Changing the World: Three stories about people and organizations making a difference, from the West Bank, to New Delhi, to North Carolina
In West Bank, a space for tutus and pirouettes
Ramallah Ballet Center owner Shyrine Ziadeh decided not to leave the West Bank to study dance, but instead opened a space to cultivate talent and hope among local youth.
Changing the face of aid, literally
Oxfam America wants to depict aid recipients as potential entrepreneurs and ‘job creators,’ not victims. But visuals of people suffering still pull in more donations.
Indian-American looks homeward to help the needy
Rakesh Agarwal, a successful businessman, has a track record of philanthropy in western North Carolina. Now he’s extending his work to include his home country of India.
Photos: (Top) Shyrine Ziadeh leads one of her three classes at the Ramallah Ballet Center, which she opened in December 2011 with the help of her family. Photo by: Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor
(Left) Two boys laugh as they pose for a photo in a neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. Aids groups such as Oxfam would like to portray the people they help as trustworthy partners capable of helping themselves, and not as victims. Photo by: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters
(Right) Rakesh Agarwal stands in his store in Asheville, N.C. Nearly 30 years ago, he arrived in the US with $20 in his pocket. Now the owner and CEO of a rug and home store, Agarwal has created a nonprofit to help the poorest of the poor in his native India. Photo by: Patrick Sullivan/AP Photo/The Times-News