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Cushions from the Heart
Palma de Mallorca
By Marisa Candia Cadavid and Carwyn Jones
11 Oct 2015

Description: These cushions change lives. In the shape of a heart, they help alleviate the pains that women can suffer after mastectomy surgery. Since 2009, Micky and her team of volunteers have stitched and given away their hearts anonymously and for free to patients in all the hospitals on Mallorca. What began with seven helpers now counts on stitching armies in seven countries.

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Community Hero Strives To Feed The Po...
Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
12 Aug 2014

Ahmed al Saedi is a 25 year old Yemeni who has become a local hero in his poverty stricken community in Sana'a. This is because Ahmed spends most of his time working with local charities to provide food for the poor and the homeless. Ahmed is an Arabic teacher and everyday Ahmed he his friends travel to local charities, where food for the poor is prepared, to fill their containers with rice, dates and vegetable soup. After their containers have been filled with food, they travel back to their community and begin to hand out the food in small packets, to families in need. Ahmed Says he doesn't believe he is a hero because he is only doing what every person is obligated to do. "Wherever there is a person who is in need that I am aware of, I will be there to help in anyway I can. I will never forsake this responsibility," Ahmed said.

Transcript of interview with Ahmed al-Saedi:

1st SB- “My name is Ahmed Hassan Al-Saedi and my country is stricken with severe poverty. In my country more than half of the population are living in poverty. My country is considered to be the poorest country in the region.”

2nd SB- “My friends and I started to think of ways we can help the poor and the needy, so we decided to volunteer time with Noor organization, which is an organization that provides food for the needy on a daily basis. We begin first by preparing the dates.”
“We take the dates from the charity and then we break into teams. Each person is given a task. One volunteer is responsible for opening the container of dates, another person is responsible for weighing the dates on a scale, and the rest put the dates into a plastic bags so it can be ready for the families.”

SB 3- “After we have completed preparing the dates, my friends and I head to the kitchen where the rice, and vegetable soup are prepared. In this kitchen is a team who specialize in preparing food. There are two chefs who prepare the rice and vegetable soup. Other chefs cut the onions and potatoes, while another can be seen bundling and mixing the rice and the vegetable soup until it is prepared. Once everything is ready, the volunteers begin to fill the containers with food for each community.

SB4- “A group of volunteers from each community goes there to fill their containers with food, accordingly to the number of people who need food in their community.”

SB5- “In our community we cover 80 family members, therefore we take the amount of food prescribed to them in containers and place them in the car to take them to back to the district.”

SB6- “I'm responsible for supervising the team of volunteers once we come back to the place where we hand out the food packs to the families which is where we break the volunteers into two groups of three. One group is assigned to the rice-whereby one of the youth scoops the rice, the other holds the plastic bag for the rice to be poured in, and the third person ties the bag of rice. Same thing with the vegetable soup, once person scoops the rice, the other holds the bag and the another ties the bag of rice with the bag of soup so that it can be a complete food supplement ready to be handed out.”

SB7- “We than hand out cards to the 80 families whose names are on our list. After the afternoon prayers, these families come to the place to give us their cards, which tell us who the family is and the number of family members. They are then given the food packs according to the details of their cards, and then their name is checked-off for that day. I am there to help and watch over these young volunteers, who are just there for the sake of helping people for free. They don’t get any benefit except that of seeking the pleasure of god and aiding those who are poor and in need.”

SB8- “Therefore we managed to come up with an idea, which we then transformed into movement to help the needy, and this is really not a hard task but it is the least that we can do. The very least that the government can do also is try to provide for these poor people who are in need of food.”
“Just as it is an obligation for me to help the poor, it is also an obligation for everyone who is able to provide help for the needy.” “Never will I stop and never will I despair in helping those who are in need as long as I am capable of helping. The only thing I am losing is my energy. Therefore I shall continue, and wherever I find someone who is in need of help, I will never abandon and I will also be there for them.”

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Algerian Food Bank Initiative
Algiers, Algeria
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian Food Bank is the largest food bank in the history of Algeria. Initiated by SIDRA Association July 5, 2013, our project has a non-profit aims to collect, manage and share food and to free or almost free of charge to the poorest of effective and sustainable manner. We act at the national level through partner organizations to respond to food emergencies in the most remote areas. Our campaigns involve different sectors of society in a voluntary action and is based on the energy and freshness of Algerian youth to achieve innovative and effective against hunger and malnutrition campaigns.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian families involved and interact positively with the charitable initiative to help the poor

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Special logo including a special initiative wants to donate

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers of Algerian Food Bank initiative exchange a conversation.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

The last recommendations before the start of the actual application of the initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Coordinator of the project is to encourage and motivate volunteers

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Participation of different age groups of children

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Great enthusiasm for the kids, and their active participation and distinctive in the promotion of the initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Childhood innocence mixed with charity work, a picture of kids pick up a souvenir photo by the way

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

College student volunteering in the joy of the initiative and smiling

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child holds a sign calling for encouraging good deeds and donating to the poor.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A large turnout of visitors to the shop to participate in donating to the poor and put their mark in charitable work.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Round youth volunteer initiative to invite people in solidarity with the poor

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Visible signs of a smile on the young volunteer

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Happy volunteer efforts and the interaction of people with initiative

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers of the Algerian Food Bank initiative pose for a photo holding the slogan Dir El-Khir, which translates as a call for enjoining good.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A father and his two young daughters show support for the Algerian Food Bank campaign initiative.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child shakes hands with the campaign's mascot.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Algerian Food Bank volunteers hold the slogan Dir El-Khir, which translates as a call for enjoining good.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Volunteers queue to sign up for the Algerian Food Bank campaign.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

A child poses for a photo with the mascot of the Algerian Food Bank initiative while holding a sign calling on people to do good deeds.

