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Ball Corporation, Employees Give More Than $4 Million to Local Communities in 2016

Press Release – BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 21, 2017 — The Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation and its employees donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations in the communities where the company operates in 2016.

Through the Ball Community Ambassadors program, which encourages North American employees to support causes that matter to them by matching giving and volunteer hours, employees also logged more than 34,000 hours of volunteer service – 2,000 hours more than in 2015. In total, The Ball Foundation and Ball employees donated funds to about 1,900 non-profits.

The Ball Foundation also invested nearly $1.5 million in community programs that create a positive, measurable impact on recycling, food security, disaster relief, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S.

Globally, Ball’s plants donated $750,000 and organized events, such as recycling, food and school supply drives, to benefit causes and charitable organizations in their local communities.

“Ball is committed to being a good neighbor, corporate citizen and employer of choice in all of our communities around the world,” said Chris Chavez, director of global corporate citizenship. “As demonstrated by their generous donations and volunteer efforts, our employees are very passionate about making a difference in our communities and helping those in need of help.”

About The Ball Foundation

The Ball Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private foundation. Founded in December 2010, the Ball Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that sustain the communities in which we live and operate by improving and promoting education, recycling and community engagement. For more information about the Ball Foundation, please visit www.ball.com/ball-foundation.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were $9.1 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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“Take Me with You” by Global Impact CEO Scott Jackson Available in Bookstores Now

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 21, 2017 – “Take Me with You” by Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact, was released today and is now available in bookstores nationwide and online. Published by SelectBooks, Inc., it is a moving personal story that will make people laugh, cry, and hopefully inspire them to take action and find the “charity within”—Jackson’s personal philosophy of making a choice to live in a way that improves life for others.

Jackson’s story begins during America’s civil rights movement, a time when his family fell apart and his childhood became a struggle to escape his brutal reactionary father to live with his mother and the African-American pastor she had married. When he ultimately runs away from his abusive father, he finds a new life with the people who gave him the guidance and inspiration to become the man he is today. Out of his tumultuous childhood, Jackson found himself on a life course that is focused on charity and spreading goodwill in a cynical world.

Jackson’s narrative of his life runs parallel to short essays that encourage others to make the connection between their personal struggles and larger cultural problems of people worldwide. His call to action highlights Global Impact’s charity partners and how their work connects to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

Today, Jackson is a major force in global philanthropy, and is known for his visionary leadership and compassion. At Global Impact he oversees all aspects of the organization, which has raised more than $1.8 billion since inception to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Previously, Jackson served as vice president for external relations at PATH and as senior vice president of World Vision US. He also sits on boards and advisory councils of several nonprofits.

“My purpose in writing the book and sharing my story was to hopefully inspire people to find the charity within, and to recognize the difference they can make in other people’s lives,” said Jackson. “There are so many people in need around the world and so many wonderful organizations working tirelessly to improve conditions and contribute toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope this book brings additional visibility to some of those organizations and is a call to action to everyone who reads it.”

A percentage of book sales will be donated to Global Impact and go toward promoting the work of the organization’s charity partners. SelectBooks also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds it receives to charitable organizations. For information on where to purchase “Take Me with You” visit www.charity.org/takemewithyou.

ABOUT SELECTBOOKS, INC.

SelectBooks, Inc., is an independent publisher based in New York City. Since its inception, SelectBooks has had a dual mission. First and foremost, the organization seeks to bring the reader both new and proven voices from a striking variety of realms. For the nonfiction market SelectBooks aims to continue publishing provocative books on politics and current events, informative business books for entrepreneurs and leaders, and successful self-help books, memoirs, and works on the subjects of spirituality, psychology, philosophy, music, health, and alternative medicine. SelectBooks is also proud of its titles in a more recent line of commercial and literary fiction.

In addition to producing the best offerings possible to the reading public, SelectBooks is also always looking for ways to streamline the publishing process for authors. With a management and staff who bring a tremendous amount of editorial, book production, and marketing experience to the table, SelectBooks has established a publishing entity that attracts both maverick visionaries and proven best-selling authors.

Learn more at selectbooks.com, and follow SelectBooks on Twitter.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 450 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also serves as administrator for four of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O). Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

Learning Equality One of First Nine Organizations Funded As Part of Google.org’s $50M Global Education Commitment

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. – March 21, 2017: Learning Equality announced today that it will receive $5 million from Google.org to further develop Kolibri, a platform that provides access to a diverse set of learning resources to teachers and students in low connectivity environments. Kolibri overcomes infrastructural barriers that prevent equitable access, increases the availability of relevant, aligned learning materials, and fosters innovative pedagogy and effective learning outcomes.

