General Editorial, Global Aid and Disaster Relief

Students use Social Media to help Victims of Earthquake in Philippines

Author: World Mind Network
Dateline: Cebu City, Philippines (CEBU CITY, Philippines)  | Thu, 17 Oct 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In efforts spearheaded by the World Mind Network, Friends Beyond Borders, and Batangas Varsitarian, young people from around the world used top social media sites and SMS tracking sites to help rescuers locate and aid victims of the recent earthquake in the central Philippines. The 7.2 magnitude quake struck the region of Bohol Island and Cebu just after 8 a.m. local time on October 15, 2013.”



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In efforts spearheaded by the World Mind Network, Friends Beyond Borders, and Batangas Varsitarian, young people from around the world used top social media sites and SMS tracking sites to help rescuers locate and aid victims of the recent earthquake in the central Philippines. The 7.2 magnitude quake struck the region of Bohol Island and Cebu just after 8 a.m. local time on October 15, 2013.

So far 161 have been confirmed dead, with hundreds injured, 19,000 homes severely damaged, and major losses to roads and infrastructure. According to Sarah Mendel and John Toomey of the World Mind Network, students from Stanford, Harvard, Emory, Utah, the University of Batangas, Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and several others participated.

"It's becoming more and more obvious that the power people possess in the palm of their hand, namely their Smart phone or tablet, has enormous power to help people instantly," said Toomey. "Disasters like this are the most self-evident example, but the same principle applies to every kind of humanitarian, public health, and educational assistance."

Every month the Adelina Award is presented by BatangasVarsitarian.net to someone who has performed heroically on behalf of Batangas or the Philippines in the fields of Humanitarian aid, Education, Public Health, Disaster Relief, or Economic Improvement.

This week five Adelina Awards are being announced, all for people and organizations who have rendered service far beyond the call of duty in helping the victims of the Bohol earthquake:

Robert Michael Poole: Mr. Poole traveled all over Bohol on the day of the quake, taking photos which documented the destruction. Many were useful in helping rescuers locate and save victims. You can see his photos here:
http://twitchy.com/2013/10/15/major-earthquake-strikes-the-philippines-photos/ .

Mae of Natura Vista resort in Bohol, who is offering free lodging packages to those who donate to earthquake relief:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481326218631357&set=a.150384555058860.30245.137800462983936&type=1&theater .

Bangon Bohol, a group of Boholanos from throughout the Philippines who have devoted thousands of hours to helping victims:
https://www.facebook.com/OplanBangonBohol .

Narcisa Barbanida has been awarded the honor posthumously. She died saving her daughter. See:
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/10/17/13/mom-dies-saving-daughter-during-bohol-quake .

Philippine Airlines (PAL), which has activated its Humanitarian Cargo Grant program. PAL will accept donations to be transported for free to Tagbiliran City in Bohol and Cebu. Certified volunteer doctors and medical specialists who will be participating in the ongoing relief efforts may also receive free air transportation via PAL.

Help is still needed, and resources and information on how to assist are listed on the group's site at http://philippineearthquakerelief.org/ as well as at batangasvarsitarian.net. For more information, or to make suggestions contact theworldmindnetwork@gmail.com.

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Business, Global Aid and Disaster Relief, Transportation

RV Rental Outfit Standing By to Provide Gulf Coast Storm Relief

Author: Allstar Coaches
Dateline: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.)  | Wed, 29 Aug 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Allstar Coaches, the national RV rental dealer based in Florida, has announced today that it stands ready to assist in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Allstar provided more than 30 RV rentals to government agencies, the Red Cross and various utility and insurance companies following Hurricane Katrina. 'As a Florida based company we profoundly understand what is needed after a storm and we'll do what we can to help,' says Rob Tischler CEO of Allstar.”



A R T I C L E:

Allstar Coaches, the national RV rental dealer based in Florida, has announced today that it stands ready to assist in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Allstar provided more than 30 RV rentals to government agencies, the Red Cross and various utility and insurance companies following Hurricane Katrina. "As a Florida based company we profoundly understand what is needed after a storm and we'll do what we can to help," says Rob Tischler CEO of Allstar.

Tropical Storm Isaac, once a category 1 hurricane made its landfall yesterday in Southern Louisiana at 6:45 p.m. local time and has been ravaging New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region for more than 24 hours with flooding rains, wind gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour and potentially deadly tidal surges. Isaac is expected to continue wreaking havoc and remain over the area until late Thursday or early Friday. The storm has caused massive power outages, and appears to have caused widespread catastrophic damage, never before seen from a category 1 hurricane.

