Humanitarian Aid

  • Crisis in Sudan

    The NewsHour's Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Sudan's humanitarian crisis, where drought and food shortages are contributing to violence, political instability and death.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Haiti: Relief Efforts, The Staggering Obstacles

    On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian state and the United Nations, were crippled by disaster and struggled to respond.

    In this video chapter from FRONTLINE The Quake, correspondent Martin Smith travels to Haiti to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis and the ill-coordinated relief efforts on the ground. The video contains graphic images. Please preview before classroom viewing.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • POV | Good Fortune: Lessons in International Development

    In this lesson, students will watch video clips and read interviews with experts that will help them examine different approaches to international aid and development and begin to identify which approaches are most effective. The lesson features excerpts from the film Good Fortune, which presents the viewpoints of two Kenyans who resist development projects intended to improve quality of life in their country.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Populations at Risk: The Problems Facing Internally Displaced Persons Worldwide

    In this lesson, students use video segments from the PBS series Women, War & Peace, as well as information from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the United Nations to learn more about internally displaced populations.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Inexpensive Inventions and the World's Poor | EarthSky

    Environmental scientist Ashok Gadgil is perhaps best known for his inventions which include an ultraviolet water purifier that can provide clean, cheap water for a thousand people per day and an inexpensive, ultra-efficient cooking stove for families in Darfur.

    This resource is audio only.

    Grades: 7-12
  • The United Nations Lesson Plan

    The activity provides students with a broad overview of the history, structure, and accomplishments of the United Nations. Students review an overview of the institution and develop brief presentations in a group activity following a set of discussion questions. This resource is part of the Global Learning and Awareness Collection.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Southern Africa: Troubled Water

    In 2005, FRONTLINE/World featured the PlayPump, a promising new technology that pumped fresh water when children played on a merry-go-round. The story appealed to the good intentions of politicians, celebrities and funders, who gave support to installing thousands of these devices in Africa.

    Now, in Troubled Water, reporter Amy Costello continues her investigation into what happened to those communities as the promise of the PlayPump fell short, villages were left with non-working PlayPumps for months, and the device’s biggest American boosters began to back away from a technology they had once championed.


    Grades: 6-13+
  • Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, Brings Microcredit to Poor in Latin America

    Listen as Muhammad Yunus discusses bringing microcredit to poor people in Latin America. Microcredit -- loans to the poor made without collateral -- is catching on in Latin America with the help of the Whole Planet Foundation, according to Yunus.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Lack of Security Adds to Central African Republic Crisis

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 5th, 2013.

    Twelve more civilians were killed in Central African Republic, a nation that fell into chaos last spring. The United Nations will soon vote on sending forces into the country, where 600 French soldiers have already been dispatched.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Jacqueline Novogratz Invests in Sustainable Small Business Solutions for World's Poor - Full

    Listen as Jacqueline Novogratz discusses investing in sustainable small business solutions for the world's poor. The goal, says Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, is to find a way to bring essential services to low income people not just today but in a way that's sustainable over time.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Empowerment

    This video from Women, War & Peace demonstrates the power of women and suggests that in today’s world, especially with the evolution of communication, the presence of women at peace talks is necessary and inevitable. In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed the first resolution, Resolution 1325, devoted to women, after intense pressure from female activists. Resolution 1325 stipulated that at peace building and reconstruction negotiations, women must be considered. Despite the resolution, women still struggle to be heard and included in such negotiations, but they continue to fight for their rights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Bernard Amadei: Engineering with Heart for World's Poor

    This Utah Education Network podcast features engineer and founder of Engineers Without Borders, Dr. Bernard Amadei. He discusses the organization's work with impoverished populations, such as the creation of rainwater collection systems, and the installation of solar cells to provide power in health clinics.

    Grades: 7-13+