Tag Archives: save the children

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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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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Spreading the Love of Reading Beyond School Walls

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve curling up with a good book and embarking on a world of adventures unfolding on each page. But for 250 million children around the world who cannot read or write, getting lost in a story is a pleasure they may never get to experience.   For me, it’s hard to [...]

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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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With No Way to Return Home, Syrian Refugees in Iraq Live in Limbo

The boy standing in the cement block doorway called to us to take his picture.  We couldn’t resist his bright smile in the bleak and dust of the refugee camp.  We went over and snapped a few shots and he looked at them proudly on our cell phones.  His uncle, who was hovering close by, [...]

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A Mom’s Best Or Worst Day

The following blog first appeared on The Huffington Post. _______________________ Every day, thousands of women celebrate one of life’s most amazing experiences — becoming a mother. But every 30 seconds a mother’s first moments with her baby are cut short, on the very day she gives birth.   Until now, we didn’t know how common this [...]

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In This Case, Second Place Isn’t Something To Celebrate

Early this month I took my first trip to Abuja, Nigeria.  Despite visiting almost 60 countries with Save the Children, I had never been to the West African nation.  It is a country of over 162 million, one of the most populous in the region and seventh most populous in the world. With an average [...]

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In Refugee Camps, Basics Become Luxuries

The Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is home to more than 100,000 refugees who have fled the fighting in Syria, but it’s unlikely that any of the camp’s residents consider this place—cold, crowded and under resourced—“home.”   I traveled to Za’atari last week after the launch of Save the Children’s recent global report, Childhood Under [...]

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The Real Breastfeeding Scandal

The following blog first appeared on The Huffington Post. _______________________   Last year, Time magazine’s “Are You Mom Enough?” cover practically shouted “Scandal! Women breastfeeding too long!”   The unforgettable image stirred up controversy and I’m sure it sold magazines. But are moms and kids any better off?   Now, imagine funneling all that outrage and punditry [...]

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And the REAL Award Goes to…

The following blog first appeared on The Huffington Post.  _______________________   Awards season is in full swing.   On Sunday night, Hollywood’s elite came together and celebrated last year’s accomplishments on the Big and Small screens at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. While millions from around the world tuned in and debated whether the most deserving [...]

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