There is no shortage of problems in the world that many shake their heads at in disgust.  As hard as it can be to understand these events, there are rays of hope and silver linings.  Not On Our Watch is an outstanding organization, nongovernmental and nonprofit, that shines a light on important humanitarian issues around the globe, fighting for the support and commitment needed to solve complex problems.  Advocacy and research on human rights issues are the focus of Not On Our Watch to bring global policy makers and governing bodies on board to support issues that are less talked about or forgotten.

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The material world of Hollywood gets a lot of flack for not caring about more than their own success or community.  However there are stars that glow bright for more than simply their fans.  George Clooney is president of the board of Not On Our Watch while other famous members include Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.  How do these celebrities help?  They have the power to capture media outlets that a regular person trying to do good might not be able to achieve.  News articles are written about their efforts, press conferences made, opportunities to address the Senate are given, and charity events are easier to promote.

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One of the most integral albeit lesser known components is Bonnie Abaunza.  With a lifetime of experience in humanitarian work and social justice advocacy Bonnie has collaborated with and connected a myriad of organizations, projects, campaigns as well as consulting for the United Nations.

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The three biggest projects are Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe, each with an tragic history of genocide, lack of basic medical services, human rights abuse or a combination.  Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, the book written by Don Cheadle and human rights activist John Prendergast, shows how everyone can make a difference.  Little things adds up to be big whether raising awareness, raising funds, writing a letter, or lobbying the government.  Find a way to help those who need more protection and support.

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