Salvation Army Haven Children's Home

https://www.give.sg/org/TSA/causes/haven-children-home

Since 1981, The Haven has been caring for abandoned, abused and neglected children. An individualised total care plan, coupled with a stable and safe home-like environment help disadvantaged children heal from their broken past and develop a healthy self-esteem and identity. 

Besides attending school, the children can choose to participate in sports and recreational activities at the Home. Volunteers provide academic support to children who are weak in their school subjects. Enrichment and fun programmes/camps are also organised to build self-esteem, character, leadership and develop their potential. The Home also works towards preparing the children’s reintegration into the community and reunion with thier families. 

Our capacity is 50 children and we currently care for around 40 children. 

Our projected expenditure for this financial year is $1,647,000. We need to raise donations totalling $1,000,000 for the year. 

All donations are tax-deductible at 2.5 times the donation amount. Only donations above $50 will receive a paper copy of the tax receipt by snail mail.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

http://www.rmhc.org.sg/

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is an independent 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide comfort, safety and advocacy in a home-like environment for families with critically ill or injured children who must travel to fulfill their healthcare needs.

RMHC has a global network of Chapters in 52 countries under three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

There are currently 305 Ronald McDonald’s Houses in 52 countries and regions. Ronald McDonald Houses act place to stay for families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment. Ronald McDonald’s Houses provide over 7,200 bedrooms to families around the world each night, with an estimated value of $257 million in lieu of hotel costs.

There are currently 161 Ronald McDonald’s Family Rooms[1] in 19 countries and regions. These Rooms accommodate over 3,000 families each day who live in the local community and don’t need to stay at a Ronald McDonald House. They provide a place for family members to rest, wash clothes, take a shower, or nap near the vicinity of their child.

There are currently 43 Ronald McDonald’s Care Mobiles[2] in 6 countries. Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are mobile clinics that offer affordable health care for children in their own neighborhoods. The program serves more than 100,000 children a year, and saves families in the U.S. $10 million in medical and dental costs each year.

The Ronald McDonald’s Learning Program (Australia only) was formed in 1997 to help children who had suffered serious illness and returned to school. The stated mission of the program is to provide educational support to these children who have fallen behind in their education. The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is the only program of its kind in Australia.[citation needed]

The Ronald McDonald’s Learning Program supplies students with: • A Cognitive and Educational assessment by an Educational Psychologist • 40 hours of individual tutoring by a qualified teacher • 10 sessions of Speech or Occupational Therapy, if required

In 1981, the first Ronald McDonald’s House outside the United States opened, in TorontoOntario.[citation needed] In 1991, the 150th Ronald McDonald’s House opened, in Paris, France. On July 25, 2005, the 250th opened, in Caracas, Venezuela. Currently there are 305 Ronald McDonald’s Houses in 52 countries.

RMHC Donation Boxes RMHC Donation Boxes are located in most McDonald’s restaurants.

RMHC Pop Tab Program Through the RMHC Pop Tab Collection Program, to date more than $4 million has been generated. The Pop Tab Collection Program has been established to allow individuals and businesses to collect soda pop tabs from aluminum cans and donate them to their local RMHC Chapter or Ronald McDonald’s House. Though it differs from program to program, for the most part, RMHC Chapters use the money received from recycling the tabs to help offset operational expenses or to sponsor or support programs. Not all Houses participate in the Pop Tab Program.

Worth magazine named Ronald McDonald’s House Charity one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” in 2001 and 2002.[1][2]

June 5, 2008 USGBC Awards LEED Platinum Rating to Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of Austin and Central Texas, first LEED Platinum Ronald McDonald’s House in the world.[citation needed]

The U.S. Green Building Council certified the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of Austin and Central Texas (RMHC-ACT) with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level of sustainable building in the nation.[citation needed] Not only is the green design good for the environment, the eco-friendly features create a healthier environment for the children and families[citation needed] staying at the Ronald McDonald’s House while children are treated at area medical centers. [3] [4][5]

Vietnamese coffee is popular only in Portugal and Vietnam, but these will change when you are able to cater to foreign taste

By Emma Thomasson

LUCERNE, Switzerland | Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:44pm EST

(Reuters) – Vietnam’s “Coffee King” sips tea as he appraises the crowded tables at a Swiss branch of Starbucks (SBUX.O).

