Capture Kindness Photo Contest Winner

Capturing Kindness Among Us Taking a specific moment and being able to freeze frame it on camera can tell a story long after the precious snippet of time has dissipated. La’Nita Johnson, winner of our Capture Kindness Photo Contest, has not only shared with us beauty through pictures, but has…

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International Day of the Girl Child

Today marks the 5th annual International Day of the Girl Child, a day established to help bring about awareness of the needs of young girls around the world. This year October 11th stands as an especially important day to focus on empowering young girls across the world, as this is…

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Why I’m Glad I Volunteered in Ecuador 9 Years Ago

My junior year of high school ended, I had just gotten my braces off, and I was sitting at an airplane gate alone for the first time. At 16 years old, I was participating in a volunteer program in Ecuador, a country I had only barely heard mentioned in my…

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It’s a Small World After All

September. The start of a new school year, new ideas, and endless new opportunities. This month we are excited to share our beneficiary of the Take the Pledge initiative,  The Small World organization. The Small World? Our world is huge you’re thinking. But does it really have to be? This…

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Banu: The Brilliance of Baale

Growing up as a girl can be confusing, stressful, and downright scary at times, and that’s pervasive across the globe. In India, starting from a young age, many girls become accustomed to a life of discrimination in education, social aspects, health care, and so on. Baale Mane is an independent…

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The Answers to Our Most FAQs About Baale Mane

Young Indian girl

What is Baale Mane? Our newest partner, based in Bangalore, India, is an incredible organization dedicated to supporting young girls and women to reach their full potential through educational and psycho-social programs. Visit their website to learn more. Why is the campus expansion project the next step in helping the…

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ArteSana Foundation

A Harvard Graduate, Ashley is the founder and director of the non-profit ArteSana Foundation. Passionate about the environment and sustainable community development, she chose rural mountain living in Nicaragua after growing up in the Bay Area of California. We sat down with Ashley this month to find out more about ArteSana…

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4 Humanitarians Who’ve Made the World a Better Place

Princess Diana with a child

If you were to turn on the news today, you would be bombarded with horrific imagery of violence and hear reports of corporate greed.  It is enough to make anyone feel depressed and forget about all the people who are working to make the world a better place. We’ve compiled…

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4 Indigenous Initiatives That Are Changing the World

Tsaatan Shaman

There’s a lot of creative and powerful work being led by indigenous groups around the world. However, these efforts rarely receive the attention they deserve. Marginalized and underfunded, many indigenous groups are fighting just to survive and preserve their land, culture, and way of life. Others are working to increase…

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Reaching Youth Begins at Home

Kids at School@Home in India

Reaching Hand is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing educational opportunities to children in India, while also supporting their development. Once a short-term volunteer and now a long-term coordinator, Niki Kraska has devoted the next year of her life, and maybe more, to developing the organizations first ever homeschool. Supporting…

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