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Rhinos Endangered Over Ivory

Since our post May 18th regarding the largest ivory bust in history in Thailand, we have become aware of additional and growing threats to rhino populations around the world and rhinos endangered over ivory. As world attention and pressure is put on nations and governments to better protect elephants and enforce anti-ivory laws, armed groups, traffickers and poachers are increasingly going after lesser protected rhinos to supply ivory to Chinese markets that have seen prices soar (making ivory ever more “valuable”).

See an important news update (11/2015) at: https://www.socialgoodinsurance.com/news-and-helpful-links/save-the-elephant/

Three current efforts helping to protect the rhino that you should know about:

1.) AirShepherd is using drones to patrol wide areas in Southern Africa, and to track rhinos from above, and from a distance. According to the World Wildlife Fund, nearly 1,300 rhinos were poached in Africa last year, up from 62...

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Recommended Health Insurance For Volunteer Workers

IMG GMMI health insurance for volunteer workers and non-profit staff overseas

GMMI (also known as Global Mission Medical Insurance) by IMG is one of our most popular plans for non-profits and staff with charitable organizations overseas whether faith-based or simply humanitarian.

IMG specializes in health plan option known for their rich benefits and affordability, and this particular plan for those overseas for more than 1 year has four levels to choose from: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Bronze is for those seeking a “catastrophic-type plan for emergencies only. Silver is for those seeking low premiums and the most affordable options while still receiving essential benefits and travel options. Gold has a full-range of benefits especially for those knowing they are probably planning to live and work overseas indefinitely. Platinum includes vision, dental and other wellness benefits typical of employer-provided plans in the...

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Want To Volunteer In Nepal Earthquake Relief?

Want to help volunteer in Nepal earthquake relief and help make a difference?

Here are some things you can do to volunteer in Nepal/Northern India and be more successful before even leaving home.

 

Don’t rush to the region just yet. Read this firstConsider what you have to offer.

1.) By prevailing law in Nepal, you are not allowed to do volunteering on a tourist visa. In order to volunteer legally, the organization which will engage you must procure a permit and respective non-tourist visa. So ask before you travel with a non-profit, church, or on your own.

2.) Consider ways you can help from home. Online. Become a community activist by sharing our guide on social media and get others involved. Volunteer as a Digital Humanitarian and Micromapper for the UN and others ( see guide here). Give – If you can’t give, why spend $1400 on a plane ticket and take the time off work? Besides, locals are much more capable of helping...

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Blood Minerals – What You Need To Know

What you need to know about Blood Minerals:

Blood minerals, or conflict minerals (also called conflict resources), are only found in large quantities in the Global South, primarily the African nation of the Congo (DRC) and are required in the production of smartphones, airplanes, automobile airbags, GPS devices, and almost every consumer electronic item – Here’s what you need to know.

Debate currently rages over Western laws, consumer demand contributing to the conflict, and more. It is a highly charged issue largely due to weak governments in many of these nations, corruption, unequal trade inbalances, and instability. (See http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/09/conflict_minerals_from_the_congo_is_your_cellphone_made_with_them.html) It appears that U.S. laws in response to the militias has hurt local populations and increased poverty rather than solving the problem….Article continues below image.

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Considering a Gap-Year or volunteering?

Are you considering going on a gap-year or volunteering for the next year or a portion of your year? While we have insurance for travelers of all kinds, we specialize in affordable international health plans for those volunteering overseas or spending a portion of their time/holiday serving others.
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Will this be the first time going overseas to volunteer? – We have a whole page of resources at http://www.gninsurance.com/useful-gap-year-links-information/ where you can find videos on how to have a successful gap-year, what to expect, some organizations you can volunteer with, and more. Please be aware that not all organizations out there have structured programs, and may or may not, carefully screen those you may be living with or working for. For this reason we strongly recommend you ask a lot of questions before signing on to any organization especially if they require funds up-front to participate. Some also may also have requirements either...

