Emergency Aid

Essential Pittsburgh
6:03 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Making LemonAid: A Canceled Engagement Turns into Social Engagement

A broken engagement has turned into an opportunity to help others
Credit Kalle Gustafsson / Flickr

After the breakup of his wedding engagement, Phil Laboon was faced with $15,000 to $20,000 of payments wasted on the wedding and reception plans for the Priory Hotel on the North Side.

Rather than cancel completely, Laboon saw door number two and took it. He kept his reservations, subtracted the wedding aspects, and was left with LemonAID, a charity event to benefit Surgicorps International

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras

Eric Vázquez, a PhD Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University
Credit Eric Vázquez

Honduras is one of the world’s deadliest countries, overrun by gangs and violence.

Women, journalists, lawyers and members of the LGBTQ community have been singled out as victims.

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Turning Personal Passion into Global Service

Tim Wesley and Drew Harvey
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Two Pittsburgh residents, Tim Wesley and Drew Harvey work with the Nyadire Connection to provide medical help in Africa.

Tim Wesley is a volunteer at the Nyadire Connection and Drew Harvey is the chairman of the Nyadire Connection.

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Overcoming Unique Challenges With Doctors Without Borders

Two children look out across the Tacloban slum, which was badly damaged by typhoon Haiyan.
Sophie-Jane Madden MSF

Last November, Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful tropical cyclone devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.

When cataclysmic events such as this happen, many organizations are dispatched to these areas to provide medical treatment and aid.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders is one such group providing help. Brett Davis, an aid worker for Doctors Without Borders recently returned from the Philippines.

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Training for Disaster: A New College Course Teaches Humanitarian Aid

Relief workers unload bottles of water in Gonaives, Haiti. Find out what it takes to be a humanitarian aid worker.
Credit Marion Doss

  

  Beginning this summer La Roche College will offer a first of its kind - two week training program for people interested in working in Humanitarian and Emergency Aid. We'll talk with the program's instructors Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communication and Astrid Kersten, Professor of Management. Then Angela Garcia, Deputy Director of Global Links medical relief and development program talks about the real world application of this training.