Linking the World

Linking the World Linking the World is an international humanitarian children’s organization (NGO) working in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty.

Linking the World is a recognized non-profit NGO (Non-governmental organization)

Linking the World is an international humanitarian children’s organization dedicated to helping children, families, and their communities in developing countries, conflict, and disaster zones. We believe that every single child attains the right to survival, development, dignity, protection and participation. We r

Linking the World is a recognized non-profit NGO (Non-governmental organization)

Linking the World is an international humanitarian children’s organization dedicated to helping children, families, and their communities in developing countries, conflict, and disaster zones. We believe that every single child attains the right to survival, development, dignity, protection and participation. We r

12/09/2015

We have been recognized in the 2015 NT100 – Nominet Trust͛s annual celebration of the people and organizations using digital technology to change the world for the better. Discover the #2015NT100 here: http://bit.ly/1Rz9CND2

After Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, Linking the World responded within 48 hours with medical aid and water filtration ...
12/07/2015
Linking the World

After Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, Linking the World responded within 48 hours with medical aid and water filtration systems. We are proud to report that our water program is currently serving 70 communities, schools, health centers and dispensaries throughout the Vanuatu Archipelago. In light of the current El Nino, and the serious drought facing the country, these filters are proving to be indispensable to many communities. One community was planning to relocate because of water shortages; their only reason for staying was the LifeStraw filter that helped to ensure cleanliness of an old open well.

Because of you, lives are saved.

Help us continue to serve people in need by making a donation at http://www.linkingtheworld.org

Internaional Humanitarian AID Organization, NGO, UNESCO, UNITED NATIONS, OCHA, UNHRD

10/02/2015

At the International Women's Summit on Human Rights, Democracy, and Peace for Women. Mina Chang

For corporate leaders: When we see children dying senselessly, families torn apart during conflict or when disasters str...
09/06/2015
4 Ways Companies Can Help in the Face of Natural Disasters

For corporate leaders: When we see children dying senselessly, families torn apart during conflict or when disasters strike and we see innocent people trying to survive we, instinctively, want to help in some way. Corporations are incredible during these times; but good intentions are not enough. We, at LInking the World, have a great deal of experience in leveraging corporate partnerships during disasters. Together we can do so much more.
Read our latest article published by TriplePundit: "Ways Companies Can Help in the Face of Disasters." Mina Chang Triple Pundit

It’s great when companies contribute their assets to relief efforts, but sometimes the best intentions actually cause more problems than they solve.

Here is our latest article published today on The Hill!It's a controversial topic: Can charities and NGOs cause more har...
09/02/2015
As the aid landscape changes, a new view on NGO neutrality

Here is our latest article published today on The Hill!

It's a controversial topic: Can charities and NGOs cause more harm than good?
Who loses in the attempt to preserve neutrality all the while NGOs and suffering people alike are used as pawns in foreign policy?

We believe that the inherent decency of our work shouldn't absolve it and the outcomes from scrutiny.

When aid workers see suffering, they don’t respond with pity or shake their heads at the sorrow in the world. They respond with compassion so deep that it moves them to do amazing things, even risk their lives to provide food, supplies, and hope to people in need. There’s no question that aid workers are good people trying to do good things in the world.
But good intentions don’t always lead to positive outcomes. As the global community shrinks and technology keeps us more informed and connected, the nongovernmental organization landscape grows increasingly diverse and complex, creating difficult operational conditions.
If we don’t start publicly discussing our problems, including neutrality, we can never fix what’s wrong and bring about the change required to ensure our work fulfills our goals. Mina Chang
Read the full article here:

We're sometimes guilty of oversimplifying the world and harming global neighbors in attempts to help them.

Latest publication by our CEO, Mina Chang: "As a practitioner, I see the frustrating realities of disaster response. The...
08/10/2015
How Nonprofits Can Maximize Their Disaster Response Efforts

Latest publication by our CEO, Mina Chang:
"As a practitioner, I see the frustrating realities of disaster response. The collective goal of disaster response NGOs is to save lives, relieve suffering, and foster hope and resilience that will empower people to begin rebuilding.
Collaboration and coordination between agencies is imperative, and the development of public-private partnerships is also critical."

Read the full article here:

After disasters, collaboration and coordination between agencies is imperative, and the development of public-private partnerships is also critical. Lessons learned must be quickly applied to future disaster scenarios. In fact, coordination among NGOs is the single most effective way in which we can…

07/22/2015

We are finally able to share with you that, after months of planning, our CEO, Mina Chang will be in Afghanistan in September and Linking the World will be re-engaging with Afghan communities in Kabul and Herat.

