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Daniel Landau and caffé sospeso

Daniel Landau and caffé sospeso

In Naples, by long tradition, someone who has had some luck will order a cup of coffee and then a second, caffe sospeso, to be served to someone going through hard times. The first time I saw “suspended coffee” in action was in New York City, oddly enough. I had stopped somewhere along Broadway to […]

Facebook and the Homeless

The Austrian National Railway (ÖBB) has offered the use of its premises as temporary night shelters for the homeless, in response to a citizens’ campaign on the social networking site Facebook. The ÖBB management reacted swiftly after a Facebook group entitled “Please ÖBB, keep train stations open overnight in this cold” attracted over 5,000 members. […]

Vienna Circle: UN Women’s Guild

Charity work is a choice to give personal time for the benefit of others. But for the members of the United Nations Women’s Guild, helping the needy is just one positive factor.  Through the organisation, members learn language and practical skills that help them to adapt to life in a foreign country. In 1948 the […]

EXIT: Out of Prostitution

Let’s call her Elisa. Or, better, let’s just call her “She,” because her story is exemplary of the stories of many Nigerian women: “She” was young, still a teenager. She lived in Benin City and dreamt of a better future in Europe. She heard from a female relative that there was an opportunity to travel […]

Haiti: Beyond Relief

When a combination of fireworks and lighting lit up the Haitian sky on New Year’s Eve – shining above the Iron Market, the Statue of the Unknown Slave and the Gingerbread houses – none of the people celebrating would have expected that, only 12 days later, this small republic of nearly nine million inhabitants would […]

Aliens Against AIDS

Aliens Against AIDS

After16 years, the Vienna Life Ball has turned into the biggest AIDS charity event in Europe, collecting more than €12 Million for the fight against the disease. It has also developed into one of the region’s biggest society events, becoming the only party where you can live out two of the top fantasies of our […]

Holding Charities Accountable

Suppose you are concerned about children in Africa dying from preventable diseases. You want to donate money to a charity that is working to reduce the death toll. But there are many charities doing that. How do you choose? The first thing that many people ask about charities is, “How much of my donation is […]

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