 20”. At 15, Jared founded NowIGetit.com, an educational technology company that gave students access to tutors around the world via the web. Despite the fact it did not fully launch, it was a great learning experience and led to more opportunities. At 16, he founded Synergist, a crowd sourcing site for social entrepreneurs to meet and share ideas about social initiatives. Jared was also part of the early marketing and content creation at Learnist (originally Grockit) and is currently the Customer Success Advocate at 15Five, an employee engagement and culture company. Jared attends and speaks at various events around the country focused on young entrepreneurship, social good and lean startup methodology. Jared’s mission is to help people take control of their education and find and act on their passion. He has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company and TechCrunch. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Crowd funding vs Crowd Sourcing. Jared explains the difference between crowd funding and crowd sourcing as well as some insights with his earlier company, Synergist. ~ Lessons when looking to crowd fund. He shares about his experience with crowd funding and offers tips for those interested in using it for a project or start up.
54 minutes | Nov 24, 2014
GW036: Living UNSTOPPABLE Lives with Cynthia Kersey
Subscribe and Listen on iTunes and Stitcher Cynthia Kersey is the founder of Unstoppable Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that every child in the world receives access to education. She is the bestselling author of two books, “Unstoppable” and “Unstoppable Women”. She has also co- authored several other books including “Wake Up…. Live the Life You Love” and “Walking with the Wise”. Cynthia is a leader in the transformational industry, an inspiring speaker and a national columnist. Cynthia’s own story is also a personal testament to the Unstoppable message. She started as a secretary and eventually became a national accounts manager at Spirit Communication which she left to pursue her dream of helping others. Her passion for giving back led her to establish a non- profit foundation focusing on women related issues such as education, health, housing and empowerment. Since its formation, the Unstoppable Foundation has had over 50,000 people attending workshops and presentations on the importance of education for every child, enable more than 6,000 primary school children to receive education and a daily nutritious meal, built more than 60 primary schools and 2 secondary schools for girls and enabled more than 20,000 people gaining access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Get past your ow
43 minutes | Nov 13, 2014
GW035: The FUNNEL of Greatness with Catherine Moolenschot
Catherine Moolenschot is an inspiring speaker that started her journey of being a positive change agent at a very early age. At 13, she wrote and published her first book titled “A Rough Road” that was inspired by the plight of refugees. At 15, she went on a year –long student exchange to the Netherlands which taught her a lot about herself and the world especially about what makes people they way they are. At 16 she began her journey to personal development by reading great books and interviewing highly successful people. It was also at this age that she began her journey towards personal greatness. At 17, she began her speaking career and presented at Tedx about the funnel of greatness. Catherine has always wanted to change the world and make it into a better place ever since she was a little world. At 19, she is one of the youngest people we have interviewed on the show. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ The funnel of greatness. Imagine if you lived a life only filled with only greatness removing all the mediocrity from your life. Hear how Catherine first got the idea to live a life filled with only greatness and continues to do so till this day. ~ Follow your heart. Catherine offers powerful advice for students and young people on how to overcome peer pressure in different situations and relationships. Are you conscious of the people and habits around you and how they affect you? ~ Are you a positive or negative person?
52 minutes | Oct 31, 2014
GW034: The GENI Project with Peter Meisen
* How can we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation with out ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone? * How do you define adequate quality of life-a decent living standard for all? * What is the technology These are the question that created GENI – Global Energy Network Institute. The GENI Initiative focuses on linking renewable energy resources around the world using international electricity transmission. Today’s Giving Warrior is the founder of GENI, Peter Meisen. Peter Meisen comes from San Diego CA, and considers himself a global citizen having flown around the world several times delivering his work. He graduated from the University of California at San Diego, with an engineering degree in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences. For the past 30 years he has worked in social engineering and sustainable development. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ How Dr Buckminster Fuller Changed My Life: Peter gives us a background story to GENI - a presentation at the community college, the choice of his college major, and one very inspiring book. ~ Be Concerned About
52 minutes | Oct 25, 2014
GW033: Sports and Social Change with Howard Brodwin
LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION HERE Subscribe and Listen on iTunes and Stitcher A sports marketing veteran of 20+ years, Howard has been actively involved with sports nonprofit organizations throughout his career. Over the past 23 years, Howard has managed marketing programs for a diverse group of sports brands and properties including Rollerblade, Powerbar, K-Swiss, Salomon, Tour Hockey, 3BA, and A-Game. As Founder and Executive Director of Sports and Social Change, Howard provides cause marketing, brand strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility consulting for sports brands and properties, consumer products and emerging media firms. His expertise includes brand positioning and activation, grassroots and experiential marketing programs, public relations and social media campaigns, as well as business plans, revenue modeling and partnership development. Born and raised in West Orange, NJ, Howard currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and is an active roller hockey coach/player, skier and disc golf fanatic. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ SportsandSocialChange.org: The mission is to bu
42 minutes | Oct 22, 2014
GW032: THINK AND GROW RICH for Women with Sharon Lechter
Sharon is known world-wide as the co-author of the international best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and the Rich Dad series of books. During her 10 years with the Rich Dad Company, it grew into an international powerhouse with over 20 books, board games, Web sites, CDs, audio cassettes and seminars. A life-long education advocate, Sharon Lechter is the founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization, and YOUTHpreneur, an innovative new way to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our children. Sharon helps shape the state of financial literacy in our nation and how best to promote a financially literate populous through her appointment to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. Sharon is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, educator, international speaker, licensed CPA and mother. She has been a pioneer in developing new technologies to bring education into children’s lives in ways that are innovative, challenging and fun, and remains committed to education – particularly financial literacy. Today, Sharon shares more about her most recent best seller – Think and Grow Rich for Women – based on the original book by Napolean Hill, but with a feminine approach. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ The Economic Impact of Women in the Workplace: With her new book, Sharon wants to change the dialogue. She wants women to stop complaining, and start celebrating what we’ve accomplished. ~ Follow Your Burning Desire: What gets you up in the morning? Sharon explains the need to find out what you love to do. “It is your passion that gets you through the tough times.” ~ 6 Ghosts of Fear: “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” – Napoleon
69 minutes | Oct 17, 2014
GW031: Unleash Your SUPERPOWER with A Human Project
Wesley Chapman is the definition of innovation. The homepage of his website displays the words “I am on a mission to share, explore and humanize the world around me.”His “About” section is in the form of infographics. Most of his answers on today’s show are accompanied by references to Marvel comics and Star Trek. This entrepreneur had a harrowing childhood. He started his own business at age 8. He has helped build over 5000 brands. Today, he is the Co-Founder of a non-profit called A Human Project, whose mission is to create a community of empowered youth. Join us in a beautiful conversation as Wes covers everything from marketing strategies to reviving that beloved point system we had in kindergarten, to turn the youth into strong human beings, ready to make a difference! IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~A Human Project: Wesley is open about his past – abandoned and abused as a child, he didn’t allow circumstance to define him. He introduces his mission, a Human Project, to create a community of empowered youth. ~Breaking Cycles: Taking cues from Captain America, Wesley explains how humans adapt to harsh situations. At 16, he broke free of the situations that shackled him. It was this moment that drives the Human Project.
33 minutes | Oct 14, 2014
GW030: The CYPHER Effect!
CYPHER believes in the inherent wisdom of our youth and their communities to come up with practical, innovative, and affordable solutions that bridge the "Climate Gap" or the disproportionate effect of climate change that falls on vulnerable communities. Our conversation with Rondine Macadaeg, General Counsel and Director of Strategic Partnerships, delves into how CYPHER’s solutions-oriented youth programs are advancing transformative change. CYPHER’s Sustainable Earth Decathlon (SED2014) is a dynamic event that showcases innovative youth solutions to build healthy, climate resilient neighborhoods. Multiple teams from colleges and universities will present their climate change solutions on Saturday, October 25 from 1pm to 7pm at L.A. Metro’s Gateway building in Downtown L.A. Part of SED2014 is the 1st Annual “Global Health Symposium on Youth Engagement”. It is the only venue of its kind tackling the role of the youth in addressing the overlap between human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities. CYPHER builds grassroots and grasstops collaborations to effect results-driven change. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~What We Do?: How CYPHER Bridges the “Climate Gap” through youth innovation. We give vulnerable communities a platform to promote climate resilience and health equity through 'small-scale community-defined solutions'. ~ Invest in Youth: The importance of nurturing youth to become socially-responsible thinkers, doers, and leaders so they may build healthy, climate-resilient neighborhoods;
45 minutes | Oct 9, 2014
GW029: The FORGOTTEN Children with CreateNow
