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Many thanks to Libby Brayshaw, GLI’s Executive Director Collaboration and Partnership, a long-time work colleague of Chairman and Co-Founder Robin Rowland and a key team player – being involved in much of what GLI has achieved. Libby now plans to spend more time with TME (Thare Machi Education) and other grassroots organisations.
‘I have enjoyed the past four years enormously and look forward to the future which will, I am sure, involve the many friends I have made through GLI.’ Libby said.
Long-time GLI supporter and General Secretary of CIVICUS Kumi Naidoo is to be the new Executive Director of Greenpeace International. Kumi will take up the post later this year.
News Stories in News Area
Patricia Parker, Chief Executive, Kids for Kids
I am delighted to be able to tell you that the All Party Group for Sudan will be showing a film about the work of Kids for Kids in Darfur, narrated by Joanna Lumley, with a debate on the possibility of sustainable development during on-going conflict. The debate takes place on Tuesday July 7, at 5pm in Committee Room 7, House of Commons. I very much hope you will be able to attend.
Innovation Seminar Answers All The Questions
A three-day seminar for Chinese NGOs was held in Nanjing earlier this year. The Innovation Ability seminar was organised by the Institute of Public Administration College of Qinghua University and Amity Foundation. More than 100 representatives from NGOs, volunteer organisations and scholars nationwide from Henan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces attended the meeting.
Mohammad Can You Spare a Dime?
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the ‘banker to the poor’ for making small loans in impoverished countries, is now doing business in the centre of capitalism – New York City. In the past year the first U.S. branch of his Grameen Bank has lent $1.5 million, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, to nearly 600 women with small business plans in the city’s borough of Queens.
1KG More Going From Strength to Strength
GLI Co-founder and Executive Director Asia-Pacific and USA Fan Li brings us the latest news of 1KG More, a social enterprise providing educational equipment to rural schools in China. Fan Li introduced the achievements of 1KG More at a social entrepreneurs conference in Hong Kong late last year. The founder of Hong Kong Social Entrepreneur Forum K.K. Tse was so excited about the story he launched a campaign called ’1K for 1kg More’ this January.
Seven NPOs Receive Funds
Although One Foundation, created by Chinese film star Jet Li, has a brief history, it attracts attention in social circles because of the �celebrity charm� and the operation mode in social enterprise. During the process of relieving the Sichuan people in disaster, One Foundation collected more than 80 million RMB donations and goods worth over ten million RMB.
Post Sichuan Earthquake Microfinance Programme
Last year’s Sichuan Earthquake brought China great grief. Nu Skin has donated cash and materials worth more than RMB 33 million to the people in earthquake-affected areas. At the same time, Chinese social entrepreneurs were thinking what can they do to help them through post-disaster reconstruction projects. They found the solution – microfinance. Here’s Jeanne Zhu’s special report.
In GLI News in News Area
10th GLI Networkers’ Salon
The 10th GLI Networkers’ Salon was held in the meeting room of Crystal Information and Technology Ltd, Shanghai in April. Several new GLI Networkers from local NGOs were in attendance, some of them from new facilities established after the Wenchuan Earthquake.
In Inspire Area
Indira Gartenberg walked into Dhruv Lakra’s office in Mumbai to an unusual sight: an unusually quiet courier agency room. Seconds later, she saw a rapid almost electric exchange of messages in sign language between Dhruv and his team. Yes, all the employees in Mirakle Couriers are deaf or have only partial hearing.
Peaceful Manchester March Gets My Vote
With a new baby boy expected in the Bishop family at the end of July/early August, I thought it was an opportune moment to highlight a worthwhile campaign designed to improve the lives of young people everywhere. GLI Networker The Rev. David Gray is getting involved in a Manchester-based movement organised by Mother’s Against Violence (MAV). David has joined a steering group that will get a million Mums (and hopefully as many Dads) out on the streets this summer.
