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The Art of Packing for Africa

I like to think of myself as a seasoned traveler. Since the beginning of Blood:Water over 11 years ago, I have traveled to Africa more times than I can count. I have mastered the art of fitting two week’s worth of clothing into a carry-on bag… yes carry-on. 

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“One Thousand Wells” Video Blog

Today’s blog post is actually in video form. Friends of Blood:Water sent in questions about my new memoir, “One Thousand Wells,” releasing August 25. If you’d like to know anything about my book, please leave a question in the comment field of this blog post. I’d love to answer as many questions as I can. […]

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James Turns 38.

Today, my amazing husband James turns 38. I have been witness to 8 of those 38 years, and they have made my life all the sweeter. James is in Kenya today, as he tends to be on many of his birthdays, so this is my celebration of 38 memories and characteristics I love about James. […]

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One Thousand Wells

For the past few years, I have poured my heart and soul into my memoir, “One Thousand Wells.” It releases August 25. Watch this video to catch a glimpse into the story that taught me how to love the world instead of save it.

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A World Without Nelson Mandela

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day. It’s celebrated every year on his birthday. I’m bringing back a post I wrote in 2013, five months before Mandela’s death while he was ill. I said in the post I wasn’t ready for a world without Mandela. That still holds true today.

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Just Passing Through

As I spent the week in Haiti, the consistent narrative in my head was the theme of just passing through. I was coming as a tag-along (with a family foundation on whose board I serve) to a country I have never been, nor spent much time learning about. My interactions would be brief and superficial. Passing. So in moments […]

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Graced with Second Chances

Betty and Teddy (on the left) are the leaders of our partner ACT Ethiopia. Nadia (on the right) is my Nairobi-based colleague.  My short trip to Addis Ababa was powerful in so many ways. It was my first time to back to visit a Blood:Water partner since I was pregnant with Jude in 2013. It […]

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