As U.S. and International forces begin to transition out of their on-the-ground presence, the situation is serious and we must bolster our efforts with the communities and our partners on the ground.
Linking the World is a part of the unity of effort in the next phase of stability operations so that all the sacrifice, investment and advancements, such as women's rights, are not lost.

Today marks a new day for Linking the World, one where we consciously and deliberately engage in stability operations.

Over the next two months I will be in the Middle East, Africa and then Afghanistan until October 1.

I'm looking forward to sharing this with you.

07/06/2015
Nan & Company Host a party with a purpose

Thank you to Nancy Almodovar and Nan & Company Properties for hosting such a great event to benefit Nepal! Because of them and LifeStraw, hundreds more will have access to clean water. THANK YOU! #givehope

Nan & Company Host a party with a purpose

Relief operations continue in disaster stricken Vanuatu. More community water filtration systems and supplies arriving t...
05/25/2015
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Relief operations continue in disaster stricken Vanuatu. More community water filtration systems and supplies arriving to the following locations within the next 6 days:
Imaki Dispensary
Ikiti Health Centre
Kitow Health Centre
Green Hill Health Centre
Nimlar Dispensary
Amboh Dispensary
Tavalapa Dispensary
Utas Health Centre
Naviso Health Centre
White Sands Health Centre

Please become an integral part of our life-saving programs at www.linkingtheworld.org

Internaional Humanitarian AID Organization, NGO, UNESCO, UNITED NATIONS, OCHA, UNHRD

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/part-2-diary-of-a-disaster-first-responder-disaster-in-vanuatu
03/31/2015
Part 2 - Diary of a First Responder | Disaster in Vanuatu

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/part-2-diary-of-a-disaster-first-responder-disaster-in-vanuatu

The storm may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is just beginning.
Action now is the key to saving lives and giving the local population the
tools needed to rebuild and rise stronger than before. Many I see only
have the clothes on their backs, and most are barefoot.

The first three nights it rained very hard. When walking to the truck a
violent gust of wind picked up dirt, sand and debris left from Cyclone Pam
and for a brief moment I experienced the maelstrom of what it would have
been like; except the people were trapped in it for over 24 hours.

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/disaster-in-vanuatu-part1
03/30/2015
Answering the call for help - Disaster in Vanuatu | From Paris to Port Vila - Part 1

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/disaster-in-vanuatu-part1

Part 1 - Diary of a Disaster First Responder

Whenever departing to a disaster zone, saying good-bye to the sweet faces
and tight hugs of loved ones, I always pause a moment and ask myself why am
I doing this. I wonder why heading into harms way, to unknown terrain, to
the aid of total strangers that will never know my name. Names and stories
I will probably never know of those we help.

I’m writing this after reading through a brief that included photos sent in
from those on the ground. I begin to steel myself, getting my head in the
game and am reminded very quickly why this is my life’s mission. When I see
the photos of children that have been affected, I’m always struck with the
thought, “It could have been my child.”

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/vanuatureleif
03/19/2015
Mina Chang, Linking the World CEO, to arrive in storm-ravaged Port Vila, Vanuatu on Saturday closely followed by 17 pallets of emergency supplies

http://www.linkingtheworld.org/press/vanuatureleif

Dallas, Texas. Thursday - March 19, 2015 — Mina Chang, Linking the World
CEO, will arrive in the capital city of Port Vila on the main island of
Efate in the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu with emergency supplies to
support relief efforts already on the ground after the wide-spread
destruction of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Ms. Chang will stop in Sydney on Friday to meet with the Hon. Julie Bishop
MP and the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Australian Ministers for Foreign
Affairs and Communications respectively. They will discuss mutual
coordination and cooperation of Vanuatu emergency relief efforts.

03/17/2015

Vanuatu in "critical" need at wake of catastrophic damage from Cyclone Pam – Linking the World readying to deploy disaster response teams

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Linking the World has been closely monitoring Cyclone Pam, which hit Vanuatu directly with winds over 185mph. Now the storm has passed, we are working quickly to assess and respond.

Dallas, Texas. March 16, 2015 — On Saturday, March 14th, the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam, a Category-5 storm with winds over 185mph that hovered over the archipelago for twenty-four plus hours. Their entire infrastructure has been destroyed, including the main bridge that links the capital city, Port Vila to its main hospital. The principal airport is closed to commercial flights with only limited military flights being able to land, carrying initial aid shipments.

"The people of Vanuatu need us now, as they endeavor to face post-storm issues that are life-threatening and overwhelming”, said Mina Chang, CEO of Linking the World. “As a global community we can and will help rebuild their communities with dignity, self sufficiency and resiliency." Linking the World is currently preparing teams to arrive within days, carrying at least 17 pallets of immediate critical supplies including first aid, water filtration, shelter materials and more.

