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Giving Round the World

Whether you give of your time or your money, here are stories about how one person can make a difference.

Another Day in Paradise: International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories
HV40.3.A56 2003
Carol Bergman has collected the stories of dedicated men and women from many countries who left behind their own comfort and security to face dangers, sorrows, and brutality in countries torn by strife and hunger.
 
Berger, Marilyn
This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes
R722.32.H63 B47 2010
Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has dedicated his life to caring for the sick and poor in Ethiopia. Read an excerpt from the book.
 
Bortolotti, Dan
Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders
RA390.F8 B67 2004x
Bortolotti tells the story of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without Borders) which was founded in France in 1971 to deliver essential medical services to places where no other providers would go. The group won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
 
Greene, Melissa Fay
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
Journalist Greene tells the story of AIDS in Ethiopia and of one ordinary woman, Haregewoin Teferra, who opened her home in Addis Ababa to hundreds of untouchable AIDS-orphaned children, thrown in the streets and left at her door.
 
Hamlin, Catherine
The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope
RG71.H35 2004
The inspiring story of the life and mission of Dr. Catherine Hamlin who, with her husband Reg, established a medical program in Ethiopia for women suffering from fistulae, the catastrophic effects of obstructed labor.
 
Huang, Chi Cheng
When Invisible Children Sing
R722.H83 2006
Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick "service trip," an idealistic young medical student gets more than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz. As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and desperate lives and realizes that to truly help them, he will have to live among them.
 
Kidder, Tracy
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
R154.F36 K53 2003
Paul Farmer is a Massachusetts doctor who has been working in Haiti since 1982. He founded Zanmi Lasante (Creole for Partners in Health), a nongovernmental organization that provides healthcare for hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers.
 
Kristof, Nicholas D. and Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
HQ1236.5.D44 K75 2009
Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn relate tales of oppressed women in developing countries and show how a little help can transform the lives of such women and girls.
 
Mortenson, Greg
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
LC2330.M66 2009
This continues the story of the work of Mortenson's Central Asia Institute that began in Three Cups of Tea.
 
Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
LC2330.M67 2006
Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by a Pakistani village after an unsuccessful mountain climb. In return, Mortenson built them a school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which supports community-based education programs, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
Novogratz, Jacqueline
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
HC79.P6 N69 2009
When Novogratz discovers a boy in Rwanda wearing a blue sweater she had donated to Goodwill, she realizes how interconnected our world is. Novogratz, who left a corporate banking position to work with women's groups in micro-finance, shows how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives.
 
An Imperfect Offering
Orbinski, James
An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the Twenty-First Century
RA390.A2 O73 2008bx
Orbinski, former head of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), uses stories from his decades of service to demonstrate the heroism of these doctors and nurses but also to demonstrate how frustrating it is to work with political organizations.
 
Yunus, Muhammad
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
HG3290.6.A6 Y86 1999
Yunus began the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to provide microcredit to the poor. His grassroots efforts earned him the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
 

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