Dang Le Nguyen Vu may not rate the coffee, preferring the brand from Vietnam’s top processor which he heads, earning him the regal epithet.

But the U.S. chain is in his sights as a marketing model for Vietnam, the world’s second largest coffee grower, to multiply income by putting its brew and not just its beans on the map.

“Our ambition is to become a global brand,” the chairman of privately-owned Trung Nguyen told Reuters.

“They are great at implanting a story in consumers’ minds but if we look into the core elements of Starbucks, what they are doing is terrible. They are not selling coffee, they are selling coffee-flavored water with sugar in it,” he said.

Trung Nguyen also runs Vietnam’s biggest chain of coffee houses, and Vu has his pitch ready for the Western market.

“American consumers don’t need another product. They need another story,” he said, adding that his company aimed to improve the lives of people in Vietnam’s coffee-growing highland region, a link he sees lacking in larger rivals.

“They sing great songs about sustainable development but at the end of the day, the return on investment is what they care about. They don’t grow coffee, do they? We do.”

Trung Nguyen says all its beans come from smaller farms certified for sustainable growing practices, with growers receiving guaranteed prices. Vu was in Lucerne to tout what he calls “responsible creativity for harmony and sustainability”.

GRASSHOPPER VERSUS ELEPHANT

Vietnam is the world’s top exporter of cheaper robusta beans – mainly used for making instant coffee – and the second biggest exporter of coffee overall after Brazil, which is the world leader in exporting pricier arabica beans.

However, like many nations that produce soft commodities coffee, cocoa and sugar, Vietnam only earns a fraction of the income ultimately generated by its crops once they are processed, packaged and marketed abroad.

“Vietnam currently exports 90 percent of beans raw. These beans carry no brands. That needs to be changed,” said Vu.

He said Vietnam should be able to earn $20 billion from coffee within the next 15 years, up from less than $3 billion now, if it boosts agricultural productivity and does more to add value to its coffee by roasting, blending and packaging beans.

Trung Nguyen hopes to quadruple revenues to $1 billion by 2015 from $250 million in 2011 as Vu seeks to take on big global brands like Nestle’s (NESN.VX) Nescafe and Starbucks.

“We are like a grasshopper fighting against a giant elephant. In terms of technology, marketing, Nestle is way ahead of us,” Vu said.

“Our strategy is to be smarter and more focused,” he said, noting that his G7 brand is the country’s top selling instant coffee ahead of Nescafe and local rival Vinacafe.

“For the consumer, Vietnam was closed for a long, long time so they would always prefer the foreign brand versus the local brand so for G7 to win this race it took extra effort from us.”

Trung Nguyen already exports to 60 countries, but plans a big new push into the United States next year, hoping to eventually reverse the split in its sales of 70 percent for the domestic market and 30 percent for export.

Trung Nguyen also expects to benefit from the fast-growing popularity of coffee in the traditional tea-drinking countries of Asia. Vu hopes to lift Vietnamese coffee consumption from a current 1 kilogram per head per year to the 5 kgs of Brazil.

“We are running our factories at up to 110 percent of capacity and still we cannot provide enough to the Chinese market,” said Vu, who says he drinks 10 cups a day himself.

“If crude oil is the energy of the industrial economy then coffee is the energy of the knowledge-based economy.”

Nestle noted recently the huge potential of the Chinese market with only three cups per person currently drunk per year compared with 168 cups in Hong Kong and 99 in Taiwan.

(An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the name of Trung Nguyen)

(Editing by William Hardy)

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The biggest market potential is China, where the current 3 cups per person will raise to half the consumption of 168 cups in Hong Kong in major chinese cities, can you therefore estimate the market involved? Macdonald’s McCafe will definitely be there. Thousands will flock to MacDonalds to get their franchise. I am doing this to thank Ronald MacDonald’s charities for more than 30 years in support for children’s charities, may they never have to worry about income anymore.

– Contributed by Oogle.