Over the weekend an Oxfam spokesperson stated that the storm is “likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific.” World Vision, an NGO with aid workers on the ground at the time of the storm, reports it has been unable to contact more than 30 of its staff. The damage is not limited to Vanuatu as the path of Cyclone Pam crossed other Pacific islands, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

Today small aircraft and helicopters began reconnaissance over Vanuatu’s 65 outlying inhabited islands to assess damage and identify routes of safe passage for aid efforts. Disaster response teams will be coordinated by the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Immediate priorities are to respond with shelter, food and safe drinking water. The local water supplies have been heavily contaminated.

Extreme difficulty of response to this disaster is compounded by the nation’s remote location, with the Port Vila lying over 1,000 miles from Australia’s east coast, and 1,300 miles from New Zealand. Lack of power and communications across the whole of Vanuatu is paralyzing the local communities self-response and hampering relief planning and needs assessment.
Vanuatu President, Baldwin Lonsdale reported, “the storm has all but wiped out all the development of recent years, and we will have to rebuild everything.” Food will be a considerable long-term issue, as much of the population’s survival is based on subsistence farming and their crops have been destroyed.

Initial aerial surveillance confirms massive devastation, but there is not a clear understanding of what’s happening with people on the ground. It’s believed that over 150,000 people are displaced and over 75,000 of those are children.

As aid trickles in, there are no reliable estimates of storm-related deaths. It is feared that the death toll will continue to climb, particularly children, who without access to medical care, will be lost to dysentery and infection.

Today as aid began to reach the capital city of Port Vila, where 90% of homes have suffered enormous damage, the broader outlook is dark. Initial reports on the outlying islands are considerably worse, where entire villages were obliterated. Recovery will take years of concerted effort in the face of a high likelihood of reoccurrence of similar disaster.

Before this small island nation can even begin to dig out from the rubble, the populace and disaster response teams must brace themselves for even more. Cyclone Nathan is brewing over Queensland, Australia and could reach Vanuatu later this week.

About Linking the World
Since 1997, Linking The World has been saving and improving lives in the world's toughest places. Our network of committed humanitarians have responded to the global challenges of disaster, conflict and extreme poverty; enabling individuals, families and communities to survive crisis and build sustainable futures in forty-three countries. The mission of Linking the World is to deliver humanitarian aid that builds communities marked by self-reliance, sustainable infrastructures and lasting change.

Mina Chang is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Linking the World. Ms. Chang took the office of CEO in 2011 and relocated the international headquarters to the United States. In this role, her initiatives have included expanded focus on strategic partnerships and the innovative field uses of technology for situational assessment in disaster response.

To arrange a financial donation: www.linkingtheworld.org/donate
To partner with us please contact us at: [email protected]

WE URGENTLY NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES TO SUPPLEMENT THOSE ALREADY EN-ROUTE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TOO:

Medical
Surgical gloves
Masks
Medicines, including anesthetics & antibiotics
Catheters
Tubes and drains
Disposable linens
Dressings
Syringes
Sutures and suture needles
Sterilization equipment)
Comfort items for children (e.g. teddy bears)

Basic Survival
Blankets
Survival kits
Water purification tablets or equipment
Shelter materials
Flashlights
Batteries
High visibility vests
Gloves
Goggles
Rubber boots

First Responder Gear
High visibility vests
Gloves
Goggles
Rubber boots
.

For more information on how you can help, PLEASE CONTACT:

Ian Dailey | Chief of Staff: [email protected]

03/13/2015

In 1999 Nigeria evolved from military rule to a civilian government, this initially peaceful transition was marred by violence and irregularities in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 elections. On March 28th Nigerians once again go to the ballot, we call upon all parties to ensure fair and free elections, and we encourage each individual to exercise their right to vote

How can leaders ensure their teams are engaged in the mission of the company?Companies are meant to run like a well-oile...
12/29/2014
Seeing the Vision - Texas CEO Magazine

How can leaders ensure their teams are engaged in the mission of the company?

Companies are meant to run like a well-oiled machine. Every sector has a task, and it performs that task well. However, to help lift your company to the next level, it’s important that your employees understand more than just the tasks their own jobs entail. Leaders should communicate the overarching mission that the company stands for.

In this article, Mina Chang explains how getting all of a company’s employees on the same page and encouraging them to see the bigger picture every day can result in big business gains.

http://texasceomagazine.com/departments/seeing-vision/

4 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE BIG-PICTURE THINKING IN EMPLOYEES By Mina Chang The big picture isn’t always visible to employees. It’s easy for team members — and even leaders — to slip into the daily monotony of focusing on specific tasks and losing sight of why those tasks matter. Helping every member of an…

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