Jamie Alexandre, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Learning Equality, states: “We believe that by enabling offline access to quality, openly licensed educational content, combined with supportive pedagogical tools, in low-resource contexts around the globe, we can help to level the playing field and close achievement gaps.”

Learning Equality will use its grant from Google.org to build a bigger, better content library; develop a set of products that will help offline users access, organize and use digital content; and enable access to the library of content at scale. With this support from Google.org, Learning Equality will increase its capacity to provide direct implementation guidance to partners, and develop a “do-it-yourself” implementation toolkit to enable grassroots adoption by non-governmental organizations and other educational institutions.

“We’re thrilled that Google.org and our fellow grantees are so aligned in this shared effort to close the learning gaps in global education by enabling universal access to tools, content, and pedagogy that support the success of both students and teachers”, says Mr. Alexandre.

Learning Equality is one of nine nonprofits chosen in 2016 by Google.org to help close the world’s education gap by developing technological innovations to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for children and youth around the globe. Other grantees include Khan Academy, Pratham Books, RTI International, Million Sparks Foundation, Nova Escola, Pratham, War Child Holland and the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Education Lead at Google.org, states: “We’re excited to announce our $50M commitment to help scale groundbreaking education nonprofits working to make a quality education a reality for everyone.”

Learning Equality will officially be launching Kolibri this summer. This new application builds on lessons from Learning Equality’s first generation product, KA Lite — a software application that allows users without Internet access to engage with Khan Academy videos and exercises in completely offline settings — which has reached more than 4 million learners in over 175 countries and territories in the past 4 years, in rural schools, orphanages, refugee camps, prisons, and community centers.

About Learning Equality:

Learning Equality is dedicated to bridging the digital divide, through creating and supporting tools that enable access to high quality educational opportunities for the disconnected world. Learning Equality builds open-source software that allows communities with limited, expensive, or no Internet to engage with high-quality digital learning resources on low-cost hardware.

Learn more: https://learningequality.org

To learn more about Google.org’s 2016 grantees: blog.google

Amid ‘Troubling’ New Report, Challah For Hunger Urges Congress To Address Campus Food Insecurity

‘Hungry and Homeless in College’ study says two-thirds of community college students lack proper nutrition

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – The nonprofit organization Challah for Hunger today voiced serious concern over a ‘troubling’ new report that says as many as two-thirds of community college students in the United States suffer from food insecurity – meaning they cannot afford proper nutrition – and urged Congress to step in.

“We are alarmed and extremely concerned by the troubling finding that two out of three community college students do not have access to basic nutritional food,” said Challah for Hunger CEO Carly Zimmerman. “Food insecurity and hunger on college campuses in general is a growing problem hiding in plain sight.”

Challah for Hunger’s Zimmerman was responding to a new report released today, “Hungry and Homeless in College: March 2017 Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education,” by the Wisconsin Hope Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees, that found nearly two in three of 33,000 community college students at 70 campuses in 24 states either could not afford nutritious food or were forced to rely on socially unacceptable ways to secure healthy food (see the study here: http://wihopelab.com/publications/hungry-and-homeless-in-college-report.pdf).

Pointing to today’s study and a recent survey that 48 percent of students at all types of colleges reported experience food insecurity, Challah for Hunger today also urged the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress – to launch a comprehensive national study of food insecurity on college campuses, and offered its support for the undertaking.

In a letter to the GAO (https://www.docdroid.net/uKr3O6k/letter-gao-031517.pdf.html), Challah for Hunger applauded a recent call by Senators Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Patty Murray D-Wash., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., for a comprehensive report on food insecurity at American colleges and universities.

“As an organization that works directly with college students to address hunger nationally and locally, we believe that no one should have to sacrifice food for an education,” the Challah for Hunger letter said to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, the head of the GAO. “We stand ready to offer our insight into this issue gained from over a decade of experience working hand-in-hand with campus professionals and student advocates. “

Challah for Hunger has been working on campuses for over a decade to raise money to combat hunger by baking and selling challah, the braided bread traditionally eaten on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). Challah for Hunger’s network extends to 80 campuses in 30 states.

In partnership with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Challah for Hunger recently began training student advocates on nearly 40 public and private colleges and universities to research food insecurity at their schools and to educate their peers about the issue.

