Mercy Ships, a nonprofit organization that provides hospitals at sea for people in need and trains local medical professionals in struggling areas, has been selected by the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) as its charity of choice, Travel Pulse reports. Through this partnership, the CLIA will seek to spread awareness about Mercy Ships and its efforts both to travelers and developing nations around the world. Established in 1978, the organization provides its healthcare services for free and has conducted 78,000 life-changing operations and 353,000 dental procedures since its inception. It has also trained 5800 local teachers and established 1100 community development projects.
PepsiCo partnered with Feed the Children and Positive American Youth on July 30 to provide 800 families in the Atlanta area with up to a week’s worth of food and necessities, including fresh produce donated by Wal-Mart. The supplies given to each family included a 25-lb. box of food, a 10-lb. box of necessities, orange juice, toilet paper, oatmeal, granola bars and more. In Atlanta, 25 percent of families live below the poverty line, according to a news release distributed by PepsiCo, and this event is one of many Feed the Children have hosted around the country to help kids enjoy the summer without worrying where their next meal will come from.
A coalition of U.S. civil society organizations led by global humanitarian group Mercy Corps and the Alliance for Peace Building is calling on President Obama’s administration to modify its strategy toward countering terrorism by “addressing the core grievances fueling global radicalization,” rather than only responding with military efforts, according to a news release. Mercy Corps seeks to get the administration to shift its policy prior to the September global summit and move toward “investing in civilian-led prevention and peace building programs, ensuring operations run by Departments of Defense or State do not work at cross-purposes with development and peace building efforts, and reforming counterterrorism laws and regulations that prevent U.S. humanitarian organizations from working with communities affected by violent extremism.”
Prison Fellowship International and Bible League International Partner to Share the Gospel with 25,000 Prisoners
Prison Fellowship International has received 15,000 copies of The Prison Bible, an easy-to-read version of the Bible with devotions geared towards the experiences of the incarcerated, for its unique in-prison evangelization program The Prisoner’s Journey, thanks to a new agreement with Bible League International. The two organizations partnered in 2012 with the goal of sharing the Gospel with 1 million prisoners across 60 countries overseas by 2020. According to a news release distributed by the organizations, there are 10 million people in prison around the world, making them one of the largest unreached people groups. BLI has provided 25,000 copies of The Prison Bible for graduates of The Prisoner’s Journey in 161 jails to date.