Another Way to Celebrate Valentines Day

Today, we celebrate love. Not love of money or sports or country, but love of each other. Throughout the world, many organizations are also focusing specifically on love of women. Part of love is protection against danger and in a world where women are often at risk of domestic abuse, we also see Valentines Day as an opportunity to think about working to end violence against women. V-Day, as it has come to be called, is meant to be a catalyst for increased awareness of the issues around violence against women and a call to action wherein communities rally around…

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Creative Approaches: Pop Up Libraries

From the Daily Good comes an article on a new kind of urban library. Pop Up Libraries are meant to utilize public space, provide access to books, and encourage people to read at times and in places they may not have read before. As you may have noticed, pay phones are becoming obsolete and even when pay phones exist, they rarely work!  Yet many times, the booth itself is still there taking up valuable public space in downtown areas. Architect John Locke from the Department of Urban Betterment has risen to the challenge of utilizing these spots.  Locke thought that…

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How You Helped the Community Tsunami Early Warning Center in Sri Lanka

We just received word that the funds Aid Still Required sent to the Community Tsunami Early Warning Center (CTEC) in Sri Lanka have been put to good use!  CTEC is an incredibly important facility for the people of Sri Lanka.  If the system had been in place before the 2005 tsunami, many of the 2500 lives lost that day may have been saved.  The Center is helping to protect the villages of Peraliya, Thelwatta, Seenigama and Dalwathamullah and the goal is to expand the warning system in order to protect the entire coastline.  In addition, there is an educational  component…

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8th Anniversary of the Southeast Asia Tsunami

It has been 8 years since the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia took an estimated 230,000 lives. It was one of worst natural disasters of our time and the region is still recovering from the devastation.  Even as the physical structures are rebuilt and the land is cleaned up, the impact on the hundreds of thousands affected by the tsunami will never go away. This week, the team here at Aid Still Required went and saw the film The Impossible, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.  It documents the true story of the Belon family’s experiences in Thailand on December 26,…

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Holidays Shopping for a Cause!

Everyone here at Aid Still Required is incredibly grateful for our wonderful Business Angels. This holiday season, please consider purchasing some of your gifts from these Aid Still Required supporters. Some of these businesses, including Lova Tea and Lakewood Candle Company, have designed specialty products to support ASR’s work in New Orlean while others are donating a percentage of all business from ASR supporters. Please visit our Business Angels page at http://www.aidstillrequired.org/business-angels for more information! Lova first developed The Big Teasy in preparation for our Big Easy Juke Joint (organized with the incredible commitment of Lova founder Stephanie Cence). The Big…

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