Charity Talks is the podcast designed to help people learn about great local, national and international charities through interviews with their leaders. In each episode, you will learn about a charity’s mission, inspirational stories, and perhaps most importantly, how you can help.
Episode 21 -- Project Bantu Philippines
Jaime Benedicto, the Director of Project Bantu Philippines, is this episode’s guest. Project Bantu Philippines uses the music and movements of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music, to help children and young people from the poorest neighborhoods in Manila. Project Bantu’s support and classes provide these children, who are often living on the streets, with enjoyable yet structured activities that help reinforce in them important values such as perseverance, respect, compassion and responsibility. This impactful program really is making a difference in their lives, particularly during the COVID-related lockdowns in Manila, which have made the day-to-day challenges that these children face even more difficult. (0:32).
Episode 20 -- Innocence Project
Keith Harward, who spent 33 years in a Virginia prison for crimes he did not commit, and Nigel Quiroz, an attorney and policy analyst at the Innocence Project, are this episode’s guests. During the podcast, Keith discusses how he was wrongly convicted of a murder and sexual assault based on faulty forensic evidence, and what life has been like for him since he was exonerated. Nigel discusses how the Innocence Project came to Keith’s defense, and what the organization and Keith are doing to prevent further injustices. Keith’s ordeal gives a fascinating window into some of the problems in the criminal justice system, and the story of his release from prison and positive outlook on life are sure to uplift you. (0:40).
Episode 19 -- World Resources Institute
Caitlin Smith of the World Resources Institute joins Charity Talks. WRI is a global research organization spanning more than 60 countries that is dedicated to working with leaders in those counties to sustain the world’s natural resources. From climate, energy and water, to our oceans and cities, WRI's over 1,000 experts and staff turn big ideas into action to protect our natural resources. (0:26).
Episode 18 -- American Stroke Association
Dr. Keith Sheth, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine, and a neurologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as a member of the Quality Team at the American Stroke Association, is this episode’s guest. Strokes affect 1 in 6 people, and while most people generally know what a stroke is, they do not necessarily know what causes them, what the symptoms and signs are, and what recovery can be like for a person who has suffered a stroke. During this episode, Dr. Sheth explains what causes strokes, what you can do to lower your risk of experiencing one, the research he and his team are doing in this field, and what you should do if you think you are having a stroke. (0:17).
Episode 17 -- First Nations Development Institute
Michael Roberts, the President and CEO of First Nations Development Institute, is this episode's guest. Native American tribes have been marginalized for over 400 years, and as Michael discusses, philanthropy and funding provided to American Indians to address this is a small and disproportionate fraction of that distributed throughout the country. First Nations is doing important work in addressing these gaps and strengthening American Indian economies, by providing direct financial grants, technical assistance, and training to those communities, as well as carefully listening to their needs and advocating on their behalf. (0:23)
Episode 16 -- Task Force for Global Health
Priya Palani, the Associate Creative Director for the Task Force for Global Health, is this episode’s guest and she discusses the important work that the Task Force does around the world to improve the health of those in low and middle income countries. Fighting infectious diseases, distributing vaccines and conducting field epidemiology are just some of the issues that the Task Force is tackling during these challenging times for world health. (0:20).
2020 Annual Report: https://taskforce.org/2020-annual-report/#section_1
Episode 15 -- Living Goods
Charity Talks welcomes Jennifer Hyman to the podcast. Jennifer is the Director of Communications for Living Goods, which provides critical healthcare solutions to women and children in Africa by deploying a network of community health workers. Partnering with local governments, Living Goods ensures that quality healthcare is available to those who need it most, and is using technology and data to maximize the impact it is having in these underserved communities. (0:21).
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