Jill Gurr is a Hollywood screenwriter. In the aftermath of the LA riots in 1992, Jill volunteered to mentor children. She discovered the power of creative expression in changing children’s lives. Founder and Executive Director of Create Now, Jill has devoted the last fifteen years of her life to mentoring more than fifty at-risk and high-risk youth. Through Create Now, the nonprofit organization that she founded in 1996, Jill has matched hundreds of mentors with thousands of troubled children in the Los Angeles and Orlando regions. On today’s episode of Giving Warriors, Jill speaks about the power of art and expression to transform lives. She talks about children who have come out of poverty because they have discovered art as an outlet. She tells us that art is important, and it’s time for the world to listen. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~Can a workshop transform lives?: LA is a glamour centre. But most people don’t see the other side – poverty, homelessness, crime. 18 years ago, Jill started Create Now. Today, she tells us why. ~High Impact: Music, writing, visual arts, performing arts, and a program called Artistic Journey are the heart of Create Now. These programs have reached 85,000 children in 18 years. ~ “We’re like a dating service!”: Create Now is a volunteer based organiz
35 minutes | Oct 6, 2014
GW028: Third Culture Kid (TCK):How to Embrace Your Global Identity and Make a Difference
TCKs, or Third Culture Kids, are world citizens. Their parents belong to a different country and in most situations they are brought up in different countries than their parents. This can sometimes make it difficult for TCKs to figure out their identity because of the nuances involved with all the different cultures they grow up in. They may look like one culture and sound like another and behave like another. Essentially their personalities and appearances don’t reflect one single culture, as they pick up things from everywhere they go. This all sounds like a big complex situation, but what if I told you that this isn’t such a bad thing – that it is in fact a great thing. Not being monocultural can lend itself to many advantages. A few TCKs we admire are: Arianna Huffington, Nikola Tesla, Sergey Brin..etc Tayo Rockson grew up in four different continents so he considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in Sweden, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United States and his goal is to ultimately leave the world a better place than it was before he came into it. Once he discovered that he was a Third Culture Kid (TCK) or someone who spent the formative part of his childhood years (0-18) outside of his parents' culture, he vowed to use his global identity to make an impact in the world. He tells positive uplifting stories via different mediums and works with people of all sorts to help them become the best version of themselves. Tayo is an untraditional visionary who has experience building and cultivating intercultural relationships and is constantly tweaking traditional conversations and looking for creative ways to solve problems. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ New Life, Finding Oneself: Moving to a new country cultural sho
51 minutes | Oct 4, 2014
GW027: Sky is NOT the LIMIT with Space United
SpaceUnited Development Engineer Adam Brinckerhoff was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, not exactly the hub of the international space industry. But when he was nine, he saw Apollo 13 in theaters and everything changed. Ron Howard’s masterpiece about the true story of three astronauts who embark on a life-changing mission served as a theatrical window into what was possible outside of the American Midwest world that Adam knew. Adam was drawn to SpaceUnited because it allows for the public access to space that he feels everyone in the world has a right to.Today, Adam talks about science, space and how the organization wants to revolutionize technology to help the world. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ New Beginnings: SpaceUnited aims at being a public space agency where people can come together online, and accomplish anything from small rockets to large spacecraft programs. ~ Humanitarian Astronauts: The organization rewrote its mission statement to include space exploration and a humanitarian aspect, which sets them apart from most non profits. ~ Not Just NASA: Whether you have a passing interest or a deep passion for space, SpaceUnited wants to connect the space industry and the general public. ~ What We Do is Different: Adam talks about SpaceUnited’s biggest challenge – communicating their mission to others. Their ultimate goal is to use space technology that already exists, for humanitarian needs on earth. ~ ImageGryphon: I
54 minutes | Sep 24, 2014
GW026: Richard Branson on Cause and Commerce with InTrue Fashion
In True Fashion is a competition-based entrepreneurial program that fosters creative, industrious thinking in students from underserved communities. Founded on cause, commerce & consciousness, In True Fashion builds self-esteem and work ethic through hands-on participation and promotes the value of products “Made in the USA.” Above all, In True Fashion empowers today’s youth to dream big. In True Fashion was founded by Nancy Gale, owner/designer of JAMAH, an American Luxury Design House featuring the finest lambskin and exotic handbags, men’s bags and accessories, handmade in the USA. Nancy has done a remarkable job in attracting some of the most successful supporters including: Richard Branson, Bill Clinton and many more to her project. Nancy Gale is the creative whirlwind behind luxury handbag line JAMAH. A Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, designer/owner, Gale is a leader in the emerging trend of exclusive, yet accessible authorities. She has done design for celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Hilary Clinton..... Taking trendsetting to another level she recognizes that there is always more than meets the eye and states that fashion must consider more than external beauty. According to Gale, the trend of today and the wave of the future is timeless design that combines style, the knowledge that true fashion lies within and product that is “Made in the USA.” Gale says, “What is most important is to be who you are and embrace the beauty within. Personal style and comfort embody confidence and make the ultimate fashion statement whether you’re comfortably sleek, or sleekly comfortable.” IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Bringing the Dinner Table to the Classroom: Who teaches you all the things you don’t learn in school? Nancy Gale describes In True Fashion’s mission as,