In Food for Thought in Share Area
Growth of Social Entrepreneurs in Australia
Interest in social enterprise and social entrepreneurs is a relatively new thing in Australia. However recent discussions and activity seem to suggest that this interest is turning into something more tangible. In her Churchill Fellowship Report GLI Networker Joanne McNeill highlights how the public sector can support growth and sustainability in social enterprise activity.
Networkers’ Words of Comfort for Lindy Wafula
Earlier this year GLI’s Executive Director, Collaboration and Partnership, Libby Brayshaw started an email correspondence with Swedish-based Networker Lindy Wafula. Lindy, a Founder/Director of Project Africa, an organisation empowering women in rural Kenya, had experienced some frustrating times trying to get various projects off the ground.
Here’s a rundown of the most recent GLI Networkers. For full details click here
For the first time in GLI’s history the organisation welcomes a public servant as a Networker. YU Fengzhi DaLian is from the Civil Affairs Department – they supervise all the charities in China, similar to the Charity Commission in the UK.
YE Lingjie, Beijing Oil and Chemistry Institute, China
I specialise in PR and have always been interested in the development of NGOs. Apart from getting involved in community works as a volunteer, I have been reading lots of books on social enterprises such as ‘How to Change the World’, ‘Banker for the Poors’ etc. I hope there is something I can do to support GLI.
LI Yiru, 54 Travellers, China
We are an outdoor association originally set up by a group of students from Shanghai University of Finance. I got to know GLI through friends who are involved in social enterprises. I am keen to learn more about your activities.
YU Fengzhi, DaLian Civil Affair Bureau, China
I am a public servant and our work is really focused on community development, which I believe is really crucial for the civil society in China. Would like to do my best to contribute to GLI’s future.
ZHOU Mi, Leo Burnett Consulting, China
My current work is related with 2010 Shanghai EXPO on its sustainable development concept. I have been working in the sales field for over three years now. I also worked as PR staff for Greenpeace. I am very interested in any initiative of supporting the development of social enterprise in China.
ZHANG Xiaodong, China
I graduated from University of Edinburgh and China Science University. I have lots of experience with government and international companies and have been working as a volunteer for Oxfam, 1kg More and Travel Aid. I learned about GLI through ngocn.com.
ZHANG Zhiyi, China
I graduated from the Business School of Fudan University majoring in Management Information System. I want to contribute my efforts to GLI and make good friends with all of you guys.
Michelle Sun, China
A young professional in Finance born and raised in Hong Kong, I went to college in Chicago. I am excited about social entrepreneurship and would love to learn more.
DING Yifan, China
I am a student at Shanghai Normal University and have lots of volunteer experience with local NGOs in Shanghai. I am currently working with GLI China.
Glory LUI, China
I received my master degree at China Institute of Diplomacy. I am very interested in becoming a member of GLI and share with other members.
HUANG Qiang, HQSH, China
HQSH is a very small enterprise but we are very keen to get involved in public benefit activities.
ZHOU Changfan, China
My major is media and I am currently studying at Beijing University Master Programme. I am very interested in NGO and social enterprise. During summer vocation in 2006 I taught at White Horse Village as volunteer. I am currently the team leader of University Social Innovation Competition supported by Google. Our project is to help raise money for White Horse Village to buy more books.
WEN Lanfen, China
Graduated from Beijing University and currently studying in LA. I want to work for NGO after graduation.
Lily LI, China
I am a public servant with major in English language. I read your website and find it really inspiring. The work you put together is truly remarkable. I would like to join your translation team as volunteer and contribute my efforts to GLI.
Lu Yanhong, China
I am working with Badi Foundation in Beijing
REN Chenjing, Master Programme of Public Administration, Tokyo University, Japan
I graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai in 2007. I am very interested in NPOs and social enterprises and found GLI’s name through Google. I would like to join GLI as a volunteer to support translations or/and event organising.
KOMORITANI Reiko, World Wide Opportunity for Organic Farm Japan
WWOOF Japan is hosting people locally and internationally and I am personally studying Chinese now. We want to use our farm to link people who care about the environment and understand the meaning of better communication.
