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[6 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]
Educating a Future President? Why Not?

Andeisha Farid
Afghanistan

July means mid-term exams for all the children in Kabul. Everything else will be suspended while they stay up to the wee hours studying.

What happens once we decide to open a new orphanage? In a country at war, after the money is there, the city chosen, the location, the home, the staff, it would seem the task is endless before the children are even selected. Then the real work begins: bring together 60 children from Jalalabad area, Kunar, Laghman, and Nuristan Provinces, children …

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[22 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Hope Is What We Become in Action

Dr. Karambu Ringera
Kenya
“The right kind of action can change the course of history, creating opportunities for generations to come, creating a legacy forever.”
So, you meet a woman like Gladys. When I met Gladys in 2003, her husband had just died, she had a two-week-old baby, a seven-year-old girl, she was deathly ill, but she didn’t even know that she had HIV/AIDS. She wanted to kill herself and her two children because the family of the husband said that she was the one who had bewitched her husband. They had evicted …

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[3 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Sharing My Magic Powder to Save the World’s Kids

Ronit Baras
Australia
“My dream is to spread the message of positive thinking, emotional intelligence, and acceptance to the world.” 
Born with a physical disability to a migrant family, I battled with childhood illness, was nearly kicked out of high school, and endured the loss of two children. Today I am a mother, a world traveler, an educator, a life coach, a journalist, an author, and a public speaker. I’m thinking about each of these and realize they have many things in common; I, with every cell of my body, am a happy …

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[2 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Education Is the Husband That Will Never Let Me Down

Dr. Karambu Ringera  
Kenya
“One of the most important things I learned was that the assumptions I carry about people when I meet them will either enhance a positive relationship, an enabling relationship, with them, or dehumanize them.” 
I work with an organization I founded called International Peace Initiatives. International Peace Initiatives (IPI) is a network of people interested in working to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty and violence, as these affect the lives of women, especially women living with AIDS, and children, especially children who’ve lost their parents because …