44 minutes | Sep 19, 2014
GW025: Spiritual CAPITAL, the New Currency with Richard Orlando
For the past quarter century, Richard Orlando, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Legacy Capitals LLC, has worked globally with executives, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes, as well as families, work teams, and organizations, who strive for success or have already reached significant levels of success. Author of Legacy, Dr. Orlando has an interdisciplinary background, holding degrees in computer science, business, and psychology. Dr. Orlando is on the board of director’s at Urban Hope in Staten Island, New York. He was born and raised in New York City, and currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their children. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Before Pen to Paper: Richard Orlando speaks about his background as experiences that “unfolded” and led him to write Legacy. The various professional and life experiences he had, allowed him to serve families that wanted to do more with their wealth. ~ Defining Spiritual Capital: What is spiritual capital? How is emotion connected to wealth? Dr. Orlando answers your questions. ~ FISHS: Financial, intellectual, social, human and spiritual capital – Legacy was written to awaken the spirit of a large number of people. ~ Living Your Legacy:
52 minutes | Sep 14, 2014
GW024: Transforming EXCESS Inventory to Opportunity with Asset Conversion Corp
What if we could take the waste from corporate giants and turn them into something useful? Here’s someone who knows how to do it! Robert Diaz is responsible for business development at Asset Conversion Corp. Robert has extensive corporate experience having worked as an engineer at GE Aerospace and as a Controller for Agilent Technologies. Asset Conversion Corp (ACC) is dedicated to improving the operational efficiency of businesses and giving back to the community. ACC offers cost effective solutions for managing excess inventory, facility closure & liquidation, warehousing & distribution, and e-waste recycling. ACC gives back to the community through our Community Outreach Program which enables companies to turn their unproductive assets into a unique alternative means of funding for non-profit organizations. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ How ACC Works: ACC is dedicated to improving operational efficiency. Robert Diaz talks about asset recovery and liquidation. He talks about the importance of correct disposal of waste, and its relation with the efficacy of any organization. ~ Three Pronged Service: Only 35% of electronic waste is recycled. ACC’s services help the environment, their clients as well as the society. ~ Non Profit Opportunity: Robert Diaz tells us about the non-profit angle to ACC. He tells us about the process of cre
56 minutes | Sep 14, 2014
GW023: COCO ROCHA on Accessorize your CONSCIENCE with Senhoa!
Senhoa Foundation began as a counter-trafficking program under VOICE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Washington D.C. The name “Senhoa” was created in 2007 for a jewelry-making program designed to support vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. Senhoa (pronounced “suh-no-a”) is a combination of two Vietnamese words - “Sen” (lotus) and “Hoa” (flower). A lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with breathtaking beauty, untouched by its impure surroundings. Using this imagery, “Senhoa” was conceptualized to represent women and children vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Senhoa Foundation has received numerous awards for its humanitarian endeavors. In 2011, Senhoa collaborated with Supermodel Coco Rocha to create a capsule collection called “Coco Rocha for Senhoa” which resulted in an explosion of press for the organization and its jewelry line. The same year, Glamour Magazine featured Senhoa in its annual “31 Days of Giving” list. In 2013, Senhoa Foundation was chosen as one of three organizations to represent the girl effect and received the Crystal of Hope Awards, presented by Hilary Swank, Bill Clinton and Elton John. In December 2013, Senhoa jewelry received the SOURCE Award by Ethical Fashion Forum, a global award for sustainable and ethical fashion. Senhoa Foundation and its jewelry lines have been featured in various magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, The Huffington Post and the UK Telegraph. Lisa Nguyen is the founder of Senhoa Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with vulnerable persons and survivors of human tra
25 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
GW022: A Tasty Kind of Goodness: WIN $10,000 from KINDCauses
There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. KIND believes that everyone deserves both. KIND is a brand that serves healthy food to make people happy. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to standards in the KIND kitchen. So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: KIND will always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy. Today’s guest, Billy Steppe, talks about serving people, keeping bodies happy, and the effect of tiny acts of kindness. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Building the Brand: The field marketing program for KIND snacks began in January 2014, and the response has been phenomenal. Billy Steppe tells us more about the project. ~ Ten Years Ago: KIND is a nationwide project, with all the major cities of the country covered. Find out the reach of this project – from music, to corporate, KIND is everywhere! ~ Simple Gestures: Billy Steppe talks about changing communities through kindness. One random act of kindness can transform the world, and that is KIND’s motto. ~ Not Just Nutrition: Billy talks about his personal experiences, working with an organization with a larger mission – promoting positivity.
