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Children and HIV

When HIV and AIDS first came into the public eye in the 1980’s, it was a disease that carried a great deal of fear and stigma. In the United Sates, the disease, attributed primarily to promiscuous gay sex and intravenous drug use, was even considered a punishment for immoral behavior and possibly even the wrath… Read more »

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The Frightening Fate of Albinos in East Africa

I want you to imagine that you possess something incredibly valuable. It’s very rare, so many people want what you have. They want it so badly that they are willing to maim or even kill you in order to get it. You’d probably want to lock it up and protect it. Put is somewhere safe… Read more »

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Acid Attacks: Making Gender Violence Visible

I have tried to start writing this piece so many times I’ve lost count. This is new for me. Most of the time if I’m trying to make sense of something words are my “go to,” my standard mode of processing. And yet, here I am stuttering and stammering and starting over again and again,… Read more »

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Leaps of Faith

To the delight of a mother’s heart, her baby boy is born and placed on her chest. Though, to the devastation of her dreams, her son is born with a debilitating condition. Unless medical intervention is administered in his early development, he will never walk, jump or run. But such expert support is oceans away…. Read more »

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Free Wheelchair Mission

I am sure the world would be a better place if we all had empathy for everyone all the time, but life would be exhausting if we did. While I believe we can increase in our ability to empathize with others, the reality is that we have limited resources when it comes to the amount… Read more »

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Mercy Ships

My daughter was probably about 7 or 8 when she first saw a picture of child with a cleft lip and palate. It was an advertisement in a magazine for a charitable organization that was raising funds to provide needed surgery for children in developing nations. Over the course of several weeks, my daughter kept… Read more »

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Heart Mender: Throw a Party. Save a Life

Preemptive Love is an organization I fell in love with several months back. As the world began watching in horror at the atrocities of ISIS upon people throughout the Middle East, this organization was going about their work of healing hearts and building community. Today they continue with that work as well as providing aid to refugees… Read more »