FEMA, The American Red Cross and various insurance carriers themselves used the motorhome rental units in a variety of missions following Katrina and are expected to do the same after Isaac passes. These units are self-contained with internal generators and large fuel tanks designed to allow long term use in areas where power might not be available. These RV's can be used as mobile command and control centers, as a base for rescue and repair operations and as temporary housing for both out of town personnel brought in to deal with this catastrophe as well as those displaced by the storm.

According to Tischler, "Government agencies, utility and insurance providers will be given top priority; and additional units will be made ready for individuals as they become available." Tischler advises that displaced residents should check with their insurance carriers to see if the cost of temporary housing is covered by their policies, indicating that most insurance companies will indeed cover these costs if it becomes necessary.

Von Isanogle, Allstar's Fleet Operations Director, says "all of our locations have implemented their emergency action plans and are standing by, ready to begin moving vehicles to the Gulf Coast as soon as it becomes safe to do so."

Allstar (www.allstarcoaches.com) operates a fleet of luxury motorhome rentals which are available for delivery nationwide from their strategically located offices in nine states.

For further information please contact the Emergency Operations Desk at Allstar Coaches (866) 838-4465 or send an inquiry to info@allstarcoaches.com.

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Kenny Foster’s ‘Hometown’ Strikes A Chord

Author: Kenny Foster
Dateline: Nashville, Tennessee (NASHVILLE, Tenn.)  | Wed, 22 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Nashville based singer-songwriter Kenny Foster, a Joplin, Missouri native, has written a song based on the May 22 tornado that ravaged his hometown one month ago today, destroyed his childhood home and trapped his family in the crawl space of their home before they were rescued.”



A R T I C L E:

Nashville based singer-songwriter Kenny Foster, a Joplin, Missouri native, has written a song based on the May 22 tornado that ravaged his hometown one month ago today, destroyed his childhood home and trapped his family in the crawl space of their home before they were rescued.

Called "Hometown," Foster's powerful song details the emotional aftermath of the disaster, as affected families try to sort through the emotional wreckage and find a way to move on.

Foster says, "I knew what I wanted to write. A heartbreaking tale of sadness. I wanted to spill my guts. I wanted catharsis to find its way into my fingers, and let me leave it all there on the page." But instead, Foster wrote a song of hope.

A video of Foster playing this song in Joplin found its way on to YouTube and the response required that Foster take notice. He wanted to turn the attention on the song into a way to raise awareness and funds to help Joplin.

This led Foster to work with Nashville-based producer, Vince Romanelli, to track a studio version of "Hometown." Foster has partnered with The United Way with all funds generated by the sale of this song going toward the rebuilding efforts in Joplin and beyond.

Valerie Searcy, Director of Marketing for the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeastern Kansas says, "This partnership with Foster is special because he is from Joplin. He knows what the city looked liked before and he can share in everyone's vision for the future. We are so privileged to be able to partner in such a personal way to help our community and hometown."

Foster says, "I hope this song keeps the storm-ravaged communities in our hearts and minds, and brings some solidarity between those directly affected, and the nation that stood aghast. This event will most likely be the historical benchmark that will define the youngest generation that lived through it first-hand. I hope that generation's message is one of hope and empowerment, not despair."

"Hometown" is receiving a global response of digital downloads while, domestically, Foster is being contacted by radio stations, eager to hear the story behind the song that is finding its way into rotation.

"Being a part of Joplin's story is a tragic blessing" comments Foster. "In a time of tragedy, you come to see the very best of people and I can only hope that everyone can experience the outpouring of kindness that we've felt over the past few weeks."

Foster has found that the reach of this song extends beyond the perimeter of the small Missouri town that was its inspiration. He hopes that "Hometown" can also encourage people that are rebuilding their hometowns in Tuscaloosa, Memphis, Fayetteville, New Orleans, and beyond, bringing hope to hometowns everywhere.

The song "Hometown" is now available on iTunes and on www.kentonfoster.com . This song is also available by request on radio stations nationwide.

- Photo Credit: Rory White.

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Business and Social Networking, Global Aid and Disaster Relief

World’s Biggest Social Networking Experiment Brings Holiday Hope to Millions

Author: World Mind Network
Dateline: Los Angeles, California (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)  | Tue, 07 Dec 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The World Mind Network and Friends Beyond Borders have announced WikiGeeks, a coordinated effort among teams of university students to utilize commonly available Web 2.0 and social networking tools to create online Flash Mobs which will promote sustainability, environmental protection, and cultural preservation in selected Third World villages.”



A R T I C L E:

The World Mind Network and Friends Beyond Borders have announced WikiGeeks, a coordinated effort among teams of university students to utilize commonly available Web 2.0 and social networking tools to create online Flash Mobs which will promote sustainability, environmental protection, and cultural preservation in selected Third World villages. Student participants come from Harvard, the University of Witwatersrand, Rutgers, Caltech, Oxford, the University of Goroka, Union College, Pomona College, and the Federal University of Parana in Brazil.

