After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, over a billion dollars in aid was promised to the struggling island. The world stepped up, empathized and donated. Yet much of the funds pledged to post-quake relief for has not been received for redevelopment and very little has been done to rebuild.
Similar to other countries in South America, Ecuador has traditionally suffered from the so-called "resource curse:" high poverty and inequality in a land of plentiful natural resources. Despite this fact, Ecuador serves as a model for some of the most far-reaching efforts to provide ecologically and socially-sustainable alternatives to the corporate global economy.
2013 has witnessed massive movements and uprisings around the globe, from the Occupy! movements in the US, to the movements for Democracia Real Ya! in Spain, and the massive protest and assembly movements in Greece. Common to all these movements is their use of horizontal democracy and the occupation of physical space in which to create new democratic forms. They all began with a No! - a refusal to accept a crisis - and at the same time many yeses, with the creation of alternative forms of relating and being.
The attention of the world focused on Chiapas on January 1st, 1994, the day that NAFTA went into effect, when an uprising led by indigenous Mexicans brought notice to their precarious living conditions.
We invite you to join Global Exchange Reality Tours, Chabot College historian Rick Moniz on this facinating tour of Italy.
Rick Moniz has led programs with GX for three decades. The collaboration with GX integrates the current socio-economic challenges and opportunities facing each nation. Be part of this exciting trip to Italy and learn about the dynamic challenges that Italy is facing. You will be in Italy for the Republic Day, which promises some unique experiences of its own.
Something remarkable is happening in Venezuela. The lives of millions of Venezuelans are improving as historic wrongs are being righted. The world's fifth-largest oil producer, Venezuela has long been a country of contrasts: despite its great wealth, 80% of Venezuelans live in poverty.
Join Global Exchange for a Reality Tour exploring how U.S. fair trade activists and women's cooperatives in Guatemala are working together to use fair trade to advance local development efforts in Latin America's most impoverished communities. We invite you to travel to Guatemala to meet with artisan cooperatives and affiliated grassroots NGOs.
Nineteenth century explorer, Antonio Raimondi, once referred to Peru as a "beggar sitting on a bench of gold." Indeed, Peru's riches include more than just gold. The richness and diversity of the Amazon rainforest, the fabulous cuisine and textiles of Cusco, and the wonder and magnificence of Machu Picchu are only some examples of the culture, beauty, history and nature that make up Peru. Still, with so much to offer, Peru continues to struggle with poverty, social unrest and threats to biological and cultural diversity.