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April 30th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

You Can Make a Difference

Every week here in the Newsroom with Tony Harris, we'll take a closer look at the people and organizations working to make a positive change in the world and how YOU can make a difference. We are doing this in partnership with CNN's Impact Your World.

Today, we visit one of Ethiopia's poorest Arab neighborhoods, where the U.S. military is rolling out new efforts to eradicate extremism.  As CNN's Barbara Starr reports, instead of going into battle with guns or artillery, they're providing the children with new classrooms and opportunities.

Here are some of the charities that are making a difference for children in Ethiopia:

Children of Ethiopia Education Fund
Ethiopia Reads

To find out more ways to help children around the world and how you can make a difference, visit CNN's Impact Your World.

Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Lyn Griffiths

    No matter what the airline and travel industries hotly claim, anyone who travels knows that people who are ill fly anyway, no matter what, and that the airlines, which recirculate (not purify) the air inside plane cabins, do not do anywhere near enough to protect passengers from airborn germs. So this uproar about what VP Biden said this morning is ridiculous. Biden simply said in public what so many of us are saying: avoid enclosed crowds, which is exactly what you get inside an airplane or a subway, a theater, a bus, a grocery store, etc., etc. It doesn't work to tell the public to take resposibility for protecting themselves from H1N1, then gasp in horror when the VP mentions some of the ways, beyond hand-washing, that ordinary Americans are discussing among themselves!

    April 30, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  2. Jose Crespo

    CH. 7, CH. 7, CH. 7!!! Why cry over spilled milk? C-T-F ( CUT THE FAT!) Chrysler has a horrible history in terms of the business aspect. Americans don't see a future with Chrysler...

    April 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  3. Adam

    Why don't these auto makers that are in trouble drasticly cut prices. Is it better to have 20 millon in inventory setting on a lot makeing you no money than 20 millon on a lot selling like hot cakes to get get you 10 millon in return. Some money is better than no money. You want see this type of action though because all they have to do is wait long enough before the goverment gives them more money...........Your welcome big three

    April 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  4. sammy smooth

    I just bought a doge charger four months ago and if i knew they were going to file for chapter 11 i would of never made that choice. Now the question that i was wondering about, will this affect me in a positive way or what? I feel deceived and disappointed already with all this.

    April 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  5. Susan F Pauly,RN

    I'm in total agreement with Vice President Biden. Few people stop to think that when you are in an airplane, you are breathing totally re-circulated cabin air throughout the duration of that flight. Droplet nuclei can survive in air for a long period of time (residues which result from evaporated fluid eminating from coughs or sneezes from an infected person). The only reason the airlines are having a fit about his comments is that they don't want to lose money. How do you think this bug has traveled to NYC, Indiana, California, New Zealand, Spain, etc. in the first place? It didn't go by carrier pigeon. It makes perfect sense to limit potential exposure and wait this thing out...meanwhile, do wash your hands frequently, refrain from touching your face, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, dispose of used tissues properly. Here's to your health!

    Susan F Pauly,RN

    April 30, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  6. robnewhart


    You should clarify what the CDC spokesman said about the 6 million "hits". In reality that is not all that impressive as a "hit" is just a request to a server for information. If you have a web page with 100 images, you will record 101 "hits". If they say "page views" or "unique visitors", that would be a more accurate indication of the traffic they are getting.

    April 30, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  7. Anastacio Bueno

    I want to know why the media has not asked the auto experts, legislators or auto executives to comment on the most serious problem with the auto industry: THEIR OUTDATED DISTRIBUTION MODEL. By this I mean the franchise model-dealerships. The auto companies (OEM’s) rely on the dealerships (franchises) as the POS (point of sale). Unfortunately, the OEM do not control the POS, dealerships (in 50 states with perhaps 50 different regulators) control that end of the process. The salespeople do not work for the automaker; they work for the local dealership owner. If car sales people have any loyalty, it is to the dealership not the client or certainly not the OEM.
    This out-dated model-Apple being an example of the opposite-results in 135-145 days payables.
    In a world which operates at "warp speed" velocity of information, cash and capital are critical for success and sustainability. Why is this issue not being discussed?
    See my posting of January 8 of this year on this topic at:

    April 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  8. Jason

    GO BARACK GO! gotta love your president stickin it to the man for ya!!!!

