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January 19, 2011

Our website is simply gorgeous.

                   (I can say that because I didn't do the design myself - check out Alt Coast here).

Visit Nakate here.

Nakate's first photos

January 18, 2010

I just received some photos from the first Nakate photo shoot this evening.

A HUGE thank you goes to Antonio Esteb├ín, who has dedicated himself to helping me get this project off the ground, and was the stylist for our several shoots with our necklaces this week -

                        We're dedicating our first line to Shaliwei, whose story can be found here.

Photos by Adam Rowell

10 top humanitarian blogs

January 18, 2010

There are experts in every field - those who should be emulated, followed -- those who play the piper's tune for the beginners and the slackers alike. Today, I've compiled a list of my humanitarian favorites: those that I go to for inspiration, for ideas, and for the most accurate stories.

1. G M B Akash  - stories and powerful images of those under forced labor, among other things.
2. Emily Troutman - her AOL news stream has the most up-todate/in-the-middle-of-the-action news on Haiti.
3. Zoriah - human rights issues across the globe, in photos.
4. On the Ground - human rights reporting, and analysis, from NY Times human rights writer Nick Kristof.
5. CauseCast - a helping you to find the events, organizations and products that make a difference - everything from martinis for the homeless, to galas for Haiti.
6. HuffPost Impact - news about the movers and shakers currently making a difference - from Madonna's announcement about her organization in Malawi, to Prince William and Kate Middleton's thoughts on asking guests to give to charity, in leu of wedding gifts.
7. Rage Against the Minivan - one mother's account of her adoption of two children.
8. Beth Kanter - blogging about social media, networking and media in the nonprofit world.
9. Esther Havens - Humanitarian photographer for Charity:Water and the Adventure Project, among others.
10. Becky Straw - cofounder of the Adventure Project, a non profit focusing on the most effective social enterprises around the world.

Baby Doc's Back

January 16, 2011

If you're interested in the Caribbean - now would be the time to watch Haiti, and very closely. After 25 years of exile, Baby Doc is back, thanks to President Preval, who would have had to issue him a diplomatic passport. So far, all he has said is that he is, "here to see how the situation is. I've seen a lot of bad image from outside." It's reported that, while some crowds were dancing in the street, most Haitians are indifferent.

You'll find your fastest, best news from Emily Troutman, who tweeted today that she,
"just told the door guy that #BabyDoc was back. All he said was, 'Bon bagay.' Make of it what you will."

In case you don't know, Baby Doc, and his father, the Duvaliers, tortured and killed their political opponents. The Irish Times reports that the people spent their time, "in an atmosphere of fear and repression ensured by the bloody Tonton Macoute, their feared secret police force.
The former Haitian leader has been accused of stealing millions of dollars from public funds and spiriting them out of the country to Swiss banks, though he denies stealing from Haiti. Author Amy Wilentz, whose book The Rainy Season is a definitive account of the aftermath of Duvalier's exile and Aristide's rise, said: 'Let's not forget what Duvalierism was: prison camps, torture, arbitrary arrest, extrajudicial killings, persecution of the opposition...if Haitian authorities allow Duvalier to return, can they thwart exiled President Aristide's desire to come back to the country?'"

Aspen Giveaway for Ethiopia

January 16, 2011

This weekend, I discovered a giveaway that I, for one, simply can't pass up.

Casey Picker, who adopted two of his children from Ethiopia, is raising money to build a schoolhouse for  Adami Tulu, a school for children in Ethiopia. 100% of your $20 giveaway entrance fee will go towards the school building, while also entering you into Casey's Aspen Giveaway:

Details of the Hyatt stay:
7 night stay; May 15-22 (Sunday-Sunday)
One-bedroom unit with a kitchen, living room, and dining room, along with a washer and dryer. The couch in the living room also makes into a bed to accommodate more.
Hyatt Grand Aspen has complimentary continental breakfast, a pool and hot tub, fitness center, fire pit, daily room cleaning and nightly turn down service complete with chocolates. There is even a little hut by the hot tubs where you can hang your robes to keep them warm for you! The hotel is within walking distance of lots of shops and restaurants in Aspen.
The retail value of this stay is over $2,500.
check out more details (and enter to win) here. 

reaching out to cuba

January 14, 2011

This just in -

The White House released a press release, this morning, revealing that President Obama has directed the Secretaries of State, Treasury and Homeland Security to take a series of steps to continue efforts to reach out to the Cuban people, "in support of their desire to freely determine their country's future."

His specific changes include policies and regulations regarding a. purposeful travel, b. non-family remittances and c. U.S. airports supporting license charter flights to and from Cuba.

The White House writes that, "These measures will increase people-to-people contact; support civil society in Cuba; enhance the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people; and help promote their independence from Cuban authorities."

Read more here.