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Algiers
By Soheyb Hadjab
12 Jul 2014

Interface pulled commercials for the initiative

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Big Questions - Benefit Corporations
Oakland, California, USA
By Patricia Werhane
22 Feb 2014

Visit an Oakland, California-based Benefit Corporation which gives its profits back to charities chosen by its customers. Meet the charities and Benefit Corporations it works with, and see how for-profit philanthropy is improving lives in the community.

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Church of the Nations
Paris
By Nadia Ferroukhi
11 Feb 2014

A former American GI turned pastor has been in France for more than 10 years, and in that time, managed to cultivate a massive following, with five daughter churches, and more than 50 sister churches created in the last five years around the world. Pastor Lesley Joseph, who had his revelation on the Okinawa military base in Japan, is an unusual and valuable partner for the community, whom he has brought in with what he calls his "spiritual third world," an awakening of love and unity. His churches are diverse, with people coming from all walks of life through his doors to hear his sermons.
The charismatic missionary preaches with simplicity and humor, and focuses on the street impact, touring the city of Paris, appealing to all: the homeless, poor, old, young, gypsies, bourgeois, Africans, Catholics, Christians and Muslims. His success lies with his open-to-all policy, a stark and welcome contrast to other religious institutions.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (13 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

6 March 2013 – Activist women of Toloo prepare foods which will be distributed among homeless people.

"The Rise Of The Anonymous" institute includes more than 3000 members which every week between 100-150 members activate in it and about 2000 warm meals are distributed by this institute to homelesses every week.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (12 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

6 January 2013 –Activists of Toloo cook foods which will be distributed among homeless people.

"The Rise Of The Anonymous" institute includes more than 3000 members which every week between 100-150 members activate in it and about 2000 warm meals are distributed by this institute to homelesses every week.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (11 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – Mahsa , 33 years old prepares foods which will be distributed among homeless people.

"The Rise Of The Anonymous" institute includes more than 3000 members which every week between 100-150 members activate in it and about 2000 warm meals are distributed by this institute to homelesses every week.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (10 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

7 March 2012 – An activist girl from Toloo members distributes warm homemade food to homeless people.

"The Rise Of The Anonymous" institute includes more than 3000 members which every week between 100-150 members activate in it.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (9 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

7 March 2012 – A homeless man eats warm homemade food in Haqani Park in Tehran.

Every year in the last season, homelesses who were in extreme cold weather get frostbite and in some case die.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (8 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – Homeless people eat warm homemade food, fending off cold bundled in winter clothing, in Khajooye Kermani Park in south of Tehran.

many of Iranian homelesses are addicts,runaways children,street children,emigrants and seasonal workers who are forced to spend the night without any shelters. According to official statistics more than 12 million people in Iran are below the absolute poverty line and it means these people are incapable to obtain a shelter for themselves. We have at least 4 million addicts in our society that any of them are in several steps of addiction and some of them are also rejected by their families and come to the streets

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (7 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

7 March 2012 – Homeless people stand around fire trying to find warmth, in Haqani Park in Tehran.

Some times Tehran temperature reduce to -5 Centigrade degree in winter.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (6 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – A homeless eats warm homemade food given by Toloo activists.

About 2000 warm meals are distributed by this institute to homelesses every week.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (5 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – A homeless poses playing flute for a photograph.

The main causes of these people homelessing are their mental illnesses, addiction,family weakness in livelihoods and suffering from Infectious Diseases. Some of these families have no news of the fate of their children whereas most of these missing people can't remember their past because of their mental illnesses.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (4 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – Homeless people receive warm homemade food from Toloo activists around fire in Haqani Park in Tehran.

Some times Tehran temperature reduce to -5 Centigrade degree in winter.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.

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The Rise Of The Anonymous (3 of 13)
Tehran, Iran
By Hanif
09 Feb 2013

1 January 2013 – A mixture of volunteer members and homeless people of Toloo circle up on a Tuesday night to listen to the traditional flute in Anbar Gandom Park in south of Tehran.

"The Rise Of The Anonymous" institute includes more than 3000 members which every week between 100-150 members activate in it.

Some, though not all, of Iran's homeless are addicted to Crystal (Methamphetamine). The homeless are supported by an organization that is also made up of young men and women that cook for them and then distribute the food. They offer advice and counseling to the drug addicts.