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Through travel to non-profit organizations all over the world -- from Darfur to the Arctic, New Orleans to Tibet -- explore.org personalizes philanthropy and rediscovers the human element. See how courageous NGO leaders are making a difference and hear their awe-inspiring stories at EXPLORE.ORG, an online collection of short documentary films and photography.


explore: Special Episodes are 30 minute compilations of explore.org shorts hand-picked by Link TV based on a shared theme or location they portray. Visit this page often to learn more about the latest explore: Special Episode and to find out how you, too, can get involved with the stories that move you.

 

Visit the Take Action page on explore: Special Episode 10 - Healing the Human Heart.

 

explore.org Shorts in This Episode:

 

Protest or Punches"Protest or Punches" (Amman, Jordan)

The Cause: In the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqa'a lives one of Jordan's greatest athletes. "Faraj the Boxer" trains at the Baqa'a Boxing Club with other local youth, but unlike most, he has Olympic potential. Join the explore.org Team as they visit the gym and learn how Faraj struggles to live down the consequences of one very controversial decision.

 

The Action: In June of 2007 Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the explore.org Team traveled to Amman, Jordan to make a film revealing the challenges faced by Faraj Mahmoud Darwish at the Baqa'a Boxing Club.

 

What You Can Do: Learn more about the struggle of balancing change with tradition in the Middle East in the explore.org recommended book The Islamic Middle East: Tradition and Change, by Charles Lindholm.

 

Dog Bless You"Dog Bless You" (Hailey, Idaho, USA)

The Cause: In the United States alone, as many as ten million animals enter shelters each year and millions must be euthanized due to lack of space.  explore.org visits the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley -- the first “no kill” shelter in Idaho -- and finds out how the shelter staff rescues, protects, and finds homes for abandoned dogs and cats.

 

The Action: In September of 2008 a grant of $50,000, made possible through the efforts of explore.org and the Annenberg Foundation, was awarded to the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley to support the protection of animals from neglect, abuse, and exploitation and to adopt animals to qualified homes.

 

What You Can Do: Visit the website of the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley and find out how you can help. Also, click here to read an interview with the shelter's Executive Director and Medical Director, Jo-Anne Dixon, and learn how the shelter is changing the cultural thinking of the status of companion animals and stopping acceptance of the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets.

 

House of Wheels"House of Wheels" (Jerusalem, Israel)

The Cause: Being a child with special needs is difficult. Being a parent of that child contains even more unique challenges, most of which we cannot imagine. At House of Wheels in Jerusalem, parents are given a much-needed weekend to rest and relax while the kids are at the center, engaging in social activities and feeling free to be themselves

 

The Action: In June of 2007 a grant of $25,000, made possible through the efforts of explore.org and the Annenberg Foundation, was awarded to Beit Hagalgalim through the New Israel Fund to provide disabled children with a place to socialize and learn and provide their parents with a weekend respite.

 

What You Can Do: Learn more about The House of Wheels and find out what you can do to help here.

 

A Place to Run To"A Place to Run To" (Iqaluit, Canada, Arctic)

The Cause: When we think of the Arctic, we often think of global warming. But a deeper, darker issue plagues the region. In the northern Canadian town of Iqaluit, women are eight times more likely to be victims of domestic violence. See how brave Arctic women are supporting each other at Qimaavaik (Inuktitut for "A Place to Run To") - a safe haven for abused women and children. Through peer support and counseling, they are building self-esteem and healing wounded spirits.

 

The Action: In September of 2007 a grant of $250,000, made possible through the efforts of explore.org and the Annenberg Foundation, was awarded to the City of Iqaluit to provide support for the Elders Centre, Qimaavik Shelter, the Recreation and Community Services Department, and housing and supportive programs for elderly individuals and homeless women and children.


What You Can Do: Learn more about changemakers for women's rights, stay up to date on women in the news and watch more related programming here.

 

Well of Memories"Well of Memories" (Jerusalem, Israel)

The Cause: Nothing brings back the spirit of youth and joy like music. Spend an afternoon with Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the elderly Alzheimer's patients at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where all it takes is a cherished song to energize the room and bring the crowd to its feet.

 

The Action: In June of 2007 a grant of $50,000, made possible through the efforts of explore.org and the Annenberg Foundation, was given to the American Committee for Shaare Zedek to support the B'Ruach spiritual care training program at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

 

What You Can Do:  Visit the Shaare Zedek  Medical Center website to learn more about the center and find out what you can do to help people cope with the challenges of Alzheimer's Disease.

 

explore: Special Episode 11 - The Challenge of Change
explore: Special Episode 11 - The Challenge of Change

explore: Special Episode 11 - The Challenge of Change

In this special presentation from explore.org, travel with filmmaker and philanthropist Charles Annenberg Weingarten and his team on their journey around the world to discover the selfless acts of others. Meet one of Jordan's greatest athletes, "Faraj the Boxer"; witness the extraordinary work of the Wood River Valley Animal Shelter in Idaho; see how brave Arctic women are supporting each other at the domestic abuse shelter, Qimaavaik; and dance with the elderly at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

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In this Special Episode from explore.org, "The Challenge of Change", join Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the explore.org Team on their journey around the world to discover the selfless acts of others. Witness the challenge of change in its various forms from the Middle East to the U.S. and the Arctic.

 

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More About explore.org


explore.org is a philanthropic multimedia organization that makes documentary films and photographs to showcase extraordinary nonprofit efforts and leaders around the world.


Through fact-finding missions to identify potential grant recipients, members of the explore.org Team see first hand where and how possible financial support might be used. explore.org opens the door to a world most people never get to see - one that has been neglected by the mainstream media. Viewers meet the people affected by positive change catalyzed by philanthropy, and just as importantly, the leaders creating it.

explore.org's films and images document how people from all over the world, from every walk of life, are taking positive steps that have local impact and global relevance. Inspirational content for the web, television and theatrical viewing include interviews, conversations and stories with local heroes. Its multimedia portal brings these individuals together as a collective voice that celebrates and encourages selfless acts of giving.

explore.org strives to personalize the business of philanthropy while rediscovering the human element. The Team's missions have led them to places where suffering is met with compassion and where the human spirit is kept alive by people who have dedicated their lives to humanity, not material gain.

Among explore.org's founding principles are "Share What You Know" and "Never Stop Learning." These concepts have guided the team through Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sudan, Darfur, Rwanda, China, Tibet, India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, The Vatican, The Arctic, Greenland, Costa Rica, Canada and many U.S. cities.

The journey for the explore.org Team continues with its core mission in mind - to champion the selfless acts of others to inspire a revolution of giving.

explore.org is based on a concept developed by and advanced under the leadership of Charles Annenberg Weingarten, with the support of the Annenberg Foundation.

 

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