The experiment is based on the fact that popular Web phenomena like Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google apps are rarely used in combination with each other to effect real change in the developing world. Formulas have been developed which use each of these, as well as Smart Phone apps, to build and scale projects quickly and efficiently. As programs grow, they are designed to divide into new units and grow, like amoebas, so that more student leaders can join.

Each student participant is paired with an enterprise adhering to international Fair Trade standards, and/or with a classroom belonging to iearn.org, a group which arranges electronic communications between schools around the world.

The team thus assembled then directs a research project which not only brings change to poverty-stricken communities, but carefully documents results so that successful strategies can be duplicated elsewhere. The Mendenhall Foundation will award two $10,000 cash prizes for the best project: one for the student committee and one for the village.

Beneficiaries include Cards from Africa (cardsfromafrica.com), an African enterprise which employs AIDS and Rwandan Civil War orphans to make greeting cards from recycled materials, HIP Pakistan (thehabitat.org) which promotes biodiversity in the Punjab and helps gypsy women market local handicrafts, and Artemisia (artemisia.org.br) a Brazilian social enterprise accelerator which supports Fair Trade groups.

Says project coordinator Sarah Mendel, "Students study the developing world all the time, but are rarely given a chance to bring about real change, in a way which can be documented and reapplied elsewhere. It turns out that social networking, Web 2.0 and Smart Phone apps, which are mere toys or conveniences to most people, are actually brilliantly suited to this task."

Most projects have both a practical goal aimed at immediate benefit (i.e., using solar ovens to decontaminate drinking water and therefore save trees from being used as firewood), and a more abstract research objective (discovering whether simple actions at the village level can sequester CO2 in significant amounts). Each project is based on an objective which is specific, testable, actionable immediately, and combines in full measure student creativity with the native wisdom of the villagers. Each must lead to improved local livelihood, while decreasing carbon footprints and preserving habitats for flora, fauna, and people.

The Holloway Trust and Chilam Foundation plan to permanently fund those projects which show long-term sustainability.

Each project results in a win-win situation for both village and student: the rural community gets plugged into the world via the Internet, and the student owns a niche on the Web which will permanently serve as a nexus for future research.

The basic formula behind each project is that for every 10,000 people reached via social networking about a sustainability or environmental issue in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America, 850 will pass on the information to others via their own networks, 75 will contribute valuable ideas for improving the project, 55 will purchase Fair Trade goods, 40 will be inspired to start a similar program of their own, 30 will donate funds, and 3 will actually want to volunteer to help in person. Refining this general formula for every country and situation is one of the chief goals of this program. Suggestions for future projects are welcome.

For more information write to worldmindnetwork@gmail.com or visit http://networkingprojects.org or call (626) 230-8862.

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General Editorial, Global Aid and Disaster Relief

Henry Oliver Ford – WFAO Continues to Give Back

Author: World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc.
Dateline: Miami, Florida (MIAMI, Fla.)  | Tue, 31 Aug 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIAMI, Fla. -- Henry Oliver Ford, president of World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc., (WFAO), is teaming up with aid organizations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Dominican Republic, to help with immediate assistance in Haiti. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island nation Tuesday, January 12, nearly destroying its capital Port-au-Prince and affecting a third of its entire population.”



A R T I C L E:

Henry Oliver Ford, president of World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc., (WFAO), is teaming up with aid organizations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Dominican Republic, to help with immediate assistance in Haiti. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island nation Tuesday, January 12, nearly destroying its capital Port-au-Prince and affecting a third of its entire population. This latest disaster comes just months after four powerful storms ripped through Haiti, destroying vital crops and livelihoods.

Henry Oliver Ford said, "WFAO has shipped nearly 30,000 pounds of planting seed that has the potential to yield millions of pounds of corn." All together Ford and his team at WFAO has sent to Haiti earthquake relief of approximately 300 tons of much needed food, tents, water purification systems and now seed corn.

"The shock, fright and the sadness the country has felt from such a distressing earthquake is beyond belief," said Michael Ferguson, owner of WFAO. "We are grateful for organizations and individuals who are making this great help possible.

"There are so many people on the ground here in Port-au-Prince, people from all over the world; it is truly a blessing," said Henry Oliver Ford, president of WFAO. "We continue to pray our support will help ease the people of Haiti's suffering and help them move towards recovery and rebuilding."

In addition to the nutritional support, Ford and his team will be providing portable water systems that can purify gallons per unit of water per day taken from any available water source, thanks to their friends at Noah Water Services. The result is surgical pure water - an absolute necessity since many medical centers have been destroyed by the quake. The systems can run off any power source, including a car battery and can be easily transported.

"Haiti has a long way to go, but with all of your help we can rebuild Haiti one brick at a time," says Ford. WFAO has 15 team members on the ground in Haiti.

