University of South Carolina never stops. For this week’s meeting, the ONE chapter of USC wrote letters and made phone calls to Congressmen James Clyburn and Joe Wilson, urging them to oppose cuts in the 2011 Budget that would effect the funding of HIV/AIDS, hunger, and preventable diseases programs.
Later this week, we plan to hand-deliver these letters to the Congressmen’s offices to give them a visual example of how devoted we are to keeping this funding. It is important that they know their constituents oppose the budget cut in this are for the 2011 budget, and that we are committed to saving lives through antiretroviral medication, vaccines, and aiding in the growth of agriculture. These means will help form healthy and sustainable communities. What could be better than that?
Students at The Ohio State University hosted a screening of the documentary The Lazarus Effect. The documentary explores the effectiveness of Anti-Retroviral drugs in Africa. We gave provided pizza and drinks and gave everyone a ONE band and some ONE literature. We also encouraged everyone to call their representatives and ask them not to cut funding for developmental aid and programs that fight HIV/AIDS. One viewer commented, “All the representatives should have to watch The Lazarus Effect before cutting funding for HIV/AIDS programs.”
“URGENT! Pick up the phone NOW & tell your Member of Congress to oppose efforts to cut funding for these proven, cost-effective programs that fight HIV/AIDS, hunger and preventable disease. You’ll help the world’s poorest, as well as earn 10 points per person, per call! http://www.one.org/call/signup.html?mode=house&cp_id=102”—
If you asked the typical American to give you an estimate of what percentage of our GDP goes to foreign aid assistance, he or she would probably tell you a figure of anywhere from 20-30%. So for every dollar the US makes, we give 20-30 cents of it away. That sounds pretty generous, given that we don’t ask for anything in return (generally speaking).
But wait — before you pat yourself on the back for your heart of gold, take a look at the picture below:
(*Image from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “2010 Annual Letter from Bill Gates: Rich Countries’ Aid Generosity.” Read the full article here .)
Hmm…guess the public is misinformed, huh? As it turns out, the US only gives away 0.19 percent of its GDP (compare that to Sweden’s nearly 1%). So again, for every dollar we make, we give less than a cent of it away. Don’t get us wrong, that’s definitely still a ton of money, and in terms of the absolute number of dollars we give away, we’re the global leader.
But the question remains: Is that percentage enough?
Great Endings, Bright Beginnings - ONE at The University of Texas at El Paso
Last semester ended on a high note for ONE Campus UTEP. In addition to connecting with and educating our community about who we are and what we strive to do, we screened portions of The Lazarus Effect and sold beautiful BeadforLife jewelry. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we raised over $300 for the jewelry makers while discussing the very real possibility of living in a world where no baby is born with HIV, and where those who are already afflicted with the disease will be able to live normal, productive lives. We were able to reach a larger audience with the help of local performers such as the Dirty River Boys, Grau Jazz, The Coronado Guitar Trio and the ballet dancers from Champion Studios. This event also marked an important milestone for outgoing Campus Leader, President Amanda North, without whom ONE Campus UTEP would not have been established. Many thanks to Amanda for taking the initiative to start the ONE group at UTEP; it has reached a multitude of interested students and a few faculty members who are eager to help us fight the good fight.
Our first string of major events begins tomorrow, February 15th, at 11:30 at the Honors House on the UTEP campus. We will be informing our fellow students of our purpose, recruiting, and sharing our agenda for this semester. We are also excited to announce that a student at an area high school has contacted us wanting to know how he can partner with us so that his classmates will be informed about ONE’s issues and how they can get involved.
In all, there is much to plan and we look forward to sharing our updates with the rest of the ONE Campus community. We wish everyone the very best! :)
The ONE Campaign at the University of Michigan was jammed packed last weekend with advocacy activities ranging from performing in a dance competition, singing karaoke at a local remembrance event, and decorating Valentine’s Day cards.
The weekend began with our performance in “Service Rocks,” a dance competition between four other service organizations on campus. Before our dance, one of our members gave a short speech on ONE’s global goals and activities, as well as our chapter’s work on campus. When it came time to perform, we entertained the audience with a “Back to the 80’s” themed dance, which incorporated the car from “Back to the Future,” air guitar performances from Tom Cruise “Risky Business” look-a-likes, and a ONE themed spoof of “The Breakfast Club.” Although we didn’t take first place, all of our members had a blast performing, and our dance received the highest “swag factor” rating of the night.
