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A place to call home

A place to call home

For most of 9-year-old Lawan’s life, she’s had nowhere to really call home. She was born in an impoverished, rural village in Thailand to a mother who was only 14. Her teenage mom did everything she could to take care of Lawan (whose name we’ve changed for privacy),...
The $10 bill in your wallet can help fight for women’s rights

The $10 bill in your wallet can help fight for women’s rights

I don’t bake much, but when I do it’s usually at Christmas. I follow one of my grandmother’s most cherished recipes: her incredible, red velvet chocolate cake. It’s hard work to get it right, but it’s worth it because of all the memories that come flooding back with...
Salvage one girl’s future today

Salvage one girl’s future today

Would you rather your daughter become a doctor or a sex worker? The answer is pretty obvious. Unfortunately, for mothers living in the Banchara community of India, what they want for their daughters doesn’t always happen. Arthi’s mother wants her to follow her dream...
Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Most kids get excited when you ask what they want to be when they grow up. One week it’s a teacher. The next week it’s a police officer or a firefighter. Next month, it might be a scientist or a helicopter pilot. Regardless, they have big dreams as they think about...
Boys will be … set free

Boys will be … set free

There’s a saying that’s been tossed around for years — “Boys will be boys.” At its best, the saying is simply meant to joke about the mischief young boys can get into. But the growth of the #MeToo movement has highlighted a more negative side to this common phrase —...
Who is your Mina?

Who is your Mina?

I’ll never forget the day I met Mina. She arrived at the center the same week I did. I was spending a semester in South Asia, working with a program dedicated to helping girls get off the streets and acquire the education and access to vocational training they needed....
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