Social Edge launched the Social Entrepreneur Search widgets this week. In collaboration with funders who are known for their successful efforts in finding, researching, and funding social entrepreneurs, they have populated an open source database that shares the information of social entrepreneurs that they have funded to anyone that wants to access it.
Leaders & Organizations
Social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the most challenging issues in Asia. From poverty to the delivery of clean water and access to healthcare, entrepreneurs are coming up with ideas and solutions everyday. In order to access funding to implement the ideas, many social enterprises must register as a legal entity so they may conduct business in the country. Unfortunately, social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs face many “barriers to entry.”
James H. Bao, co-founder of the OneVietnam Network generated a list of US Vietnamese Social Networks on their blog, Vietnam Talking Points. James found five networks and he provides a summary of their work.
Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh, Indian American physician, philanthropist and publisher is named as a recipient of the 2010 Padma Shri Award. The Indian government grants this award to distinguished Indians and people of Indian origin for their contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service and public life.
Sheela Murthy is a successful immigration lawyer and founder of the Murthy Law Firm. Sheela’s story showcases the ability of philanthropists in the U.S. to live, give and do business in both worlds, India and the U.S.
Some donors and volunteers enjoy seeing the impact of their philanthropic efforts. They enjoy visiting the organizations they support, meeting the staff and learning more about the beneficiaries of their gift.
BRAC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and in other parts of the world.
Five years ago today, the devastation caused by the tsunami in India, Indonesia, Sir Lanka and Thailand was overwhelming. 230,000 people were killed, thousands injured and 10 million were homeless or displaced. But the response by individuals, companies and foundations was just as overwhelming.
Abul Hasanat Mohammed Rezwan, an architect who started the ingenious concept of the “floating schools” project in northeastern Bangladesh, has set up a fleet of 45 boats, that serve as mobile classrooms by plying through the rivers and canals to reach the disadvantaged children on the river banks.
Wesley Hedden is at the primary school in Lumtong Chas village in the far north of Cambodia, near the Thai border, in Oddar Meanchey province. Two local project officers from the Belgium NGO, Handicap International, have invited him to attend a training session, or what they prefer to call a brainstorming session, on land mine safety with children in this village.