Restoring a Home, a Family and a Future: Thérèse’s Story

This excerpt is one in a series of profiles commissioned by the SOS Children's Village - Kigali in 2015 to highlight the Family Strengthening Program (FSP).  The Family Strengthening Program, a project of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda, was launched in 2005 to prevent children from losing the care of their family. The program empowers families …

Chapati in Pictures

Not only have I taken to trying many of Uganda's most popular foods, but I've now been exposed to the making of them! Partially because I just want to update the blog and partially because it's an easy, tasty food, this post will walk you through the chapati making experience here in Uganda. If you're …

Why America responded to Ebola with more fear than fact

It starts with familiar cold-like symptoms: mild cough, runny nose and fever. However, these symptoms can develop into more alarming conditions: red sores, oral white spots or diarrhea. It is extremely contagious; on average, 90 percent of those exposed will become infected. Similar descriptions have circulated since the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa. However, …

Tackling Human Trafficking Beyond the Super Bowl

As Glendale, Ariz. prepared to welcome over 100,000 football fans for Super Bowl XLIX, the state braced for a darker influx of company—the predators and victims of human trafficking. Public officials from both sides of the aisle have voiced concern over Super Bowl Sunday, claiming it draws high levels of sex trafficking activity to host …

‘The Interview’ is Making Noise, but not Saying Much

I can usually gauge a movie's quality by the rate at which my popcorn bowl empties. If the stainless steel is still hidden by pillowy, popped kernels when final credits begin, I know it was an exceptional film. Last week, Sony Pictures' "The Interview" surpassed $40 million in digital sales, setting a record for biggest …

Back in the Saddle: Thoughts on Baga attack & solidarity

Europeans and Americans alike are still reeling from the Jan. 7 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. And, perhaps for good reason. Millions have gathered around the world to stand in solidarity for Charlie Hebdo and freedom of the press. From unity marches in Paris to #JeSuisCharlie, the world's response to terror has been anything but …