We live in a world where we do not know definitively how many of the world’s children are disabled. Why? In many countries children who are disabled are kept out of school, are hidden away, are ostracized, are marginalized, and live in dire poverty. While the United States affords the disabled many rights there are MORE »
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Jennifer James is an early pioneer of the mom blogging movement and founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of mom bloggers who use social media and blogging to advance information to their networks about pressing global issues. In addition to writing for Babble, Jennifer also writes for the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists. In 2012, Jennifer was named a Fast Company Most Generous Social Media Maven.
As soon as I cleared customs and grabbed my suitcase around 4:30 AM on a cool Tuesday morning at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport I walked past the throngs of people waiting for friends and relatives to emerge through the automatic doors and headed right past the non-sanctioned cabbies who milled around the taxi stand MORE »
This time last week I was all the way across the world in the sweltering heat and beaming sunshine of an Indian summer. I went to India to visit my partners for Mom Bloggers for Social Good, including Pratham, India’s largest education NGO, Save the Children, and WaterAid, one of the oldest NGOs that fights MORE »
You can change the way you think about other people. You can choose to see their humanity first. – Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation One of the reasons I greatly admire the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is because its two fearless leaders, Bill and Melinda Gates, honestly believe this: We believe all MORE »
I had the great honor of giving opening remarks yesterday at a Manhattan blogger luncheon hosted by Global Team of 200 member, Jennifer Wagner, for WaterAid America. You might not have heard about WaterAid before today, but it’s the oldest NGO that works specifically on water and sanitation issues. Launched in the UK over 40 MORE »
When I think about the world and our access to water I get nervous. I remember my childhood and think about how my family never bought bottled water. Did yours? Now, that’s all I do on my grocery runs. I can’t even tell you how much we spend buying bottled water a month. My husband MORE »
This year I will visit India for a total of three weeks. I am immensely excited about it. In May I am taking Nicole Melancon, a member of the Global Team of 200 to India with me and in the fall I will travel to India for two weeks with Water for People. As it turns out, in MORE »
When I visited Ethiopia last December I, of course, saw throngs and throngs of beautiful children in every village we visited. On the surface, all of the sweet children looked like strong, growing kids, but I did wonder more times than not if they were getting all of the nutrition they needed. According to the MORE »
When we think of global health challenges we tend to think of communicable diseases first. Malaria, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDs, for example, are always top of mind. But what about noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer? In September 2011, the UN General Assembly came to a consensus for the first time to fight MORE »
I will admit I am not a huge Facebook gamer, but I may change my tune on March 4 when Half the Sky Movement: The Game launches on the world’s biggest social network. While I am not a huge gamer on Facebook I am not the norm. The average Facebook gamer is 43-year-old woman according to MORE »