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From the Red Light Area in India to the USA

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 by Kimiya International

Shweta Katti is considering which U.S. university she wants to attend to earn a degree in psychology. Shweta grew up in an environment where abuse and confinement of women was common. Now 19, what kept her going was her intense desire to study. Born and raised in one of Mumbai’s biggest red-light areas, Grant Road, […]

‘Anti-Rape’ Lingerie

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 by Kimiya International

Last week came news of “anti-rape” lingerie, a high-tech garment developed by three engineering students in India who were fed up with the culture of rape in their country. According to reports, the lingerie was designed to help women ward off unwanted sexual advances by detecting the touch of an aggressor and delivering 82 electric shocks. The […]

Malala Yousafzai to Receive New Skull Made of Titanium

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 by Kimiya International

Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, describes the procedure that Malala Yousafzai will undergo in order to repair a missing area of her skull. The 15-year-old will have a custom-made titanium plate fitted to her skull and a cochlear implant to help her recover hearing. She was shot […]

Lessons Learned from Malala

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 by Kimiya International

Malala Yousufzai is a name that most people struggle to pronounce, but her courage and tenacity have made her a poster child for girl’s education in Pakistan. Wrought by Taliban influence, parts of Pakistan are falling to Taliban control. Members of the group influence how Pakistanis interpret Islam, the role of women, the role of […]

What if charities operated like businesses?

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 by Kimiya International

Dan Pallotta of the Wall Street Journal takes time to inquire about the prospect of a non-profit world that actually profits from its contributions – by operating like businesses do. How much more could non-profits accomplish? How many more people could they help? According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Americans give about 2% of our […]

Child Faces Charges of Blasphemy

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 by Kimiya International

A 12-year old Christian girl who may be mentally handicapped is sitting in solitary confinement at a prison in Pakistan. Rimsha Masih’s crime was that she “allegedly” burned pages of the Qur’an. Her Muslim neighbors responded by starting a riot and assaulting her. When police looked at the burned papers, they found some with Arabic […]

Wishing homeless children a happy birthday

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 by Kimiya International

How many times have you been upset when someone forgot your birthday? Imagine watching a child who doesn’t know what to do with a cake that has candles on top of it. The non-profit group Bright Blessings had to teach a 7-year old how to blow out his own birthday candle. More and more non-profits […]

A WOMAN’S PLACE

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 by Kimiya International

As millions around the world tune in to watch the Olympics this year, we should take a moment to recognize the rise and fall of an opportunity for a woman from Afghanistan to participate in the world’s sports arena. Sadaf Rahimi may not be a household name, but she is a symbol of hope for […]

GOOGLE vs “Illicit Networks”

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 by Kimiya International

Who would have thought that Google would be a major game changer in the fight against human traffickers and terrorists? Apparently Google’s think tank, Google Ideas, is currently holding a conference in Los Angeles to discuss just that. Jared Cohen, the Director of Google Ideas, spoke with Fast Company about how Google is entering this […]

“SLUT” & MISS REPRESENTATION

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 by Kimiya International

Sandra Fluke does not seem to be very accepting of Rush Limbaugh’s apology after he called the Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying before a congressional committee on the need for religious organizations to cover the cost of birth control under Obama’s new healthcare law. Who can blame her? She […]