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Photo Series: Portrait of the Himba

Photo Series: Portrait of the Himba

In the desert of Namibia’s remote Kunene region bordering Angola, live the Himba, a fascinating, semi-nomadic people whose way of life has virtually remained unchanged from that of their ancestors.
The Mother & Child Project

The Mother & Child Project

We believe that if we can help keep moms and children healthy worldwide, we can get at the nexus of many sustainable development goals. Moms can go back to work to combat extreme poverty; girls can stay in school to finish secondary school and potentially a university degree; we can promote gender equality, improve maternal a...
Jeanne Marie’s story: Solar kiosk franchisee in Rwanda

Jeanne Marie’s story: Solar kiosk franchisee in Rwanda

By Tom Gilks Jeanne Marie Uhiriwe is very happy with her solar kiosk. It is one of 25 in Rwanda and its novelty factor in Kigali’s business district regularly draws looks of intrigue. Jeanne proudly wheels out her booth to her usual downtown spot. At a glance the garish red plastic tower on bicycle wheels…...
10 reasons why Millennials are going to save the world

10 reasons why Millennials are going to save the world

Dear Mother Earth, On behalf of the rest of humanity, I’m sorry for what we’ve done to you. We’re destructive, greedy, selfish and, well, just plain nasty. That being said, I hope you haven’t lost hope in us just yet because we are a new generation about to take the reigns, and I think you’ll dig us. We are Mi
11 sunrises around the world worth waking up for

11 sunrises around the world worth waking up for

This post originally appeared on Peace Corps Passport. Whether you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica or Cameroon, Jamaica or Georgia, Tonga or Togo, there is one constant of Peace Corps service: you’re going to see some pretty awesome sunrises. 1. “Magical” sunrise, Indonesia 2. Sunrise in the Sahel, Niger 3. P......
The $15 million prize that’s transforming access to education

The $15 million prize that’s transforming access to education

Ben Bain is an Associate in Prize Operations at XPRIZE, working on the Global Learning XPRIZE. He previously served as an Army Infantry officer and deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. He earned his MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. I have met countless children worldwide who have limitless enthusiasm for learnin......
Africa Risen

Africa Risen

Remember those iconic photographs of African children studying under streetlights because they didn’t have electricity at home, or stories of women giving birth in the dark because hospitals didn’t have lights? They were tragic and unfortunately true. They are much less frequent today than they were when I was born in Uga...
Angélique Kidjo and the importance of quality education for girls

Angélique Kidjo and the importance of quality education for girls

I was born and raised in Benin, West Africa in a very special family. I didn’t realize it but my parents were nonconformists. We were 10 siblings but my father made sure that each one of us attended school, even though there was just one paycheck in the household. Going against the pressure of the…...
Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

While just over two decades ago Rwanda experienced a brutal genocide, today it is one of the rising stars of Africa – thanks, in large part, to its women. Women have been at the forefront of Rwanda’s development, playing a crucial role in the country’s economic, social, political (and physical) reconstruction. Indego Af...
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......