The Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs

Shin Fujiyama is a CNN Hero and the Executive Director of Students Helping Honduras. He lives with 30 former street children in Honduras where he runs a school and international NGO out of a tree house. In each episode Shin will be interviewing a proven social entrepreneur or NGO leader in the nonprofit or international development aid industry-- including several CNN Heroes and bestselling authors. They’re going to deconstruct their journey to explain HOW they built up their organizations. They’ll also tell us about their greatest failures, lessons, regrets, and behind-the-scenes realities. We’ll talk about their tactics, philosophies, principles, tools, and motivations to give you inspiration and actionable advice. 1) Subscribe to this podcast. 2) Turn on automatic downloads. 3) Leave me a review. 4.) Enjoy every new interview for FREE during your commute or workout.
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Jul 29, 2016

CNN Hero Anne Hallum was a political science professor at Stetson University in Florida when she was asked to take a group of students on a volunteer trip to Guatemala. It was 1991 and she was going through a difficult personal time of loneliness and loss. The trip to Guatemala was her first time out of the country--and that trip changed everything for Anne.

The hunger, malnutrition, and barren mountainsides haunted Anne. The trip inspired her to start the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR). Anne and AIR worked tirelessly for the last two decades to improve human and environmental health in Guatemala.

They have planted more than 4.2 million trees throughout Central America.

Jul 27, 2016

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is a CNN Hero and the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project in Uganda. He is the author of A School For My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka.

Jackson grew up without running water, electricity, or a hospital in his village in rural Uganda. He had to grow his own food and sleep on beds made out of banana leaves. Up against all odds, he earned the opportunity to study at Columbia University.  He returned to his home village years later and was overwhelmed by the plight of AIDS orphans. It was then that Jackson dreamt of the vision to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda.

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Jul 25, 2016

Sam Vaghar is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Millennium Campus Network. He is often referred to as "a Man with a Plan." His organization hosts the Millennium Campus Conference each summer, gathering together thousands of youth activists from the world. Find out how he did it all and how he got Dr. Paul Farmer and Jeffrey Sachs to join his movement. Check out his work at


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Jul 19, 2016
Bill Morse is the founder of the Landmine Relief Fund (LRF). It’s an NGO that was created in 2003 to support a group of Cambodians who are dedicated to clearing landmines throughout their country. Bill works closely with former child soldier and CNN Hero, Aki Ra.
These guys have built 19 schools and de-mined 2 million and 900,000 square meters of land in Cambodia so far. They’ve educated tens of thousands of visitors about the issue in their Cambodian Landmine Museum. But With potentially 5 million more landmines still in the ground, they continue this dangerous work every day.
Show Summary & Notes

Siam Reap, Cambodia

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Bill’s favorite Cambodia food

Angkor Wat Park

What Bill’s weekends look like

Bill’s life pre-Cambodia

What a de-mining mission looks like

The dark history behind the landmines

How Aki Ra started with sticks and pliers and no mine detector

Why Aki Ra was arrested and thrown into jail for clearing landmines

Bill’s thoughts on the role of foreigners in development aid

The most important thing Bill has learned from Aki Ra

Aki Ra’s unusual response when he was selected to become a CNN Hero

The inspiring story behind the first school Bill and Aki Ra built

Why encountering ego has been so challenging for Bill

How Bill finds consistent, recurring funding for his NGOs

Bill reveals his donor email strategy

How Bill leverages the help of interns

Bill’s strategy to address stress and burnout

The one leadership skill that Bill is currently working on

Jul 19, 2016
Dr. James Tooley spent many years in the slums and rural villages of India, China, and Africa asking one question: Can education be run as a profitable business and still be driven by a humanitarian vision?
Whereas development experts insist that the path out of poverty lies in investment in public schools, Dr. James Tooley draws on his fieldwork to argue that small entrepreneurs and ultra-low-cost private schools are educating the poor.
He is the author of the bestselling book, The Beautiful Tree: a personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves. He is a professor of education policy and the co-founder of OMEGA Schools, a chain of 38 low cost private schools in Ghana.

Show Summary & Notes

How Dr. Tooley's journey began in a slum in India in 2000

His unexpected findings while doing household surveys in Liberia

The true and unexpected cost difference between public and private schools in developing countries

Did Malala go to a public or private school?

Why Dr. Tooley wants to take his vision to scale

Why Dr. Tooley’s Omega Schools charges daily tuition instead of monthly tuition

BRAC, Bangladesh

Dr. Tooley’s top 3 challenges running chains of low cost private schools

Marketing tips for low cost private schools

Dr. Tooley’s lowest moment and self-doubts when he opened his first school in Ghana

How Dr. Tooley responds to his critics

Scoring Points: How Tesco Continues to Win Customer Loyalty by Clive Humby

Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam walton

Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

The Southwest Airlines Way by Jody Hoffer Gittell

Changing How the World Does Business: Fedex's Incredible Journey to Success - The Inside Story by Roger Frock

Why Dr. Tooley believes that arrogance is the enemy



The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics by William R. Easterly

Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion by P. T. Bauer
Jul 13, 2016
Conor Grennan left his day job in 2004 at age 29 to travel the world. At the beginning of his journey, he spent three months volunteering at a children’s home in war-torn Nepal. It was there that he discovered a harrowing truth about these children. Shortly after, he founded Next Generation Nepal, an NGO that's addressing the exact challenge he uncovered.
He’s the New York Times Best Selling Author of The Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, the memoir that chronicles his amazing journey.
Show Summary & Notes

Conor’s reaction at the moment of the the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

Orphanage scams in Nepal

Who are these child traffickers? Are they locals or foreigners?

Complex challenges when reuniting children with their families

How Conor found his first mentors in Nepal

Conor’s hard-to-emulate routine when preparing and practicing for a speech

Conor offers relationship advice for aid workers

How Conor wrote his best-selling book so quickly

Conor’s reaction to Greg Mortenson and Three Cups of Tea