As an international conservation charity, ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is one such organisation working to develop the technological tools that enable us to better understand animals, their habitats and the threats they face so we can protect our precious wildlife.
Since I started volunteering with Orbis, I've been on six sight-saving expeditions - and the majority of these have been with their Flying Eye Hospital; the only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.
As our children grew up, it was wonderful to see the looks on their little faces as they opened their presents. All the excitement and anticipation that quickly turned into sheer joy and elation. Since I lost my sight eight years ago, I haven't had that same thrill with my grandchildren. While I try not be bitter about life, I do feel a little bit like I've been robbed of that pleasure.
So 2016 - a year of progress against the unprecedented odds? What the challenges of this year show us is that no single organisation can address the plethora of risks to the social care system. The issues in 2016 provoke social care in 2017 to act as a unified body and strengthen our existing partnerships, not least after the government's underwhelming response to raise the social care precept, a move that is more sticking plaster than rescue package.
An education is not a piece of paper that you get as you Instagram a photo of yourself in a cap and gown. Education is a doorway to a better future. It can help you find the voice to fight, open the the eyes of those who have never seen beyond their front door and break the cycle of poverty. Education is knowledge and that can change everything.
I understand why people get stressed about cooking at Christmas, but there are so many practical ways to ease the pressure and make sure you spend quality time with family and friends - not just the turkey.
Here three churches and a cathedral describe similar events they will be hosting on Christmas Day for groups such as rough sleepers, people living in hostels, refugees and asylum seekers and people alone on Christmas Day.
Christmas is approaching fast, the high streets are alive with shoppers, and presents are mounting up ready to be wrapped. Among the most popular of gifts are clothes; after all, we love to look good. But, do we really need them?
This winter, WaterAid is reminding us of the power of this natural resource, which unites us biologically and physically. Clean water is a basic human need that transcends the countries, cultures and the kilometres between us. Just to survive, we need around 2.4 litres of water every day. Yet, while there is enough water in the world to meet everyone's basic needs, 663million people across the world struggle to even access enough clean water to drink.
East and Southern Africa is suffering a terrible drought as a result of El Nino. Zimbabwe is one of the most badly affected countries with an estimated four million people - over a quarter of the population - considered to be going hungry.
In a year in which government published a childhood obesity action plan and announced its intention to begin taxing sugary soft drinks to encourage reformulation and smaller portion sizes, we might have expected to close the year on an optimistic note for children's nutrition. However, the measures announced this year will not go anywhere near far enough to tackle the issues facing the malnourished middle.
Bhutan, total population around 700,000, measures its GNH or Gross National Happiness, and uses the data from the index to help decide how to share out government spending.
I sympathise entirely with Khan's attempt to tackle something which his predecessor Boris Johnson actively suppressed while in office. And as a fellow asthma-sufferer, I think that his intention is genuine and that the gesture couldn't come sooner. There are handy websites and apps now which monitor the levels of air pollution - but they inevitably place the onus on individuals to avoid breathing in toxic air rather than the causing factors of pollution. By aiming policy at individuals, this falls short of the drastic overhaul of London's dirty air we need urgently.
Together, our aim is to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes - and that those people really need our help. Armed conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq have made people of all faiths and of none lose their families, homes and livelihoods.
Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.
Today is Human Rights Day. It marks the close of 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls. And it's also two weeks since the first Women's Equality Party conference, where I was honoured to share the stage with women who came to tell their stories and to shape a better future where human rights also means women's rights.