doctors without borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 4,700 aid assignments. They work alongside more than 25,800 locally hired staff to provide medical care.

In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides essential health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting.

Through longer-term programs, MSF treats patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS, and provides medical and psychological care to marginalized groups such as street children.

MSF was founded in 1971 as the first nongovernmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of the people it assists. A private nonprofit association, MSF is an international network with sections in 19 countries.

MSF is often one of the first humanitarian organizations to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Its large-scale logistical capacity ensures that MSF emergency teams hit the ground with the specialized medical kits and equipment they need to start saving lives immediately.

Custom-designed by MSF for specific field situations, geographic conditions, and climates, a kit may contain a complete operating room, for example, or all of the supplies needed to treat hundreds of cholera patients. MSF kits and medical protocols have been replicated by relief organizations worldwide.

For more info, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org or call 212 679 6800

children's movement for creative education

The Children's Movement for Creative Education's ‘Telling History Project’ teaches students about universal human rights through the lens of recent and current world events. The curriculum focuses on genocides of the past two decades in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur and includes international cultural exchanges with youth from these countries.

I Choose / We Choose

I am an activist because people need to open their eyes and realize what is going on
    because I love this world
Darfur is like a nightmare but no one wants to sleep
    is like an emergency room
    is like a dry plant clinging on to life
A teenager deserves a daily supplement of information about the world
I would like to see my world in peace
I choose to stand up and make a change
I choose to stand up and inform others
Because if I don't change my world there will be a world without a sun
    if I don't change my world it will be destroyed
    if I don't change my world it will become out of control
A voice that is not heard is like being cornered in an alleyway
    is like the sounds of someone being drowned gasping for air
I will be a voice for a teenager in Darfur
My heart is a pair of hands that welcomes everybody
    is a drum that beats on...
Far from Darfur but one must reach out
    connected by heart

By the Unity Center for Urban Technologies High School CMCE Telling History Project.

For more info, visit www.childrensmovement.org or call 212 664 1014