July 1, 2016

"I will live as though I have a thousand daughters, even though I have none, because every girl is my daughter and when she sees me, or engages with me, she's looking to me for how to live. So I will live, I will laugh, I will speak, and I will love as though her heart and soul depend on it.”

For as long as I can remember, a piece of my heart has been dedicated to encouraging and cultivating self-esteem in girls. But over the last few years of travelling around the world doing development projects, I've come to understand that the importanc...

June 24, 2016

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

What an incredible blessing it is to teach a man to fish.

On my trip to Uganda last summer, I got to be a small part of some very powerful “Men of Integrity" training for the young men at our partner schools. Today, I was privileged to watch as some of those same young men stood up in front of the room and led the “Men of Integrity" training for their peers. Shortly afterward, I watched a courageous group of young women lead a "Women of Substance"...

March 8, 2016

Take a minute and ask yourself, "How do you describe your perfect day?" 

I've had a handful of perfect days that stand out in my mind, and today, March 8th, 2016, will most assuredly join the ranks of those. Today was simply spectacular, and I wish each of you could have been here with me. For today, March 8th, is International Women's Day.  And I had the privilege of spending it surrounded by the women and girls of Uganda. 

More than 200 people from the community, students, teachers, and mothers of students crammed into a classroom at New K...

June 17, 2015

In 1976 a student led movement for educational rights took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa. The young men and women were crying out for an education system to be available to them in their own language. Many children were killed during the demonstrations, including the leader, a young man by the name of Hector. I have had the honor of visiting the museum honoring these young crusaders in Soweto, the home of so many marginalized individuals in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the year 1991, the African Continent began to remember the struggle of...

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