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Shot@Life’s Blogust Campaign Saves 10,000 Children From Preventable Diseases

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We did it! We just saved 10,000 lives. How? Who? Let me share…

Over the past 30 days, I participated in the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good. Thirty-one bloggers each took a day to write a blog post. Yesterday’s, for example, was written by my friend Stacey Ferguson and tomorrow’s is by the fabulous Jim Lin. For every comment on each post, $20 was donated to Shot@Life (up to a maximum of $200,000). Why …

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Angela Ishmael Angela Ishmael: Blogger, Mother, and Ambassador

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Make a Difference—Meet Angela Ishmael.
She is a blogger…, a brand new mom, and an ambassador to Africa. She came into each of those things in somewhat indirect ways, but they are each direct outgrowths of the family values she and her husband decided to embrace when they

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IMG_3255 {Blog Action Day} Famine Is the New F Word: 5 Ways to Help!

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Blogging—Today is Blog Action Day. Bloggers from all over the world… are raising awareness about food. When I think of food, I normally think of my favorites: cheese, oysters, salad, and soup, especially given the time of year. But this season, I am not thinking as much about

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Community: What the People of Kenya Taught Me

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Community—Helen Keller said: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

I wasn’t prepared to see some of the suffering I witnessed on my recent trip to Kenya with…, which will always remind a part of me. Likewise, I

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Foreign Aid to Kenya: Taking Care of Our Global Family

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Foreign Aid—I am haunted by an image I saw in western Kenya…. A little girl lying on a hospital bed, tummy distended like those I had previously only seen in National Geographic, gasping for air with her shallow breaths. I can’t stop thinking about whether she is still

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Rachel Fox peeling potatoes Poverty: Rachel Fox is ONE Mom Making a Difference For Many

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Making a Difference—The story of how Rachel Fox became a Mom Making a Difference begins a little over a year ago. She was a stay-at-home mother with three kids. She had a thirst for knowledge and strong feelings about problems in the world…. Her kids were getting old

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Eye Shadow Helps Bridge Socio-Economic Differences in Kenyan Slum

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Fashion—Today, I visited Kibera…—the largest slum in Nairobi.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat. I hate the word “slum.” It sounds so dirty, depressing, and socio-economically divisive. I’m sure the word isn’t intended to convey that meaning, but in my mind it

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Tuberculosis Takes 200 Lives Per Hour: How You Can Help

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Making a Difference—Did you know that worldwide 200 people die every hour from TB—nearly 2 million lives annually with Kenya… leading the charge? It is the leading cause of death for people with HIV and one of the leading causes of death for women and children worldwide. Yesterday, I

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A Purple Door Stands Out Between Despair and Poverty in Kenya

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Empowerment—I often hear people reference the quote, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But what happens if there is no water or if the sugar runs out?

As westerners, many people travel to developing countries… with the notion of “saving” people from their struggles—providing them with the water

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Malaria or a Middle Seat: Day 1 in Kenya


Kenya…—Today, after 48 hours, I arrived in Kenya. It’s really quite a long story and I’m jet lagged, but needless to say, the flight attendant told us, an hour and a half into our Detroit to Amsterdam flight that we needed to turn back around and go to Detroit

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