Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers – What were they really for?

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), and while I’m a feminist and not at all afraid to say so, this is no feminist rant….in fact, it’s quite the opposite. In 2005, I was living and working in Ukraine during IWD. I’d never celebrated it, talked about it, or even recognized it with other women. As…

The Past is Coming Back to Haunt Us

If you thought the plight of slaves was something of the past, think again. People of African decent around the world know the stories of their grandparents and of all their previous ancestors when it comes to slavery and how it affected their families. Today people of all origins are affected. Teach you children well…

Pedophilia & Child Exploitation – Why I talk about it

I was the victim of a pedophile when I was 13 years old. My story was set to be “Girl abducted, raped and murdered,” except that the stranger’s car broke down along US Hwy 1 and he had to get a tow. Forget about my story though….I obviously lived and am now a strong survivor….but…

A Young Exploited Girl’s Vantage Point

Daily, I receive a news link focused on the horrors of exploitation of women and children, and even men. Some articles are too rough to read. For those  working on behalf of organizations, charities, missionaries or others engaged in trying to curve the  world epidemic of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, and rape and…

Social Media Giving Day!

ON THIS DAY: Four years ago, the website Givver.com declared July 15th to be Social Media Giving Day! GIVVER, INC. provides a solution that enables users to tweet a donation to their favorite organizations. The day was established as  a way to use social media for social good, and to leverage social media as a means to give…

The Poaching of Life (warning – disturbing images)

I recently met Director and Founder Jax Metcalfe of Poaching Prevention while on a train in the United Kingdom. Her passion for protecting animals slowly being poached to extinction, at first, seemed so different than that of the Jo’el Worldwear team. However, the more we shared about our work, the more I could see that…