When Chris Grava was in college, he did a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. His brother Nick went to visit him, but was so moved by the children he met at a foster home for orphans, that he ended up staying, and now helps manage Home of Safety in Khayelitsha. Today, Chris and Nick run a nonprofit that helps local children who suffer from HIV, are orphaned or neglected. During a recent visit, Chris wore a GoPro cam to give friends and supporters back home a glimpse of life at the center, and the resulting video is pretty great. You can learn more about their efforts at Intsikelelo.org ... Discuss
The city of Oakland has a message for people who exploit children and victims caught in the world of sex trafficking: We’re calling you out. The city’s police department has launched a new website showing the names, birthdays, and charges against pimps and purchasers arrested by local police. The site will be updated every two weeks, with more individuals recently charge with human trafficking-related crimes. The somewhat controversial website does caution that though the suspects have been charged, they are still “presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” The police lieutenant in charge of the department’s human trafficking division told Time magazine (who dubbed the effort "pimp-shaming") that Oakland is “the hub of the West for child prostitution,” and described the efforts as a “proactive” measure to fight trafficking, which he said is at an “all-time level” in the area ... Discuss
While some tech industry experts are using their talents to push Silicon Valley innovation and Wall Street excitement, many have turned their attention to a new arena, as well: solving the problems of the developing world.
From simple, easy to use creations such as water filtration systems and low-cost health care, to advanced technologies spreading Internet access, these inventions have the potential to save lives around the world. Read More
Last year, the number of Christians martyred for their faith around the globe was nearly double the amount killed in 2012. According to the report from the group Open Doors International, there were 2,123 documented cases of believers killed for their faith in 2013. Other groups recorded a much higher number, noting that many of the murders go unreported. Read More