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Stuck in the body of an 8-year-old

Stuck in the body of an 8-year-old

Luciana is practically all grown up —at least according to her age. Her body, on the other hand, is the size of a child less than half her age.   She weighs just 55 pounds, the same as an 8-year-old. While young men and women here in the United States excitedly...
Fun for your kids, food for a child in need

Fun for your kids, food for a child in need

“Finish your supper. There are starving kids in Africa.” How many times did you hear that when you were growing up? I heard it from my mother … a lot. But that phrase went right over my head at such a young age. I really didn’t understand there were children my own...
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),...
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