Cell Phones in Africa

Stay tuned to the Holiday issue of World Ark magazine for a feature about how technology is transforming Africa, and more info about cell phones in the developing world.

The World's Smallest Cow

Photo by Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records/AP Meet Swallow, an 11-year-old Dexter cow (an Irish breed) from the Yorkshire region of northern England that stands only 33 inches tall, hind to foot. The Guinness World Records book just

1 in 7

That's the number of Americans now living in poverty. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009, 14.3 percent of Americans, or 43.6 million, earned less than the $21,954 threshold for a family of four, an increase of 0.9 percent

Children Fare Worst in New Poverty Stats

Census figures out this week tell us one in seven Americans is living in poverty. That's the highest number in half a century, representing 43.6 million people. Even worse, of those in poverty, one in five is a child. These shockingly high numbers

A Different Kind of Map

NPR's Robert Krulwich has a great blog post about alternative maps that leave the world looking a little different. These alternative maps adjust a country's size relative to factors such as income and population. For instance,

Try Something New

by WorldLink staff Have you ever tasted a purple potato or a golden beet? In this video from the Nourish Video Encyclopedia, chef Jamie Oliver, star of TV’s Food Revolution, invites us to explore a world of new tastes. Nourish is a national

Kid Tested, Locavore Approved

The New York Times and The Heifer Blog both chimed in recently about Plumpy'nut, a sweet, foil-wrapped nutritional supplement given to children in crisis situations who need quick energy and a nutrient boost. Great idea, right? But food guru Marion

Where is Haiti?

All of these posts about Haiti got us to wondering: Do people even know where Haiti is? It's closer than you might think—in the Caribbean just southeast of Cuba and east of Jamaica. And at bottom, a map showing where Heifer International is

The Beauty of Haiti

Photos by Donna Stokes The images of the devastation of the earthquake in Port au Prince don't begin to tell the whole story of Haiti. A stunning, curving coastline gives way to mountains beyond mountains, crops, homes and businessses. The

World Giving Index

The World Giving Index is out. Compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, it's the largest study of charitable giving around the world. The U.S. ranks fifth in the world, behind Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada (and tied with Switzerland).