Educating Girls Is Critical to Reducing Poverty

International Women’s Day is coming up next week, on March 8. It’s a time for us to reflect on the contributions women make to society, despite the massive challenges they face here and around the globe. Anyone can see that women and girls are still less valued than men and boys in many cultures. Women – even educated women – still earn significantly less than men in the job market. And in some cultures, young […]

The Power of One: A Legacy in Action

It’s not everyday that a small nonprofit—even one that’s been around as long as Children Incorporated—finds out that they’re receiving a donation of $1.75 million. I suppose that’s why I remember the day so well. We had been saddened in 2015 to hear of the death of Mr. Glenn Foy, an engineering innovator and adventurous spirit who had passed away at such a young age- just  59 years old-  in a private plane accident. I had spoken to him […]

Africa: The impact of compassion

When I boarded the plane to Africa, I thought I knew at least a little about what to expect. My experiences in Bolivia and Kentucky had shown me how impactful our programs could be on the lives of children in poverty, but Ethiopia and Kenya surpassed any preparation I could have had. And I returned knowing so much more about what children need to thrive—not just food and shelter, but education, respect, identity, and opportunity. […]

Audacity and hope in Kenya

Just when everything feels hopeless, one person can turn your entire outlook around. For me, it was Sister Martha in Kenya. Sister Martha and Sister Jane are Children Incorporated volunteer coordinators who run Maria Immaculata school in Nairobi, Kenya. The school hosts almost 400 students from toddlers to teenagers and more than 300 of them board there because they don’t have parents. Children Incorporated sponsors about 100 of these students, providing school supplies, food, medicine […]

Msamaria

A Lesson in Self-Sustainability

How a school keeps itself going isn’t something the average American thinks about much. Our public school system provides many of our children with an education courtesy of tax dollars, and we’ve grown to take it for granted. In Kenya, school is a privilege, not a right. If you can pay to send your children to school, they go. If not, then they’re almost certainly looking at a bleak future of poverty. Msamaria is a […]

A Bright Spot in Taraka

The Materi School for Girls

It’s Sunday, and the students of the Materi School for Girls are still in uniform, singing songs in the shade or studying in the grass. Everyone seems to be resting, even the cows and pigs that the school raises for milk and meat, and even the large soccer field nearby. These young women are often far from home, only seeing their families on breaks (or, for the very lucky, on weekends). When Brother John Konzka […]