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Discoveries of a Wanderer

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The United Nation’s “International Day of the Girl Child”

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week we mark the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to help promote opportunities and equal access for girls everywhere. The UN created it to increase […]

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Let’s Celebrate Nelson Mandela!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nelson Mandela, who today turns 95, is a man of honor, courage, and empowerment. His work to end apartheid not only helped South Africans for the past several decades, but will also impact future generations in Africa and around the […]

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Bishop Elias Taban on the New South Sudan

posted by Jana Melpolder

January marks the two-year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence referendum, a vote for formal separation from Sudan after several years of disputes between the two regions over the land. Elias Taban, the national bishop of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of […]

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King of Morocco: “Enable Young People to Develop Their Skills”

posted by Jana Melpolder

This post was originally published on Open Equal Free The Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, declared that the government needs to pay more attention to the national education system. He made his announcement on the 59th anniversary of the Revolution of […]

Household Chores Hold Girls Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

This was originally posted on Open Equal Free Young girls around the world are faced with a very difficult sense of reality. Often when one or both parents are unable to care for the home or family, a daughter will […]

Sudanese American Women Are Encouraged to Further Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally posted this on Open Equal Free – check out the site! Women who left the worn-torn country of Sudan were given a clear message at a recent conference: the path to success in the United States is paved […]

The Story of a Bed Net – World Malaria Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today, April 25th, we turn the world’s attention to Malaria. It continues to kill children and adults in more areas than just Africa. Buying just one bed net can help save a child’s life.

Life Inside a Refugee Camp

posted by Jana Melpolder

In Kenya there is a refugee camp named Dadaab. Originially created for only 90,000 refugees, today it holds nearly 400,000 people who are just trying to survive. Life in a refugee camp is difficult to say the least, but there […]

Quotes About Africa

posted by Jana Melpolder

“God bless Africa, Guard her people, Guide her leaders, And give her peace.” – Trevor Huddleston “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought […]

Are You Thirsty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Image wanting to take a shower. Or cook food. Or take a drink – and all you had was water that looked like this: This is a reality that many people in Kenya are dealing with on a regular basis. […]

A Map of Kenya

posted by Jana Melpolder

Kenya lies in eastern Africa. Although the country might look small compared to the United States, it’s diversity can surprise even the biggest skeptic. Check out these two maps provided by worldatlas.com to get a better understanding of this incredibly […]

My Man Is Now in Kenya

posted by Jana Melpolder

Not only has my boyfriend Matt started an exciting new job as a Project Engineer at Inveneo, but he just left to be on assignment for two weeks in Kenya. The nonprofit Inveneo helps to establish internet connections in some […]

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the Empowerment of Women

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who works to help empower women in her own community. She has been through the difficult struggles alongside women in her native country, and through it all she has shown great faith […]

World AIDS Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

I still want to express more than I can about HIV and AIDS. It affects individuals, and it also affects the families and friends of the victims. This isn’t an issue that’s “over there”; HIV and AIDS exist in the […]

Giveaway – Win a World Vision T-Shirt!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Want to win something that’s fun and helps others, too? Enter this t-shirt giveaway! World Vision has created a new clothing line called GIVEN – and 30% of the profits goes to help people in need around the world. What does […]

Meet a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

posted by Jana Melpolder

Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist who has played a remarkable role in ending the war in Liberia. This Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is also a Lutheran, and she knows that faith has played a large part in her life. Watch how this inspiring woman […]

What Is Meant By the “Politics of Hunger”?

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If They Can Walk, I Can Walk. But I Just Don’t Want to…

posted by Jana Melpolder

I’m not going to lie. I’ve never owned a car and I’m 27 years old. I’ve been a licensed driver for 10 years but never with my own set of wheels. Before you think, “that’s crazy or weird,” let me […]

What One Thing Would YOU Give Up?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would you give up so that others could have life-giving water and food? Right now over 12 million in the Horn of Africa are in danger of dying simply because there isn’t enough food to go around. Around 30,000 children have […]

World Humanitarian Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

How will you be a humanitarian? World Humanitarian Day is today, August 19th. Some people devote their time to helping those in other countries… …and some give their time to helping those right at home. Either way, we can all […]

‘Half the Sky’ Is a Must-Read

posted by Jana Melpolder

Not only does the book Half the Sky show what life can be like for women around the world, but it also absorbs you into the reality that many young girls face.   To read this book takes a bit […]

Have You Seen This Guy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you seen this video of one man dancing with people in 42 countries?   Check out how different people around the world might be more alike than we think.  

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Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of ...

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