The State of Palestine will be reconised by UN if it drops it’s claims for Jerusalem and stop all fighting with Israel immediately

Palestine[i] (Arabic: فلسطينFilasṭīn / Falasṭīn / Filisṭīn), officially declared as the State of Palestine (Arabic: دولة فلسطينDawlat Filasṭin),[1][2][3] is a state that was proclaimed in exile in Algiers on 15 November 1988, when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)‘s National Council (PNC) adopted the unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Independence. At the time of the 1988 declaration, the PLO did not exercise control over any territory[6] and the territory it claims remains under Israeli occupation.[7] It claims the Palestinian territories[1] (defined according to the 1967 borders[8]) and has designated Jerusalem as its capital.[ii][2][3]

The 1974 Arab League summit designated the PLO as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and reaffirmed their right to establish an independent state of urgency.”[9] The PLO has had observer status at the United Nations as a “non-state entity” since 22 November 1974,[10][11] which entitles it to speak in the UN General Assembly but not to vote. After the Declaration of Independence, the UN General Assembly officially “acknowledged” the proclamation and voted to use the designation “Palestine” instead of “Palestine Liberation Organization” when referring to the Palestinian permanent observer.[12][13] In spite of this decision, the PLO does not participate at the UN in its capacity of the State of Palestine’s government.[14] Since 1998, the PLO is arranged for seating in the UN General Assembly immediately after non-member states, and before all other observers.[15][16]

In 1993, in the Oslo Accords, Israel acknowledged the PLO negotiating team as “representing the Palestinian people”, in return for the PLO recognizing Israel’s right to exist in peace, acceptance of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and its rejection of “violence and terrorism”.[17] While Israel occupies the Palestinian territories,[iii] as a result of the Oslo Accords the PLO established an interim administrative body: the Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA), that exercises some governmental functions in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.[18] The Hamas takeover of Gaza politically divided the Palestinian territories, with Abbas‘s Fatah left largely ruling the West Bank and recognized internationally as the official Palestinian Authority,[19] while Hamas has secured its control over the Gaza Strip. In April 2011, the Palestinian parties signed an agreement of reconciliation, but its implementation has stalled since.[19]

As of 18 January 2012, 130 (67.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of Palestine. Many of the countries that do not recognise the State of Palestine nevertheless recognise the PLO as the “representative of the Palestinian people“. In addition the PLO’s executive committee is empowered by the PNC to perform the functions of government of the State of Palestine.[20]

The United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the European Union, International Committee of the Red Cross and the government of the United Kingdom all refer to the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”.[21][22][23] Journalists also use the description to indicate lands outside the Green Line.[citation needed] The term is often used interchangeably with the term occupied territories, although this term is also applied to the Golan Heights, which is internationally recognized as part of Syria and not claimed by the Palestinians. The confusion stems from the fact that all these territories were captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and are treated by the UN as territory occupied by Israel.

Other terms used to describe these areas collectively include “the disputed territories”, “Israeli-occupied territories“, and “the occupied territories”. Further terms include “Yesha” (Judea-Samaria-Gaza), Yosh (Judea and Samaria), the Katif Strip (Gaza Strip), “administered territories”, “territories of undetermined permanent status”, “1967 territories”, and simply “the territories”.

Many Arab and Islamic leaders,[who?] including some Palestinians,[who?] use the designation ‘Palestine’ and ‘occupied Palestine’ to imply a Palestinian political or religious claim to sovereignty over the whole former territory of the British Mandate west of the Jordan River, including all of Israel.[24][dead link] Many[who?] of them view the land of Palestine as an Islamic Waqf (trust) for future Muslim generations. A parallel exists in the aspirations of David Ben-Gurion,[25] Menachem Begin,[26][27] and other Zionists and Jewish religious leaders[who?] to establish Jewish sovereignty over all of Greater Israel in trust for the Jewish people.[28][29] However, this dispute is not related to religion for many Arabs, but simply an issue of rights, as the land was inhabited by Arabs (as well as a minority of Jews) before the Zionist movement began.

Many Israelis[who?] object to the term “Occupied Palestinian Territories”, and similar descriptions, because they maintain such designations disregard Israeli claims to the West Bank and Gaza, or prejudice negotiations involving possible border changes, arguing that the armistice line agreed to after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War was not intended as a permanent border. Dore Gold wrote, “It would be far more accurate to describe the West Bank and Gaza Strip as “disputed territories” to which both Israelis and Palestinians have claims.”[30]

The Palestinian territories are part of the area predestined by the United Nations to become the territory of the future State of Palestine.[32] Originally a larger area was allotted to the planned Palestinian state in Resolution 181 of 29 November 1947, but in the 1948 Palestine war, the Israeli army conquered major parts of it. While in the Partition Plan about 42% of historic Palestine was destined for the Arabic state, the Palestinian territories constitute only some 23%.[33] The last figure is including all space occupied by Israeli settlements, walls and roads.

