What Do Fairy Tales Teach Our Children?

April 17, 2015

When we debate the healthiness of fairy tales and Disney movies, are we missing the point about what our children really need? A few years ago, the parents of a little girl in my class underwent an unpleasant divorce. I thought the child was handling it relatively well until I read her poem...

A New Approach to Fighting Child Malnutrition in India

July 27, 2014

While India has the world’s largest population of malnourished children, Indian Impact aims to address the issue. India’s demographic dividend is often touted as one of the country’s strengths. More than half of its 1.2 billion population is younger than 25. In the coming decades, India is...

Banning Children’s Literature: The Right to Read

Literature helps young people realize they are not alone in the world. The National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance (NCBLA), founded by young people’s authors and illustrators, believes that literacy is far more than the ability to read. Its primary function is as an advocacy and...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 2/2)

May 24, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.”A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. “Children are a source for learning; their spontaneous...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 1/2)

May 18, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.” A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the first of a two part series. The civil conflict in Syria has raged for over two years. The large...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 2/2)

May 08, 2013

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 1/2)

May 01, 2013

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...