The [Is]Land of Narrow Alleyways and Cashew Nuts. // Lamu, Kenya

You know you grew up in southern California when…for the first 15 years of your life, Disneyland was the most magical place you had ever been. You are reminded that you grew up in southern California when…you still compare legitimately magical places to Disneyland. Lamu, Kenya is one of those places. As dusk pushed the sun […]

3 Years in Numbers

I love words. I love that they can be placed together in a formulaic manner and transform into poetry. I love that they can be used to paint pictures of pain, birth, blue whales, delicious turkey sandwiches, and jealousy. I love that they can be professional, concise, and pragmatic in order to establish a point, share information, or fill a […]

World Humanitarian Day 2014

Today is a very important day. World Humanitarian Day. As declared by the UN, WHD is ‘a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.’ This year’s focus lies on ‘humanitarian heroes’ – those who risk their lives and sacrifice […]

World Concern: Going To The End Of The Road And Staying There. // Part I

Today I want to share with you Part I of a II piece series I wrote in response to the following questions: 1. What makes World Concern different than other development organizations? 2. Is being a faith-based organization (FBO) more of a challenge or a strength? My hope is that you find this both informative […]

Nairobi Nuances

When someone says Africa, what is the first thing that crosses your mind? Be honest. Brutally honest. You don’t have to say it. I already know. It’s what you hear on the news, see in images on NGO websites, and watch in films. It’s ‘Blood Diamond‘, children covered in flies, ‘Hotel Rwanda‘, K’naan, refugee camps, […]

A Cliched Connection…Or Is It?

Living thousands of miles away from those who hold my heart the tightest – the friends and family whom I never have to worry about connecting with because it comes automatically – my soul finds itself searching for another source of human connection. It’s as if something in my core is innately aware that I […]