If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.
Taking the kids to Guatemala provided so many learning opportunities, and not just for the kids either. When we booked our trip, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Then again, that's how we like to travel.
It would be limiting to suppose that Central American youth migrants venture to the United States solely because they were enamored with the unbridled possibilities of the American lifestyle. The enchantment with this apparent abundance and limitlessness is also the result of cultural colonization.
In rural Guatemalan communities, less than 10 percent of students finish high school. This isn't the product of laziness or apathy. These desperate statistics are nothing more than the result of a fundamentally broken and exclusionary education system.
I still remember the excitement my wife and I felt when we saw the first glint of enamel poking through our son's gums when he was still in diapers. He had teeth.
I received my Valentine's Day gift in Guatemala City from an elderly woman living in a nursing home in Guatemala City. Her name is Florencia, and the gift she gave me was a very special love at first sight!
Manny Marroquin is the most humble hitmaking powerhouse mixer in the business. With eight Grammies to his name so far including the rare feat of winn...
In images, majestic volcanoes rise from the edge of inky waters; the lake appears mysterious, haunting. The deepest lake in Central America, Atitlan had been described by friends as a vortex, a portal, the bellybutton of Mayan civilization.
Years after Guatemala halted adoptions to America, reverberations of the legacy of corrupt adoption scandals continue as the new go-to adoption hot spot nation of Ethiopia follows suit.
In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.
If the genocide trial does restart, the role of the international community will be of utmost importance to ensuring a fair process. There is little doubt that there will be strong opposition from conservative elites and from sectors of the military. But the desire for the victims for truth and justice remains steadfast.
The bottom line of the conference is easy to understand: There is an immense potential to affect the nutrition and income of small farmers throughout Guatemala by improving the black bean seeds they use. But the challenge we will all face is how to collaborate to make that possible.
The international scope of what Hillary refers to as her "unfinished business" in Hard Choices goes beyond the perfunctory rhetoric aligning the liberal-conservative spectrum.
While Karen/Anyeli's adoptive parents and the U.S. government ignore the controversy and illegalities surrounding her adoption, it remains to be seen how learning about it, which seems inevitable given the news coverage, will affect the child at the center of it.
Colombia is in the midst of historic peace talks. Many difficult challenges have been addressed, but a number of thorny issues are still on the table. A key point left to be settled is that of criminal accountability for the most serious crimes committed during the country's 50-year internal armed conflict.
We've found the best way to do this is to place your kids into a local school immediately upon arrival, something we like to call world schooling. Here are some of the things we've learned about our version of world schooling.