1. Giving girls their lives back:

The Girl Effect is an organization that focuses on empowering girls in developing countries through education and opportunity.

2. Shoes with a purpose:

TOMS shoes have swept the world over. Why? They’re not just cute, light-weight shoes. They come with a serious mission statement. For every pair of shoes bought, a pair is donated to children in developing nations.

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

•Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

3. Wish my choir experience was like this:

Gregg Brienberg is amazing. He inspires educators and students through his dedication and creativity in teaching children through music. This choir gives me goosebumps.

4. A transcontinental vision:

Celebrating the unique and powerful Daraja Academy in Kenya: the first free all-girls secondary school in all of East Africa. Daraja Academy is a revolutionary idea – a secondary school where remarkable Kenyan girls, otherwise forgotten due to the lack of school fees, are given the one thing they desire most… a chance to succeed, because Daraja and its supporters believe educated girls can transcend poverty and change the world.

5. Design that makes an impact:

Watching Emily Pilloton’s TED Talk months ago stirred something up for me. Her Project H Design takes design + education + philanthropy + community and creates something extraordinary.  Check out the site and TED Talk today.

“A educational playground system that can be built for free anywhere in the world.”

6. Africa Yoga Project:

“Yoga not only stretches the body, but it stretches the mind as well.” Transformation in the slums of Nairobi.

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