It is now generally accepted, that the boundaries of the future Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders, which correspond with the Green Line. In the UN, nearly all countries voted in favour of Resolution 58/292 of 17 May 2004. The Resolution affirmed, in connection with the Palestinian right to self-determination and to sovereignty, that the independent State Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 borders.[32] In Resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988, the State of Palestine was recognized in the UN General Assembly,[34] although not yet admitted as member of the United Nations. In the same resolution, their sovereignty over the Occupied Palestinian Territories was recognized, without explicitly limiting the territories of Palestine to those areas.

Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. East Jerusalem is will not be recognised as part of the Palestinian Territories although it is part of the West Bank, which remains part of the Palestinian Territories together with Gaza Strip.

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Palestine is fighting with Israel because of Jerusalem but if Palestine is recognised by the UN, there will be so many benefits that will be given to improve their economy, peace will only return when Palestine accept my terms and stop all fighting with Israel immediately, Jerusalem has always been designated for Israel since the beginning of time.

– Contributed by Oogle.

There will be Peace in Tibet

By An Baijie
China Daily/Asia News Network
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012

BEIJING – Officials from the Tibet autonomous region have vowed to improve local people’s livelihoods.

Losang Gyaltsen, vice-chairman of the region, said on Friday that local officials will also continue to help farmers and herdsmen to resolve their difficulties and improve their livelihoods.

The government has made considerable effort in improving the condition of the region’s infrastructure, including its temples, replacing water pipes, repairing roads, and ensuring electricity supply, he said during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.

The government has also provided free medical checks, and introduced a social security system for monks, he said.

Liang Tiangeng, head of the organisation department of the CPC Tibet autonomous region committee, said that the local government will achieve its goal of building 400,000 homes for farmers and herdsmen by the end of this year, of which more than 330,000 have already been built.

The unemployment rate in Tibet is 2.69 per cent in urban areas, which is lower than in most cities nationwide, he said.

Basic medical insurance has been made available for all herdsmen in Tibet, he added.

Losang Gyaltsen condemned the activity of inciting people to self-immolate, saying that it’s a “crime of murder” in accordance with Chinese law.

“We believe that this (inciting people to self-immolate) is contrary to human common sense and morality,” he said.

Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet People’s Congress, criticised some overseas media for describing Tibet as “burning”.

“The media should neither support nor encourage self-immolation,” he said on the sidelines of the congress. Innocent people should not sacrifice their lives to fulfil the political motives of others, he said.

anbaijie@chinadaily.com.cn

There is no more crisis in Syria

AFP
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012

DOHA – Syrian opposition groups meeting in Doha have agreed in principle on a plan to unite against President Bashar al-Assad, participants announced early Sunday following marathon talks.

“We have agreed on the main points of the formation of a Syrian national coalition for the forces of the opposition and the revolution. We will continue our discussions on the details on Sunday,” opposition figure Suhair Atassi told AFP after 12 hours of talks.

“We were on the point of signing (the accord) but we preferred to give some time to study the internal rules at the request of certain parties,” said fellow delegate Riad Seif, reportedly seen by Washington as a potential new opposition chief.

The particants were set to resume their talks at 0700 GMT.

The deal is based on an initiative by Seif which envisages the formation of a transitional executive to deal with the international community and the channeling of aid.

Under Sief’s plan the 10-member transitional government would be elected by a new 60-member umbrella group drawn from civilian activists and rebel fighters inside Syria, as well as by the exiles who have dominated the Syrian National Council, (SNC).

The SNC was once regarded as the leading opposition representative but is increasingly derided in Washington as dominated by out-of-touch exiles.

The SNC had already twice asked for a postponement of the talks on plans for a broad-based government-in-waiting.

According to watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 37,000 people have died since the uprising against President Assad erupted in March 2011, first as a protest movement and then as an armed rebellion.