Author Archives: Carolyn

Moms are the Heroes

We’ve all heard it before in one form or another:  “Don’t get between a mother and her baby,”   “There is nothing better (or worse depending on your position!) than a fired up mom” or “Mothers are their kids’ best advocates.  However you phrase it, I see evidence of this everywhere I go for my work [...]

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No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post   Giving birth ranks among the scariest moments for any mother. It certainly was for me. I was living in Hong Kong at the time when my second of three children was born. And he was born in a hurry. He came so fast that I actually [...]

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From the Philippines, With Love

The following blog first appeared on The Huffington Post. _______________________   Love. If there is a single word that best describes what I witnessed during my visit to the Philippines last week, then that’s it. Love of family. Love of community. Love of people. Love of life.   So what better day than Valentine’s Day to [...]

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Guatemala: Heroes against Hunger

It’s hard to reconcile the beautiful highlands of Guatemala, where I was in mid-January, with this stark fact:  the child malnutrition rate here is the highest in the Western hemisphere.  Roughly 5 out of every 10 Guatemalan children suffer from chronic malnutrition. All around, you see green fields and lush vegetation, yet families living in [...]

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More than Just a Handshake: How Corporate Partners Are Rolling Up Their Sleeves and Making an Impact

This post originally appeared on FSG.org’s blog.  The rise of partnerships between INGOs and corporations is now an established phenomenon.  It’s common knowledge that promoting relationships between business and development and relief organizations holds extraordinary value for the world’s poorest families.  But when do these mash-ups really work and when are they just a lot [...]

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Syrian Kids, Lebanese Schools: A New “Normal”

  When we came inside the tent, the Syrian family of eight welcomed us warmly and urged us to sit close to the small stove in the center for warmth.   While the weather had improved from the previous weeks when a winter storm dropped several inches of snow and temperatures dropped below freezing, it [...]

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New Boots Bring Hope in Jordan

The kindergarten inside the Za’atari camp in Jordan is a little island of happiness inside a place that is full of tragedy.  Here, 3-5 year-old Syrian children living in the huge camp are able to come three times per week in the morning or afternoon to have fun, build social skills and start learning.  The [...]

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2014 Must be a Better Year for Kids

This past year, like so many other years, saw its share of challenges for children around the world.  There were the more than one million refugee children who fled Syria, the tens of thousands of young children who lost their homes and loved ones in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the over 300,000 babies [...]

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Courageous Work in Freezing Temperatures

With more than half of the United States under a blanket of snow this week, it’s clear that winter is here!   The frosty weather has arrived in full force—but it’s not just the Midwest or East Coast where winter is making itself felt.  The winter snow storms have started in Lebanon and Jordan, and my [...]

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Lending a Dollar in a City of Diamonds

    After a weekend in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I traveled to see a Save the Children program in Mbuji Mayi, a city about 600 miles into the interior of the country.  On my way to the office, I was amazed by the number of diamond trading outlets along the [...]

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