The Confetti Foundation – a non-profit organisation to make hospitalized children smile !

The Confetti Foundation – a non-profit organisation to make hospitalized children smile !

• OUR MISSION •

THE MISSION OF THE CONFETTI FOUNDATION IS TO SUPPLY BIRTHDAY PARTIES  TO CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO SPEND THEIR BIRTHDAY IN A HOSPITAL, PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY CLINIC OR HOSPICE FACILITY. 

The foundation was started with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child’s sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and a good reminder that every child deserves to be celebrated. 

Through the partnership of children’s hospitals, pediatric oncology clinics and pediatric Hospice facilities in the United States, The Confetti Foundation’s goal is to provide a themed birthday party, positive memories, and normalcy during a difficult time. 

• HOW IT STARTED •

The idea for The Confetti Foundation was developed when event designer Stephanie Frazier Grimm’s Godson was born 8 weeks premature with many complications. Stephanie’s friend spent hours every day driving to her hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit caring for “Baby C” as he gradually grew stronger. 

During those long drives, Stephanie and her friend would talk about their families, the weather, their jobs, the good times they had in college, and anything else that served as a much-needed distraction. One conversation led to Baby C’s hospital “buddy”, who was celebrating his 1st birthday. His entire life had been spent in the walls of the NICU.

Stephanie questioned what happened when children are in the hospital on their birthdays. Were they given a party? Who was responsible for getting all the decorations? After weeks of research, it was determined that all children were given a present from the hospital, but not matching decorations to have a themed birthday party. This was the responsibility of the families.

Having spent her own 13th birthday in the hospital and the fear of Baby C having to spend many birthdays hospitalized, she set out to make a positive change of how children’s birthdays were celebrated if they were hospitalized.

In  January 2014, The Confetti Foundation was an official 501c3 non-profit organization and started supplying themed birthday party kits to children who had to spend their birthday in the hospital.

Through the party kits, children of all ages are celebrated and honored on their special day.

read all about this great non-profit organisation here…

all photos belong to The Confetti Foundation – www.confettifoundation.org

Women Wage Peace  –  a movement

Women Wage Peace – a movement

WHO WE ARE

Women Wage Peace was founded in the summer of 2014 in the aftermath of
Operation Protective Edge.
WWP is the largest grassroots movement in Israel whose purpose is to promote
a political agreement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today the
movement has more than 40,000 members.

GOALS AND STRATEGIES

The movement has 2 main goals:

To promote a political agreement as a strategic solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict
The aim of the movement is to bring about the resolution of the Israeli Palestinian
conflict by means of an honorable, non-violent and mutually acceptable agreement. We know that conflicts end with an agreement and we know that this is possible with the Israeli- Palestinian conflict as well.

To include women in all aspects of decision making as mandated by UN
Resolution 1325 – This resolution recognizes the fact that women are a key to promoting
sustainable peace processes and ending violent conflict; therefore it is obligatory
to include women in all aspects of decision making especially regarding issues of
peace and security

The movement is not affiliated with any political party and its members include
women from diverse communities within Israeli society: right, center and left;
religious and secular; Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin; young women and older
women; women from the center of the country and from the periphery. The
movement does not support any one particular solution to the conflict.
The movement is composed of thousands of volunteers, organized within a
framework of both regional teams, as well as professional, national teams,
dealing with Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Communication, Digital,
Government Engagement, Reaching out to Palestinian and International Women,
Projects, Diversity, Budget, Training, National Coordinators, and Logistics.

 

Read more about these women and their efforts for peace and understanding .. here ….

