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Apolis = “Global Citizen”

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Who knew this sophisticated and well-dressed corporation was lingering in the great city of Los Angeles? This Certified B Corporation has invited everyone to become a Global Citizen. “Living and breathing social enterprise that equips and empowers people through opportunity. Apolis is a pioneer in the socially responsible apparel industry and creates opportunity by forming unique manufacturing partnerships around the globe.”

Global CitizenshipThey “believe that the commonality between currencies, flags and languages is people. It is people who are the innovators, the advocates, and the revolutionaries. Apolis is a small group of social entrepreneurs who believe that the most valuable practice in creating lasting change is by investing in people.”

Their Model: “Apolis co-creates products with manufacturers and directly allows the market to determine the future of each item [they] produce. It is a hands-on model to provide people access to opportunity called “advocacy through industry.”

Advocacy Through IndustryTheir “model of “Advocacy Through Industry” is a revolutionary way to harness the power of business to create social change. This model is founded on the simple idea that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace.”

History“In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can create social change. Their travels abroad immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival and inspired them to create a business model that bridges commerce and economic development. Along with their commitment to global advocacy, they also understand the importance of sourcing and manufacturing locally. Whether it means partnering with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh, or around the corner in Los Angeles, the Partons have used their model of “advocacy through industry” to empower people to determine their own future.”

Shop Advocacy:

Bangladesh  Uganda  India  Peru  Honduras  and  Middle East

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To learn more about Apolis, click here.

All content and graphics from Apolis Global.

 

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Breaking Out of a Broken System

Let’s combat Malaria. Check out Breaking Out of a Broken System written by Seth and Chandler Bolt and you can help save a life. Available March 4th on Amazon. All funds from this book support the Palmetto Medical Initiative.

  • Palmetto Medical Initiative is revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health.
  • In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2013), socialized healthcare BOLT 2 ystems are overcrowded, poorly equipped, and underfunded. PMI is bridging the gap between ineffective, socialized care and unaffordable, private care. PMI exists to transform communities by improving the quality of accessible healthcare through a model of empowerment andsustainability.
  • 1.2 million people die from malaria each year because many villages receive only 3-4 months’ worth of medicine for an entire year. PMI is able to provide medicine to people in life-or-death situations thanks to donations made by generous people like you.
  • When we found out that one $4-pill could save a family of children from losing their father — and a mother from losing her child — our first thought was “how can we come up with 10,000 of those pills?!”
  • That became our mission and it forced us to come up with a creative way to raise money for charity using art, entrepreneurship, and social media to save our brothers and sisters from dying of a curable disease. For each book we sell, $4 is donated to PMI. Thank you for making a difference!

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Portrait of Love

To all our Texas friends, join LOVE146 on February 15th to end child trafficking and exploitation.

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“Love146 has made significant strides in [the] first months in the Lone Star State. [They] have reached over 945 youth with our Prevention Education curriculum in just over 2 months, and have been invited into more schools than [they] can fit into our schedule right now. [They] need your help to reach vulnerable Texas children before pimps and traffickers do.

Come join us as we: 

  • Celebrate the launch of their Texas office
  • Enjoy entertainment, dinner, drinks, and inspiration
  • Highlight the success of their Texas Prevention Program
  • Cast vision for protecting vulnerable Texas youth
  • Feature Love146 President and Co-Founder Rob Morris
  • Host a silent auction and interactive art exhibits

When: February 15, 2014 at 7:00p,

Where: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002

Contact: texasinfo@love146.org

To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

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To learn more about Love146, click here.

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Before and After.

To learn more about The Topsy Foundation, click here.

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Connecting Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation

8723613155_04c07f0b9b_bPlant With Purpose shares the connection between Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation. Read the article and check out their video below.

“While studying the natural environment, systems, cycles, and rhythms reveal themselves as their building blocks—the living and nonliving components that interact to form ecosystems, habitats, and our surroundings. In the United States, many of us appreciate a good hike or a weekend spent in the wilderness enjoying the diversity of Creation. For Plant With Purpose partnering farmers, they are dependent on these building blocks for their livelihoods. A greater number of “blocks” means a more robust and healthy system supporting them.

Over the past two decades, global conversations linking biodiversity and poverty alleviation have found a voice in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Millennium Development Goals, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. As Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity states, “Evidence suggests that not only do the poor depend on biodiversity for their subsistence needs, we all do. The rural poor depend disproportionally on local ecosystems for their survival however, while the rich can access vital ecosystem services through different markets. When the circumstances are right, biodiversity conservation can be a route both out of poverty and away from unsustainable development.

These sentiments have long been a part of Plant With Purpose’s understanding of development work. And as we’ve worked to restore the environment over the years, we’ve seen birds return to nest in pine trees in Mexico, forests protected in Thailand, and a general understanding of Creation Care increase in partnering communities.

This month, we are setting foot in new territory to do a baseline biodiversity study of the Nyakazu Watershed in Burundi. This area has been protected since 1980 and is a region of great natural beauty, with waterfalls and rivers that have carved out caves and a deep gorge. It is home to mammals, birds, and many native plant species. As we monitor the diversity of this area, our ultimate hope is to see these native species begin to take back poorly managed land bordering the Nyakazu Watershed. And as the health of the native ecosystem increases, we expect to see a decrease in poverty.”

This information was taken from Plant With Purpose. To learn more, click here.

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Movement 52: Disaster Relief in the Philippines

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About the Disaster Relief in the Philippines

“On Nov. 8th one of the strongest typhoon in history collided with the Philippines completely
destroy everything in it’s path. This powerful storm has left over 3,500 people dead and over 2 million people displaced and in need of help! The Red Cross has been on the front lines of these relief effort. Until 12/4 any shirt purchased will donate $6-$8 to the Red Cross to support their relief efforts in the Philippines! ***This campaign is not endorsed by the Red Cross.  It is an independent fundraiser taken on solely by Movement 52 LLC.”

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About the Design:  The swirling waves symbolize the chaos the Philippines is currently experiencing, and the positive message reminds us of the good that can come from our greatest struggles.

“Often in the darkest skies we see the brightest starts.”

To learn more about Movement 52 and where this content was taken, click here.

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