New Program: MELTDOWN, Based on True Events

“The fact is that one person can make a difference, and together we are much more impactful and powerful.”

Jill Murphy Long, Screenwriter of MELTDOWN, Based on True Events

 

We are proud to introduce MELTDOWN, Based on True Events, a new organization that has joined Humanitarian Social Innovations this week.

Photos: Candy Delaney, Passionate Perspective Photography

MELTDOWN, Based on True Events, is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring awareness to the long-term effects of radiation and the necessity to go green now. They plan to produce a full-length motion picture based on the true events of screenwriter Jill Murphy Long’s life during the fateful days in March 1979 and three decades later when she returns home to Pennsylvania.

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An author returns home to find neighbors and classmates sick and as she links the cancers to the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, she is blindsided by a brain tumor.

This drama will also recap the first five days of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and what happened to the locals, their farmland, and the Susquehanna River after the meltdown.

“This narrative, feature film will tell their stories because many did not get a second chance at living. This movie will be their voice.” Long wrote in her screenwriter statement . Take a moment to hear the TMI Survivors’ stories in these video testimonials.

Born in  Pennsylvania, Jill Murphy Long lived in East York at the time of the 1979 TMI meltdown. Like many of the  people in Central Pennsylvania, the accident negatively affected her, but fortunately she recovered; however, that wasn’t the case for many neighbors and classmates. The Cancer Cluster Map shows the far-reaching effects, noting the neurological diseases and cancers in Central Pennsylvania that are now presenting decades later. 

Since April 2016, so many have been collaborating to produce the film in order to bring the consequences of the Three Mile Island accident to light. The Executive Film Members on both the East and West Coasts have been working tireless to secure circa 1970 props and cars plus locations and extras in both Pennsylvania and Colorado.

The medical community has published a molecular medical study linking thyroid cancer to TMI. Local residents continue to submit their diagnosis, so the medical community can test for tumors, other cancers, and neurological diseases for evidence.

A-list actors have been contacted to participate in the film and volunteers have donated their creative talents and time to create the videos, website, “green” and organic merchandise, and social media accounts. All believe in this story and want to bring this issue to light.  This is not only for those who have suffered, but for the health and well-being of coming generations.

Please check the film’s website to learn more about this production at http://www.meltdownthefilm.com. Or you can check out the trailer and other videos here.

Please consider donating to the production of MELTDOWN, Based on True Events so they can show the world the true human impact of the MELTDOWN at Three Mile Island.

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New Program: Overcoming Odds

“I AM ON A MISSION TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE ADOPTION PROCESS”

-Oleg Lougheed, founder and Executive Director

We are pleased to introduce Overcoming Odds, a new organization that has joined the Humanitarian Social Innovations family this week!

Overcoming Odds is a nonprofit organization that is creating a software program and website that will help ease the integration of adopted children into their new families. The program will combine educational resources with a social media platform to help connect families around the world to a support system. Another goal of Overcoming Odds is to raise awareness for issues within the adoption system by providing a space for adoptees to share their stories.

“Children who are adopted have no choice but to change,” Oleg wrote. One of his concerns is that the cultural shift internationally adopted children experience often leads to disconnection with their identities as adults, sometimes resulting in mental illness and substance abuse problems. Mr. Lougheed hopes to limit the effects of the disconnection by creating this software platform, which will feature cultural and language learning resources to bridge the cultural gap between adoptive parents and their new children, creating healthier and more stable families for life.

Oleg Lougheed is a young Russian man whose life journey led him through the streets, an orphanage, and an international adoption. You can hear him tell his compelling story in this video.

Please also consider a donation to Overcoming Odds to assist in the development of this important work.

 


New Program: Great Girls Scholarship

Potential GTDF Scholarship winner sewing at fashion camp

GTDF hosts fashion camps where girls can learn design skills

Humanitarian Social Innovations is proud to introduce a new sponsored project; the Great Girls Scholarship. The scholarship is designed by The Great Taste Design Foundation “to help remove barriers and stumbling blocks for women and girls on their road to success and strengthening our communities.”