KUROZAWA Kenji, Japan UNESCO
I attended GLI’s salon in Tokyo recently. I am using my spare time to do some research on brand marketing.
Kawabe Chika, Multi Culture Welfare Centre CAMICA,Japan
Our mission is to promote global action in this era of ageing society.
Matsushita Yushi, Japan
I am a student at Keio University and I am very interested in social ventures.
LIU Wei, Japan
I am a Chinese student in Japan. I learned a lot of useful information about the civil society in China from your website. I am very interested in social inclusion movement in UK and urban development in China.
Jon Sjolund, The IR Corporation, Japan
The IR Corporation (IRC) provides IR, CSR, Web and PR services to clients with names recognisable worldwide. The IRC Group includes Nippon IR Research Institute, Inc. (IR Ken) and AIA Design Research Institute, Inc. (AIA). IR Ken delivers leading-edge digital IR solutions, while AIA provides award-winning graphic design. My clients sometimes ask about how they can get involved in social causes. Campaigns such as ColaLife introduced on your website may be ways they can help.
Ekai Etom, lokitaung Youth Outreach Programme, Kenya
I am 24 and currently pursuing a Bachelors� Degree in Arts Sociology at Egerton University, Kenya. I am also a Community Development Activist and back at home in Turkana I am involved in a number of
Community based projects. I pioneered the formation of youth organisations in Lokitaung which has been operational since 2004 and have been involved in a number of youth IGAS, sports tournaments for HIV/AIDS awareness. We also collaborated with CCF-Turkana to plant 10,000 trees around Lokitaung, Lowarengak and Nachukui.
I am also the current Chairman of Turkana Egerton University Students Association which has recently been doing motivational talks to high schools students in the district.
Shailendra Kotwal, Late.Dr.Bhaskar Nathuji Kotwal Shaishanik va Arogya Sanstha . NASHIK, India
We are working in the field of Health & Education in tribal belt of Northern Maharastra, India
Sonny Hardy, Bikes For Africa Initiative, USA
Bikes for Africa Initiative is a commitment project of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2009 that recovers landfill-bound bicycles, repairs them to working conditions and ships them to people in developing countries.Our mission is to assist less privileged people to become more productive by providing bicycle aid to developing countries while supporting non-motorised environmentally sound transportation and reducing waste in the landfills in the US. We also aim at using bicycles to reduce obesity among school children in the United States through our after school cycling programmes.
Nathan Biant, UK
I am a UK-based film studies graduate, but want to go into translation. I have been studying Japanese for just over two years now and have recently completed the A-Level exam in Japanese. I hope to take the JLPT 2 this December.
Bala Subramanian, India
I am a professional fundraiser and wish to do fundraising consultancy for NGOs in India.
Sekar Nagan, PREET TRUST (Punithar Rural Education Employment and Training), India
PREET TRUST is a registered NGO involved in providing various social work services for the poor and socially and economically downtrodden for their all round development.
Sivakamavalli Ramachandran, Women Organisation for Rural Development (WORD), India
Founded in 1991 by committed women volunteers, the Women Organisation for Rural Development (WORD),a registered NGO, is involved in emancipating rural poor and downtrodden people from oppression and further empowering them for their sustainable living. It is implementing various developmental activities such as women empowerment, maintenance of homes for the elderly, sustainable agricultural promotion, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and so on.
Rengaraj Venkadasamy, PREET TRUST (Punithar Rural Education Employment and Training), India
Preet Trust is a social work organisation rendering community based services to women self help groups and providing training for women. Prof. Rengaraj is the consultant of this organisation and he is also a Professor,Department of Commerce in SN College,Madurai,Tamilnadu,India.
James Brown, Chinese Agape Foundation Inc, USA
China Mission/Chinese Agape Foundation is a non-profit 501 c 3 humanitarian aid organisation working to improve the lives of orphans and poor children in China.
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