For those who want to join forces and help WFAO reach Haiti with vital food, clean water and supplies, please visit http://www.wfao.us .

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General Editorial, Global Aid and Disaster Relief

Feeding a Country in 2 days – The World Food Association (WFAO)

Author: World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc.
Dateline: West Palm Beach, Florida (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)  | Fri, 20 Aug 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A local corporation is feeding an African country. World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc. (WFAO), will be shipping over 285,000 meals to Ghana thanks to the efforts of the 45 member team here in West Palm Beach and their leading management team based in Sao Paulo Brazil.”



A R T I C L E:

A local corporation is feeding an African country. World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc. (WFAO), will be shipping over 285,000 meals to Ghana thanks to the efforts of the 45 member team here in West Palm Beach and their leading management team based in Sao Paulo Brazil. On February 20 and 21, WFAO will be packaging 42,000 pounds of high-quality rice, sugar and vegetables that are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

WFAO will then send the meals to Ghana to continue its support of 9 orphanages and schools, feeding 7,000 needy children and women each day.

"We here at WFAO we live and work to help others and are appreciative of the helping hands that make feeding hungry nations possible," said Henry Oliver Ford, WFAO president.

"To have a team of people that are so willing to give up two of their off days for such a cause is awe-inspiring. We commend them for their desire to roll up their sleeves, take action and feed thousands of hungry children and women," said Michael Ferguson, owner of World Food.

In the last five years WFAO has provided nearly six million dollars worth of food to the children in Ghana.

For those who want to help feed Ghana or any other countries in need, please visit www.wfao.us or contact WFAO at 561-515-6015.

About World Food Association:

World Food Association Organization S.A. Inc., is an agricultural management and acquisitions institution that focuses on production farms worldwide. WFAO is parent company to World Food Ghana Ltd., which is incorporated in Accra, Ghana whose headquarters are in West Palm Beach, Florida.

For more information, you can write WFAO at 777 S. Flagler Drive 33411 or visit http://www.wfao.us .

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Global Aid and Disaster Relief

Marinello Cares About the Oil Spills and Gives Back with Hair

Author: Marinello Schools of Beauty
Dateline: Whittier, California (WHITTIER, Calif.)  | Wed, 12 May 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WHITTIER, Calif. -- Marinello Schools of Beauty, the leading chain of beauty schools on the West Coast, supports the Gulf coast clean up efforts by donating hair clippings to be made into hair booms and mats by the Matter of Trust charity. The public is invited to participate and enjoy $2 hair cuts from May 13th through May 20th in support of this cause. Clippings from hair cuts at all Marinello locations will be contributed.”



A R T I C L E:

Marinello Schools of Beauty, the leading chain of beauty schools on the West Coast, supports the Gulf coast clean up efforts by donating hair clippings to be made into hair booms and mats by the Matter of Trust charity. The public is invited to participate and enjoy $2 hair cuts from May 13th through May 20th in support of this cause. Clippings from hair cuts at all Marinello locations will be contributed.

Students, faculty, and staff have initiated a social media and word-of-mouth campaign to drive Marinello's donation to unexpected levels. Everyone in the Marinello family is excited to support this important cause. The hair clippings for oil spills program has been part of oil spill clean ups around the world - repackaging donated hair and fur into highly absorbent hair mats and booms.

Matter of Trust is dedicated to eco-education and making environmental changes to help the world's natural resources. This charity stays true to reflecting Mother Nature's knack for using intertwining cycles. "Simply put, we shampoo because hair collects oil. It soaks up skin oils, grabs oil from the pollution in the air, and it can soak up petroleum in oil spills," according to Lisa Craig Gautier, Executive Director of Matter of Trust in a press release distributed by the charity on May 5th.

"As the leader in Beauty Education, Marinello Schools of Beauty is committed to making the world a more beautiful place from the inside out. We are proud to support the important work of Matter of Trust in the Gulf Coast," commented Dr. Nagui Elyas, President and COO of Marinello Schools of Beauty. "The amazing support and excitement for this cause has been inspiring. This partnership allows us to change the world doing what we do best - hair."

About Marinello Schools of Beauty:

Defining beauty education since 1905, Marinello Schools of Beauty (www.marinello.com) is one of the premier beauty schools on the West Coast. Offering a variety of Cosmetology and Esthetics programs, Marinello's hands-on approach to instruction allows for the most effective learning practices. With 41 convenient campus locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, Marinello also offers affordable spa and salon services performed by student stylists supervised by licensed instructors.

About Matter Of Trust:

Matter Of Trust, established in 1998, is an ecological public charity that links ideas, sparks action and materializes flourishing systems. It concentrates on man-made surplus, natural surplus and eco-education.

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