ANTE UP FOR AFRICA www.anteupforafrica.org
Ante Up for Africa, a non-profit organization founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, and Norman Epstein, is dedicated to raising money and awareness for Africans in need.
The organization has partnered with DPDO to build Gangy High School in El Fasher and to support DPDO’s Women’s Centers. In 2009, AUFA celebrity poker tournaments generated $500,000 for DPDO.
HOGAN & HARTSON www.hhlaw.com
DPDO is honored to receive pro bono legal assistance from Hogan & Hartson, LLP.
Consulting attorneys are Jeremy Zucker in Washington and Toby Smith in New York.
“More than 35 years ago, Hogan & Hartson became the first major firm in the United States to establish a separate practice group devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services. Since its inception in 1970, our Community Services Department (CSD) has been charged with attracting and staffing both high impact matters raising issues of public importance, as well as smaller cases addressing individual problems. Although a few firms have followed our model in recent years, we believe the CSD remains the finest institutionalization of pro bono commitment in the United States.
Since Hogan & Hartson established the CSD, it has achieved a nationwide reputation among civil rights, environmental, homeless and other public interest groups. Over the years, the CSD has earned the allegiance of a number of major public interest groups, which now often approach the CSD on critical public interest matters. Among these groups are the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Grand Canyon Trust, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the National Parks Conservation Association, Public Counsel, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Human Rights First, the International Rescue Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF). The firm also receives numerous court appointments from the local and federal judiciary in civil, and occasionally criminal, cases at both the trial and appellate levels.”
Darfur Diaries www.DarfurDiaries.org
In October, 2004 a team of three independent filmmakers Aisha Bain, Jen Marlowe and Adam Shapiro left for Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad. After monitoring the worsening political and humanitarian crisis for months and recognizing that the mainstream media offered marginal and inadequate coverage, the team set out with the goal of providing a platform for the people of Darfur to speak for themselves about their experiences, their fears, and their hopes for the future. The film presents the Darfurians the filmmakers met (refugees and displaced peoples, civilians and fighters resisting the Sudanese government, child soldiers, teachers, students, parents, children and community leaders) as a people with full lives, culture, and heritage–people with homes that they desperately want to return back to, people undergoing traumatic loss but who demonstrate inspiring strength and resilience, and people whose lives, homes, safety and rights deserve to be protected as vigilantly as a fundamental human right.
Women’s Peace Collection (formerly The Amber Chand Collection) www.womenspeacecollection.com
DPDO is partnering with the Women’s Peace Collection to develop the widest possible market for baskets made by IDP women. The Darfur Women’s Center serves as home for the Kutum Women’s Association of skilled Basket weavers. Their cooperative venture is designed to produce sustainable income and a viable business enterprise for the benefit of all members.
The Women’s Peace Collection: Global Gifts for Peace and Understanding is a mission-based enterprise that fully supports women in regions of conflict and post-conflict – as mothers, peace builders, entrepreneurs, and skilled artisans. WPC is a young company that believes in the power of creative enterprise as a foundation for healthy communities. By working primarily with talented craftswomen in vulnerable regions of the world, WPC is able to offer business as a potent vehicle for sustainable development. A woman who is actively engaged in respectful enterprise experiences dignity, self worth, and the knowledge that through her work she can contribute to the well being of her family, her community, and the larger society. Women’s economic security is a vital cornerstone for peace.
WPC is guided by the principles of fair trade and compassionate commerce and a steady commitment to support these craft enterprises over time. To do this, WPC partners with leading non-profit organizations whose mission is resonant with our own and who are able to provide us with vital support for our work. All the products featured on the Collection are exclusively designed by Amber Chand in collaboration with the artisans and reflect skilled workmanship expressing the authentic cultural traditions from which the artisans emerge.
UNICEF advocates quality basic education for all children, girls and boys, with an emphasis on gender equality and eliminating disparities of all kinds. In promoting equity, UNICEF focuses on the most disadvantaged children through a range of innovative programmes and initiatives in education. We work with a range of local, national and international partners to realize the education and gender equality goals established in the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All Declaration and to bring about essential structural changes needed to achieve social justice and equity for all.