On Saturday we attended Airplane Day in Dexter, Michigan, which was a remembrance event dedicated to Laurence Carolin. Carolin died last year at age 15 from a tumor, but accomplished a lot in his short life. He was an avid supporter of the ONE Campaign, and donated all $5,000 of his Make-a-Wish money to the United Nations Foundation. A few members attended the event to represent our support, and were unexpectedly asked to sing U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” when a choir didn’t show up. Using iPod Touch’s to read the song’s lyrics, we actually out-sang U2….or not, but we were glad to attend to remember an amazing young man who was so dedicated to the fight against global poverty.
Lastly, on Sunday before the Superbowl, we started our Valentine’s Day week by decorating home-made valentine’s to be sent to children in Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia whom a few of our members had the pleasure of meeting last summer. These valentines are part of our “Send your Love to Africa” campaign, which includes a 6-foot Valentine Card, candy attached to fact sheets, ONE baked goods, and of course petition signatures.
As you can see, we had a busy weekend here in Ann Arbor, but it was well worth it!
This week the ONE Campaign at The Ohio State University was busy recruiting new members, advocating to our senators, and planning for the upcoming challenges. On Tuesday, we called Senators Brown and Portman to ask them to support ONE’s No Child Born with HIV by 2015 campaign. On Thursday we had our weekly meeting. And all week we invited our friends, family, and classmates to join ONE.
Vaccines, are a easy cost-effective way to help people stay healthy. It is one of thousands of things that we can do to save lives. The following link is more on Vaccines, than the specific petition, but everyone loves a graphic demonstration, and this details the Gates Foundations movement to give vaccines, lately to eradicate polio: A ‘graphic’ description of the power of vaccines, by Gates Foundation.
…was responsible for ~a million deaths in 2008, many of whom were African children.
…is treatable and more significantly, preventable.
…can lower a country’s GDP by as much as 1.3% by eating up funds for medical treatment
"Malaria disproportionately affects poor people who cannot afford treatment or have limited access to health care, trapping families and communities in a downward spiral of poverty" (WHO, 2010).
But what’s the point of having a vaccine (or any other type of anti-malaria resources) available if the people who need it can’t afford it?
That’s where M-TAP comes in. The Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP) is campaigning to end all unnecessary costs associated with importing malaria-fighting resources (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/us-malaria-tariffs-idUSTRE7194NX20110210). Unfortunately, with anti-malarial resource costs ranging from $6-10, treatment is very often too costly for individuals to access; still, every penny counts and eliminating tariffs on these resources will put these resources closer within reach of the people who desperately need them.
“We’ve got ONE Campus chapters in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia. We’re still looking for campus leaders nation-wide, but if you go to school in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, or South Dakota, you can be the first Campus Leader in the whole state!! Sign up to be a leader in any state here: http://www.one.org/campus/becomeacampusleader.html”—
ONE members Stephanie Parrish and Meredith Horowski spoke at the College Democrats’ executive board meeting last night to discuss the issues of ONE and the group at University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor group on campus. They gave an overview of ONE and talked about specific legislation such as the Water for the World Act and the Global Food Security Act to demonstrate how nonpartisan organizations like ONE can facilitate bipartisan support on important issues. Then, they asked the organization to issue a resolution/proclamation in support of our efforts as the first half of the College Democrats/College Republicans action. There were about 25 members in attendance and all of them signed up to the campaign, as well as the vaccines petition. They voted unanimously to support the declaration and they are looking forward to a great partnership with them in the future.
Applications for the Global Health Corps applications are OPEN! Check out our guest blog post by Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and President/Co-Founder of Global Health Corps:
Global Health Corps is excited to expand to 70 emerging leaders working in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and the USA in our upcoming 2011-2012 fellowship class.
Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for global health equity. GHC does this by providing young leaders yearlong paid fellowships with outstanding organizations working on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. We currently have 36 fellows working on projects ranging from developing electronic medical record systems with Partners In Health in Malawi, to counseling homeless youth in New Jersey, to constructing a world-class hospital in rural Rwanda with CHAI.
