Archive for the ‘Philanthropist’ Category

Sugata Mitra: Can kids teach themselves?

September 7, 2010

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.

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Why Water

August 5, 2010

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Source:  charity: water.org

Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

Global Hertitage Fund – MIRADOR

January 29, 2009

mirador_3d_6101Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is a proposed 525,100 acre protected area located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere in northern Guatemala. Mirador is home to the earliest and largest Preclassic Maya archeological sites in Mesoamerica, including the largest pyramid in the world- La Danta. Experts describe the Mirador as the Cradle of Maya Civilization.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Maya Biosphere has lost 70% of its forests in the last ten years. Establishment of the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is our last chance to protect the last remaining forests of the Maya Biosphere from total environmental catastrophe (see cover showing 2000-2005 fires in red).

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is working with the Guatemalan government, community leaders, the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to create an economically sustainable park based on the successful model of nearby Tikal National Park.

GHF’s primary conservation goals for Mirador are:

1. Establish a 525,100 acre archaeological and wildlife preserve
2. Secure UNESCO World Heritage designation
3. Become a sustainable protected area within 10 years

Source: GHF 

UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Googl.org

January 30, 2008

Google.Org 

Google.org aspires to use the power of information and technology to address the global challenges of our age: climate change, poverty and emerging disease. In collaboration with experienced partners working in each of these fields, we will invest our resources and tap the strengths of Google’s employees and global operations to advance five major initiatives.

Develop Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal (RE<C)

Create utility-scale electricity from clean renewable energy sources that is cheaper than electricity produced from coal. More information

Accelerate the Commercialization of Plug-In Vehicles (RechargeIT)

Seed innovation, demonstrate technology, inform the debate, and stimulate market demand to foster mass commercialization of plug-in vehicles. More information

Predict and Prevent

Identify “hot spots” and enable rapid response to emerging threats, such as infectious disease and climate risk. More information

Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services

Use information to empower citizens and communities, providers, and policymakers to improve the delivery of essential public services such as education, health, water and sanitation. More information

Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Increase the flow of risk capital to small and medium-sized businesses in the developing world. More information

Fondo Educativo ENA

November 27, 2007

Last week we attended the inauguration of one of the ten computer center we are donated on behalf of the Project named “Fondo Educativo Enrique Novella Alvarado para Telesecundarias, Centros de Tecnología en los Básicos por Telesecundaria del Departamento de El Progreso.” Which objectives are to improve the educational conditions in rural communities through technology. In order to be competitive in today’s world.

Unfortunately the fund can only help ten rural communities. I’m trying to get further funding in order to help additional communities and give more children the opportunity to have technology in their classrooms.

If you are interesting in donating I will gladly provide further details of the program.

Now, please enjoy some pictures of the inauguration.

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Free Rice

November 18, 2007

Free Rice has to be one of the most innovated webpages. It has two goals:

  1.  Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. 

So, for each word you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger. 

Free Rice

India’s Rural Poor- How can we learn from them?

November 16, 2007

SRISTI is a non-governmental organization setup to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems. SRISTI was set up provide organizational, intellectual and logistics support to the Honey Bee Network, which was founded by Prof. Anil K. Gupta in 1998. Honey Bee Network is an online database of rural innovation that can range from everyday rural problems, like a bicycle used as a washing machine to herbal treatments handed down over generations. Honeybee has catalogued more than 50,000 innovations by rural entrepreneurs. They help them license their technology and to patent their inventions. It is a way of empowering rural people to develop their ideas, create business partners and make connections. As Mr. Gupta says:

“We don’t want a system where you first create a lot of growth and try to create a lot of Corporate Social Responsibility programs as a nod to the poor; you include them as stakeholders right up front.”

Go Green

October 2, 2007

On my way back home I read the “The Green Issue” from American Way and found great facts about our environments and about “us” consumers. It has become such a hot topic over the years, receiving great attentions from scientist, environmental organizations, press, etc.

Take a look at the facts and reflect a little on what we can do to make a difference. It can be as easy as replacing a normal toilet paper for a recycled one.

Green Energy

FACTS:

Worldwide consumption of bottle water reached 154 billion liter (41 billion gallons) in 2004, and increase of 57 percent in five years.

The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load; high-efficiency washing machines use less than 27 gallons of water per load.

Organic farming is typically 30 percent more organic than traditional farming.

Storm windows reduce hear kiss though the windows by 25 to 50 percent.

The average car emits twice its weight in CO2 each year.

Half of the forest that originally covered 48 percent of the earth’s lands surface are gone.

Disposable diapers take 200 to 500 years to decompose.

At the current rate of warming, all the glaciers in glacier national park will be gone b7 2070.

It takes 90 years to grow a box of tissues.

Last year, China overtook the U.S. as the biggest CO2 emitter.

The number of hurricanes worldwide classified as either Category 4 or 5 has almost doubled in the past 35 years.

In the United States, it takes about a third of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to grow enough cotton for one T-shirt.

Every year, the catalog industry sends out more than 20 billion catalogs – that’s 67 catalogs for every person in America.

Globally, sea levels could possibly rice more than 20 feet with the loss of Greenland and Antarctica shelf ice.

When cars cruise at 65 miles per hour rather than at 55 miles per hour, the carbon monoxide emissions more than double per mile driven.

A typical U.S. household generates 45,00 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Wind-power installation has increased by 500 percent in the United States since 1999.

In order to prevent the Taj Mahal from being polluted, visitors must park nearly two miles away and take battery-run buses or horse-drawn carriages to the monument.

Twenty years ago; only one curbside recycling program existed in the United States. By 2005, almost 9,000 curbside programs had sprung up across the nation.

The Untied State uses nearly $1 million worth of energy every minute.

One modern wind turbine produces enough energy to meet the annual electricity needs of 500 homes.

The National Recycling Coalition reports that recycling supports 1.1 million jobs in the United States.

Low energy computers saves their owners as much as $300 per year in electricity costs.

In North America alone, more than 350 million cartridges per year are discarded in landfills, and that number increases by 12 percent annually.

If every household in the United States were to replace just one package of new fiber napkins with 100-percent recycled, it would save one million trees.

If every household replaced one roll of toilet paper with a roll of recycled post consumer waste, 424,000 trees would be saved.

Microwaves are between 3.5 and 4.8 times more energy efficient than tradition electric ovens. If everyone in North America cooked exclusively with a microwave for a year. We’d save as much energy as the entire continent of Africa consumes during that same amount of time.

Carpooling with someone just two days a week will reduce your CO2 emissions by about 1,590 pounds a year.

Americans throw away 25 billion foam cups each year.

Driving 10 fewer miles every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of CO2 emission per year.

In the United States each year, more than 100 billion pounds of food is wasted by consumers, retailers, and restaurants.

If everyone in the world were to consume like the average U.S. citizen, we would need at least four more Earths.

Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives but losses one or more species of animal or plant life.

More than one billion people lack access to a safe supply of drinking water.

Proper inflation of your cars tires can improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent.

Eight trees will cancel out four years’ worth of garbage.

Consumers and industries in the United States throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every three months.

67% percent of all major appliances are recycled.