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Joyce’s story: Cyclist champion in Kenya

Joyce’s story: Cyclist champion in Kenya

By Jessica Hatcher Joyce Nyaruri won her first race riding a cheap, rattling, Chinese-made, sit-up-and-beg style bicycle known locally (and ironically) as a “Black Mamba”, after one of the fastest-moving snakes on Earth. It was 2009, and she was cycling 264km a week to get to and from work at a nearby flower farm ......
Using the Power of Community for Advocacy on #WorldWaterDay

Using the Power of Community for Advocacy on #WorldWaterDay

Jennifer is a writer at another jennifer and the creator of simple giving lab. Her passions are writing, philanthropy, her awesome kids and bacon, though not necessarily in that order. Her upcoming book, Simple Giving, will be available on 10/27/15. The wind was whipping fiercely when I woke up on Sunday morning. I checke......
How visiting Kenya challenged my assumptions about Africa

How visiting Kenya challenged my assumptions about Africa

Issac Asimov once said, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” If it is not your desire to live in darkness then please scrub away. It is simple really: assumptions are constant, the world is not. Most of my assumptions of Africa fell apart whi...
Photo essay: Guinea Wasted

Photo essay: Guinea Wasted

“Guinea Wasted” is a photojournalistic piece I conducted while living and working in waste management in Guinea. The piece seeks to provoke thoughtful reflection and critically-necessary discussion surrounding the wealth/filth paradox that lives and breathes side-by-side in Guinea: beautiful countryside/trash everywhere; ...
Chelsea Clinton: Ensuring No Ceilings for girls and women

Chelsea Clinton: Ensuring No Ceilings for girls and women

It’s a fact: ensuring women and girls have the same rights and opportunities as men and boys is essential to creating peace, security, and prosperity around the world. And yet, critical barriers, or ceilings, persist — preventing women and girls from reaching their full potential. This week, No Ceilings: The Full Particip......
Happiness, health and hope in rural Chad

Happiness, health and hope in rural Chad

Kelly Ranck, who brought us the Amazing Africa posts from Kenya and South Sudan now brings us this gorgeous series of photos from Chad. Kelly works with World Concern, a Christian global relief and development agency extending opportunity and hope to people facing extreme poverty, and these photos highlight some of the recent...
Celebrating trailblazing women with Senators Menendez and Gillibrand

Celebrating trailblazing women with Senators Menendez and Gillibrand

By Barbra Barrar, ONE Congressional District Leader NJ-1 This past Sunday New York and New Jersey ONE members had the opportunity to attend Senator Menendez’s 5th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. This is an annual event to honor trailblazing women in New ......
Haiti’s “pillars of society” are also its most vulnerable

Haiti’s “pillars of society” are also its most vulnerable

Nicole Melancon is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist, traveler, and global volunteer who shares her passion for travel, culture and social good on Thirdeyemom. She is also a world voice editor for World Moms Blog. She recently traveled to Haiti as part of Heart of Haiti’s #Bloggers4Haiti trip and shares her e......
Five Women Farmers in India Growing a Better Future

Five Women Farmers in India Growing a Better Future

India has an estimated 20 million completely landless rural families. Providing these families with secure rights to a small patch of land gives them security and opportunity. When women are given the rights to the land, the benefits ripple even further – with women gaining economic empowerment and a greater voice in decisi...
Balash’s story: The only female vet in the Upper Nile

Balash’s story: The only female vet in the Upper Nile

By Ashley Hamer Balash is a unique young woman. She thinks she is the only female vet in Upper Nile state, the area of South Sudan in northeastern Africa where she lives. Given that South Sudan’s literacy rate among women is 16 percent – the lowest in the world – she’s probably right. “My father…...
Why I care about vaccines

Why I care about vaccines

By Rana Chakraborty, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics There are dozens of reasons why I care about vaccines – why we should all care – but a particular experience from my days as a pediatrician in London haunts me to this day. The playground should be a place where children can run freely, be…...
Advocacy 101: Talking with your Congressman

Advocacy 101: Talking with your Congressman

During the Power Summit, myself and over 150 other volunteers took Capitol Hill by storm to lobby on behalf of ONE for foreign assistance programs. People often tell me how lucky I am to be able to meet with my Representatives and Senators to advocate for what I am passionate about and are surprised when I tell them how easy ...