#Imarchforyou – One Million Steps for Refugee Children – from Paris to Berlin, filmmaker and activist Grigorij Richters is fighting for refugee children

#Imarchforyou – One Million Steps for Refugee Children – from Paris to Berlin, filmmaker and activist Grigorij Richters is fighting for refugee children

Photo source:Grig Richters kneeling in front of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. Behind him is his 45 year old Volkswagen bus named Bulli. 09 December 2018 – Photo by Uwe Praetel for #Imarchforyou  www.imarchforyou.org

From October 27th to December 9th, Grig Richters was walking from Paris to Berlin. The filmmaker and activist from Hamburg initiated this march to gain attention for his mission to help save refugee children from refugee camps all over Europe. He fights for mainly orphened children who have no ambassador for their protection anymore, when they lost their parents and siblings on the way. He describes the horrible conditions in which refugees are living in these camps and that especially for these kids, rape and violence is a sad and unbearable normality for them. Many of them are trying to escape by suicide…

On his way he met a lot of people who were showing support and followed his call to sign his bus and the petition he is preparing. Although he reached successful agreements with mayors of major German cities, to take three to fourhundred children into their custody, laws and regulations have to be met accordingly. Therefore there is still so much that needs to be done. Richters appeals to not only these German mayors, but all UN governments, to open their gates to rescue these children in need. 

Here’s a short excerpt from his website:

 

“My name is Grig Richters. I am a German filmmaker and I am making 1 Million steps to save 1,000 children from the refugee camps. Will you join me?

We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, “an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.”

We need to save the refugee children stuck in camps on EU soil

Currently there are around one thousand unaccompanied children stuck in refugee camps on EU soil. Many of these children are held in Camp Moria, Greece. The only thing these children want is to live a normal life. Many of these children lost their families during the war and they went through hell to come to Europe. But many of these children are being raped and tortured inside the refugee camps. As the BBC recently reported, and I have friends who volunteer in these camps and witness this on a daily basis, many of these children try to commit suicide.

March with Me

Thats is why I march from Paris to Berlin – travelling over 1,000 Miles on foot – to raise awareness about their situations and to get the EU leaders to listen and to give these children the home they deserve!

I am asking the German, French, Canadian and Luxembourg Governments: “Please save our children” but my voice alone isn‘t enough so please join me by signing the petition.”

see all informations on the petition and this movement here…


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Photo source: #Imarchforyou https://www.imarchforyou.org/


Videos

courtesy #Imarchforyou      https://www.imarchforyou.org/

The Lion Recovery Fund

The Lion Recovery Fund

The Lion Recovery Fund’s goal is to Recover Lions and Restore their Landscapes. We aspire to double the number of lions by 2050 through deeper and broader actions by the conservation and philanthropic community alike

We target protected landscapes—core protected areas and the communal areas within, around and connecting them – so that they are resourced and managed to help lions, their habitats and prey, and people thrive.

The Lion Recovery Fund has two programmatic areas in which it invests:

  • Conservation
    actions on the ground, to better manage protected landscapes so that they function as lionscapes
  • Campaigns
    to build the public, political, and philanthropic will to recover lions.

Please download our 2018 Progress Report for a more detailed look into the focus of our investments.

 

Conservation Actions on the ground

The LRF invests in three types of landscapes for site-based investment:
  • Retain Sites
    Sites with existing large lion populations that require protection and where we must hold the line.
  • Recover Sites
    Sites with potential for significant growth in lion numbers.
  • Rescue Sites
    Sites within countries where there is a high risk of national extinction of lions.

Investments in these sites range from strategies to address critical threats to lions, to active management of lion and prey populations, to strategies that expand the effective conservation footprint within protected landscapes.

 

 

Conservation Campaigns to build the public, political, and philanthropic will to recover lions.

Despite the tragic loss of lions across much of Africa and the dramatic impact their loss has on ecosystem health, few people are familiar with the crisis or what they can do to address it.
  • The public in Western countries is generally unaware of what is at stake. Similarly, the public in lion range countries either do not know of the decline in lions, are apathetic, or are actively antagonistic in attitudes towards lions.
  • The political will of African governments is often inadequate to allow for the effective resourcing of protected areas, or for taking the legislative steps to allow effective conservation on community and private lands to become a reality. In parallel, western governments lack awareness of just how vital Africa’s protected landscapes are for their ecosystem services to a growing African population and to tourism economies—and therefore fail themselves to provide support to conservationists’ efforts.
  • Philanthropy from the U.S. and other developed nations is woefully inadequate because there is virtually no awareness of the loss of lions and the imperative of improving management of the protected area estate in Africa.
 

