July Wrap-Up: Updates from Partners

Today’s post marks the fifth post of a new initiative: the last Wednesday Wisdom post of every month will be dedicated to announcing updates from our new and selected old experiential partner organizations. See what each organization is up to, whether it be a new initiative, a star volunteer, or an exciting new program, below.

New Partners:
1. Moral Courage Project

1378661_483842978398118_79093550_nAmidst the barrage of negative comments on our most popular recent video, we received some very constructive and refreshing comments on YouTube: “You post a feminist based video, yet are willing to hear both sides of the coin. You encourage dissenting opinions and free discussion even if it comes at [a] cost to what you promote. You respond with enthusiasm, even to those who are unnecessarily crass… I hope this channel does well, the internet needs more stuff like it.” – summary of MCP YouTube comments

About: What do you stand for and what are you doing about it? Moral courage is doing the right thing in the face of your fears. People who want to build their moral courage need tools and guidance. We provide that through our signature Moral Courage Method: Teaching, Role Modeling and Mentoring.

Update: We’ve just released two new videos:
5 Reasons You Don’t Want To Call Yourself A Feminist (ft. Melissa Fabello)

Why is it so scary to call yourself a feminist? Melissa Fabello talks about the difference that putting a label on yourself can make, and our viewers respond in the comments.

Should Palestinians Visit Nazi Concentration Camps?

A Palestinian professor takes his students to visit Auschwitz – not to adopt the Zionist narrative, but to learn more about the conflict’s roots. Upon their return, the professor’s car is blown up. See why he persists, how one student was affected by the trip and, most surprising, who else wants to go…

2. Tulalens

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“Low-income women in urban slums are rarely aware of their options in health clinics. We tap into the expertise and experiences of these women, and share them widely. This ensures that women do not have to be passive recipients of poor quality health services. Instead, they can be informed consumers in charge of their health and the health of their families.” – Mission Statement

About: Tulalens is an information crowdsourcing platform that connects urban women who live in slums in India, so that they can become informed consumers of health information and facilities.

Update: Through our work, women have had access to more information, leading to the following:

20% have switched to a higher quality clinic.

100% of the women who switched said the new facility was of better quality than the previous facility they were attending.

41% of women advocated for better services at their existing facility after we shared information with them.


Here are some updates from a few old partners:

1. Acts of Gratitude (AOG)


Vision/About: To shift Rwanda’s fame from the Genocide to being a land of socially responsible people.

The organization’s programs include: exposing citizens to community service, building a community of grateful people, offerring scholarships to potential changemakers, and enabling ready changemakers to implement their projects.

Update: AOG organized its 4th anniversary party in July 2014. At the same occasion, the organization celebrated its ‘legal personality’ and the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Great work, AOG!

2. Omprakash


About: Omprakash connects volunteers, donors and other interested persons with a vetted network of grassroots social impact projects operating in over 40 countries. This baseline service is provided free of charge. Omprakash believes volunteers should connect directly with project leaders to establish mutually beneficial and informed relationships.

Update: We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Omprakash EdGE and the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University!  Through this partnership, we are offering a first-of-its-kind, fully-accredited online course designed to prepare students for social impact work in international contexts. The course is called Introduction to Global Development, Partnerships, and Social Change, and it will use multimedia content from across the social sciences to help students grapple with the social and ethical complexities of attempting to do ‘service’ across gaps of culture and power. The KSU professor overseeing this course is Dr. Eric Hartman, a leading researcher in the field of service-learning and one of the original authors of the Fair Trade Learning framework, a set of guidelines for making international service-learning more ethical, participatory, and mutually beneficial. He also curates GlobalSL.org, an organization working to collect evidence and advance best practices in global learning, community-university partnership, and sustainable development. We are proud to be working with KSU and Dr. Hartman! 

That’s amazing, Omprakash!

And that’s a wrap! Tune in next month at the end of August for exciting news about new partners and updates from the old.

Wednesday Wisdom” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador Partnerships Manager Anjana Sreedhar. Every Wednesday, we will feature updates from our partners and reflections from the Everyday Ambassador community. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #wednesdaywisdom or #wordstoliveby on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

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