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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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What’s It Like to Be a Sikh in America?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sikhs can often be misunderstood to be Hindus because of the turbans they wear on their heads. Sikhism originate in India, and the men do not cut their hair but instead wrap it under their turban. They try to learn […]

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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 […]

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Religion in the News: The Supreme Court and Obama’s Health Care

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for a quick way to get the top stories of religious news? Check out this video that highlights President Obama’s health care, Mitt Romney, The Vatican, and more.

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.

Q&A: What Is Vaisakhi?

posted by Jana Melpolder

1. Vaisakhi is one of the most important holidays in the Sikh religion; however, surprisingly, it didn’t begin among Sikhs. Long before Sikhs celebrated the holiday, communities in Punjab, a region in northern India, held festivities on Vaisakhi to celebrate […]

North Korea: A Lesson in Social Control

posted by Jana Melpolder

It frightens me just how much social control can exist in a culture. Look at North Korea as an example. I was shocked to discover that news about the Kim Jong II’s death didn’t leak for two days. That’s a […]

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 […]

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Ease destroys bravery, trouble…creates strength.” – Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed   Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: the 23rd Psalm 8 Bible Quotes for the Depressed India’s Last Typewriter […]

Village Life in India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye. At first glance, there’s a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in close-knit relationships. But look deeper, and you’ll see an amazing array of […]

Trek Through India in Your Own Living Room

posted by Jana Melpolder

Enjoy the beauty of India without ever having to get out of your chair! Here are several photos from my trip to India during the summer of 2009. Check Out More Photos: Funny Animals and Unexpected Friendship! Enjoy the Beauty […]

10 Things to Love About India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tourists should visit India more often!! Here’s a quick list of reasons why I think India is a beautiful place: 1. The closeness within an Indian family. 2. The spicy food.   3. The respect for elders. 4. The beautiful saris and […]

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 […]

A Photo Tour of India

posted by Jana Melpolder

Check out the exciting photos of my trip to India from 2009. You’ll see the place that Ghandi’s ashes are laid to rest, a Christian church, a Jain temple, and other places that might surprise you. India is just a […]

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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