International Youth Day 2014!

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GCC students with a health campaign banner

Today, August 12th, is International Youth Day! What is that, you may ask? Well, it is a day organized by the United Nations in an effort to encourage youth to take action and spread awareness of the issues surrounding them in their country.  This year’s theme for International Youth Day is “Youth and Mental Health”.

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Concern

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Student Field Visit to Tanzania, July 2014.

Now that we know what an NGO is (if you missed it, check out my last blog post on “Top 10 Things You Should Know About NGOs”), how much do you know about Concern Worldwide? A little? A lot? Not much at all? No worries, here is ten facts you should know about Concern Worldwide!

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Ebola Spread Through Myth and Fear

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Field Officer, Baindu Saidu, trains Traditional Birth Attendants to help raise awareness about ebola and how to prevent the disease from spreading. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

Field Officer, Baindu Saidu, trains Traditional Birth Attendants to help raise awareness about ebola prevention. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

The world is facing the largest-ever Ebola outbreak as the deadly virus punches its way across three Western African countries, spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids. But that is not the only way the disease is transferred from one person to another. In no small part, Ebola is also transmitted directly through myth and fear—which is why Concern Worldwide’s public awareness campaign is front-line work to fight the disease.  More

Top 10 Things You Should Know About NGOs

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Photo: Concern Worldwide

Photo: Concern Worldwide

Going into my internship with Concern Worldwide US, I always knew what an NGO was. This was partially due to my interest in international relations and events as well as an assignment given to me in my junior year of high school. I was in disbelief when I learned not everyone understood what an NGO is, what they stand for, and what they do. I first encountered this reality when I explained to my neighbor I interned for an NGO and he looked at me in confusion. It was a shock when I was at the laundromat, and again, during a discussion on my internship, an older women gave the same expression and question, “What is an NGO?”   More

World Malala Day 2014

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MalalaDay-570Last year on July 12, 2013, her sixteenth birthday, Malala Yousafzai stood and spoke for the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The young advocate for girls’ rights and universal education was shot in the face by the Taliban in October 2012 on a school bus. After the attack, she recovered in the UK and continues her fight for education. Today, July 14, 2014, is a day dedicated to the courageous teen and her campaign.  More

World Refugee Day 2014

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A Syrian family outside their makeshift shelter in Kwashra informal settlement, Lebanon. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)

A Syrian family outside their makeshift shelter in Kwashra informal settlement, Lebanon. (Photo: Crystal Wells, Concern Worldwide)

ref·u·gee, [/ˌrefyo͝oˈjē, ˈrefyo͝oˌjē/], noun: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster (Oxford Dictionary).

This World Refugee Day, let’s take a moment to realize that behind the term refugee there are countless men, women, girls, boys, grandmas, grandpas, and infants just like us.

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What You Achieved Because Of School

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Students at St. Jean Baptiste High School share #BecauseOfSchool stories

St. Jean Baptiste High School share #BecauseOfSchool messages

Going to school may not seem like a privilege or a right but for 57 million children around the world, it’s an opportunity that is being denied because of poverty. Global Partnership for Education (GPE) works with governments, organizations, and donors to ensure that every boy and girl gets a chance to go to school in the world’s poorest countries.

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Showing Solidarity to Bring Back Our Girls

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Image via Google

Image via Google

It’s been over a month since the horrific kidnapping of 300 Nigerian teenage girls in the northeastern village of Chibok. Believing themselves safe at their boarding school, the girls were defenseless against their armed captors, the militant group Boko Haram.

Sadly, it took nearly two weeks for the story to gain international attention, and apart from the 50 who managed to escape, the young girls have yet to be found. It is feared that the kidnappers sold the victims as brides and have already trafficked the girls across international borders. More

LWA Middle School Summit on Women & Girls

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LWA students presenting on girls' education

LWA students presenting on girls’ education

Partnering once again with Concern Worldwide, the Middle School, grades 5-8, took part in a Global Summit on the theme of Women and Girls: Keys to the Future. The students were broken up into eight multi-grade groups to explore solutions for the challenges of women and girls in a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Haiti, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sierrra Leone, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia. More

Chicago Annual Student Workshop 2014

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Students from the winning team, Somalia!

Students from the winning team, Somalia!

Over 70 students from six different high schools around Chicago came together for a wildly successful 3rd edition of Concern Worldwide’s Annual Global Concerns Student Workshop on April 17th.

Held in the state-of-the-art Gratz Center, an extension of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church in the heart of downtown Chicago, the workshop challenged students to explore global issues and collaborate on creative solutions in the context of this year’s theme: “Women and Girls: The Key to the Future”. More

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