About Challah for Hunger:

Challah for Hunger is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that involves more than 7,000 youth annually in activism and advocacy for social justice through 82 student-led, college-based chapters in 30 U.S. states, the U.K. and Australia. Volunteers gather to bake and sell challah, traditional Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath and on holidays. Fifty percent of its profits are donated to anti-hunger organizations in each chapter’s community, while the other half goes towards Challah for Hunger’s national and philanthropic education partner, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. To date, Challah for Hunger has raised and donated over $1 million to these causes. For more information about Challah for Hunger, please visit: challahforhunger.org.

Philanthropy And Design Collide At IIDA NY’s 9th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

Top designers gathered to bid on upcycled quilts to benefit local organization Publicolor

Photo courtesy of Steve Y. Gardner Creative

Press Release – New York, NY — On Wednesday, March 15th, the New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA NY) hosted its 9th annual Sustainable Quilt Auction where the interior design community came out to celebrate the time-honored tradition of quilt making.

The event, which was held at the Steelcase WorkLife Center overlooking Columbus Circle, brought together designers and others from the industry. to bid on extravagant quilts created from discarded fabric samples. Organized by event co-chairs Mike Iovinelli of G3 Architecture and Abigail French of Steelcase (the event sponsor), the evening showcased the union between design and philanthropy while celebrating the great design epicenter that is New York City.

For the second year, proceeds from the quilts and pieces went to benefit Publicolor, a long-term youth development program that engages high-risk students through design education. Using design as a vehicle for involvement, Publicolor’s multi-year continuum of programs encourages academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service. In 2016, 94% of Publicolor’s high school seniors graduated on time vs. 67% city wide and 100% of those graduates now attend college.

Made up of designers from leading firms like Gensler, IA Interior Architects, and C3 Designs, amongst others, the teams logged over 2,000 hours of quilting for their one-of-a-kind masterpieces made from discarded materials from fabric showrooms, product libraries, and industry samples. Following the theme “What’s Your Pattern?,” eight quilts were up for grabs at the silent auction, ranging in inspiration from Marilyn Monroe and Emilio Pucci to apartment building facades and health-mapping for Asthma awareness. Additionally, for the first time, corresponding quilted purses were created and raffled off at the event.

When two organizations such as the IIDA NY and Publicolor team up, great things happen. Thanks to the proceeds raised at the quilt auction, New York City youth will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in design, a chance they might not have had without these efforts in place.

About IIDA NY

The IIDA New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 800 Members in ten specialty Forums. IIDA NY provides its Members with the resources to reach expertise, knowledge and contacts. Networking events allow professionals and industry members to connect on more personal terms that encourage trust, collaboration, and innovation. The Chapter is proud to have been recognized as IIDA Large Chapter of the Year in 2011, 2008, 2001 and 2000. For more information, visit: http://www.iidany.org/.

About Publicolor:

Publicolor fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. We do this by engaging high-risk students, ages 12-24, in a long-term continuum of intensive, multi-day, design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, community service, college preparation and job readiness. Our unique applied learning approach uses design and design thinking as vehicles to engage, stimulate and inspire at-risk, low-performing students in our city’s struggling middle and high schools, empowering them to achieve success in school, college, career and life. For more information about Publicolor, go to: http://publicolor.org/.

24 Foundation Announces New Appointments to Board and Staff

Press Release – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 20, 2017 – 24 Foundation today announced new appointments to their nonprofit board, as well as additions to their team of staff members. Bryan McMillan and Justin Hage have been appointed to 24 Foundation Board of Directors and are based in Maryland and Indiana respectively. In addition to the board appointment, 24 Foundation has added two part-time staff members Damian Magarelli and Anina DeNobriga.

Celebrating 16 years, the newly re-branded, 24 Foundation continues to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

McMillan became involved with 24 Foundation in 2008 with the arrival of the 24 Hours of Booty event in Columbia, Md., now named 24 Baltimore. He has captained a team each year since named Team bootySTRONG. He is Managing Partner of M&L Global Consultancy, with a proven record of establishing operational capabilities and profitable ventures in over 15 countries. With previous nonprofit board experience, McMillan will offer board guidance on strategic direction.

Hage became involved with 24 Foundation in 2013 when he rode as a survivor with the doctors and staff on the IU Simon Cancer Center team, the Pedaling Cures. He currently works for the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Indianapolis, Ind., where his practice focuses on economic development, real estate and government services. Hage will offer board guidance on community partnerships and sponsorships.

In addition to the board appointments, 24 Foundation welcomes part-time staff member Magarelli as Fundraising and Recruitment Coordinator for the Baltimore event market. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Magarelli worked for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Development Manager managing special events, volunteers and fundraising. He is based on Baltimore.

