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Fair Trade USA Launches Coffee Rust Response Fund

Small-scale farmers in Central America threatened by aggressive roya outbreak; businesses and coffee drinkers encouraged to take action
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OAKLAND, Calif.,March 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit organization and the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, today launched a new initiative to help small-scale farmers fight the devastating outbreak of coffee leaf rust in Central America. Experts believe the outbreak could decrease coffee production in the region by 30 to 50 percent over the next two years.

'Comply & Win' Success Building Government Labor Inspection Capacity

Project Comply & Win partners convene Sept. 12 in San Jose, Costa Rica to discuss project impacts
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Governments play a key role in enforcing the labor laws that establish the minimum for decent work. However, lack of resources and access to training and technical assistance can limit their capacity to carry out inspections. In Project Comply and Win, the goal was to build the capacities of 5 Central American labor ministries to conduct quality inspections that emphasize root causes analysis of labor violations and more preventative approaches.

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Governments play a key role in enforcing the labor laws that establish the minimum for decent work. However, lack of resources and access to training and technical assistance can limit their capacity to carry out inspections. In Project Comply and Win, the goal was to build the capacities of 5 Central American labor ministries to conduct quality inspections that emphasize root causes analysis of labor violations and more preventative approaches.

Leaving Footprints: Teaching Guatemalan Children About HIV and AIDS

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Media Impact Communications Officer, Lindsey Wahlstrom, describes her experience at a community fair in San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala.  This fair was one of twelve fairs hosted by Asociacion Comunicares, with the support of Media Impact and the Guatemalan Ministry of Health.  At the community events, volunteers use games and interactive presentations to educate youth about the different aspects of HIV and AIDS - prevention, transmission, treatment and stigmas.  Before leaving, youth are invited to write a message or a draw a picture in the book "Dejando Huellas" or "Leaving Footprints." 

How a Communication Project Changed My Life

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Juan de Dios Pellecer Aldana, 32, is from Villa Nueva, Guatemala.  For the past two years, Juan has participated in the production of "The Intruder" radio soap opera and the weekly "Youth on the Air" radio program in Guatemala.  The program is coordinated by Asociacion Comunicares in partnership with PCI-Media Impact.  In this blog entry, Juan de Dios, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalic, tells the story of how participating in this program changed his life.

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Juan de Dios Pellecer Aldana, 32, is from Villa Nueva, Guatemala.  For the past two years, Juan has participated in the production of "The Intruder" radio soap opera and the weekly "Youth on the Air" radio program in Guatemala.  The program is coordinated by Asociacion Comunicares in partnership with PCI-Media Impact.  In this blog entry, Juan de Dios, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalic, tells the story of how participating in this program changed his life.

Soap Operas for Social Change: The Intruder in Photos

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) January 13, 2011 - PCI-Media Impact (Media Impact) and Asociacion Comunicares have spent the last three years collaborating to improve the lives of Guatemalan youth.  With training and mentoring from Media Impact, the Asociacion Comunicares team and partners have produced more than 35 episodes of a radio drama titled "El Intruso/The Intruder" to address the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Central American nation. 

The Intruder - Radio Soap Operas Teach Local Communities About Sexual Health

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Two radio soap operas taught Guatemalan communities about important sexual health issues. Intrigue, romance and conflict help health organizations reach target audience by captivating listeners with enthralling plots.  Partnerships between Comunicares and Tan Ux’il, two Guatemalan non-profits, and Media Impact, a New York City based non-profit, enable and empower Guatemalan communities to harness the power of Entertainment-Education to broadcast critical social messages through radio programs.  

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Two radio soap operas taught Guatemalan communities about important sexual health issues. Intrigue, romance and conflict help health organizations reach target audience by captivating listeners with enthralling plots.  Partnerships between Comunicares and Tan Ux’il, two Guatemalan non-profits, and Media Impact, a New York City based non-profit, enable and empower Guatemalan communities to harness the power of Entertainment-Education to broadcast critical social messages through radio programs.  

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Leadership, Learning and the Millennial Generation

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The final installment in a series of interviews with Greg Van Kirk, an Ashoka Lemolson Fellow and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia University.  He discusses the impact  that international social and business engagment can have on emerging leaders in the millennial generation and how his program can be replicated across the globe.

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The final installment in a series of interviews with Greg Van Kirk, an Ashoka Lemolson Fellow and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia University.  He discusses the impact  that international social and business engagment can have on emerging leaders in the millennial generation and how his program can be replicated across the globe.

Learning for Good - A New Model for Personal, Business and International Development

A New Model for Peronal, Business and International Development
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An informative article that illustrates a unique model for combining long-term leadership development with social responsibility and community development; using a residency in Guatemala as a lever for transformative change.

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An informative article that illustrates a unique model for combining long-term leadership development with social responsibility and community development; using a residency in Guatemala as a lever for transformative change.

My Community 2010

Introduction to 9 groups participating in My Community 2010
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PCI-Media Impact launches the sixth year of My Community, a unique social change communications program designed to help communities help themselves remove the barriers to health services and environmental preservation. My Community is taking place in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. With the support and partnership of 36 community-based NGOs, My Community is empowering over 12 million people with important information on basic human rights and securing their well-being with access to vital health care and a clean living area.

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PCI-Media Impact launches the sixth year of My Community, a unique social change communications program designed to help communities help themselves remove the barriers to health services and environmental preservation. My Community is taking place in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. With the support and partnership of 36 community-based NGOs, My Community is empowering over 12 million people with important information on basic human rights and securing their well-being with access to vital health care and a clean living area.

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