Cat Business

Kanchan Singh, the founder of Crumbs & Whiskers, started cat café after travelling to Thailand where she discovered the original concept. After coming back to U.S., she turned to crowdfunding and raised two times more money than planned.

Crumbs & Whiskers creates a comfortable and safe environment for cats. Café is their home until they find a new family. While waiting, they hang around and meet visitors who come to enjoy their company. The café limits the number of guests and organizes 70 minutes visits to keep their feline residents comfortable.

Youth Experiencing Homelessness

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Life tough? Ask youth who are experiencing homelessness. You will feel blessed because you have all, what he is missing completely.

Today’s morning, at the start of spring and heavy snow, I was leaving for office at 5 am to supervise our delivery crew to deliver the newspapers. That’s how media houses works – they don’t care about the weather and the situation, but, they do what they are supposed to do. While I was few blocks away from my office, I saw a young man on the street, probably fourteen years old, asking for a change (money) to have a breakfast.

Tunisian Independence Day


Tunisia celebrates its Independence Day annually on March 20. This holiday celebrates the anniversary of independence from France in 1956.

Tunisia has been under French protectorate for almost a century. The country declared itself a bankrupt in 1869 and the international financial commission took control over its economy. In 1881 France invaded Tunisia with an army of about 36,000 soldiers and forced the bey Muhammed as-Sadiq to accept its terms. The French military occupation was established in Tunisia.

During the French protectorate of Tunisia European settlements in the country were encouraged, that led to an active enlargement of French and Italian colonists.

IWD through the borders

One of the most valuable aspect of spending a fellowship in DC is an opportunity to look at the “universally recognized” and celebrated landmarks through the uniquely US-perspective. To observe, compare, make conclusions and connections.
Hence that is one of the reasons why this years IWD for me  – was different then the rest. Growing up in post-soviet union space where the day marking women emancipation was skillfully changed into the holiday of spring, femininity,candies, flowers and all things sexist – I find the experience of this country all so more valuable. Not digging too much into the background of whys and hows the gap between perceptions in two countries is striking.
As such, when an early morning my russian-social-media feed and personal messages were filled with pictures of flowers, posts of wishing women to stay as feminine and fragile, and  to find a ” true female happiness” ( yes, the quote is a direct one) – my day  in Washington DC was packed with event organizing on women’s empowerment and the issues of women’s rights being put on the top of the agenda all over the city.
It is endlessly inspiring how many voices are flowing around DC, how many conversations are being held and how many people are eager to join in on the advancement of the movement. IWD here is used as the tool of solidarity, a space to break the barriers, to talk about gender based violence and equality loud and clear and from different perspective. A tool for criticizing the norms – instead of reinforcing the toxic stereotypes and supporting the oppression. It is a constant comfort filling to see how your voice is being echoed by so many others instead of being silenced by the society and supported only by the tiniest fraction of it.
Changes take time and US by no means is a poster-example on addressing gender issues. It is, however, a step in the right direction, where the day of recognizing women’s fight for their rights is viewed exactly as such – a day to commemorate, organize, speak up, address issues, support, empower and move forward.

Women’s International Day “It’s my day”

Integral to the existence of the human race, women are not only an imperative unit of the human society but are also influencing the course of social change globally in the 21st century. I am a woman, I am living in a society where men respect women to a higher extent, yet where they prioritize that woman shouldn’t go and work outside, and take responsibility of the house chores.

Here’s to thriving social impact careers!

This article is about building a thriving environment for social impact careers in social impact organisations.

Social impact organisations, problem-solving ecosystems — working at a small or large scale — must function internally accordingly to what they preach externally. Breaking down the systemic barriers standing between people and opportunity is definitely a noble mission to pursue, but when not practiced in-house, It becomes no longer noble but dangerous.

Here is an attempt to create a coherent work environment for the change makers investing their time in your social impact organisations.


Results Based Financing- an alternative to enhanced development results?

Several international donors such as USAID, the World Bank, as well as developing country governments are facing significant challenges in identifying which programs deliver the best results at the best prices. Cost Effectiveness has become a major issue for donors. To that extent, many have embraced the exploration of innovative funding models that incentivize improved results for instance Results Based Financing.

What is Results Based Financing?

The RBF models, contrary to traditional financing approaches, link payment to results (output/ outcome) of the social program implemented. The concept is very simple and is conditioned by the following:

Must have mobile apps in the US and how to use them Part 2: Uber

Welcome to my second blog relating the US must have apps.

Today we will talk about Uber, which is a “location-based app that makes hiring an on-demand private driver easy.

Of course, the best way to travel within your host city is public transportation since it’s cheaper, but what if you’ve missed the last bus or train, what if no train goes to your destination or what if you wanna go somewhere faster and you’ll have to wait 30 min for the next bus or train to come, the solution is Uber.

How to install Uber:

Atlas Corps Fellows pushing for the rights of women and girls globally

Find out about some inspiring Atlas Corps Fellows who are doing incredible work to empower all women and girls across the world. They are focusing on bringing gender-based issues to the forefront.
With global momentum behind women’s equality and gender parity movements, Atlas Corps continues its commitment to empowering global women.

Adelide Mutinda (Class 25, Kenya) writes,