International Medical Corps' Dennis Walto details the organization's approach to delivering sustainable, humanitarian support in the field. Having wor...
My son cared deeply about the sun and I am so happy for him. He was an orphan and likely gave no mind to the sun up or down in his first six years in Abyssinia. Now he is otherwise engaged in all the phenomena of life -- human and astronomical.
Africa is a land of opportunity and promise for its people and for the people of the United States. There is incredible economic potential waiting to be or already being unleashed across the continent.
The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.
Seven years ago, I brought my daughter home from the orphanage, and my life was dramatically changed. But it wasn't until a recent trip to Yetebon, Ethiopia that I realized just how dramatically I had changed hers.
Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?
I loved their little voices quietly detailing their complex dreams. Their proud tones were not lost on anyone. Each child was very focused on the art they created and the play they enjoyed. Their faces were beaming as their work was hung on the walls around us.
In an increasingly water-constrained world, dams are damned serious business, and particularly so in countries, like Egypt and Pakistan, that are heavily dependent upon river water for their survival.
I have been accused of "stalking" people from time to time. I choose my subjects very carefully. They need to be inspirati...
The "celebrity" buzz captured new attention from media outlets and non-traditional audiences. But would a successful event build upon the decades of tireless work on child survival and lead to the movement that we all hoped for and envisioned? Would the promises turn into real action?
By Gillian Gaynair Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember ...
What about Mother's Day for orphan boys and girls? Is this a bad thing to ask...hurtful and painful?Most kids in orphanages have no clue about this day, but one of our faithful American volunteers, Sarah Poole and her husband, Adam, did a cultural turn about for this day in Ethiopia.
Once again, I recently returned to my home base in Washington, DC after spending several weeks in Ethiopia's deeply poor, yet breathtaking, Amhara region. And once again I was inspired by the sheer enthusiasm and thirst for opportunity among an often forgotten group: child brides.
While scouting for the first descent of the Baro River in Ethiopia, a tributary of the White Nile, I heard about a Peace Corps volunteer, Bill Olsen, 25, a recent graduate of Cornell, who decided to take a dip in the river at Gambella, a village near the South Sudan border.
A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly, every year, more than one million babies die on the first day of life -- many from preventable causes.
If you've ever dreamed of going on an African safari, you've heard of the "Big Five": the Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros. We asked five top guides for the animal that they would most like to spot in the wild. Here is their Elusive Big Five list.