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Soccer gives San Diego refugees a chance

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(Originally broadcast on Deutsche Welle English)

For many refugee children, attempting to adapt to life in the US can be challenging. Language barriers, cultural differences and post-traumatic stress disorder are all obstacles to overcome on the road to resettlement.

But one young recent graduate from San Diego is attempting to make life a little easier for refugees – through soccer. Twenty-six-year-old Mark Kabban’s soccer program, Yalla, has proven to be a huge success with over 200 children participating since it was founded in 2009.

The project makes the most of the children’s enthusiasm for soccer to improve their prospects in education and work, granting them an opportunity to succeed

Listen to the full radio feature here.

Charity doesn’t begin at home for UK interns

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(Originally published by Equal Times)
Translations: Español | Francais

Charities in the UK are facing mounting criticism over their failure to pay interns the national minimum wage, following reports of a rise in executive salaries.

Last week the Telegraph newspaper revealed that the number of executives working for the UK’s 14 leading foreign aid charities who are paid salaries in excess of 100,000 pounds a year has risen from 19 to 30 over the past three years.

The news followed a report on unpaid internships in the charity sector, published in May by Unite the Union and Intern Aware, which found over a third of the top 50 charity employers in England and Wales don’t pay their interns.

James Lazou, Research officer at Unite the Union, said some charities are refusing to pay young workers despite clearly having the resources to do so:

“The bottom line is that many charities are able to pay their interns but are choosing not to. They are using ambiguity in minimum wage legisl…

Charities must address criticisms following salary revelations

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(Originally published on the Huffington Post)

How charitable is the charity sector? It depends who you ask. If you are the executive of one of Britain's leading foreign aid charities you are likely to give a positive answer, but then you would be a beneficiary of this generosity of spirit. If, however, you are one of thousands of unpaid interns currently working for free for charities across the UK, you might be inclined to disagree.

Earlier this week the Telegraph reported that the number of executives paid more than £100,000 has risen from 19 to 30 at Britain's 14 leading foreign aid charities, over the past three years. The research also revealed the number of workers earning more than £60,000 increased by 16% between 2010 and 2012. The indignation expressed by some charity bosses in response to criticism at the revelations was telling.

"Charities shouldn't be ashamed of paying people what they are worth," fumed Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of…