Best Photo of 2016

Each December, National Geographic picks their best 52 photos of the year. While they are all of course breathtaking, my favorite is from a September article titled, "Why There’s New Hope About Ending Blindness" — give it a read during the holidays. Trust me, you won't regret it. Eye-care workers use test-lens frames to conduct eye exams in India’s [...]

Breaking the Bloody Taboo

Today is May 28—Menstrual Hygiene Day. Some would scoff at the notion that we need a specific day to remember women get their periods once a month. What's the big deal, right? We all know it happens, so why even talk about it? In Kenya, girls can miss between 3-7 days of school each month because of [...]

The Goal to Eradicate

Malaria is one of the world's top killers. Many of us hear about it in the news but are unaware of its mass destruction because it has been eliminated in the US since 1951, and completely stopped in much of the Northern Hemisphere by 1971. The Southern Hemisphere is still struggling with this disease, but there is good news: [...]

Foreign Aid — Money Well Spent

Foreign aid and its effectiveness on a country’s development has been a continuous debate for the past 100 years. In all likelihood, it has been argued about for much longer than that, but in last 100 years something has happened: the world has become more interconnected and therefore more dependent on each other. For that [...]

Ways the United Nations Is Making a Difference

As 2014 wraps up and we start reflecting on the past year, I would like to take a moment to give thought to what the United Nations has done over the past 69 years. Here are five highlights as listed on the UN web page of what the organization has achieved to make the world a better place. [...]

A Four Course Menu to Solving World Hunger

Tonight, the mouth-watering smell of homemade Thanksgiving dinner fills the air. The table is set, the turkey is cooked, and most, including me, are ready to dig into the food. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. Most cannot enjoy such a feast. Many do not even have access to the most basic foods for [...]

Hydroponic Agriculture — Taking Root Without Soil

Ecuador has long been viewed as a developing country with a high poverty rate and tremendous overcrowding. Sadly, there is truth to this. In 1996, 27% of its urban population had their basic needs unfulfilled, and 34% of poor urban homes were unable to cover the cost of basic family needs. However, one project is slowly setting [...]