September 2, 2014

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Groups at UI want to keep issue in forefront

by Amy Reiter News-Gazette Online December 1, 2005 URBANA – The AIDS crisis didn't end in the 1980s. For millions of people, it's every day, all over the world. That's the message of students and speakers who took part in several University of Illinois events commemorating World AIDS Day on Thursday. "AIDS is a really big issue," said junior Ramita Chawla, president of the Sikh Student Association. "A lot of people don't realize how big of a problem it is." The group coordinated an information booth in the Illini Union, giving out information … [Read more...]

Learning about AIDS, face to face: Global video session gives personal lesson to Stony Brook U. students on how AIDS crisis affects Africa

by Deborah Morris Newsday December 1, 2005 Joshua Cooper acknowledges that he thought of attending Stony Brook University's World AIDS Day videoconference with students from South Africa and the Ivory Coast as a way to get credit for a philosophy class. But after the meeting, he said he was moved by what he learned. "We are always talking about how much we [the United States] do for Africa," said Cooper, 18, and a psychology major. "But Africans are doing a lot to help themselves -- that became very clear today. It's not just us, they are … [Read more...]

Transcript from KPFT-Houston Local News

by Lisa Cohen KPFT Radio 90.1 FM December 1, 2005 Anchor: In our second look at how Houstonians marked World AIDS Day, Lisa Cohen reports on a cross-country discussion of the disease: Lisa Cohen: In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Americans for Informed Democracy hosted a teleconference linking campuses across the country with the World Bank in D.C., KwaZulu Natal University in South Africa, and the long distance learning center in Cote d’Ivoire. The Rice University chapter of A.I.D. was a local host of this discussion of strategies and … [Read more...]

Ten schools worldwide to participate in USC’s AIDS Day videoconference

by Gina Vasselli The Gamecock November 30, 2005 As part of World AIDS Day events, USC will be connected via videoconference to 10 schools worldwide on Thursday. The videoconference will be held in Gambrell Hall 430 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Students are invited to attend, but only two audience members will be allowed to participate in the discussion. The event was organized by United Nations Associate Student Alliance and Americans for Informed Democracy. Two of the schools are in Africa: the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in South Africa and … [Read more...]

Bed-hopping TV characters skip right over reality

by Sylvester Brown Jr. St. Louis Post Dispatch November 29, 2005 Television makes me feel like an old fuddy-duddy. After watching "Joey" or "Jack" or "Samantha" jump from bed to bed with total strangers on "Friends," "Will & Grace" and "Sex in the City," I find myself thinking things like: "Hey, Joey, that's somebody's daughter!" or "Samantha, do you even know that guy's name?" Has anyone in Hollywood even heard of AIDS? It wouldn't seem so. A report released this month by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a private nonprofit group focusing … [Read more...]

A More Selfless Us

by Sarah Carr The Daily November 28, 2005 After a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, which includes the biggest shopping day of the year, it's easy to get caught up in the culture of consumerism we all so willingly practice. But for the more than two billion people in the world who live on less than two dollars a day, the holidays are the same as every other day -- a struggle for survival. Last Tuesday, the UW chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) held a town meeting about global poverty. Specifically, the four speakers on the panel … [Read more...]

Speakers urge action to end global poverty

Speakers urge action to end global poverty by Jennifer Sullivan The Seattle Times November 23, 2005 The only way to end global poverty is for individuals to take action, the father of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates said at a lecture in Seattle Tuesday night. Nearly 100 people crowded into a University of Washington hall to hear national experts discuss how to end global poverty. "People are dying, and we need to save them," said William Gates Sr., co-founder of the Initiative for Global Development, an alliance of private-sector leaders … [Read more...]

Leaders: Alleviation of poverty possible

by Andrew Sengul The Daily (University of Washington) November 23, 2005 Leaders in the academic, business and nonprofit fields gathered last night to deliver a simple message to UW students: "This is the first generation in world history that has the resources, the technology, and hopefully the political will to alleviate poverty," said Scott Jackson, a senior vice president of the international relief group World Vision. Jackson addressed a capacity crowd in Smith Hall last night along with Thomas Reynolds, a regional director of the poverty … [Read more...]

Zambian princess addresses AIDS

by Emily Alpert Chicago Maroon November 18, 2005 Students gathered in the Biological Sciences Learning Center Thursday night to hear Princess Kasune Zulu of Zambia, a renowned HIV/AIDS activist. Zulu is employed by the World Vision Organization’s HIV/AIDS HOPE Initiative in Zambia, where she trains physicians in patient care and teaches prevention measures to Zambian youth. She has also helped raise funds to fight the pandemic through her international speaking engagements. Zulu herself was orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, to which she lost both … [Read more...]

UNC professor discusses global poverty

by Erik Myers The Mirror (University of Northern Colorado) November 18, 2005 “I don’t know how many of you have seen poverty … I have.” Kelechi Kalu, University of Northern Colorado political science professor, said this to an audience in the Columbine A room. “When you see children running nude, a mom or dad with no idea what to feed their child, people like you and I sleeping under a bridge, you are looking at into the face of poverty.” Kalu’s definition of poverty was part of the Americans for Informed Democracy panel discussion on global … [Read more...]