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Event Recap: The Future of Sustainable Sourcing

By Ulrike Hoessle

Panelists in GlobalWA’s Future of Sustainable Sourcing event. From left to right: Ed Brooks, Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Markets, Mercy Corps; Robin Barr, Global Director, TFT; Margaret Henry, Director, Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo; James Bernard, Director, Resonance. (Photo Credit: Ulrike Hoessle).

From the coffee you sip in the morning, to the soaps you use, to the clothes you wear, the core components of many of the products you use every day come from all over the world.

On June 21st, Global Washington hosted an event to discuss how non-profits and for-profits can work together to improve sustainability in corporate supply chains. The event moderator, James Bernard, from consulting firm Resonance, reminded the audience in his opening remarks how globally interconnected our daily lives are. Read More

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World Bicycle Relief

By Allegra Abramo

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A person can ride a bicycle four times the distance of someone walking. (Photo: WBR)

For girls in rural Zambia, getting to school often involves walking at least an hour each way. Community health workers in Kenya must walk 40 to 60 minutes just to reach their health facilities, and even longer to visit clients in their homes. In Zimbabwe, employees of one company face an average 3.5-hour walk to work.

In these and other rural regions across the world, access to education, health care, and economic opportunity is severely constrained by a lack of reliable, efficient transportation. More than 600 million people walk as their primary mode of transportation in sub-Saharan Africa alone.

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Americares Responds to Indonesia Earthquake

Stamford, Conn. – August 7, 2018 – Americares is responding to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday evening, toppling buildings, destroying roads and sending powerful aftershocks throughout the island. Indonesian officials are reporting more than 100 people have died, and more than 200 are injured. As many as 20,000 people are currently displaced and thousands more crowd outdoor areas as aftershocks continue throughout the region.

“Medical care is often one of the most urgent needs following a disaster of this magnitude,” said Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel. “Our emergency response experts are headed to the impact zone ready to help families affected by the devastating earthquake.” Read More →

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