Working for change: Samasource redefines international aid

On Need to Know, we do a lot of reporting about the world’s problems. But we’re premiering a new series about people coming up with creative solutions — it’s called “Agents of Change.”

This, our first installment, deals with a thought-provoking question: in this age of globalization and ever-increasing technology, is the notion of giving charity simply outdated? We went to the Pop Tech conference – a gathering of some of the worlds leading tech and social innovators – and met a young woman who’s come up with a modern and some say controversial version of giving aid.

 

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  • Buddyburke

    Laila was gracious in speaking to our Rotary club several months ago and opened up so many eyes with her “market approach” to putting bright, educated people in desolate refugee areas into profitable jobs via remote internet sites. Our congratualtions for such groundbreaking successes and we wish you many more!

  • http://twitter.com/socialentrep Jay Carvalho

    Congratulations to the Samasource team. I hope Oprah picks up their story and helps them reach the tipping point the same way KIVA did. Keep up the excellent work @samasource ! – JC @www.csef.ca

  • Dusty Hulet

    I wanted to give a shout out to Anudip Foundation and Uran Software Services, two of Samasource’s service partners who were featured in the film. Samasource is doing wonderful things, but having the opportunity to go to India to film the service partners that complete the value chain exposed my coproducer and I to some incredible people! Truly unsung heroes.

    http://uransoftwareservices.com/
    http://anudip.org/

    Thank you Sony, Prasenjit, Alison, Anindya, and all the others who helped us! Your struggles for progress are inspirational.

    Dusty Hulet
    Peery Film Fellow, BYU

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bright-Born/583888263 Bright Born

    MY TESTIMONY
    I lost my parents as a child and I completed my high school
    studies through a Christian orphanage home. In that situation I
    could not complete my studies so I lived on the street like a homeless
    boy. During this time I joined with bad company and friends. At the
    age of 20 I was on my own living a worldly lifestyle by drinking,
    mocking pastors, being involved in cruel political activities,
    following all sorts of evil practices mesmerizing people with my own
    wickedness, and I became a terrific sorcerer.

    During one of my routine activities I drank heavily that day. While in
    that mood I entered a police station. I had a quarrel with a police
    officer and I was arrested. I stayed in prison in such a bad
    situation. My relatives and friends hated me and I was completely
    abandoned with no peace of mind. My heart was very heavy, I was not
    able to eat, sleep or even think. I came to the conclusion that
    suicide was the only solution for me at that moment. Somehow, I
    managed to get some poisonous pills. When I was ready to swallow them
    I could feel forces preventing me from lifting my hand.

    Suddenly, I remembered a pastor named Henry and I wanted to confess my
    sins to him before I commit suicide to get relief from this world. I
    managed to meet the pastor and explained to him all of my grief. Soon
    after that the pastor had great compassion for me. He called me and
    said, “My son, come to my home.” I received some relief in that call
    and I went to his home. There I was put in the midst of the saints
    and they prayed with a great burden and broken heart for me. This was
    the first time in my life that the tears rolled out like never before.
    I cried and cried, confessed Jesus and He gave me a brand new life,
    glory to Him, amen.

    From that day onward, my life was never the same. I praise God for
    his amazing love and grace. God helped me to complete four years of
    Bible College. I earned a bachelor of theology degree in the year of
    1990-1994 at South Indian Baptist Bible Collage-Coimbatore, India.
    I became a fulltime minister to fulfill His great commission (Matt
    28:19-20.) God gave me this vision. Then I said, “here I am Lord
    send me.” I decided to stand in the gap, to make an eternal change in
    the lives of young people. After I completed my theological studies
    God gave a vision to challenge young people for Christ.

    I was appointed the Campus Crusade for Christ Village Ministry
    Director in India. I worked in this organization for approximately 7
    years from 1994 ending in 2001.
    The Lord gave me a vision to start an organization named “Youth
    Christian Gospel Mission India.” It is registered with the Indian
    government No. 56/2002. In Proverbs 29:18, God says, “Where [there
    is] no vision, the people perish.” My vision is to establish youth,
    campus, and community ministries, taking care of orphans, poor
    children, hospital and prison needs. This is what God has laid on my
    heart. The Lord has used me in different places to preach and bring
    healing to needy people.
    I have started Youth Christian Gospel Ministries India in the year of
    2002 registered by Indian government to help poor orphanage children
    and widows.
    I have been involved in establishing churches in homes of people in
    different villages. I need the extended and compassionate hands of
    people like you to participate in this great vision. It is you and I,
    together, who can make an eternal difference in the lives of those in
    these unfortunate circumstances
    I thank God who gave me a suitable God fearing woman, Margret. Our
    marriage was held at Indian Pentecostal Assembly of God Church located
    at Coimbatore on 1/9/1993. My wife is helping me in all of the
    ministry activities. We have 2 children. My son’s name is Sam
    Richardson and my daughter’s name is Sherin Youngrina. We are happy
    and rejoice for the glory of the Lord. Joshua 24:15 “We will serve
    the Lord”

    Pray for our Indian ministry

    With kind regards, I await your reply.

    In His Service,

    Rev. Gilgal James
    Web: http://www.ycgm.org.in

  • Sudip mondal

    I AM FROM WEST BENGAL, INDIA, I SAW THE ICCC WORK VERY CLOSELY, THEY HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE ENTRANCE WHO IS TAKING SNAPS OF BATHING BEFORE MEAL AS A PHOTOGRAPH OF BAPTISM AND THERE IS A BIG EXIT FOR GO OUT AND STAND IN THE QUE OF ENTRANCE AS PER THE INSTRUCTION OF THE LEADERS TO SHOW A HUGE REVOLUTION TO THE STUPID AMERICANS TO EARN MONEY. THE ONLY REASON THE % OF CHRISTIAN ARE NOT INCREASING.NOW THE HOUSE CHURCH PLANTING PROJECT, THE HOT CAKE, DO YOU KNOW THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS FATHER IS STILL A HINDU ? IF HE IS UNABLE TO CONVERT HIS OWN FATHER HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THAT THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILY CAN BE CONVERTED THROUGH THEIR LEADERSHIP. ALL THESE ARE VEG THEY ARE DOING A NON TAXABLE JESUS BUSINESS WITH THE FOREIGN MONEY LET THEM CARRY ON; YOU THE FOREIGNERS SUPPLY YOUR MONEY AND SAVE YOUR TAXES, BUT GOVT. OF INDIA SHOULD TAKE TAX FOR THEIR EACH TRANSACTIONS AND TRY TO DEVELOP THE POOR, AS THESE LEADERS CHANGE THERE POSITION WITH IN LAST 10/15 YEARS BY THIS JUICY JESUS BUSINESS.

  • mbee1

    Not to rain on anybodies feel good parade, why not do something about the ten million or so marginalized Americans most of whom are minorities.  All those people are either the mothers of welfare kids or the fathers of welfare kids when not doing prison time.  Mixed in with them is a good dose of poor whites commonly known be the rich as poor white trash.  Perhaps we should do something to bring jobs and a bright future to them and than we would all be better off.