These challenges make conserving lions monumentally harder. The LRF therefore invests in campaign concepts from within and from outside the conservation community that will elevate:

  • The Public Will so that targeted segments of society in the West and in Africa are significantly more aware of the lion crisis and invested in lion recovery.
  • The Political Will such that African and donor governments alike invest more in lion recovery and restoration of Africa’s protected areas, and
  • The Philanthropic Will such that financial support by corporations, large foundations, bi-lateral government aid, multi-lateral agencies, and private individuals is dramatically elevated and expanded.

 

PHOTO BY KEN AND MITCHELL DYBALL

PHOTO: JOHN MCCORMACK

PHOTO: JON MCCORMACK

BakuForum – International Humanitarian Forum 2018

BakuForum – International Humanitarian Forum 2018

WANN: 25. – 26. OCTOBER 2018
WO: BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

About Forum

Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an event of famous representatives of political scientific and cultural elite of the world community including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize’s winners in the various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations whose aim is holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity.

The organizers and participants of the Forum are representatives of natural and social sciences, as well as cultural elite of the world who have ambitious task of forming a new humanitarian agenda with the aim of its further consideration in the world scale. Most powerful people of the world are also invited to take part in the Forum. They are acting or former heads of states and founders of multinational corporations. Assembly of the representatives of all spheres of human activity leads to the optimal solution of vital problems, which disturb all humanity.

The initiators of the Forum in 2010 were the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his colleague the President of Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev.

 

Positions

taking into consideration humanitarian problems in the era of globalization and reflecting voice of the heart of humanity – are highlighted in the Baku Declaration.

The Goal

is to build a dialogue through round tables. Every single person can listen and can be heard in the arena for actual topics of concern.

 

The Task

is formation of ground for constructive debates and discussions; exchange of ideas, theoretical and practical knowledge.

Outcome

is embodied in recommendations and calls to international organizations, leaders of states and every single individual.

Traditions of the Forum

  • The Forum is held once every 2 years in Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • All participants of the Forum receive personal invitation;
  • Working languages of the Forum are: Azerbaijani, English and Russian;
  • The Forum is headlined in media.

 

read more about this event here….

VIDEO MESSAGE BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO MRS. IRINA BOKOVA

“…a forum to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace and sustainable societies…”

This Promo was exclusively prepared by BRANDBUILD for Baku Forum on Sustainable Development (25-26 october, 2018). Forum gathered together national and international experts to share regional experiences on nationalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focused on countries where Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) Platform have been undertaken and SDGs accelerators are being implemented. Our contacts: info@brandbuild.az Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandbuild.az

EcoMotive – Support for collective housing projects / Born out of the Ashley Vale Housing Community in Bristol

EcoMotive – Support for collective housing projects / Born out of the Ashley Vale Housing Community in Bristol

EcoMotive – support for collective housing projects

About us

Ecomotive is a workers’ co-operative which grew out of the Ashley Vale self build project in Bristol. After they had completed their own self build home, Jackson Moulding and Anna Hope wanted to be able to offer other people the same opportunity to design and build their own homes in a community setting. And so Ecomotive was born. Our name (Eco = from the Greek root of ‘home’; Motive = ‘reason for action’) symbolises the way in which we take action to create opportunities for more sustainable homes, and empower others to do the same. Over the years we have grown and evolved, building up a strong core team supported by an inspiring collective of professional associates and volunteers.

Ecomotive operates in many different spheres, from the grassroots through to the national policy arena. You might equally see us giving a presentation at a housing conference or a spontaneous radio interview on the stage of a music festival. We are passionate about what we do and are willing to go the extra mile in order to bring quality to every area of our work. We especially love to get hands-on, and a highlight of our year is building the Ecomotive ‘structure’ at Glastonbury Festival. Our ethos is to be creative, flexible and solution-focused and we enjoy taking on a bit of a challenge!