    April 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  9. russ

    Im a U.A.W. Chrysler member for over 25 years and am pleased to know that i voted for President Obama in November because of his positive attitude for Chrysler and its workers.Chrysler will come back building fuel efficent and quality cars better than ever before! Thanks again President Obama for believing in us!

    April 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  10. robyncaffrey keyser west virginia

    ya know toney " it;s really great how the military is helping all them kids, but every year as i was growing with my kids ,i would get a reminder in the mail to get the kids the next med'shot due. they should do that ' or this helping out with the school could be a big waist. ( remember ) anything is possible

    April 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  11. Lee In Minnesota

    I am really tired of Tony's sarcasm and negativity. He is so FOXish. I would rather see some of the other more positive reporters replace him.

    It is time to have people with a glass half full instead of half empty. That is a key to turning around the negativity in our country.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  12. Hank, WV

    More talk on washing, after handling "Money",cannot be talked about enough!!!! Or even,changing ones top,after being in a crowd,and comming home and picking up little ones.How about, just a little COMMON sence!!!

    April 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Christine Pulley

    What wrong with thiis picture?
    We have been told there is a flu vaccine and/or Tamiflu for the general public available currently. WHY has the Florida Federal Prison system already received enough vaccine to cover the State's prisoners. I along with many feel the general public ( most of whom have not committed a crime that lands them in prison) should be "first ill frist served". How did this happen and who allowed it!
    Let the women, infants, husbands, grandparents, and children possibly become so ill they may pass on... but, lets save the criminals! Have other States followed suit?

    May 1, 2009 at 12:37 am |
  14. Christine Pulley

    Whyare you taking out the less than twenty persent of vaccine or tamiflu from my two previous posts?

    May 1, 2009 at 1:00 am |
  15. aaron thomas

    The Obama administration is giving help to Corporations, Banks, Home Owners, and now Credit Card Customers, but what about Automobile Customers? Im in an Auto Loan with Chase, and Im so upside down in the loan. I was laid off my job, and times are very tight. The rate is ridiculous, and late fees absorbent! I tried to negotiate a refinance, or rewrite it, but they were unwilling to work with me. Now the collections advisors are harassing me for my late payments. I don't want to let it default but im not left with any options. Please advise me? Thanks!

    May 1, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  16. dmartin

    personally I am thinking maybe we should take care of the kids in our country and communitys before we send lots of money to somewhere else to worry about their children so they grow up big and strong to try and blow us up. AND I'd like to remember the beautiful girl that almost had it all in lost it all in KY derby 7th – 5 Eight Belles rode by Saez 2008

    May 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  17. Tere Nyren

    The meager salary of the Cogan Airline copilot is being discussed in detail on CNN news. It isn't a matter of whether she preformed her job well for such a lowly salary, it is likely she did a fine job but the issue of not being able to live on her salary . Although her job was in New York state she couldn't afford to live where she worked. She lived with her parents in Seattle because she couldn't afford to live independently .
    This is across the board in the airline industry. The salaries have been reduced drastically for crew members, to provide multimillion dollar salaries for the many deserving executives. Most crew members cannot afford the cost of living in and around the cities they are based, thus the commute from long distances . The result is fatiqued cockpit and cabin crews, which your life depends on.

    May 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  18. Maureen Sylak

    In response to the shooting that has just taken place at the Holocaust Museum this afternoon:
    We can combat ignorance and hate through peaceful protest. Expand your understanding of different cultures and celebrate humanity by visiting museums and cultural centers this week.

    -Maureen in Chardon, Ohio

    June 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm |