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Three Girls

“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.” ~ Malala Yousafzai Last week, I had good news about three girls in my life. First, my sponsorship package from Razia’s Ray of Hope arrived last Friday with a picture of the little girl I am sponsoring at the Zabuli Education Center.…

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Have you heard?

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel I am privileged to have three very strong, young women in my family. My daughter Vanessa who is just beginning her third year of medical school was the first…

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KidPower Changes Everything!

“Inspiration: an inspiring or animating action or influence…” My second journey to Cambodia began in September 2014 with a team of old and new friends. Our team worked alongside Teen Challenge Cambodia to build a Biogas Digester on their property in the Takeo Province. While on this trip, a group of women from our team…

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KidPower2015’s Kinetic Energy

Something special happened yesterday on our fifth and final day of Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Spring Bonding Visits. While I was at Everglades Correctional Institution, I realized that our KidPower2015 Earth Day Project had truly released kinetic energy. According to Live Science’s website: “Kinetic energy is the energy of mass in motion. The kinetic…

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Inspiring Moms with KidPower2015

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” ~ Daniel Goleman Something very special happened on our Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Bonding Trip at Lowell Correctional Institution. In our group of seventy (70) children, caregivers, staff and volunteers were three children who hadn’t seen their mother…

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Inspiring Dads with KidPower2015

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Ten years ago, when I sat around a table with Shellie Solomon, Yvonne Sawyer, and Kate Witte brainstorming about how we could help children who had an incarcerated parent, we had no idea how…

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KidPower2015: Coaching Kids to Lead

Today, I am reposting this article I originally wrote for the Lead Change Group. Fifteen years ago, I reinvented myself and started a new career in faith-based social services. I have had the privilege of building innovative social service programs for at-risk children and families. One of these programs is the Children of Inmates, Inc.(COI).…