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The first Humanist Service Corps team has officially begun its yearlong service commitment! HSC volunteers arrived in Baltimore for training on Saturday, spoke at the Baltimore Ethical Society (BES) on Sunday, and will depart for Ghana tomorrow. After a month of language and culture training, HSC volunteers will begin collaborating with a Ghanaian women’s rights group, Songtaba, to increase access to education, healthcare, jobs, and adequate nutrition in the Northern Region of Ghana. Even though Ghana overall has achieved success in reducing poverty and increasing literacy, the drought-prone North offers far fewer economic opportunities and experiences poverty and illiteracy rates at double the national average. In such an environment, accusations of witchcraft are an effective method for ostracizing non-conforming women. Widows, ...

By Conor Robinson, Director of Humanist Service Corps

This weekend is the three-day Gateway to Reason conference in St. Louis! Included in the amazing list of speakers is Foundation Beyond Belief's own Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams Development Coordinator Rebecca Vitsmun. Many remember Rebecca coming out of her atheist closet on live national television after saving her and her son’s lives from a tornado that destroyed her home. Shortly after, while standing in the rubble of her home and being proselytized to by volunteers, Rebecca made the decision to find a humanist disaster recovery team to become involved with, only to discover none existed. She has teamed up with Foundation Beyond Belief to use her award-winning background in volunteer coordination to develop our HDR Teams program.  While Rebecca will ...

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SOIL was deeply honored to be chosen as a Q3 2014 Poverty and Health beneficiary. Here at SOIL we are developing sanitation businesses that fight poverty and improve public health in Haiti. In addition to Foundation Beyond Belief's previous report on our progress, the $11,095 grant from FBB this past fall helped SOIL to expand some of our most critical programs in Haiti. Here’s a short summary of some of the accomplishments that SOIL achieved over the past six months with the support of FBB: Expanding Access to Household Level Sanitation SOIL is working to prove that it is possible to affordably and sustainably provide sanitation services even in the world’s most impoverished and water-scarce communities. Over the past six months, SOIL ...

By SOIL

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Beyond Belief Network is a network of secular humanist groups volunteering in their communities and raising money for FBB’s featured charities and programs. Any group with a public secular humanist or atheist identity is welcome to join, regardless of experience or group size. Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), a Level 3 team, were July’s Team of the Month! Four COUNT members volunteered at the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Conference from July 10-12, 2015. SSA conferences provide training to student activists on various aspects of organizing secular groups. For the second year, COUNT volunteers recorded presentations and transported speakers/attendees to/from the airport. In a separate event, nine COUNT volunteers also worked as servers on July 14th, 2015 at ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is putting the arts back in education. Artists for Humanity, located in Boston, is an educational initiative for urban teens created to address the absence of artistic opportunities within the public school system. AFH fills that void by providing training and employment for urban teens through paid apprenticeships. In their program Youth Arts Enterprise, young artists work alongside the professionals on projects in digital media, industrial design, and across STE(A)M fields. By working in tandem with artists and interacting with the clients, the students get real-world experience. That experience complements their education by giving them a springboard from which to launch their creative professional lives. AFH’s program is a unique combination of artistic mentorship and business ...

By Matt De Stasio, Humanist Giving Program Assistant

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