46 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
GW021: A New KIND of Veterans Affair with I AM a PowerHouse
Giving Warriors invites you to join us on a special journey today, with three beautiful guests on the show - Jovane Henry, Denika Mafnas and Toni Brooks. All three served in the military, and the concept of giving back to their country led them to the creation of Powerhouse – giving back to the community that serves. Powerhouse encourages, empowers and enhances veterans to become their best selves through self-reflection, personal development and transformative thinking. Tune in and witness the sisterhood of three innovative and powerful souls who are giving back to the community that gives back. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Backtrack to Service: Jovane is the Chief Innovation Officer of Powerhouse – and a Marine Corps veteran. Toni served in the Army and Army National Guard, and is currently a fashion stylist. Denika served as a Mental Health Technician in the Air Force, and now she is a make-up artist. These lovely ladies tell us their reasons for serving their country. ~ CalVet: It was fate – these three met at a conference, instantly felt connected, and decided to come together and form Powerhouse. ~ Encourage, Enhance and Empower:
52 minutes | Sep 5, 2014
GW020:Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on Building Better Response Launches
Nathaniel Raymond has over a decade of experience as a human rights investigator specializing in civilian protection during complex humanitarian disasters, the treatment of prisoners in national security settings, and crimes of war. Based at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, he leads the Satellite Sentinel Project’s (SSP) day-to-day collection and analysis of satellite imagery and other information to produce SSP’s reports on the current human security situation in Sudan. Raymond was a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Security and Human Rights Reform Fellow.Previously, Raymond served as Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights, as well as lead investigator into the 2001 Dasht-e-Leili massacre in Northern Afghanistan. The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters collaboration at Harvard University in order to: Improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection, and prevention; Instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies; Educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders. IN THE CONVERSATION, YOU WILL LEARN: ~ Being Human: Shortly after 9/11, Nathaniel Raymond worked on the Dasht-e-Leili massacre case in Northern Afghanistan, which launched his career as a war crimes investigator. In late 2010, he received a call. That was the birth of the Satellite Sentinel Project in Sudan.
38 minutes | Aug 30, 2014
GW019: BEAUTY is in the Heart of the Beholder: Miss UNAA 2012 Hasifa Kivumbi
Two thirds of the earth’s surface is water. But less than one percent is available for us to use. People have to walk miles to fetch their daily supply. There still are countries that face acute water shortages. From rainwater harvesting to cloud seeding, people are using innovation to ensure that others get their most basic necessity. The Clean Water for Uganda Project was created to address Uganda's water insecurities by supplying safe water solutions, restoring water sources and fostering community participation in water policies in order to reduce to number of water related illnesses and deaths. The project was created and developed by Miss Uganda in North America – Hasifa Kivumbi. A fiery, passionate spirit, Hasifa joins us today to explain the working of the project. She discusses technical aspects of the project. She talks about various collaborations that have improved the project. She tells us why the best business we could engage in, is giving. In this Conversation, You Will Learn: Beauty is as Beauty Does Hasifa introduces herself - she is Miss Uganda in North America since 2012, and has recently represented Uganda in the Miss Africa USA pageant. She was first runner up, and was awarded the Goodwill Ambassador award. Kindness Connects After being a member of an online platform which connected people throguh their small acts of kindness, Hasifa decided to create her project to provide clean water to the rural people of Uganda. Safe Water Solutions Growing up in Uganda, children spend 6 hours a day, just to fetch clean water. When Hasifa landed in USA, she realised that having safe, clean water allowed children to spend more time in the classroom. Join us as she tells us more about The Water Project - to supply safe water solutions to communities, and educate them about health and nutrition. Oh, Well Cost effective and largely impactful - the project uses bore wells to provide water to communities. Hasifa talks about their partnership with the Uganda Water Project, SOYA, and the process of providing water to the people. Volunteerism in the Community Through their partnerships, volunteers pitch in to help with restoration of water supply. Hasifa tells us the dynamics of restoration of wells. Planning an
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