The Great Taste Design Foundation (GTDF) is part of the Great Taste Design Company, the brainchild of the multi-talented Mrs. De’Yanna Yancey-Harris. As an independent designer in the field, Mrs. Yancey-Harris felt the fashion industry was brimming with negative messages directed at young women. In 2007 she founded Great Taste Design Company to counteract that negativity through programs that teach young women important life skills such as leadership and self-advocacy.

The Great Taste Design Foundation awards the Great Girl Scholarship to talented girls between 7th and 12th grade in the state of Delaware. In order to win the award, the nominee must show outstanding performance in one of six areas: the arts, athletics, philanthropy, academics, leadership, or entrepreneurship. The award money can be used either for higher education and training or to further the girl’s entrepreneurial goals. Through this scholarship, Mrs. Yancey-Harris hopes to help young ladies “grow closer to their goals as well as be celebrated for their achievements.”

We can’t wait to see how the Great Girls help improve their communities, and are thrilled to be a piece of the puzzle.

Support the Great Girls Scholarship by donating today!                     Donate to Empower a Great Girl

You can learn more about the Great Girl Scholarship by visiting the Great Taste Design Foundation’s profile page.


Writing Wrongs: Elizabeth Ortiz’s Story

Photo f Kristen Cervenak

Kristen Cervenak

Writing Wrongs is a journalistic magazine that features stories about social issues written by students. Last year’s issue, “Addiction: Stories of Hope”, contains interviews with residents at Easy Does It (EDI), an addiction recovery facility in Leesport, PA. The following is the summary of a piece that was originally produced for the magazine by Kristen Cervenak of Northampton Community College.

Cervenak interviewed Elizabeth Ortiz, who became an addict at the age of nine. She started with snorting cocaine to escape from the abuse she faced from her stepfather. Her drug problem snowballed from there, and by the time she turned 15 she was an IV heroin user. Ortiz was a functional addict for most of her life, but her struggles increased after she had put her children through school. This indomitable woman was able to commit to wellness after facing numerous pitfalls. At Easy Does It, she has finally found a healthier way to relieve her pain.

Click here to read more about how Ortiz overcame her lifelong struggle.

If you like what you read, use this link to support Writing Wrongs and HSI by purchasing a copy of the book.

Are you interested in joining the Writing Wrongs staff in 2017 to explore the topic of immigration? Writing Wrongs is looking for students from a variety of fields to participate in the project. Applications are open now and can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 1st.

Banner Photo: Portrait of Elizabeth Ortiz by Katelyn Bennett


Writing Wrongs: Tyler Kline’s Story

Writing Wrongs is a journalistic magazine that features stories about social issues written by students. Last year’s issue, “Addiction: Stories of Hope”, contains interviews with residents at Easy Does It (EDI), an addiction recovery facility in Leesport, PA. The following is the summary of a piece that was originally produced for the magazine by Chloe Schultz of La Salle University

At 19 years old, Tyler Kline is one of the youngest residents at EDI. His struggle with drugs began when he was 15, and persisted through a year of homelessness and one other treatment program. He arrived at EDI just two weeks before the interview after being asked to move out of his girlfriend’s house because of his drug habits. Tyler realized he needs to make a real change, and is now learning to care for himself and his environment.

Read more about Tyler’s transformation here.

You can also purchase the entire book here.

Are you interested in joining the Writing Wrongs staff in 2017 to explore the topic of immigration? Writing Wrongs is looking for students from a variety of fields to participate in the project. Applications are open now and can be found here.

Banner Photo: Portrait of Tyler Kline by Katelyn Bennett


New Program: Health Care Development Association

HSI is proud to welcome the Healthcare Development Association (HCDA) to our ranks. HCDA is an organization dedicated to bringing health care clinics to the people of southern Haiti, where medical care is nigh impossible to access. Co-founder Kathleen Janvier began her career providing healthcare in the area of Le Rois 2011, and seeing the incredible health care deficit in the area inspired her and her fellow co-founder, Carlet Auguste, to begin funding clinics.

