Special Update: Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
Alight has sent a team of aid workers to Poland to support Ukrainian families who have had to flee because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They are talking to Ukrainian families and organizations responding to understand the best ways Alight can help.
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. donated US$ 10 million (approx. 1.15 billion yen) to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support people forced to flee Ukraine. The donation will be used by UNHCR to provide such urgent assistance as shelter, psychosocial support and core relief items to affected populations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
The Institute of Corporate Directors is calling on all Canadian boards to re-evaluate their organization’s involvement in Russian companies, as well as to reconsider their investment strategies and operations in Russia.
United Way Worldwide has established a relief fund in response to the urgent and growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The United Way Worldwide United for Ukraine Fund will provide immediate assistance in the form of transportation, shelter, food and medicine, and critical childcare supplies such as infant formula.
News about grants, gifts
Over 204,000 vulnerable people in drought-affected regions of Mali will benefit from a US$ 7.1 million climate risk insurance pay-out by African Risk Capacity (ARC) Limited to the United Nations World Food Programme. The ARC Replica pay-out is the first of its kind in Mali, aimed at providing emergency and resilience-building support to populations vulnerable to the impacts of climate-change-induced disasters.
The Triangle Wine & Food Experience, a three-day culinary event featuring internationally acclaimed chefs and winemakers, raised more than US$ 2.3 million to benefit the Frankie Lemmon School, a NAEYC accredited, five-star child developmental center that welcomes children ages two to six of all abilities.
The National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund awarded more than $650,000 in grants to five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as a part of its HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative. This year’s HBCU awardees are: Florida A&M University); Johnson C. Smith University; Rust College; Shaw University; and Voorhees College.
News about people, groups
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, visited Somaliland to assess the drought situation. He highlighted the need for urgent humanitarian support to drought-affected communities in the area.
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina promoted Christy Bradsher as the organization’s new Vice President for Finance and Administration and Kristie Demers as the Director of Communications and Marketing effective February 1, 2022.
The Tanoto Foundation was presented a token of appreciation by Guest-of-Honor Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at the Business China 15th Anniversary appreciation ceremony.
Breakthrough India‘s three-day Pan-Asia Summit ‘Reframe’ was held from March 2-4, with the aim to co-create a future agenda in the Asian context. The summit concluded with a dialogue and recommendations from intersectional feminists across the globe to end Gender-based Violence.
News about opportunities, initiatives
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. The report focuses on the realities of adapting to climate change right now, what that means for water, and the inequities that many communities face in this moment.
Yale University is creating endowment funds totaling US$ 250 million to support the development of future leaders in medicine, nursing, and public health. The Yale School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health will receive up to US$ 50 million in matching funds raised by each school. Yale also will provide a one-time US$ 100 million addition to the School of Public Health.
Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, called for the establishment of an African Technology Development and Transfer Network to spur innovation and accelerate development on the continent. She made the call during the opening of the 4th Africa Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 1st. The STI Forum took place on the sidelines of the eighth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.
The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics (Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika), through the National Digital Literacy Movement Siberkreasi, held an online event, “Obral Obrol liTerasi Digital: Mengenal Fenomena Penipuan Catfishing,” to raise public awareness on the internet catfishing phenomenon.
Forty-four humanitarian partners in Malawi — the Malawi Red Cross, seven national NGOs, 26 international NGOs and 10 UN agencies — launched a Flash Appeal that urgently seeks US$ 29.4 million in support of the Government-led relief efforts to provide vital assistance to 542,000 people who have been hardest hit by Tropical Storm Ana.
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