 

 

How it all began – Ashley Vale, Bristol

a view round the central village green

from left to right – individual houses, the communal village green area, bungalows, the terrace of houses and, (bright red), the flats above the workshops and community centre. This is one of the most interesting recent examples of group selfbuild in the UK, not only because of its commitment to green values but also because of the way it started, the variety of types of buildings, the extensive community involvement and the effort made to incorporate affordable housing.

It also includes several collective initiatives such as a ‘village green’, a community centre, a shared landscaping commitment and a (hard to define) inclusion of the skills and supportive efforts of many people who are closely associated with the place but don’t actually live there.

For instance one of the directors of the group, Mike Harvey, a close neighbour though not one of the self builders, has taken on an interesting role as a visioner, coordinator, designer and builder for the group. Various other people have been very supportive to the group such as the father of one of the self builders who is a retired sewage engineer with a broad experience in mechanical services. He has advised and helped with the infrastructure servicing of the site which had all to take place above the enormous existing concrete slab covering the site. (see more on this below)

the building site before work began

the building site before work began

In the late 1990s a site, which had previously been a yard owned by a scaffold supply company was about to be bought by one of the volume house builder. A group of 7 or 8 locals wanted something a bit more ‘home grown’ to happen, something better in terms of housing and mixed use in the community. They got together and lobbied the council and succeeded in preventing the impending development. They then held a ‘planning for real’ day which attracted good local participation.

 

Group purchase of land

Following this the group which formed, raised the money, by means of individual mortgages, to buy the site with the financial help of the Redland Housing Association, with the intention of the housing association incorporating some affordable housing for the elderly. They made an offer with a view to buying the site and then succeeded in obtaining planning permission, to a large extent because of the strong support by people in the area and around the town.

They formed a not-for-profit limited company and the self builders formed their own group which consisted of members wanting to build four houses in a terrace, four semis, about fourteen individual houses (and eventually convert an existing building on the site to workshops, flats and a community centre). The intention was that Redland Housing association would come in to build half a dozen old people’s bungalows in the centre of the area.

As the time approached when the land transaction had to be completed there was a certain amount of drama as some people dropped out and others came in but on the actual day of completion of the sale all the purchasers with their respective solicitors met in a room with the vendor and their solicitor and the deal was done.

Unfortunately a major glitch soon occured when Redland Housing Association was placed under supervision by the Housing Corporation because of management problems and it backed out of the commitment to build the bungalows and eventually the Ashley Vale group bought the land back from them, but not before the land had (apparently by law) to be offered to every housing association in Bristol – a process taking two years! Finally the bungalows were offered for sale on the open market to recoup the land value.

Finally, through the help of a local benefactor and a bank loan, the bungalows were built to a ‘complete shell’  stage so that purchasers could then finish them internally to their own requirements. Meanwhile the self build side was progressing well with a variety of interesting designs built to a very high, but not outstanding, ecological standard (except probably the house by Jackson Moulding and Anna, and Jimmy’s house which do show a deep commitment to green design values).

There is an excellent account of the processes the group went through to achieve their aims.

the finished bungalows

the finished bungalows

The office block which came with the site when they bought it is  being converted into four flats plus two rooftop studio flats, three small workshops and a community centre which will be used not only for the benefit of the group but also to promote a wider range of cultural activities in the area. Heating by a wood pellet boiler.

the block after upgrading, including external insulation

the block after upgrading, including external insulation

The site itself was a challenge because the enormous existing concrete slab covers ground which is contaminated by previous industrial uses and it was a condition that it should not be disturbed. It was left in place and everything, including services was placed on top of it. Because of its limited strength this meant that traditional masonry construction could not be used. Hence the number of timber frame houses. See part A of the Approved Documents in the Building Regulations which deals with contaminated land.

 

Read all about this intelligent, innovative housing project here…

 

photo source: https://www.selfbuild-central.co.uk/

A Case Study on Ashley Vale Self Build Housing Association