To truly shift the tide of global health challenges, young leaders from all backgrounds and skill-sets must be engaged. GHC employs managers, communicators, architects, supply chain analysts and other exceptional young people from non-clinical disciplines important to building strong health systems. For example, Ameet Salvi, a GHC fellow who previously managed supply chains for the Gap, used his skills to upgrade the drug supply chain in Tanzania during his fellowship.
Applicants must be under 30 years of age, have earned an undergraduate university degree by July 2011, and be proficient in English. Interested individuals can apply at apply.ghcorps.org.
- Barbara Bush
P.S.: Help spread the word on Twitter! “Volunteer opportunity: Apply to @GHCorps’ year-long fellowship. There R 70 spots open in 4 African countries: http://bit.ly/eB4KvC #GHCorps
“UMich Ann Arbor is tearing it up! They hosted a ONE retreat, and after playing Laser-Tag, returned to a member’s house for aneducational portion of the retreat. Each member was assigned a partner and required to make a fact sheet about one of the issues that ONE focuses on and presented on their topic. They also had super-organized folders for every member, including “All the information you need to know about tabling”, including a brief description of what ONE is, what we do on campus, how to get involved, what each of the Millenium Development Goals are, what the Global Fund is, and a few facts and figures that we found to be important. They realized how important having educated advocates can be!”—
At ONE, we’re always fighting extreme poverty and disease. This week, several campuses have already stepped up and begun recruiting new members and taking action. Leading the charge are University of Florida, pictured below with their new executive board! Clark University in Massachusetts, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Pittsburgh, and The Ohio State University aren’t far behind with a combination of new recruits, petition signers, and a bunch of other poverty fighting actions! But this is just the beginning, and it’s still anyone’s game. OCC vets Webster University, UT Austin, and Michigan State are breaking into the front alongside Curry, Union, U of West Georgia, Central Michigan, Drake, Macalester, and USC…with many more set to take the stage. This weekend is a great opportunity for you to continue recruiting on campus to nab our GRAND PRIZE. In the mean time, be sure to continue recruiting – try tabling or partnering with another event to get ONE out there. There’s still plenty of time to nab the win for the first of four challenges, which ends on February 11th! Keep winning!
“Help us Tweet and get 2 points per day! Just Tweet this and head back to one.org/campus to claim the points!: The ONE Campus Challenge has officially begun. Fight poverty & help launch our vaccines campaign + WIN BIG! http://bit.ly/gDiHtA”—
Every day women across the globe spend hours cooking over primitive indoor stoves fueled by wood, coal and sometimes even dung. According to the World Health Organization, indoor air pollution caused by such cooking methods is the fourth greatest health risk factor in developing countries, after poor nutrition, unsafe sex, and unclean water and sanitation. The hours of inhaled toxic smoke and air lead to nearly two million deaths a year from pneumonia (the number one killer worldwide), heart disease, and low birth weight. Not only is this a global health problem but the deforestation and carbon emissions produced from these indoor stoves is also considered by many to be the second largest contributor to global warming and climate change.
A long neglected issue in global health and environment, indoor air pollution is finally receiving the attention it deserves. Last September, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with the goal of distributing clean and effective stoves to 100 million homes by 2020. The alliance is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation. As Secretary Clinton pointed out in her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, “Whether you’re passionate about health or the environment or sustainable development or women’s empowerment, this is a project for you, and we need you.”
Unlike many risk factors for health such as smoking and obesity, cooking is not an option. One cannot decide to quit cooking the way you can choose to stop drinking alcohol or smoking. These cookstoves provide women with a safe, sanitary cooking environment. The U.S. has pledged $50 million dollars over the next five years and over $10 million more has been raised by participating countries such as Germany, Norway and Peru, in addition to many non-profits and businesses.
Indoor cooking is still a low-profile issue and one of the most important components of bringing a quick and low-cost end to it is that of education and awareness. The problem was recently highlighted on the Martha Stewart Show where the issue was presented by Aaron Sherinian of the United Nations Foundation. Sherinian underscored the basic truth that “cooking shouldn’t kill, but for many women and families around the world it does. Everyone can get involved and tell the world that this issue matters and should be at the top of the global agenda.”