The need for accessible healthcare has escalated since Hurricane Matthew ravaged the coast of southern Haiti in the fall of 2016. The region is seeing outbreaks of cholera and malaria, and infection is certain to spread out of control if the people cannot get access to medical treatment. To remedy the situation, Janvier and Auguste would like to raise money to bring medical treatment and preventative health education to citizens of the Nippes region (where Le Rois is located). Janvier and Auguste plan to fundraise in areas of the United States with large Haitian populations in hopes that the struggles of their homeland will inspire people to give, as the HCDA founders themselves have been inspired.

We at Humanitarian Social Innovations look forward to assisting HCDA as they reach their full potential, and we can’t wait to see all the good they will do.

To learn more about HCDA, please visit their webpage.

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Writing Wrongs: Angela Powell’s Story

Justin Sweitzer

Writing Wrongs is a journalistic magazine that features stories about social issues written by students. Last year’s issue, “Addiction: Stories of Hope”, contains interviews with residents at Easy Does It (EDI), an addiction recovery facility in Leesport, PA. The following is the summary of a piece that was originally produced for the magazine by Justin Sweitzer of Kutztown University.

Writing Wrongs 2016 Edition

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Sweitzer’s article, “Angela Powell Finds Chance for Redemption at EDI”, tells the story of a mother of three who just wanted to do what was best for her kids. “I just wanted to be supermom,” she told Sweitzer during her interview while describing what started her drug use. She had been trying to do it allworking full time while caring for her childrenwhen an injury lead her to painkillers and eventually alcohol. She found her way to Easy Does It after a chain of misfortune caused her to make an attempt on her own life.

You can read the full story of Angela’s redemption here

You can also purchase the entire book here.

Are you interested in joining the Writing Wrongs staff in 2017 to explore the topic of immigration? Writing Wrongs is looking for students from a variety of fields to participate in the project.

Applications are open now and can be found here.

Banner Photo: Portrait of Angela Powell by Katelyn Bennett


Journalism Exposing Societal Issues

 

Exposing Societal Issues Through Journalism

 

“It is the opportunity to learn from others, to experience a life-changing weekend and to share the stories of those who need to be heard.” 

 

 

FaydenWriting Wrongs continues to expose societal issues in Pennsylvania. It is a charitable project that aims to change lives through journalism. Similar to photojournalism projects like Humans of New York, Writing Wrongs captures and publishes strangers’ stories. However, Writing Wrongs is making distinctively different strides to make a lasting impact on the people they meet. The interviews conducted allow young critical thinkers to converse with people in need. This benefits the usually unheard voices of those in need and allows college students to see a different way of living.

 

 Teenager and homeless man in journalism projectLast year Writing Wrongs addressed the issue of homelessness by interviewing residents at Opportunity House, a homeless shelter in Reading, Pennsylvania. Continuing in this tradition, in September, 10 college students will once again gather — this time to tackle the issue of addiction. The students will share the stories, knowledge, and hope extended by the residents at Easy Does It, an addiction treatment facility in Leesport, Pa.

 

 Last year’s homelessness issue has impacted people from across all walks of life. By devoting time, a listening ear, and photojournalism skills to the societal issue of addiction, Writing Wrongs hopes to have even greater impact this year.

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, members of the student photojournalism team who will participate in Writing Wrongs 2016 will gather to publicly read the work of their predecessors.  They hope to shed light on the issue of homelessness and raise funds for the production of Writing Wrongs 2016.  Please see details below.  Can’t make the event?  You can still donate if you would like to help support this project.  As our thank you gift for donating, you will receive a complimentary copy of Writing Wrongs 2016.

*photo credits: Stephanie Giannakis, Writing Wrongs 2015 Staff
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Humanitarian Social Innovations is proud to fiscally sponsor this program.

 

Writing Wrongs Fundraiser for Journalism Project

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