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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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Fun Ways to Develop a Child’s Creativity

posted by Jana Melpolder

I originally wrote this article for Open Equal Free Thinking outside of the box begins in childhood. Just give children a box of crayons and off they go creating artwork from their imagination. Adults are often amazed at how they […]

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The 10 Most Educated Countries Are…

posted by Jana Melpolder

Originally posted on Open Equal Free A 24/7 Wall St. report, published earlier this year, identified which countries were the most educated, defining them as “the ten countries with the highest proportion of adults with a college degree.” The ranking […]

Tips to Help a Shy Child Enjoy School

posted by Jana Melpolder

This was originally posted on Open Equal Free It’s that time again! Children are returning to the classroom. Going back to school can be exciting for many kids, but for some who are shy and timid, being in a classroom […]

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 […]

A Life Behind Bars: Transformation Through Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

Antoinne Murphy is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for homicide at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Murphy grew up in a middle class home in Flushing, Queens and attended private school. At 16, he says he headed down the wrong path and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Meet the First Female President of Union Theological Seminary

posted by Jana Melpolder

For International Women’s Day, I’d like to introduce you to Rev. Dr. Serene Jones. I was fortunate enough to meet her as she stopped my office in New York. She is the first female president of Union Theological Seminary, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Video on Occupy Wall Street

posted by Jana Melpolder

Famous Women That Inspire Us

posted by Jana Melpolder

Besides the incredible women in our own lives such as our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends, there are many famous women that can draw us in by the inspirational things they do. Who made my list? Check back tomorrow to […]

Video: Watch Arminda’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is Arminda. She is the little girl in the “Sponsor a Child” banner below. And this is her story.  

A Letter to the Mothers and Fathers of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

I am happy to say that this post was recently featured on the World Vision blog!   To the incredible mothers and fathers of Bolivia, This journey has been an opportunity to give a voice for the voiceless. To put a […]

So, I Met the ‘It’ Girls of Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

They’re beautiful. They inspire us. Who are they? Celestine – Meet a woman who is a fierce example of what the love of a mother can do. When Celestine’s son was young, he wasn’t able to walk and play like […]

The Domino Effect of Sustainable Development

posted by Jana Melpolder

Bolivia can give a new meaning to the word community. The family structure is very important – and the bonds that people have together can be inspiring to lonely hearts everywhere. Luckily, a whole community can benefit from even one […]

The Force of a Tiny Mustard Seed

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here. Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We […]

What’s World Vision Already Doing in Bolivia?

posted by Jana Melpolder

World Vision has been active in Bolivia for a long time, but what has this Christian Organization been doing on the ground? Watch how World Vision workers are utilizing community resources to help Bolivians gain access to education, human rights awareness, […]

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