Foreign Travel

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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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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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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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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On the Streets of Kinshasa, Finding the Path Back to Childhood

Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is as busy a place as any in the world.  There are swarms of people, crowded streets and traffic jams. The streets of Kinshasa are always bustling—but for a child growing up on the streets, it is one of the toughest places I have [...]

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Can Pakistan Help its Children Really Succeed?

There were shy looks and even a few tears from the children when the group of strangers entered the small room and plopped ourselves on the floor.  It wasn’t surprising. I got the feeling that the children probably didn’t see too many foreign visitors in their town, a remote village in the cornfields of rural [...]

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Linking Hunger and Economic Impact in Pakistan

During my visit last week to see Save the Children’s work in Pakistan firsthand, I was able to introduce the launch of an important series of papers by the prestigious journal The Lancet, following up on initial research done in 2008 by Drs Robert Black and Zulfigar Bhutta.   That original series first defined the link [...]

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Empowered Mothers Take Charge

As we sat and spoke with women at the counseling session on a warm day in Pakistan last week, it was clear to me that these women knew what they wanted—for themselves, for their families, and especially for their children. About 20 women, some in bright shalwar kamaz and others in dark burkas, sat under [...]

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