At the organization headquarters in Charlotte, 24 Foundation welcomes its newest staff member Anina deNobriga as Donations and Matching Gift Coordinator. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, deNobriga served as a volunteer for the Baston’s Children’s Hospital in the cancer wing, but left after realizing she wanted to be connected more to the survivors and patients. deNobriga will primarily be responsible for processing donations and matching gifts, as well as assisting with fundraising.

“We are excited to grow our team and our board,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “Their respective talents and expertise will help us further our mission of actively supporting cancer patient navigation and survivorship programs.”

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital, the Keep Pounding Fund, Queens University of Charlotte, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charity non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Indianapolis, Ind. – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit www.24foundation.org.

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation and 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/24foundation and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/24_foundation/, and at Snapchat at TWENTYFOUR_FOUNDATION

Martina McBride and Team Music Is Love Celebrate Young Mothers at Covenant House Shelter in New York City

Press Release – New York, NY — Country superstar Martina McBride – along with her fan driven charity initiative, Team Music Is Love – turned her 2017 Love Unleashed Tour into a philanthropic crusade. The tour, consisting of an all-female cast of artists, has served as a platform to spread positivity and empower others. On March 9th Martina and her team celebrated the young mothers who live at Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in New York City, by hosting a baby shower for the group.

Martina partnered with Huggies Diapers, First Quality, and Cuties Diapers to stock the shelter with several essentials all new mothers need but may not have access to. Each mother received a gift bag full of bath supplies, books, and educational toys. Huggies also gave a one-month supply of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers to each mom as a part of their “No Baby Unhugged” program. In all, over 18,000 diapers were donated to the Covenant House and the mothers.

After a lunch provided by Olive Garden and a memorable afternoon of meeting with the women and children, Martina surprised the mothers and Covenant House staff by inviting the entire shelter to her show that night at PlayStation Theater.

Through Team Music Is Love, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the communities she’s performing in and invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need. For more information and to become a part of Martina’s team visit TeamMusicIsLove.com.

ABOUT MARTINA McBRIDE:

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. 2017 marks a milestone in Martina’s illustrious career – it is her 25th year of touring. She can currently be found touring North America on the LOVE UNLEASHED TOUR with special guest, Lauren Alaina. April 2016 Martina released RECKLESS, her thirteenth studio album. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration.

ABOUT TEAM MUSIC IS LOVE:

Since 2011, Martina and her fans have partnered together on several successful fundraising and volunteer projects for various causes ranging from hunger relief to cancer research, combating domestic violence, and helping children in need. Team Music Is Love has attracted thousands of people from around the nation and the world to join Martina’s global charity movement. Some of the projects started by Martina and her team have included the initiation of a breast cancer research grant at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN, the construction of a new playground for children of all abilities in Atlanta, GA, and a therapeutic music program providing musical instruments to orphaned children at Covenant House shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala. For more information, please visit: TeamMusicIsLove.com.

ABOUT THE COVENANT HOUSE:

Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. They have locations 21 cities in the United States, Canada, and Central America.

Lifehouse Announces Retirement of Dori McDonnell After 23 Years of Service

Michelle Condit Promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 17, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, today announced the retirement of Dori McDonnell, Manager of North Bay Programs. Dori has been a valuable member of the Lifehouse team for the past 23 years, providing exceptional care to the individuals served.

“We deeply appreciate all the dedication and hard work that Dori has contributed to Lifehouse over the past 23 years, and we wish her the best of luck on her next journey,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO.

McDonnell started the first Supported Living Program at The Meadows in Novato’s Lark Court. She also implemented a new Community Living Program in Sonoma, and two Supported Living Programs and a Senior Independent Living Program in Novato. With an educational and professional background in psychology and counseling, McDonnell also joined Hope Counseling in Petaluma in 2007, aiming to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance to individuals, couples and families. She plans to continue her work as a marriage and family therapist after her retirement and has graciously offered to collaborate with Lifehouse to offer group therapy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Michelle Condit has been promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services, which will include leadership of the North Bay programs.

Announcing the promotion of Michelle Condit, Nancy Dow Moody said, “Michelle’s seasoned expertise in the industry, education and certifications continue to serve as a great asset to our programs for people with autism and developmental disabilities at Lifehouse.”

Condit brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new position at Lifehouse, where she will oversee all of the North Bay programs. Condit is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and is certificated as a TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children) practitioner through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Condit was the Director of Autism Services at Lifehouse for the past two years and has been with the company for 10 years.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse, a 501©(3) nonprofit, provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties and continues to grow. For more information about Lifehouse, please visit www.lifehouseagency.org.

