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Cisco Technology Brings Santa to Sick Children

December 19, 2013 at 6:30 am PST

Cisco is dedicated to using our technology around the world to make a positive difference in the lives of people and local communities. This December, Cisco offices on 3 continents partnered with hospitals to use Cisco collaboration technology to help bring holiday cheer to sick children and their families. More than 60 hospitals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and Australia participated this year in Cisco’s 7th annual “Connected Santa” program.

Picture courtesy of Children's Hospital of Michigan, USA

Picture courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, USA

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Feeding the Children: Cisco’s Global Hunger Relief Campaign in India

December 17, 2013 at 9:00 am PST

Rohini KamathThis post was written by Rohini Kamath, who works for Cisco’s Community Relations team in Bangalore, India, helping employees give back to society.

As we inch closer to the final week of Cisco’s signature fundraising campaign, the Global Hunger Relief Campaign, we look back and feel proud about the 150,000 children we have fed over the last 6 years through our exclusive nongovernmental organization (NGO) partner Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Akshaya Patra, one of the largest mid-day meal programs in the world, serves meals across 10,000 schools in India. The Global Hunger Relief Campaign this year aims to fundraise to benefit 40,000 children for an entire year. To add momentum to the effort, the Cisco HR team in India organized a marathon in support of the campaign. With the mission of “achieving miles for smiles,” over 300 employees participated.

Food packages that Cisco employees put together are delivered to students at a government-run school.

Food packages that Cisco employees put together are delivered to students at a government-run school

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How Mentors Are Changing the Conversation For Young Women

December 16, 2013 at 10:56 am PST

It can be lonely for a woman in the technology field.

At the college level, men earn 82 percent of engineering and computer science degrees. And while women make up 47 percent of the overall workforce, they constitute only 27 percent of the science and engineering workforce. Isolation and lack of mentors often prevent women from pursuing and advancing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

View our feature on the Huffington Post ImpactX about women who are excelling in the technology field and serving as mentors for other young women.

Dr. Akila Sarirete leads a networking technology program for woman at Effat University in Saudi Arabia as a lecturer and IT supervisor in 2002. Her goal is to expand employment options for women and help advance their careers.

Dr. Akila Sarirete leads a networking technology program for woman at Effat University in Saudi Arabia. Her goal is to expand employment options for women and help advance their careers.

 

 

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How Web Conferencing Is Helping HIV/AIDS Patients in Kenya

December 4, 2013 at 9:09 am PST

profile_dr_ndwigaThis post was written by Dr. Stanley Ndwiga, Outreach/Project Doctor at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. It was originally published on the Huffington Post.

Ten years ago, an AIDS epidemic was ravaging Kenya and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In one year alone, as many as 40,000 Kenyan infants were born HIV-positive, and only 30 percent of them could expect to see to their 5th birthday. Millions of Kenyan adults succumbed to AIDS, orphaning many millions more.

Today, thanks to better drugs, community outreach, and education, fewer Kenyans are acquiring HIV, and the number of those who have AIDS has fallen to 1.2 million, or 1 in 20 Kenyan adults. It is still a significant number, and we have a lot of work yet to do.

At Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, clinicians have been given a big boost in that effort through web conferencing technology.

Photo courtesy Gertrude's Children's Hospital

Photo courtesy Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital

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Food Bank Employee Describes the Many Faces of Hunger

December 3, 2013 at 7:00 am PST

Emily_KraftThis post is from guest blogger Emily Kraft, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, one of the hunger relief organizations Cisco employees support through the annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign. 

I’m at the library on my lunch break, searching for a good book to read in my downtime.  My concentration is broken when I hear whispers coming from a nearby table. “Is that the Food Stamp Lady?  I think it is. She’s great – helped me out a lot. You should talk with her.”

Many local shelter residents congregate at the library during the daytime, and it is here among them that I have achieved pseudo celebrity status. The beloved moniker of “Food Stamp Lady” has been bestowed upon me during the past two years after I became a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in November 2011.

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