Making sense of migration’s forces

The mass migration of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country has forced the international community to act urgently in response to the crisis. A panel of five Vancouver scholars and writers will contribute their perspectives and research on the issue in the discussion Migration or Escape: Journeys to Sanctuary on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at…

Exploration program to launch Indian start-up

Lightmetrics, an Indian-based tech start-up that invented an app capable of giving a 360-degree view of driving behaviour, came to visit Vancouver’s new Simon Fraser VentureLabs in early December 2015. Now Lightmetrics is ready to target the Canadian market. Lighmetric is one of the five winners of the Next Big Idea contest held by Zone…

A Delhi state of mind

Beneath the surface of New Delhi traffic lies acceptance. One might easily miss it amid the cacophonous honks, the strain of overworked engines and the veil of smog, but it is persistent. You find it on the face of every driver who is cut off (and honks) or crosses on red (while honking) or slices…

Helping Bolivians, helping ourselves

While growing up in Saskatchewan, Gretchen Ferguson was struck by the status of the First Nations around her. “I wondered why people thought it was OK to have racist attitudes. I saw how they struggled in school and with the system. I saw injustice,” says Ferguson. Her passion for social and economic justice grew from…

PhD student builds school and offers hope for a future

Joash Gambarage, a Tanzanian PhD candidate specializing in African linguistics at UBC, is the only one in a community of approximately 20,000 people to pursue higher studies outside of the small town of Mugeta in rural Tanzania. “There were very few families that were well-off [in Mugeta],” says Gambarage, who attributes his success to his…

Dreams, resilience, support: a mix for success

For refugees dealing with a new land and memories of past ordeals, learning English is notoriously difficult. Thankfully, there are those who want to help and none are more strong willed than the English teachers who help refugees communicate the past and discover their future. Kue Bway was born in a UN-run refugee camp on…

Regaining lost youth: A place to heal in Sierra Leone

Fazineh Keita and Ava Vanderstarren, founders of Innocence Lost Foundation, are raising money to build a community centre in Kabala, Sierra Leone in order to provide a safe haven and educational facility for former child soldiers affected by the Sierra Leone civil war in the 1990s. Through presentations, event fundraising and outreach programs throughout the…

B.C. students export their knowledge

Have you ever thought that world crises could be more easily solved if business, government and nonprofit sectors worked more closely together? That’s the idea that was developed during the Global Crisis Simulation, founded in 2013 by a group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC). They saw a need for a truly…

A lecture on conservationism

Dolphins are precious and intelligent creatures. They put a smile on our faces with their happy sounds and graceful movements. Yet in places where dolphins are not a protected species or where the enforcement of protective laws is lacking, the reality is very different. Stefan Austermuhle is a German biologist who had been involved with…

Empowerment and enlightenment for women in Afghanistan

A society with an educated population will find the tools and agency in itself to flourish. That’s the belief that motivates the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), a non-profit organization, to work towards the attainment of universal education in Afghanistan. For the past 15 years, Canadians in the organization have dedicated themselves to…

Spreading worldwide literacy and gender equality

Instead of the usual formal sit-down event, Room to Read, a global non-profit organization focused on literacy, wants to start a discussion for change. To commemorate its 15th anniversary, the Vancouver chapter plans to host a series of events instead of one big one. Room to Read is aiming to reach its 10 millionth child…