Cristiano Ronaldo Posts Drawing by Syrian Refugee Teen and Barber-In-Training, Gets Haircut Advice

Press Release – FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Mar. 15, 2017) — Save the Children global artist ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his sweet soccer skills and his ever-changing haircuts. Now, he is getting hairstyle advice from Omar*, a Syrian refugee teen in barber training at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.

Today, on the six-year mark of the Syrian conflict, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself and his son on his social media channels holding a picture of Omar in an attempt to remind people about those who are most vulnerable in the devastating conflict. In the photo, Omar is holding a drawing of himself in barber training, a picture he drew through Save the Children’s art therapy program – called Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) – that helps kids process and communicate feelings related to their experiences.

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Omar regularly attends Save the Children’s drop-in center for adolescent and teen boys, many of whom who work odd jobs in and around the camp to bring money home to their families. The center offers a place for boys to learn and to play. This is where Omar enrolled in a six-month barber training course. Most boys complete the course and take a barbershop kit home to start their own business and earn a living. But Omar had a different purpose in mind. He made a good cause out of it.

“I shave and cut hair for old and disabled people and for people who cannot make it to a barbershop,” Omar said. “They call me and I take my kit and go to their house for free,” he added. When asked how he would style Ronaldo’s air if given the chance, Omar said, “Whatever he likes. I think ‘fading’ would suit him.” Fading is the most popular and basic haircut among boys at Za’atari.

This “goodwill barber of Za’atari” is just one child among many impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Ronaldo’s post of Omar comes in the wake of a recent report by Save the Children and its Syrian partners.

Published in advance of the six-year mark, “Invisible Wounds” includes findings from interviews with more than 450 children, adolescents and adults inside Syria in the largest study of its kind conducted during the course of the conflict. It found that children are living in an almost constant state of fear, terrified by shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence, with devastating psychological consequences.

For more information on Save the Children’s work on the Syrian crisis, go here. To donate to Save the Children’s Syrian Relief Fund, please visit Savethechildren.org/Syria or text SYRIA to 20222 donate $25.

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This article was originally published here.

Academy Award-Nominated Film LION to Be Honored at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s 2017 Gala for Child Protection

Harvey Weinstein to Accept Award

Thursday, May 4

NBC News Anchor Kate Snow to Emcee

(from L to R) Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety Emily Vacher, LION Screenwriter Luke Davies and ICMEC President and CEO Maura Harty

Press Release – February 22, 2017 (Alexandria, Va.) — The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization that advocates, trains and collaborates with global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, will host the 2017 Gala for Child Protection: Because All Children Deserve a Safe Childhood on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City. The third annual gala will honor the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film LION in recognition of its critical role in raising the global community’s awareness of the issue of missing children. Celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of The Weinstein Company which released LION, will accept the 2017 Champion for Children award in honor of the film. ICMEC also will honor Facebook with its 2017 Global Impact for Child Protection award for their longtime support of ICMEC’s global programs and introducing child alert systems. NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow will serve as the evening’s emcee.

LION, starring Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel, is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley. At the age of five, Brierley was separated from his brother in a train station and ultimately was forced to survive on the streets of Calcutta before being adopted by an Australian family. Later, as a grown man, played by Patel, he used Google Earth to reunite with his biological family in India. LION was nominated for the 2017 Best Picture Oscar, and actors Patel and Kidman both received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations this year. In addition, Australian screenwriter Luke Davies was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. In citing the work, Ambassador Maura Harty, ICMEC President and CEO, said: “The compelling film not only tells Saroo Brierley’s story, but it also captures the tragic pain and loss suffered by missing children and their families anywhere in the world. We are grateful that Harvey Weinstein and LION unsparingly, but eloquently, helps raise awareness of this critical issue.”

Facebook has long been an active and engaged partner, supporting ICMEC’s global training programs, and recently introducing emergency child alert response systems to help locate children around the world. “Facebook could not be more proud of our longtime partnership with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children,” says Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety. “Two years ago, in partnership with ICMEC, we were excited to announce that we would begin distributing missing child alerts on Facebook in several countries around the globe – empowering the Facebook community to aid in reuniting missing children with their families. We look forward to many more years of collaborative efforts to help reunite families and protect children around the world.”

Proceeds from this fundraising gala will be directly invested in The Global Impact Fund. For ticket information, please visit the event website at gala.icmec.org.

About ICMEC

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-governmental, nonprofit organization. For more than 16 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, and expertly assembling the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps. ICMEC focuses on programs that have an impact on addressing the issues surrounding missing children, child abduction, child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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