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Clean water gives newborns in Uganda a fighting chance

Clean water gives newborns in Uganda a fighting chance

“You want to wash his hair gently,” the nurse said softly. “His head is still sensitive.” I watched as the nurse carefully dipped the top of my newborn nephew’s head under the sink in the hospital room. Wide-eyed, my sister watched anxiously as the clean water ran...
3 ways to get your kids excited about giving

3 ways to get your kids excited about giving

Generous children become generous adults. You know this — and you want to teach your kids the importance of giving. But how do you get them excited about it when all they have to give is the spare change in their piggy banks?  The answer? Show them that even their...
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),...
This child doesn’t have to die

This child doesn’t have to die

Heart, liver, and kidney failure. Brittle bones and skin. A deteriorating brain. What if I told you this wasn’t the description of an elderly person, but a 2-year old girl on her death bed — a little girl suffering from starvation? Long-term hunger is one of the...
No time for childhood

No time for childhood

When I was 12 years old, all I wanted was a pair of jeans from a certain popular store. That was what the cool kids were wearing, and like most pre-teens, I desperately wanted to be cool. I believed wholeheartedly those jeans were the key to elevating my social...
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