These efficient, affordable cookstoves cost only $25 each and they result in healthier families and stronger communities. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit cleancookstoves.org
The big day is finally here–the official launch of the ONE Campus Challenge! Whether you’re in school, out of school, or wish you were still in school, you can help your favorite campus nab the top poverty-fighting spot! Students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends: just head over to www.one.org/campus and sign up! And this year, we’ve got some life-saving challenges and a great prize — a trip to DC to visit ONE’s headquarters, where you’ll campaign for our issues on Capitol Hill, followed by a trip to Philly with ONE to meet our co-founder Bono and sign up members at a U2 show! And instead of just telling you about it, we want to show it to you:
To get started, ask your roommates, classmates, professors, family, and friends to help save 4 million lives in 5 years by urging our government to fund two new vaccines that will help stop pneumonia and diarrhea–two of the top killers of kids under 5.
If you’re new to this or need a reminder, here’s how ONE Campus Challenge works: earn points for every action you take on your campus to help fight extreme poverty and disease. It’s really that simple. You’ll learn a lot more about issues on global poverty and disease–in fact, we’re relying on you in this very first challenge to help kick-off one of our biggest campaigns on childhood vaccines. Most importantly, you’ll be making a big difference in the lives of the world’s poorest people. Get started on the first challenge now. Help us make poverty history! Hint: for a head start and some easy points, don’t forget to like ONE Campus on Facebook and check out our new Tumblr blog!
On January 26, 2011 Kennesaw State University hosted the very first SAVES Ball. Advocating for the SAVES Foundation over a luscious dinner, live music, and a packed room of heart-felt friends. The foundation will be building a school in Southern Sudan in the town of Bor- where children currently learn under the shade of a tree.
Nathaniel Nyok, a Lost Boy from Sudan and founder of the SAVES [Sudanse-American Voices for Educational Services] Foundation, is a 31 year old student[International Studies Major] here at Kennesaw State University. He approached us with this overwhelming story of the Lost Boys and an inspirational plan to build schools and begin developing an education system in Sudan. Sudan is the largest country in Africa and has a population over 40,000,000 people, yet has the lowest access to primary education. When the OCC heard his plans for the 20 class room-school we put our heads and resources together and whipped up our first advocacy event: The SAVES Ball.
Students and community members piled in to hear Nathaniel speak. Grabbed dinner, donated from the community, and listened to a local band pour their hearts out into their music. For many of them it was their first time hearing of the need for help in Sudan. $3,000 is all it costs to buy the land to build the school, and $500,000 for the construction. Teaching majors lined up offering their teaching skills for when the school is finished while others lined up to help advocate the SAVES plans to their resources. We found the room in a silent agreement at how much we take for granted our education system here in America and hope to give opportunity like ours to others. Some may see education as an unnecessary effort giving that there are other vital issues such as disease and hunger to overcome, while here at Kennesaw we now believe education is vital. In order to grow and stand alone, Sudan needs education to self-govern.
Kennesaw State University
The views of the author are their own and do not necessarily represent the view of the ONE Campaign or the ONE Campus Challenge.
With just over a week until the official launch of The ONE Campus Challenge (OCC) Season 4, we want to make sure that your campus is ready to hit the ground running. Here are some quick, easy actions that we’ve been asking campuses to take all semester long that can really put you ahead of the game. Use our handy checklist below to make sure you’re ready to get in the game once the challenge begins:
1. Establish a campus leader – if your campus still needs a leader, become one!
2. Work with your student affairs office to establish ONE as an official club or chapter on your University’s campus. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
3. Engage an advisor for your chapter. Approach a professor or staff member at your University to provide support and appropriate representation of your chapter.
4. Elect or appoint an Executive Board to your chapter. Make sure it includes at least a Vice President and a Press Secretary.
5. Create your own ONE Chapter Facebook group and invite your friends.
6. If you don’t know who they are already, click to find your Representative and Senator so that you’re ready to begin engaging them in the fight against extreme poverty.
7. As always, don’t forget to “Like” ONE and ONE Campus on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @onecampaign.
“The fact is that this generation — yours, my generation … we’re the first generation that can look at poverty and disease, look across the ocean to Africa and say with a straight face, we can be the first to end this sort of stupid extreme poverty, where in the world of plenty, a child can die for lack of food in it’s belly. - Bono”—