Feb 26, 2015

NPO aims to recycle hotel soap to help poor nations

by Mami Maruko

A nonprofit organization plans to collect unused soap from upscale Tokyo hotels and recycle it into bars for use in the developing world, and is currently seeking funds to buy the equipment it needs. On Feb. 15, the Global Soap Project, a United States-based ...

Funds pour in for U.S. man who walks 34 km to, from work

Feb 3, 2015

Funds pour in for U.S. man who walks 34 km to, from work

Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks a total of 34 km to get to and from work. The Detroit Free Press reported that James Robertson rides buses part of the ...

Jan 30, 2015

UNICEF seeks $3.1 billion aid for 'new generation' of crises

The U.N. children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Thursday to help 62 million children at risk from a “new generation” of humanitarian crises. The threats ranged from the brutal war in Syria that shows no sign of ending after nearly ...

Frenchwoman kidnapped in Central African Republic

Jan 20, 2015

Frenchwoman kidnapped in Central African Republic

A French charity worker and a churchman were abducted on Monday in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, the French Foreign Ministry and the Caritas charity said. The 67-year-old woman was working for a charity providing health and education support to Central African ...

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Jan 8, 2015

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Activists want to give Tokyo’s homeless people dignity in death. They are raising funds to create a special grave for their ashes rather than the anonymous, communal disposal afforded to people who die without means and mourners. Potential beneficiaries include Shigeru Ikeda, not his ...

Dec 20, 2014

Gold tooth found in Missouri Salvation Army kettle

People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said Friday. “It’s the whole tooth, with the root and everything,” said Rick Carroll, who ...

Dec 10, 2014

Aid worker scoffs at Band Aid Ebola song

The lyrics of the Band Aid 30 single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities are embarrassing and ignorant, a British nurse who survived the disease said on Tuesday. William Pooley traveled back to Sierra Leone to treat sufferers in an isolation unit, after surviving ...