Hurricane Katrina, News & How You Can Help
This week, we’re taking a break from #BYOE15 news to commemorate Hurricane Katrina’s ten year anniversary. While it’s hard to believe that the tragedy is a decade old, what’s worse it that thousands of children are still affected by the tragedy. Today, we’re sharing with you how you can help, as well as other news happening now.
Hurricane Katrina: What’s Going On? Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, leaving more than 1,300 people dead and displacing 1 million people from their homes. But those most affected were children—the record storm led to 5,000 reports of missing children and 370,000 children forced out of school.
Disasters can take down power lines and cellphone towers in seconds. With 69 million children in school or child care every day, separated from their parents, all families need a plan to stay connected. Marceline learned that lesson all too well when Hurricane Katrina separated her from her 2-year-old daughter (Watch her video). Use Save the Children’s online Emergency Contact Card tool to make cards that can serve as a lifeline between you and your child – then spread the word!
Find videos, links and social posts ready to share at our Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Social Press Kit.
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U.S. Conference on AIDS. The 19th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), will take place September 10-13, 2015, at the new Washington Marriott Marquis hotel located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. For nearly two decades, USCA has sought to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.
USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together over thousands of workers from all fronts of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/As) to policy-makers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV. For inquiries regarding USCA or any upcoming conferences, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also visit their website at http://nmac.org/2015usca/.
Blogust’s Shot @ Life. Blogust is a month-long digital dialogue, bringing more than 45 of the most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions together to help change the world through their words and imagery.
During the 2012 Mom 2.0 Summit, a comment was made during one of the sessions that changed the way the Shot@Life campaign looked at our work. Liz Gumbinner, author of Mom 101 said “Comments are our currency”. We took that to heart and brought together top voices who cared about the issue of global vaccines for children and Blogust was born!
In our fourth year of Blogust, our blogger alumni are back to help get vaccines to children around the world. Stacey took to her blog about it HERE.
I Can Be Girls Confidence Conference. 10-year-old Olivia Allen held a conference last weekend to teach girls between the ages of 8-12 to have confidence in themselves! The event was free and attendees listened to Allen speak “about the physical, social and emotional changes young girls experience when they enter puberty, and how those changes affect their confidence and self-esteem.”
The “I Can Be” Girls Confidence Conference will be a unique experience for tween girls ages 8 – 12 where they can be comfortable and accepted being who they and learn how to confidently go after their dreams. Through key note speakers, workshops and hearing from other young girls who have boldly gone after their dreams, attendees will walk away with a sense that “I Can Be” anything I want to be!
If this event wasn’t sweet enough, Allen asked that all participants bring new or used school uniform pieces that will be donated to the Home of the Innocents. We know the event has passed, but it was too heart-warming not to share! Clutch Magazine reported on the Conference here.