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An evacuation plan for those with medical coverage overseas

Looking for a good, very affordable option for emergency evacuation (both medical evacuation / political evacuation)? If your health insurance covers you overseas but doesn’t supply an emergency evacuation option, then this critical piece of your safety and pre-planning makes a lot of sense.

Evacuation costs can easily reach $25,000 to $150,000, even $250,000 depending on the seriousness of your condition, and how remote you are. Depending on the stability of the country/region you are living/working in, your need for political evacuation may be even greater to keep yourself and your family safe.

PLEASE NOTE: Sky Rescue is no longer being offered to individuals. Groups on “shared health plans” or without an emergency evacuation option are still eligible to participate in Sky Rescue on a case-by-case basis. We are recommending Bupa as an alternative for those looking for a good emergency evacuation plan at...

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Extreme poverty and development – a reading list

It has been said that aid (and charitable work) has hurt, rather than helped, the long-term viability of the world’s poorest communities and nations. How are we to think about aid and development, poverty and wealth, help and self-reliance? What role, if any, do we in the West play in helping solve these highly complex issues, often having to do with issues of state, politics and corruption? And is there a “right approach” to tackling these problems? As someone once said, “Nobody asked them if they would rather get respect and no aid, rather than aid and no respect.

This is what we feel is a “must-read” list (and even a suggested reading order?) for those interested in working to combat global poverty, and studying to help solve the issues of poverty, hunger, corruption, aid, social change, education, sanitation, economics, and the ways these elements combine to hurt the chances of the world’s extreme poor from ever becoming anything...

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Child Soldiers – “Beasts of No Nation” book review

UPDATE: The following is a review of both the movie and the book, “Beasts of No Nation.” The first portion, the movie review does not contain spoilers. Exercise caution in reading the book synopsis.

The direct to Netflix film, Beasts of No Nation, is visually stunning, imminently believable, violent, warm, touching, and for mature audiences often layered and jumbled together. While the movie is bloody and violent, it is not gratuitous considering its subject matter. However, we warn you that the movie is not always easy to watch, nor the book easy to read. However, in my opinion, the movie (and book) leave you feeling that the world is a beautiful place and people are special and unique and that war and violence destroy this individuality and potential, disrupting even the best, and brightest, of characters.

One of the strengths of the movie is the touching family scenes, and the memorable scene were the kids try to “sell” their “imagination TV”...

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Introducing Be Like Brit – An Orphanage in Haiti

Our clients, who run this non-profit, an orphanage in Haiti, created it to honor their daughter’s (Britney Gengel’s) wish after her trip cost her her life. Read this amazing story and then tell a friend. (Continues below photo.)

The other day, the USA Today (which also appears in The Arizona Republic, and many other newspapers across the nation), ran a story featuring one of our clients who works for “Be Like Brit,” a non-profit charitable organization that helps take care of orphans in Haiti.

This photo released by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., shows Britney Gengel who is among the four students and two Lynn University faculty members missing in Haiti, after a massive earthquake destroyed much of the capitol city of Port-Au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010.(Photo: Handout, AP)

Be Like Brit was created to honor the wish of Britney Gengel, whose last words to her parents were, “I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” Unfortunately,...

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Grieving over terrorist attacks in Paris

Our hearts and prayers go out to those in Paris, those who lost family members and friends, the press who have more members of that fraternity due to freedom of speech issues, to the Jewish community, and even to the large Muslim community in France that may suffer as a result, regardless of their opposition to violence and “Al-Qaeda-like” goals and aspirations.

 

Cartoonists worldwide responded to the killings of 12 people at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, with many posted on Twitter with #JeSuisCharlie.

 

To the families of journalists, editorial cartoonists and staff at Charlie Hedbo, we express our sincere condolences, along with those from all over the world, including the ISNA. ( statement here.) and other Muslim leaders worldwide.

To the Jewish community in Paris, and those lost just before Shabbat at Hyper Cacher, the kosher market, who were attacked for no apparent reason other than their race/religion, we express our condolences.

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