Monday, 31 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
In the short video below WFP (World Food Programme) Executive Director Josette Sheeran thanks online supporters from a school in Haiti, where their contributions are helping kids stay healthy and get an education in the earthquake's aftermath. Find out how WFP is connecting the world's billion internet users with the world's billion hungry people through the Billion for a Billion Campaign.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
I came across this video on YouTube and I obviously had to post it here on the blog - the name of the blog is Be The Change, after all! A title inspired by the quote from Gandhi.
Anyway, this video is a rap song presentation about Mahatma Gandhi performed by MC Yogi. I'm not a great fan of rap normally, but I found this rather inspiring. Do listen!
Friday, 14 May 2010
End Hunger: Walk the World is an annual event to raise money and awareness for the World Food Programme's (WFP) efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. This year the walk will take place on Sunday 6 June.
For Walk the World 2009 360 thousand people walked in 210 locations raising enough money to provide school meals to 20 thousand children in the world's poorest countries for one year. Click on the badge at the top of the post to find out more about this year's Walk and watch the short trailer below.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Forrest Fulton Architects, based in Alabama, rather than designing yet another towering glass structure, have designed a structure whose form more closely resembled the surrounding hills of Yeravan, located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea for a new mixed-use development in Armenia. The project is their 2010 Competition Entry for International Business Center with an Intercontinental Hotel in Yerevan.
The entire facade of the hill-shaped building is covered in native plants, which act to absorb heat, filter air and water, and provide habitat to animals and insects, while the entire surface is irrigated with recycled graywater. Lace Hill - as it has been named - was inspired by traditional Armenian lace needlework and makes use of many sustainable building strategies.
The hill development proposal is 85,000 sq meters with retail units and restaurants on the bottom floor, office space on the north side, and a hotel and apartments on the south side, which has great solar access and the best views. Parking and car access is completely underground and the sloping hillside connects to an open space and park to the west of the structure.
Inside, large voids reach up to the ceiling letting in natural light from above and allowing air to move through the structure and provide natural ventilation. Landscaping, trees and ponds help cool the air as it moves through the shady interior.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
This Mother’s Day, choose your card wisely. By sending a special WFP (World Food Programme) eCard you can honor a mother in your life - and save a life at the same time. Just click on the banner above to send your card.
- 1. Children in developing countries who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams are 20 times more likely to die in infancy than heavier babies. (Source UNICEF)
- Around 50% of pregnant women in developing countries are anaemic. Lack of iron increases the risk of death of the mother at delivery, accounting for at least 20% of maternal mortality.
- In most developing countries women produce between 60 and 80% of the food, but they own less than 2% of the world’s titled land.