Motivation Monday for the Start of Spring

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”- Jim Rohn   It’s the first week of spring now: a time for renewal and growth. Take control of your day and get this week off to a great start. How are you going to spring into action and #MakeADifference?   [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 21 March, 2016

Menstruation: Normal, Natural and Neglected

There exists a normal body function that affects the education, health and well-being of women all over the world, due to persisting taboos and lack of access to adequate supplies. It’s something that even in America, we’re often uncomfortable talking about: menstruation. Even in 2016, most women in India do not use sanitary products for their periods. Instead, they use a variety of materials including newspapers and cow dung, which can have serious health implications. For example, 70% of a [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 18 March, 2016

12 Steps for Gender Equality

    The Guardian recently released a list of 12 steps we can take to achieve gender equality. One of the first things we can do is include women and girls in the discussion of policy-making. Other steps to take is to make education gender-sensitive and to encourage girls in technology and the sciences. Read the rest of the steps: [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 17 March, 2016

Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There

  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” This Motivation Monday quote comes from Theodore Roosevelt and we think it’s the perfect inspiration to start this week off with. Sometimes it’s hard to see how things will get better, but it’s important to have a vision for the future, so you can achieve your goals. Believe, act and make a difference!   [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 14 March, 2016

Maintaining the Spirit of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was this past Tuesday, but one day is not nearly enough to honor the achievements of women around the globe. The IWD is not just a time to celebrate all that women have done, but to talk about the work that still remains for the world to reach gender equality. Malala Yousafzai at the Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) One major component of achieving equality will be securing education rights for girls. 31 mi [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 11 March, 2016

Looking Into Foster Care through the Foster Parent Diary

Illustration by Abigail Gray Swartz   Meghan Moravcik Walbert writes for The New York Times series “Foster Parent Diary,” which chronicles her experience being a foster parent to a 4 year old boy. Walbert calls her foster child “BlueJay,” to protect his privacy, as she writes about the joy and heartbreak that accompanies her family’s journey. BlueJay is just one of the approximately 800,000 children that encounter the foster care system every year in America. Walbert lets us see i [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 09 March, 2016

Light Your Path with Education

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats Our motivation to start the week is to focus on education. We know that knowledge is the key to rising out of poverty and bringing opportunities to vulnerable children. This week, remember to light that fire. [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 07 March, 2016

Nauru: Children in Detention Centers

Photo Credit: Free the Children NAURU Children have been making the journey to Australia from Indonesia by boat, only to be met with continued hardships. They are sent to detention centers, no matter how young they are or if they are unaccompanied. The Australian detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru Island each can house approximately 1,500 people, who are detained there for 445 days, on average. Some children have been living in Nauru for three years, in terrible conditions that are unsu [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 04 March, 2016

Rebuilding and Resilience: The Women of the DRC

  Photo: Pete Muller/AP The women of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been subjected to brutal rapes, as a result of the ongoing conflict. This has left these women at risk for unwanted pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as obstetric fistulas. There are groups working to help these women rebuild their lives, who are getting them the medical resources and emotional support they need. Read more from The Guardian:   [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 02 March, 2016

Progress at Ashirvad

  Our chicken project in India is continuing to make progress. Some of the chickens are now almost three months old and should be laying eggs soon. This project works to improve the nutritional and educational needs of the 79 children living at Ashirvad Home. How does it work? These chickens are sold in the market and the profits pay for fresh fruit and also fund computers and a teacher for the children.  [...] READ MORE

  • Posted On : 29 February, 2016